Below is a useful video regarding phonics testing:
Photos from our Christmas Nativity!
Spring 2018 - Year group 1
Our topic for the Spring Term is ‘Houses and Homes’
Religion: Our topic this half term is ‘Jesus at Prayer’. The children will become familiar with the story of the Exodus and within it, the Passover. We will recognise how the Passover was celebrated in the time of Jesus and how Jewish people celebrate the Passover today. We will learn how we remember Jesus in the sacrament of the Eucharist.
Topic + Literacy:
Key words: terraced, semi-detached, detached, bungalow, cottage, caravan, flats, kitchen, bathroom, bedroom.
We will look at different fairy tales including ‘The Three Little Pigs,’ and ‘Little Red Riding Hood’. We will focus on retelling the stories, writing letters to different characters and make comparisons between the stories.
We will also be creating non-fiction texts such as instructions, which will link to our topic ‘Houses and Homes’ and also to our science work – properties of materials.
We will be focusing on extending sentences using conjunctions (such as ‘and’, ‘but’, ‘because’ and ‘so’) as well as making our sentences more interesting by including adjectives. Children need to remember to keep using capital letters and full stops in their writing so please encourage this at home when children are completing a piece of writing for homework.
We will study our local area looking at the houses and buildings that are close to school, which will include a local walk to see different buildings. In the second half of the Spring term we will start learning about the four different countries in the UK, their capital cities and the surrounding seas.
Phonics and reading: We will continue to look at phase 5 sounds. We will be focusing on split digraphs: a-e, i-e, e-e, o-e and u-e and will then move on to look at alternative pronunciations.
You can refer to the Mr Thorne website for explanations on how to read words that contain split digraphs.
www.mrthorne.com – you can search for a video on each split digraph on the site.
You can also use the website www.phonicsplay.co.uk to practise playing buried treasure. This will help your child to become familiar with reading alien and real words which is one of the areas we are focusing on this half term. I will be starting to add real and alien words to the phonics part of the homework so you are able to practise sounding and blending these words at home. Please continue to use the online program ‘Teach your Monster how to Read’ at home also.
It is really important that you take the time to read with your child every day. Please record the date and a comment/signature in your child’s diary each time that you read with them.
Handwriting: We will continue to work on forming our cursive letters correctly. Please encourage your child to practise their letter writing at home. They can use pencil, paint, chalk or other tools to help them to develop this skill. Please remind your child that homework should be completed using cursive letters. A reminder that if your child writes neatly and clearly using the lines and forms their letters in the cursive handwriting script, they will earn a smelly pencil to use at school.
Maths: Key words: more, less, add, plus, altogether, take away, subtract, minus, tens, ones.
We will begin with place value and look at numbers within 20 to become confident to find one more/one less and look at the value of these numbers by learning about tens and ones. We will then move on to adding and subtracting numbers 11-20 and will use different resources to help with understanding as well as continuing to become confident with problem solving and reasoning. We will move on to look at numbers up to 50 and practise counting in 2, 5 and 10s. You can practise this at home by counting aloud or sharing objects and counting them in groups of 2, 5 and 10s.
PE Days - Tuesday and Thursday. On these days, your child will need to wear their P.E kit to school.
Homework – Homework will be handed out on Thursday to be returned on the following Tuesday.
Spellings: Please remember to keep practising the key words that are sent home with your child.