This half term in Year One, we will be learning all about 'The weird and wonderful weather around the world'.
In Literacy we will be developing a range of skills through our new topic. We will be reading 'The Storm is Coming' and exploring different types of weather, focusing on using adjectives, developing our story/ instruction writing and weather reporting. The children will write descriptions of the different types of weather using exciting adjectives. They will be retelling and recreating 'The Storm is Coming' by rewriting the story and performing their adaptation. We have still been working really hard to develop our understanding of how to change words by adding prefixes and suffixes such as 'un', 'er', 'ies', 'ing' and 'ed'.
In phonics, we are continuing to develop our knowledge in order to read and write trickier words! Please ensure that you are reading with your child for a few minutes each evening and that there reading books are returned to school daily.
Turtle class love 'Show and Tell' so please encourage your child to bring in something on a Friday. 'Show and Tell' encourages speech development, as it provides an opportunity for children to use their language skills and children also learn to be respectful when listening to others.
Children do tend to get upset if they forget to bring in something for 'Show and Tell,' so please make sure something is packed in their school bag before you leave the house on a Friday morning! Please encourage your child not to bring in a toy but something to represent an event they have been to such as a leaflet, souvenir or photo.
Children will be working on their measuring skills; measuring length in centimeters and meters. They will begin to learn basic fractions (half and quarter) this will mostly be carried out practically but using objects to half such as fruit. Children will continue to learn adding and subtracting calculations, as these basic skills form the foundation for all maths.
We will be learning about patterns and how to continue/create a repeated pattern. We will also be learning how to solve word problems using our knowledge of our times tables, measuring, fractions and patterns. Turtle class will continue to practise the 2 x table but will now be learning to count in 5s and 10s.
This Summer Term we have our very own post office in the classroom where we can send letters and parcels all around the world. We at Thorpe-Lea encourage role play to support the children's writing and mathematical skills.
In Year One, we are lucky to have a new teacher called Miss Moore who will be teaching us until the summer holidays! Miss Moore trained at the University of Roehampton and has taken on many roles when working with children such playworker, performing arts teacher, and now our year 1 teacher. We are also very lucky to have Mrs Glennon supporting us in the mornings. Mrs Glennon has worked at Thorpe-Lea for almost 14 years!
Every Monday your child will come home with up to five new books to read during the coming week. Please could you read with your child every day as research has shown, that, if this is undertaken your child will progress faster in all areas. I would hope that during this time your child will also begin to develop a love of reading.
Daily reading should only take 5 minutes and if your child is struggling with some words, please read the words for them, as reading should be a pleasure and not a struggle. Please complete your child’s reading diary daily with the date, a comment on their reading and don’t forget to include the page number that they finish on. Once read, please sign the reading diary and books will be changed the following Monday.
Homework will be given out on a Thursday and should be returned no later than the following Tuesday. This will consist of some English, maths and handwriting tasks, and will be directly linked to the learning the children have been doing in class during that week.
Children will now come home with their spellings on a Thursday together with their homework. This is not only because it it is easier for you to know that everything will come home together, but children will now be incorporating their spellings into writing a sentence every week for homework. This will encourage children to learn their spellings thoroughly, in time for practise the following Wednesday. It is still essential that their spelling book is not lost, as without it your child will not be able to learn their spellings.
PE will take place on a Tuesday and Wednesday afternoon, it is essential that your child has their PE kit in school on these days and that it is clearly labelled with their name.
It is essential that your child comes to school in the correct school uniform and this includes plain black shoes. As we all know things tend to go missing, uniform should be clearly labelled with your child's name.
Should you require any further information or you have any concerns, please do not hesitate to speak to me at the beginning, or end of the school day.
Children can make some music and sing some rhymes every Saturday morning from 10:30-11am at Staines Library. Here children can also access the internet at no charge and are able to take out a number of books and DVD's for free. Please follow the link: https://www.surreycc.gov.uk/people-and-community/libraries/your-library/find-your-nearest-library/staines-library for more information and opening times.
Here are a selection of websites which will support your child in their learning:
Find free e-books at: www.oxfordowl.co.uk/reading-owl/find-a-book
Phonics games at: www.phonicsplay.co.uk
Reading games at: www.readingeggs.co.uk
BBC Bitesize KS1 for all areas of the curriculum: www.bbc.co.uk.bitesize