Year 1 (Elstar) 2021 - 2022
Year 1 Class Teacher
Dear parents and guardians,
I hope you all had a lovely Easter break.
A few reminders:
- Reading challenge note down in your child's reading record each and every time they read at home with you
- Homework is sent out on a Friday and must be handed in on Wednesdays
- Spelling books are to be brought in on a Friday
- Please ensure your child brings back their reading books on a Friday to get them changed.
This term in English we are focussing on looking at stories with repeating patterns and focussing on ‘Handa’s Hen’ by Eileen Browne. We will be unpacking the story and identifying what patterns we can see in the story and what repeated phrases there are.
We will also be looking at instruction writing nearer to the end of the term and being able to write instructions on how to make a sandwich. This will be linked in with our new DT project this term ‘chop, slice and mash’.
This term we will be covering the following topics:
-Multiplication- being able to make equal groups, arrays and doubles
-Division- making equal groups and also sharing equally
-Halves and quarters
-Position and direction- describing turns and describing positions
-Numbers to 100- being able to spot patterns, partition numbers, compare and order numbers
-Time- using a calendar, telling the time to the hour and half an hour, writing and comparing time
-Money- recognising coins and notes
In the Childhood project, your child will learn words and phrases related to the passage of time. They will explore artefacts to help them to understand childhood in the past and how childhood has changed over time. They will explore the six stages of life and explore timelines and family trees. Everyday life in the 1950s will be explored, including shopping, transport, family life and childhood. They will also learn about the significance of Queen Elizabeth II's coronation in 1953 by studying photographs and online sources. The children will use maps to explore how places have changed over time and highlight any similarities or differences between childhood today and childhood in the 1950s.
Science- Plant parts
In the Plant Parts project, your child will learn that plants are living things that grow from seeds or bulbs. They will revisit the concept of seasonal change, observing how trees and other plants change with the seasons, particularly from winter to spring. Your child will observe, photograph and identify various plants growing in and around the school grounds. They will choose one plant they would like to study for the project's duration. They will continue their learning by learning the parts of plants. They will explore where new plants come from and learn the names of some plants that grow from seeds and bulbs. Your child will learn about the parts of leaves, making comparisons. They will ask and answer scientific questions about the importance of plants to animals, including humans. They will observe how their chosen plant has changed over time and record their findings.
DT- Chop. Slice and Mash
This project teaches children about sources of food and the preparatory skills of peeling, tearing, slicing, chopping, mashing and grating. They use this knowledge and techniques to design and make a supermarket sandwich according to specific design criteria.
In RE this term we are moving on to Judaism. Our key question is ‘Is Shabbat important for Jewish children?’
This term the focus is on relationships. We will be looking at families, how to be a good friend, people who can help us in school, being my own best friend and celebrating special relationships.
This term we are starting ball games and tennis.
Children will be having 2 PE sessions each week on Monday and Thursday.
On PE days the children are expected to come to school in the following NOT UNIFORM:
- Bottle green shorts
- Red Pippins t-shirt
- Socks (if children wear tights regularly)
- Black/Grey/Navy jogging bottoms
- Sweat band (if needed to cover a religious bracelet)
Please make sure that children are not wearing any jewellery on PE days apart from for religious reasons.
The children will be receiving their homework on a Friday and it will be expected back in the following Wednesday. Please keep in mind if your child doesn’t bring in their homework on Wednesday and put it in the classroom box then unfortunately it cannot get checked.
As always, if you have any problems or questions, please send me an email at email@example.com
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