Welcome to Reception/Year 1.
Our teacher’s name is Mrs J Smith.
You can find out more about our curriculum and view our Learning Plans by visiting the Our Curriculum section of our website.
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Spring Term 2019
Dear parents and carers,
We hope you have all had a lovely Christmas break and are well rested for the New Year ahead. The following information provides you with a brief overview of what our learning will be focussed upon this term. It also provides you with some reminders about school routines.
Homework tasks will continue to be handed out each Friday in your child’s named folder and should be handed in the following Wednesday. Y1 children will continue to have spellings to learn, these are the high frequency words which children are expected to read and spell by the end of Year 1. An adult will hear your child read on an individual basis as often as possible so please ensure reading books are in your child’s book bag every day. Your child will come home with key sounds or words to practise at home to build up their sight vocabulary and reading fluency. We had a great start to the school year with lots of children reading regularly at home and putting lots of effort into homework tasks, this really makes a difference to your child’s progress- thank you!
Communication, Language and Literacy
- We continue to learn the letter sounds and to build up fluency in reading single words and phrases.
- Handwriting –to practise correct formation of letter shapes.
- Developing early writing skills through shared writing and encouraging independent writing.
- Through guided reading and Read Write Inc sessions children will be develop their reading skills.
- Learning “key words” for reading.
- Counting and recognising numbers to 20 and beyond
- Practising addition and “counting on” / Calculating
- Using developing mathematical ideas to solve problems.
Y1 children will follow White Rose maths which covers the objectives set out in the National Curriculum.
In our first topic “special people” children will be able to talk about their own experiences of who is special to them and learn about the special people in our church community. Our topic in the 2nd half term is “meals”. Children will be introduced to how we gather in church to celebrate mass- Jesus’ special meal.
In Reception-Y1 our ‘topics’ are influenced by the interests of the children but we will have a focus on learning about ‘Chinese New Year’ and a literacy focus using the fairy-tale Jack and the Beanstalk. Our focus for the 2nd half term is ‘vehicles.’ We will explore materials and the use of different vehicles in real life. We will be spending time in our garden, sowing seeds, looking at lifecycles and thinking about where our food comes from as the weather improves. Incorporated into both topics will be the development of knowledge of the world and art and design. Links will also be made in literacy, numeracy and ICT activities.
Just a reminder that Mr Barker (our travelling cuddly dog) is available to take away on trips. He helps children to learn about the world around them by going to various places with the children. The children can complete a diary of Mr Barker’s adventures which will be shared with the class. Please let us know if you are going anywhere in particular that you think Mr Barker would enjoy visiting; such as a weekend away or a foreign holiday.
PE lessons will take place on a Wednesday and Friday this half term. A PE coach will be working with us on our Wednesday sessions which will be ‘games’ and will focus on our basic skills (throwing , catching, agility and coordination).
Please make sure all PE items are clearly named and children with long hair have it tied up. Please will you also provide your child with an outdoor P.E kit as lessons will take place outside when the weather allows.
We hope that you find this information useful and as usual should you have any questions regarding your child’s education, please come and speak to us.
Mrs Smith and Mrs Meikle.