Welcome to Year 1
What a year so far! We can’t believe that we are in our final term of Year 1 and we are so proud of everything the children have achieved so far.
The main theme this term will be, ‘Who has changed the world?’ We will follow the children’s interests and we are excited to work with the children to see which direction our big question will lead us towards. We are looking forward to teaching the children about a wide range of famous people from the past, including the fossil hunter Mary Anning, the explorer Christopher Columbus and suffragette Emily Pankhurst. By studying these famous people we will explore different eras of history as well as using these people’s lives as inspiration for our English work. During the first few weeks of the term we will be finding out about dinosaurs.
As mathematicians we will be gaining fluency with number facts and beginning to understand multiplication and division. As artists we will be giving our opinions about pieces of art from the past. As designers we will make our own inventions which will include moving parts. As scientists we will be learning about different materials. We will continue to learn about different types of trees and plants in our Forest School sessions. As computer users we will be using websites to research information. The children continue to have access to our outdoor environment during choice and challenge time.
Some lessons are taught discretely such as RE and PSHE. In PSHE we will thinking about people in our community. In RE we will be discussing what Christians believe God is like. In PE we will practise an overarm throw as well as putting movements together in a sequence in gymnastics. Please ensure children always have a PE kit in school, including outdoor PE shoes.
The final rotation of Creative Afternoon will take place in the term after the Easter holidays. The children have thoroughly enjoyed each of the 4 activities.
Home learning and Reading
We would like to thank you for all of your support with learning at home. The children have been working hard to learn their spelling of common exception words and it is vital that this continues in preparation for Year 2. We would also like to remind you about the importance of reading. It is important to encourage children to read a wide variety of different texts including non-fiction and poetry. Books do not have to be returned daily as repetition helps children to develop their fluency. Children are of course encouraged to read their own books in addition to school books.
Progress Reports and Parents Evening
We look forward to sharing your child’s development with you when their written reports are issued in July. Until then, if you ever have any queries or anxieties regarding any aspect of your child’s school life please see us as soon as they arise so that we can find solutions together. We look forward to sharing more detail regarding your child’s progress to date at the upcoming parents’ consultation evenings (21st or 22nd May).
Dates for your diary
1st May – Year 1 party
3rd May – Visit to Charlton Kings library
16th May – Orange Class Assembly
21st & 22nd May – Parents Evenings
23rd May – Purple Class Assembly
5th & 6th June – Science Open Classrooms
13th June – Green Class Assembly
26th June (PM) – KS1 Sports Day
2nd July – Multi skills sports at Cheltenham College
3rd July – Transition Day – (Children visit Y2 classroom)
6th July – Summer Fair
10th July – Y1 to Y2 transition evening
We would like to thank you all for your continued support.
The Year 1 team