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 and Miss Fourie as the class teaching assistants.
We hope that you have all had a fantastic Christmas break and we very much look forward to the start of the next half-term. The children have had a fantastic first term and we can not wait to start our new topics.
Weather Experts is our topic for the half-term. This will involve the children looking at the weather and the four seasons. The children will then build on this knowledge by looking at hot and cold climates around the world.
We will begin our English unit by looking at a narrative story. This will be based on a short film called the Cloud Spotter by Tom McLaughlin. The children will retell the story in their own words using all their reading and writing skills taught in Term 1. This will then lead onto our non-fiction unit. The children will invent their own cloud catcher and write a set of instructions on how to use it. Our poetry unit will also link with seasons and weather.
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.
In mathematics, we will begin by looking at length and height before moving onto number skills; numbers to 40. This will involve addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. There will also be independent activities in our maths zone to further develop our skills.
There will be a maths morning challenge each day at 8.50am linking to each unit and the children will practise their timetables each day.
Our science unit is seasonal change which will link with our topic of weather experts. This will involve the children looking at the weather and the four seasons. There are lots of fun and exciting investigations planned for the children which will take place both inside and outside the classroom.
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 new 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!