Willow Class - Year 1
We would like to welcome you to Class 1 at Water Primary School. Miss Launder is the class teacher, supported by Miss Bulling and Miss Fourie as the class teaching assistants.
We hope that you have all had a amazing summer and we very much look forward to the start of the first half-term. We have lots of very exciting things planned for the children and we are very much looking forward to seeing all you all.
The Great Fire of London
Our first topic for this half-term will be based on The Great Fire of London. The children will be learning about the key events and they will be studying Samuel Pepys and his infamous diary. The children will have the opportunity to increase their awareness of the past by comparing and contrasting past and present-day London, as well as looking at how life was different in the 17th century. We will also have a very special visit from the Fire Brigade!
We will begin this half-term by looking at a narrative unit that relates to friendship. This will be based on two books called the Cloudspotter by Tom McLaughlin and Imaginary Fred by Eoin Colfer. Our non-fiction unit will be based on The Usbourne Book of Big Machines and our poetry unit will be based on two booked called Oi Frog and Oi Dog by Kes and Claire Grey.
The children will also have access to our writing area, phonics area and reading garden to further develop their independent literacy skills.
Phonics will take place each morning at 9.05am, home reading books will be changed daily, and the children will have access to the school library.
In maths this half-term, we will begin by looking at place value. We will then move on to addition and subtraction. There will also be challenges in our maths area to further develop independent numeracy skills. Additionally, the children will have access to TT Rockstars and Doodle Maths daily.
In science this half-term we will be learning all about different materials and what materials different objects are made from. The children will be describing, comparing and grouping together a variety of everyday materials on the basis of their simple physical properties and carrying out investigations and experiments.
PE this half-term will take place on a Monday morning. Please send your child to school every Monday in their school PE kit in accordance with our uniform policy.
The children will also carry out continuous provision challenges within the classroom and outdoor area to support and develop their knowledge and understanding of subjects. Some examples of this are; writing area, maths area, science area and our reading garden. The reading garden will contain books relating to all areas of our learning.
For full details of the curriculum, please refer to the Year 1 Curriculum Map.
Your child will continue collecting points throughout the week for displaying attributes set by the class. The children each have an 'avatar' of themselves. The person who collects the most points throughout the week will also bring home one of our class mascots. Please send photographs through Dojo and encourage your child to write about their fun times together.
Home learning is set each half-term and home learning books will be sent home for the children to complete. This will include some very fun, creative and interactive home projects for you, which will also link to our curriculum.
However, please continue to read with your child at home. By reading stories to your child as well as listening to them read will encourage a love of books and reading which has a huge impact in all areas of learning. Little and often is great. If you need any assistance with phonics, our door is always open and we are happy to help.
Weekly spellings will be sent at the start of the term and a spelling quiz will take place each Friday. We encourage children to use Spelling Shed which is a fun and exciting way to practise spellings.
Timetables will also be set on TT Rockstars each week for the children to practise and a fun game/quiz will take place each week. The children will need to specifically focus on their 2, 5 and 10 timetables.
Please note that the door to Class 1 opens at 8.50am where a morning task will be set for the children each morning. Registration will take place at 9am.
If there is anything at all you wish to discuss with Class 1, please do not hesitate. As always, our door is always open to you!
We are very much looking forward to seeing you all in the new term!