Year 1 Newsletter
Term 1 & Term 2 2018
Mrs Gilbert, Mrs Middleton and Mrs Giddings would all like to send out a warm welcome to all parents/carers and children of Year 1 and we hope all of the children have had a fantastic summer holiday. We are looking forward to welcoming the children into Year 1 and we are sure they will have an enjoyable year learning about lots of exciting things. Below, we have outlined what your child will be learning in Terms 1 and 2 (until Christmas) and any other information which may help you to support your child at school.
Our topic this term is centred around The Jungle : Rumble in the Jungle
Year 1 will be learning about lots of exciting things. Children will be gripped by learning about the animals that live in the Jungle.
Our vision is to…
• Create challenging but realistic learning opportunities across all areas of the curriculum
• Encourage children’s natural curiosity about the world around them and interest in historical and geographical events
• Provide children with opportunities to express themselves and promote creativity
• Motivate children though unique experiences
• Place no limits on where our learning can go, through child led learning and answering any questions that arise along the way
In English, we will be learning about instructions and we will use this information to create a set of instructions for trapping a Jungle animal. We will also be learning about labels, lists and captions and we will explore this further by reading a selection of non-fiction texts about The Jungle. We will identify the key features that include: title, contents page, headings, simple facts, labels, pictures and captions, etc. We will also be exploring various texts to help children develop a passion for reading. These texts include Rumble in the Jungle and Where the Wild Things Are.
Below are details of the grammar content to be taught during Year 1:
Regular plural noun suffixes –s or –es [for example, dog, dogs; wish, wishes], including
the effects of these suffixes on the meaning of the noun. Suffixes that can be added to
verbs where no change is needed in the spelling of root words (e.g. helping, helped, helper).
How the prefix un– changes the meaning of verbs and adjectives [negation, for example,
unkind, or undoing: untie the boat].
How words can combine to make sentences
Joining words and joining clauses using ‘and’
Sequencing sentences to form short narratives
Separation of words with spaces
Introduction to capital letters, full stops, question marks and exclamation marks to
Capital letters for names and for the personal pronoun
Terminology for pupils
Letter, capital letter. word, singular, plural, sentence
punctuation, full stop, question mark, exclamation mark
In Maths, we will have a strong emphasis on place value to help the children’s understanding and confidence grow when working with the number system.
In Computing, the children will be learning how to enter text, draw and label Jungle Animals and present information graphically. They will also learn how to navigate web pages to find information about The Jungle. The core focus of their Computing lessons will be focussed around internet safety.
We will have the opportunity to listen to Music that will help us to use beat and rhythm to accompany stories and songs.
The children will be learning about Family Ties and they will learn about the traditions of the Hindu Festival Raksha Bandhan.
In the first half of the term the children will be focusing on the JIGSAW unit, ‘being me in my world’. This theme focuses on self-awareness, motivation and social skills.
This term, the children will be learning skills in gymnastics, dance, athletics and games. In addition to this, they will build their confidence in using the apparatus.
PE is on Tuesdays and Fridays. Please remember to take your child’s earrings out on PE days and fasten up any long hair/long fringes with soft hair bands. Parents of girls - remember to include a pair of socks if your child wears tights. If your child is unable to remove their own earrings they will be unable to participate in PE for health and safety reasons.
This term we will be exploring Seasonal Changes - Autumn and Winter. Children will be exploring the change in seasons. They will also be learning about Animals Including Humans with a focus on Jungle animals and their habitats and characteristics.
Our library time is on Mondays. Children can take out a maximum of two books and keep them for two weeks. Please encourage your child to read their library books and return both books regularly.
Homework activities are sent home every Thursday and should be returned by the following Tuesday. Each week, the activity will alternate between a Maths, English or topic focus and will be connected to the learning that has taken place that week. In addition, your child will be expected to learn their spellings which they will be tested on every Monday. These are linked to the phonics learnt that week.
Every child has their own reading book. May we request that you make a comment each time you hear your child read. As soon as there is a comment in the reading book, your child will have the opportunity to change their book every morning at 8:40am, in the Library.
The expectation in Year 1 is that your child reads at home on a daily basis. They can read other books that you have at home or other reading material including comics and newspapers.
There will be a continuation of Phonics in Year 1 and later in the Year the children will complete the Phonics Screening Test.
During this term we are hoping to have a topic based class visit in order to enrich the children’s learning. More information will be provided.
Celebration assembly will continue to be held on Thursday afternoons and singing assemblies on alternate Fridays, please refer to our assembly schedule on our school website.
We would like the opportunity to meet with you and discuss your child’s needs and progress. Two evenings are to be held on 17th and 18th October. However, if you wish to discuss your child’s learning before this, or at any other time, you are welcome to make an appointment. If you need to speak with either of us before school please ask at the school office first, thank you.
Mrs Gilbert and Mrs.Middleton
Year 1 Teachers