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Year 1 Newsletter

Term 3 & 4 2019



Mrs Gilbert, Mrs.Middleton and Mrs Giddings would all like to send out a warm welcome back to all parents/carers and children of Year 1 and we hope all of the children have had a fantastic Christmas holiday. Thank you for the wonderful Christmas gifts we received. We are looking forward to welcoming the children back and hope they will enjoy our next terms topic. Below, we have outlined what your child will be learning in Terms 3 and 4 and any other information which may help you to support your child at school.


Our topic this term is centred around Space: Could you be an astronaut?

Year 1 will be learning about lots of exciting things. Children will be excited by learning about the fictional astronauts in Space stories but also about real life astronauts such as Tim Peake. Year 1 have a Space station role play area set up in class so their imaginations can run wild.



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 Space exploration and we will use this information to create a set of instructions. 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 Space. 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 Man on the Moon and Beegu.

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

demarcate sentences

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.


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In Computing, the children will be learning how to log on, log off and shut down and use the programme

2 Create to write a story and to draw a Space image. They will add movement and sound effects to their stories.

They will be entering data into a graphing package to produce pictograms.



Feel the Pulse - Exploring Pulse and Rhythm

Listening to space sound effects and use instruments to create own space sounds. They will explore sounds to accompany Space images and compose Space music.

Listen to extracts from The Planets (Holst)


Religious Education

The children will be learning about Books and Stories in Christianity.



This term we will be focusing on ‘Dreams and Goals’. This will include the children identifying their dreams and goals, the steps that need to be taken in order to achieve them, how we can support each other to achieve our goals, overcoming obstacles and celebrating success once our goals have been achieved.




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.



The children will look at everyday materials and describe the properties. They will explore the best materials for a Space Suit.


In Term 4 the children will begin to explore plants and trees and describe the basic structure of these.



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 Tuesday. 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 on 13th and 14th February 2019. 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