We hope you have all had a very enjoyable time over the break, whether home or away, busy or quiet. We would like to thank all children and parents for their incredibly kind and thoughtful cards and gifts over Christmas; we were genuinely blown away by your generosity. It has been wonderful to see all the children back and hearing about how they spent their time off. It has also been great to see them return with their big smiles and enthusiasm for learning, especially as we begin our new topic- Amazing Animals!
We are kicking off our new topic with a special Amazing Animals Day on Tuesday 14th January- letters have been sent home with the children and it is attached on the website too.
Within this topic we will be exploring different classifications of animals such as reptiles, mammals, fish, amphibians and birds; we will be discussing how animals are adapted to their different environments and what animals need in order to survive; we will compare environments local to us with those in other parts of the world; we will introduce research skills in ICT to find out further information about particular animals and we will develop our report-writing skills and put the facts we learn about the animals into our own non-chronological reports... and more!
As always, a genuine thanks for all of your continued support with your child's development!
Dates for the diary:
*9th January - KS1 NSPCC Assembly
*14th January - AMAZING ANIMAL DAY
*25th & 26th February - Parents' Evening
*9.45am 26th March KS1 - Easter Egg-Stravaganza
* 2.40pm 27th March - Feel Good Friday Assembly
*Please can you ensure your child has their full PE kit in school, including outdoor kit (with socks if your child normally comes into school with wearing tights). There have been many occasions we have had to do PE inside because so many children are still missing their outdoor kit, or parts of it. Our PE days are Mondays and Fridays.
In Year 1, the children participate in daily maths, phonics and English lessons and the children begin to take more responsibility for their own learning, working independently and in groups. In our afternoon sessions, much of our learning takes place through creative activities and planned play opportunities. As the year progresses, the children will begin working in a more structured way, in preparation for Yr 2. We try hard to ensure the move from Reception into Key Stage 1 is as smooth as possible.
Later in the year, the children will take part in a Phonics Screening Check. It is very important that school and home work closely together to support your child with their early reading skills. Please listen to your child read as often as possible and help them to learn their spellings each week.
Please use the phonics sounds in the middle of their reading records on a regular basis and help your child look out for these sounds when they are reading. Encourage them to use their phonics in their writing (children may attempt to spell some very difficult words and should use their phonics sounds as a staring point i.e. 'j-igh-n-or-m-a-s' instead of 'ginormous', 'b-y-oo-t-i-f-u-ll' instead of 'beautiful'. At this stage in your child's learning, these spelling attempts are perfectly acceptable and you do not need to correct all of their efforts. Your child will learn alternative spellings for such words as the year progresses. To be in the best position possible, when taking the Phonics Screening Test, your child will need to recognise each sound quickly and confidently so regular reinforcment at home will prove invaluable. If you have any questions about the Phonics Screening Check, please speak with me at any time.
This year we are implementing a new homework policy. This will be sent home at the start of each half term. Your child’s homework will relate to their current topic and offer a variety of tasks that allow parents/carers to engage with their children's learning.
Additionally, spellings will be sent home each week. These will be tested on Friday.
Thank you for all your support!