Welcome to Class 1
Our teacher is Mrs Johnson.
Mrs Fogg and Mrs Heggie will also be helping in our class this term.
Don't forget to check Class Dojo!
Children in Year 1 will take the phonics screening check in June. Please see below for information and activities to support this.
Friday 8th June – FOTPA Dad’s Breakfast
W/B 11th June – My Money Week
W/B 11th June – Phonics Screening Week
Wednesday 13th June – School Photos
Wednesday 13th June - KS1 take part in 'Race for Life' at Sherwood Pines.
Friday 15th June – Father’s Day Event
W/B 18th June – Safety Week
W/B 25th June – Sports Week
W/B 2nd July – Transition Week
Friday 13th July – 100% Attenders Event
Wednesday 18th July – Always Green Treat
Your child will need their reading books and Home/School Contact Book in school every day.
Homework/spelling books will need to be handed in on a Thursday each week.
PE kit will be required on a Monday (outdoor kit please) and trainers will need to remain in school all week.
Water bottles will be sent home every Friday in order for them to be cleaned and will need to be returned to school on a Monday morning. Please remember to return these as it is important that children have regular access to a drink (especially as the weather hopefully warms up).
Helping your child to complete their homework is an important way for you to know what they are learning about in school. Most homework will be set with the aim of you supporting your child in order to complete it.
Homework will alternate between maths homework and spellings and will be given out on alternate Fridays. Children can hand their homework in once it is completed. Spellings will be checked once a fortnight, usually on a Thursday.
This will usually be either a game on Mathletics (your child's username and password can be find in their home school contact book) or an activity or game that they can play at home with you. If your child is unable to access Mathletics at home, they can do so before school on a Tuesday or Wednesday morning from 8.30am. Where possible, we ask that you still complete the homework with your child if using school facilities to give you the opportunity to be involved with their learning. Children who do not complete their homework will do so at homework club on a Wednesday lunchtime to ensure that they do not fall behind.
Children will receive a spelling list of 10 words which will include common exception words, high frequency words, words with sound patterns in that we have been looking at in class and words that children are regularly spelling incorrectly once a fortnight.
A whole class reading session will take place once a week for all children, as well as a guided reading session. If for any reason we feel that your child would benefit from reading on a 1 to 1 basis, or having 1 to 1 support in addition to their guided reading session, then we will let you know. Children will be issued with a guided reading book to take home during their session which they will read with their teacher or teaching assistant and will also be able to choose an individual reading book (at their level). They will not necessarily read this with an adult in school, but may share it with their reading buddy. Some children may move on to our Accelerated Reader programme which is used to develop children’s comprehension skills and involves them taking quizzes on the books that they have read (in school). Children wishing to choose a free choice book (which may be too difficult for them to read, but can be shared with you in order to develop their vocabulary and understanding at a higher level) to take home may do so from the library on a Friday afternoon.
Children are expected to read at home as much as possible and can read ANYTHING, even the back of the cereal box!! Please let us know of any significant ‘wow’ moments or areas of difficulty with your child’s reading by recording this in their Home School Contact Book. These will be checked once a week, during your child’s guided reading or individual reading session.
This term our topic is...
Why do we like to be beside the seaside?
We will be exploring the following questions:
This is what we plan to cover across the curriculum!
Non-Fiction - information page about an animal that you would find at the seaside
Diary entries - linked to Grace Darling
Poetry – Commotion in the Ocean
Narrative- The Lighthouse Keeper's Lunch. Stories, postcards, letters, newspaper reports.
Recount – trip to the seaside
Retelling – Sharing a Shell
Instructions - How to build a sandcastle
Stories and films to enjoy -
The Lighthouse Keeper Series
Sharing a Shell
The Singing Mermaid
The Snail and the Whale
Traction Man and the Beach Odyssey
Commotion in the Ocean
The Rainbow Fish
Form lower case letters, form capital letters
Name all letters of the alphabet and know their order.
I can use the spelling rule for adding ‘s’ or ‘es’
Days of the week
Simple spelling rules: ve, tch, ll, ss, zz, ck
Adding suffixes: ing, ed, est, er
Adding the prefix un
Conjunctions - or, and, but
Types of sentences (statement, exclamation, question, command) and relevant punctuation
Accurate spelling is a key part of the Key Stage 1 curriculum; therefore it is vital that the children practise and learn by heart any spellings and spelling rules that are sent home this year in their Read Write Inc. spelling books.
Position and movement
Habitats – what animals might we see at the seaside? Name and label them.
Floating and Sinking investigations
Electricity – create a circuit to light a bulb for a lighthouse
How can we stop our ice lolly from melting at the beach?
Light sources – when do they show up the best?
How can a lighthouse help to save lives?
Art/Craft and Design Technology
Design and make a lighthouse
Design and make a sandcastle
Making jam tarts for a picnic at the beach.
Skills linked to topic
Seaside holidays in the past
Capital cities in UK
Comparing a contrasting locality to Retford
David and Goliath
Jonah and the Big Fish
Finding out -
Use online sources of information to find out about the seaside
Creating a sun safety poster
Creating a brochure for a seaside resort
Traditional seaside songs
With help from my teacher, review my own work and identify what I’ve done well.
With help I can suggest how to improve my work.
With help I review my own work and identify what I’ve done well.
I am beginning to change my behaviour to suit different roles and situations.
I recognise feelings and behaviour of others.
I keep going with an activity for the pleasure it provides and sometimes for a reward.
I recognise my achievements in some areas.
I answer relevant questions about why things happen and how things work.
I have imaginative ideas.
I’m prepared to put forward my ideas or answers in a small group.
I try to remain patient if solutions are not readily at hand.
Parents / Community
Day trip to the seaside (date TBC)
Parent Workshop – making lighthouses (date TBC)