We hope that you and your children had a very enjoyable Christmas break and we would like to welcome everyone back to the start of the Spring Term.
The Spring term is always a busy time for children in Year 1. In English, we will continue to focus on the use of capital letters and full stops when writing sentences. The children will begin to use question marks and exclamation marks and will be encouraged to continue using the conjunctions ‘and’ and ‘because’. We will also 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, including, stories with familiar settings.
In Maths, we will continue to practise counting forwards and backwards in ones, fives and tens up to 100. The children will be given the opportunity to consolidate their understanding of how to add and subtract two numbers together by solving word problems and we will continue to practise reciting number bonds to 10. Later on in the term, we will move on to solving multiplication and division using apparatus, mental strategies, number tracks and number lines.
In Science, we will be learning about a range of materials and their properties. Children will have the opportunity to investigate the properties through simple investigations.
In Geography, we will be finding out how to identify human and physical features both in their local environment and in coastal areas. In Art, we will be looking at the work of Renoir and Monet and the children will be creating their own ‘Waves’ painting. After half term, children will continue with Art and will design and create a Victorian clay tile in the style of William Morris. In History, children will learn about the Victorians and will learn about toys from the past.
For more information about our learning this term, click on the Spring Term Curriculum Overview.
The children will continue to have a weekly spelling test. This will be on a Friday and new spellings will also be given out on a Friday The spellings will be made up of both common exception words and words using phonemes they have been taught so far.
The purple creative homework books proved very successful last term and we will be continuing with these, with weekly English and Maths and the additional Please continue to support your child’s reading at home as much as possible by reading their school books but also by sharing books from home too. 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 (Stage 2+). 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.
Year 1 PE sessions are:
Spring Term 1 (Wb. 8th Jan – 11th Feb):
Monday = Dance
Thursday = Multi-skills
Thursday = Multi-skills
Friday = Gym
Please ensure that children have the correct PE kit in school at all times; PE kits can be purchased from the school office. Can we also remind parents that children will need pumps included in their indoor PE kit and trainers included in their outdoor PE kits; children may also want to have some warmer clothes for outdoor P.E. as we move into from Winter to Spring.
It would also be appreciated that all items of 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 Autumn 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 Spring Term and we look forward to a term packed full of learning and progress.
Miss D Rees
Class 1 had a lovely day learning all about Road Safety and how we can keep ourselves safe when crossing the road. We learnt what a Lollypop person would do to help us, how we can hold hands with a grown up when crossing the road and we even learnt a song to help us remember what to do when we cross the road.
Remembrance day was a lovely day for Class 1. We were all very excited to make our poppies to display outside of school ready for our Remembrance day in school. On the day we made beautiful Flanders fields pictures using masking tape, paint and poppies. We also wrote our own instructions about how to make a poppy biscuit and then in the afternoon followed them to make our own biscuits. Yummy! It was a lovely day to remember those who gave their lives for us. Thank you!
In science we have been exploring our senses including our sense of touch to see if we can figure out what something is by feeling items and not looking at them. This helped us understand that our sense of touch helps us understand the world around us.
Congratulations to our newly elected school councillors!
In our English we have been learning all about instructions. We spent some time following written instructions to make different craft items such as a paper plate fish.
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.
Children In Need
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.