We hope that you and your children had a very enjoyable half term break and we would like to welcome everyone back to the second half of the autumn term.
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The autumn term is always a busy time for children in Year 1. In science we will be answering the question What makes me different? Children will learn the names for their body parts and investigate the five senses. They will also learn all about keeping themselves healthy which will include making a healthy meal. As part of art children will draw and then paint self-portraits and also experiment with using different techniques and creating different marks with pencils, paint and other media.
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.
In Maths we will start by building on their experiences in reception and children will begin to understand the value of numbers. They will solve additions using apparatus, mental strategies, number tracks and number lines. Later on in the term we will use the same skills to solve subtraction.
In English, we will be concentrating on sentence construction and the use of simple punctuation. There will also be a strong focus on grammar and spelling.
Throughout the year children will have a weekly spelling test in phonics and another in class. These will be on a Friday and new spellings will be given out on a Friday.
Pupils will remain in their classes for the majority of lessons, with the exception of phonics for which they will be ability set and may change teacher/classrooms.
Homework in Year 1 will develop over the year. Your child will be given a purple creative homework book which will alternate English or maths homework each week. Alongside this there will also be a creative project which will be given at the start of each half term to coincide with the topics we are looking at in class. We hope your child will take pride in their books.
Reading books will be sent home every day. As their reading progresses your child will be given a blue reading comprehension book to answer questions which are usually found insdie the front cover of their reading book. Please 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. We would also encourage you to write a comment in their home/school diary, building their confidence and the link between home and school. Any extra practise at home is always welcome!
Please ensure that children have the correct PE kit in school at all times. In the interests of safety no jewellery, including earrings, should be worn on PE days.
Should you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact myself, I will usually be available at the end of each day. Thank you for your continued support.
We have much to be excited about for the autumn term and we look forward to a term packed full of learning and progress.
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.
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