Welcome to Year 1! Elephant Class is taught by Miss Kilvington (Monday to Thursday) and Mrs Dove (Friday), and supported by Mrs Webb, Mrs Rushton and Mrs Hull. We hope that your child’s time in Elephant class will be fun, exciting and successful!
Please do feel free to speak to us if you ever have any concerns or questions. Please could you also let us know if someone else is picking your child up from school.
Some new messages
P.E. days - Our PE days have changed slightly. We now do PE on Mondays (with our P.E. specialist teacher) and Wednesdays. No earrings on those days please. Girls who wear tights to school will need socks in their P.E. bags to wear with their plimsolls. As the weather is rather chilly, could you please ensure your child has warm clothing in their PE kit.
Forest School - We are lucky enough to now experience forest school every 3 weeks! Dates to be sent out separately.
Library books are changed on Fridays. Please make sure that books are returned in a named bag to protect the book and help us to change them quickly.
Reading – Please read with your child as much as you can during the week, as this is crucial at this stage of development and it will make such a difference to their reading progress.
Reading books will be changed once a week, but please don’t think you have to read the same books over and over again! We love to see that you are reading a variety of texts with your child, and it is so valuable for them to see that ‘reading’ does not just mean the school reading scheme! Even if it is just reading a magazine or a menu!
You can record any reading in the reading record. Do also spend time talking about the books with your child, looking for punctuation, encouraging expression, using phonics to sound out words, predicting or making up new endings, etc.
Phonics – Year 1 are working towards the phonic screening assessment in June. They will be required by the government to read a variety of words, both real and made up (‘alien’ words) using their phonic skills. Any practice at home would really help your child in becoming more confident in recognising sounds and reading words.
Spelling - We will be sending home spellings every Thursday containing sounds learnt during the week and some tricky words. Please can you ask your child to practice writing these at home, then bring them back to school the following Thursday to receive their reward!
Handwriting – We are now moving onto joining our letters in our handwriting.
Elephant Class – Term 3
Literacy – This term we are looking at 'The Jolly Postman and Other People's Letters' by Janet and Allan Ahlberg. Whilst looking at these texts, we will focus on how to write in full sentences, use punctuation correctly (so far we have learnt full stops, capital letters, question marks and exclamation marks), and how to use descriptive words to uplevel our work.
Maths - This term we are focusing on:
Time - To recognise and be able to draw o'clock and half past, as well as to answer practical time problems.
Place Value - recapping number bonds to 20, finding missing numbers on a number line, recalling numbers to 100, two more/two less than a number, partitioning into tens and ones, understanding teen numbers and ensuring we write numbers correctly.
Geography - Antarctica
History - N/A
R.E. - Judaism
Science - Seasonal change - Winter
P.E - Sending and receiving