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 half-term 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.
Our topic this half-term will be a continuation of Wonderful Water. The children will be looking at the local area beyond the school gate. The children will explore the local area using first hand observation to enhance their locational awareness along with developing essential map and fieldwork skills.
We will begin by looking at a narrative unit. This will be based on a book called Jim and the Beanstalk by Raymond Briggs. This will also link with our science unit of plants. Our non-fiction unit will involve the children writing letters to Greenpeace. Our poetry unit will be based on learning poems by heart. The children will be learning the poem Daffodils by William Wordsworth and they will be writing their own Haiku poem.
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 be revisiting place value, money and time. 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.
We will be learning all about plants and what both plants and trees need to be able to grow. The children will be engaging in a variety of activities, including identifying common plants and trees in the garden and in the wild, sorting deciduous and evergreen leaves and crafting labelled plant and collage pictures. The children will be planting their own bean and observing it closely over the term by measuring and recording it’s growth. This will link with our art topic which involves land art. The children will learn all about Andy Goldsworthy and they will make their own nature sculptures.
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 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!