WELCOME TO YEAR 1!
Teacher: Miss Stonehouse
TAs: Miss Perkins and Mrs Lehane
Welcome to Term 2! We hope you had a wonderful half-term break. We are looking forward to an exciting term with lots to look forward to along with the excitement of Christmas. On this page, you will find all the information you may need for the term. Similarly, I will share updates on the Dojo page as and when required. You will also find weekly updates on the Dojo page so you can see what learning your child has been doing each week.
If you have any questions or queries, please do not hesitate to contact us.
In Maths, we follow the White Rose Maths scheme of learning. Below you will find the overview for the year. We follow this, however, if we feel that the children need extra consolidation of a topic/concept, we may spend a longer time covering this.
In Term 2, we will be focusing on addition and subtraction. We are adding and subtracting within 10, ensuring that the children have a solid understanding of number. We will be continuing to consolidate our place value knowledge of numbers up to 10 before we progress onto numbers up to 20.
One way to support your child at home with Maths is by regularly talking about number with them and asking them questions such as 'What is 1 more than 4?' In addition, White Rose have an app available on the app store called 'White Rose 1 minute Maths'. It would be great to focus on the category 'Subitising' to begin this term if you would like additional practise. This is something we are focusing on during our 'Mastering number' sessions whereby the children can recognise a number without counting.
In Year 1, we will be continuing with Floppy's phonics. Floppy's phonics is a rigorous, easy to use, systematic synthetic teaching programme for early reading and writing success.
We cannot stress enough the importance of listening to your child read at home each day. It will support them significantly with their learning and their consolidation of phonetic knowledge.
Below is the English Alphabetic Code your child uses to help them learn to read. We have a focus sound each week that you child will be developing. This will be linked to their weekly spellings (Please see next subheading).
Each week, your child will have spellings to learn. In Term 2, your child will have 5 spellings to learn and from Term 3, they will have 10. These spellings will be linked to the spelling rule your child has learnt that week. Please practise these spellings with your child. We will then have a spelling challenge every Friday morning. You will find your child's spellings in their reading log but we will also post them on the Dojo page each week.
This term, we are focusing on writing instructions. We will be using the book 'Stuck' by Oliver Jeffers to write instructions on how to make a kite. This is our end goal for this term and our English learning will be leading up towards this.
We do ask that you don't read this text to your child at home ahead of our learning as some of our lessons will be developing prediction skills. During this term, we will be focusing on the different characters' and thinking about their actions and emotions. We will have a main focus on sentence construction, finger spaces, full stops and capital letters.
Whole Class Reading
In addition to phonics, we will be starting Whole Class Reading (WCR) using ICLUE. ICLUE is a set of comprehension based reading symbols that help us to focus more specifically on the different comprehension skills. Each symbol will help us to think about each comprehension target explicitly and enable us to explore these targets in greater depth. These targets are listed below:
Inference and deduction
Locating and retrieving
Below is an example text that we use. The children will then answer various questions about the text to develop their comprehension knowledge.
This is our overarching topic for Terms 1 and 2. This project teaches children about everyday life and families today, including comparisons with childhood in the 1950s, using artefacts and a range of different sources. We are really looking forward to this topic and start off our topic with an exciting range of artefacts to explore kindly provided by the Woodchurch Museum for us to borrow and support us with our learning.
If you, grandparents or anyone in your family have any photographs or artefacts that may support our Childhood unit or stories you'd like to share, and you wouldn't mind us borrowing them to support our learning, we'd be very grateful.
As part of our Connected Curriculum, we also have smaller companion projects focusing on other areas of the curriculum. These include:
Human Senses Our Wonderful World Funny faces and fabulous features
Useful Web Links