Dear Parents,

 

Welcome back to a new half term. I hope everyone had a good Christmas and new year and that we have left all the germs and bugs behind us!

 

The spring term is a great term for really getting on with some concentrated learning as there are no interruptions from Christmas or sports days etc.

 

As you will see from the project map overleaf our whole school line of enquiry this half term is ‘What lies beneath our feet?’ and in year 1 we will be investigating fossils and dinosaurs. We will be focusing on non-fiction writing skills as we learn about the characteristics of different dinosaurs. We will also be learning about the life of Mary Anning the fossil hunter. In science we will be comparing and classifying animals and looking at basic needs for survival.

 

Homework and helping your child at home:

 

Reading

Every child should read aloud to an adult every day.  This is by far your child’s most important homework throughout the year.  Children who read at home make noticeably better progress.  We will send home reading books (book bags are checked daily and books changed when necessary) which may include story books, non-fiction and phonic activity books and a reading record in which we would be grateful if you would note your child’s reading.  Over the course of the week please work on all your child's books, reading and re-reading and talking about the story or information.  Repeated reading will help build up your child's fluency, comprehension and confidence.  If your child is reluctant to read please talk to us as we have a range of strategies that have worked well in the past at motivating children.  We may also send home word or sound cards to practise with your child as appropriate.

Reading to your child is also one of the most valuable activities you can do as it builds on their story knowledge. This story knowledge improves their comprehension skills and allows them to become better writers. Reading to your child also increases their vocabulary which leads to better writing and a better understanding of what they read independently.

 

Phonics

The children will continue to have a daily phonics session which will consolidate and gradually increase their knowledge of the sounds within the English language. We will be focused this term on preparing the children for the phonic screening which will take place in June. If you need any advice or support in helping your child with their phonics please do not hesitate to see one of the Year 1 team as we are happy to help. There will be a phonics evening this half term for parents of KS1 children when we will go into more detail about the phonics teaching and how you can help your child at home so look out for more information soon.

 

Maths practice

The maths fact knowledge expected in Year 1 is:

  • Number bonds including related subtraction for pairs of numbers that total 7,8,9 and 10
  • Counting in steps of 2,5 and 10
  • Knowing 1 more/less and 10 more/less than any 2 digit number
  • Knowing doubles of numbers to 20 and related halves
  • Being able to read and write numbers to 100

 

As well as helping your child with their number facts, any ‘real life’ experience will really help.  Cooking and shopping are particularly valuable.  Your child will benefit from counting up their own coins and using them to pay at the shop.  They may not yet be able to work out the total price or the change but they will benefit enormously from the experience of needing enough money to pay and getting change when they give too much.  Other (less stressful!) activities include, checking the time (0’clock and half past), ‘helping’ with measuring tasks, spotting and reading numbers in different contexts (door numbers, road signs, etc.), counting anything including money (counting in 2’s and 10’s).

 

Other information

The children still have a piece of free fruit each day. If your child requires an additional snack please can we remind parents that this should either be a piece of fruit or one slice of bread and butter?  Your child will be able to drink during lessons but this should be water only and should be in a non-leaky water bottle. 

The children will have PE with Mr Bain on Tuesday afternoons and a second session on a Friday morning but please ensure your child’s PE kit is in school at all times. Please do ensure that your child’s jumper and PE kit is named. 

 

Yours sincerely

 

 

Jacqui Payne, Becky Thomsett