Miss Thana and Miss Mullins welcome the 2016/17 Year 1 class.
Dear Parents/ Carers,
A warm welcome back to the final term of the year, hope you and your families had a great Easter break! This term, we again have some interesting and stimulating cross curricular texts and topics for children to enjoy learning, below is some more information.
In English for summer half term 1, we will be focusing on another text from The Power of Reading Programme to develop our literacy skills. We will be studying: One Night, Far From Here by Julia Wauters. Below is a little bit about this book:
It’s pitch dark and a night time hush has descended. But as the pages of this beautiful book turn and day breaks, the animals within begin to stir. A magical bestiary filled with transparent pages that slowly reveal the magical and mysterious animals that live in the savannah, the forest, the desert, the jungle and even deep beneath the ocean.
Here are some of the learning aims of this teaching sequence:
To write for meaning and purpose in a variety of non-narrative forms
To know that information can be retrieved from a variety of sources
To use talk to give explanations and opinions
To identify some of the features of non-fiction texts
To sustain relevant listening, responding to what they have heard with relevant comments and questions
To use vocabulary influenced by books
To enjoy an increasing range of books
To compose and perform own poetry
IPC- Topic Overview:
We will use the IPC (International Primary Curriculum) to cover children’s History and Geography targets. The Topic for Summer Half Term 1 is Our World. Here are some of the Geography targets that we will be covering during this module:
different wildlife habitats in our local environment
the animals and insects that share our local environment
how our local environment compares with other locations around the world
Classroom Set Up:
This is how your child’s school day will be set out this term:
09.00 Guided Reading Session
09.25 Power of Reading/ English
10.25 Assembly/ Handwriting
10.45 Play Time
13.20 IPC/ Topic 1
14.00 Afternoon Play
14.15 IPC/ Topic 2
15.15 Home time
Art and Music:
Art and Music will be taught on a block basis once each term by Specialist teachers during the class teacher’s PPA time. This term these subjects will be taking place on Wednesday.
PE will be taking place this term on Tuesday afternoons and Wednesday afternoons. Tuesday will be Indoor PE and Wednesday will be Outdoor PE. Children are expected to have the correct PE kit.
This term our science topic is Plants. We will be studying plants, how they grow, and different types of plants around us as well as parts of plant. We will also be growing our own plants using carrot, runner beans or water cress seeds. We will plants our seeds during May, the children are very excited to get started on this!
Homework, Reading and Library Expectations:
Homework expectations are the same as last term, homework will be given out on Fridays and is expected to be handed in on Tuesdays or Wednesdays. All children are expected to complete their homework to the best of the ability as well as practising their phonics sounds. Children’s’ class reading books will be changed on a weekly basis according to their reading timetable. The class also has the opportunity to go to the school library every Friday and choose a book of their choice to take home and read, please remember to send in you child’s library book every Friday!
This term is set to be another busy term but I am confident that the children will be thoroughly enjoying it and doing great learning! If you have any questions please feel free to ask me!