We hope that you and your children had a very enjoyable Easter break and we would like to welcome everyone back to the start of the Summer Term.
The Summer term is always an important time for children in Year 1. In English we will continue to focus on the use of capital letters, full stops, question marks and exclamation marks when writing sentences, as well as using the conjunction ‘and’ and adjectives to make our sentences more interesting. We will also continue to learn how to apply prefixes and suffixes to words and the children will be given the opportunity to practise these skills across a range of different texts.
In Maths we will continue to practise counting forwards and backwards in ones, twos, fives and tens up to 100. The children will also continue to partition and recombine when adding and will learn how to round up on a number line to solve subtraction. We will continue to consolidate the children’s knowledge of number facts – number bonds and doubles and the children will continue to learn about fractions and finding a fraction of a quantity.
In Science we will continue our learning about a variety of common animals. We will learn how to classify them into amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals. We will then move on to learning about herbivores, carnivores and omnivores. The children had a lovely time during our visit to Dudley Zoo on Tuesday! After half term we will move on to learning about common plants and trees and we will continue to observe changes across the seasons. We will also be carrying out some scientific investigations into different materials.
In History the children will be learning about ‘The Great Fire of London’ as a significant historical event. We will be finding out about what life was like in London in 1666 and how it compares to life in London today. The children will research the events of the fire using a variety of different sources. In DT the children will be designing and making a Tudor house to link to their History learning. After half term the children will be developing their understanding of basic geographical vocabulary and in DT we will be designing and making a moving picture using a lever or a slider.
We will be continuing with the purple creative homework books this term. Please also continue to support your child’s reading at home as much as possible. We remind you that children’s books need to be in school every day
and children are still expected to complete their reading comprehension homework. Questions are usually found inside the front cover of their reading book and children should complete at least one comprehension each week. We would also encourage you to write a comment in their home/school diary, building their confidence and the link between home and school.
Please support your child by encouraging them to read the words using their phonics skills. This will support the preparation for the ‘Phonics Screening Check’ that the children will be taking this term.
Children need to keep a P.E kit in school but generally children in Year 1 will have P.E on a Monday and Thursday.
Please ensure that children have the correct PE kit in school at all times. Please can we also remind parents that no jewellery should be worn in school with the exception of stud earrings, and in line with Health and Safety guidelines these should not be worn on PE days. Children may be asked to remove earrings before PE sessions.
It would also be appreciated if all uniform (including PE kit and pumps) is labelled with your child’s full name and class – there was a lot of lost property left in school at the end of the Spring term and we are aware how expensive it is!
Should you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact your child’s class teacher, who will usually be available at the end of each day. Thank you in anticipation of your continued support.
We have much to be excited about for the Summer Term and we look forward to a term packed full of learning and progress.
Year 1 were taken back in time and visited a Victorian school where they were taught by a Victorian teacher, in a Victorian classroom, whilst wearing Victorian clothes. They were given a short Maths and English lesson and were even required to write on a slate board. The children were then able to explore the Victorian town and experience what life was like for a Victorian child.
One of Wolverhampton's Lollipop Ladies volunteered to help show children in Reception and Year 1 how to cross the road safely. The children then took it in turns to show each other how to cross the road.
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In science we have also been looking at materials and their properties. This week we have sorted materials according to their properties. When discussing the properties we have been using our scientific language. Angel- 'this glass is see through. We can call it transparent'.
In year 1 our homework project this half term was to build a waterproof boat to rescue Grandpa pig. Everybody has been very busy building and testing their creations.
In DT we have been learning how to prepare food safely and hygienically. This week we prepared salads and chopped the vegetables using taught grips such as 'the claw' and 'the bridge'. We really enjoyed tasting what we made, all our hard work made it taste even more delicious.
As part of our learning about black history month we learnt about great sportsmen. We then painted a portrait of Muhammed Ali using skills from our art topic.
As part of remembrance day we created poppies using different drawing techniques. we found that 'dotting' was a really effective method.