Welcome to Class 1
We would like to welcome you to Class 1 at Water Primary School. Miss Launder is the class teacher, supported by Miss Bulling as the class teaching assistant.
We hope that you have all had a fantastic Easter break and we very much look forward to the start of the next half-term. We have lots of very exciting things planned for the children.
Wonderful Water is our topic for this half-term. This will be based on our school. The children will be studying the local area by looking at aerial photographs, observing the school environment, map drawing, looking at a compass and understanding map symbols. The children will also be looking at the history of our school and comparing historic photographs to recent photographs.
In English we will begin by looking at a narrative unit. This will be based on a short film called The Book of Butterflies by Michael Leunig. This will also link with our science and geography unit. Our non-fiction unit will be based on information texts. The children will create their own book about owls to guide Harry Potter in looking after Hedwig. Our poetry unit will be based on traditional poems and rhymes.
Phonics will be taught daily and reading books will be changed daily. They will also be sent home together with a library book.
There will also be a variety of linked books in the reading garden relating to each topic. There will also be a English morning challenge from 8.50am linked to each unit.
In maths this term, we will begin by looking at money. We will then move onto volume, capacity and mass. 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 we will be learning about animals, specifically local wildlife. The children will be going on bug hunts, investigating habitats, looking after ducklings and observing the lifecycle of butterflies. There is also a science area in class which the children can further develop their understanding of our science topic.
PE this half term will continue to take place on a Monday morning. Please send your child to school every Monday in their school PE kit (blue shorts and plain white t-shirt) with their school joggers and hooded jumper. Your child should wear trainers to school and bring their pumps with them to change into.
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 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. 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!