We hope that you and your children had a very enjoyable Easter break and we would like to welcome everyone back to the start of the Summer Term. Children have settled back into school well and they are ready for a term full of learning.
The Summer term is always an important time for children in Year 1. In English, we will continue to focus on the use of capital letters, full stops, question marks and exclamation marks when writing sentences, as well as using the conjunctions ‘and, so, because, but’ and adjectives (describing words) to make our sentences more interesting. We will also continue to learn how to apply prefixes and suffixes to words and the children will be given the opportunity to practise these skills across a range of different texts.
In Maths, we will continue to practise counting forwards and backwards in ones, twos, fives and tens up to 100. The children will continue to learn methods of addition, subtraction, division and multiplication. We will continue to consolidate the children’s knowledge of number facts – number bonds and doubles and the children will continue to learn about fractions and finding a fraction of a quantity.
In Science, we will move on to learning about plants and trees. Children will identify and name common plants and trees and learn about the structure of a plant. There will be plenty of opportunities for children to investigate and observe and they will even be planting their own beans/seeds! Children will also continue to observe changes across the seasons as we move into Summer.
In History, the children will be learning about ‘The Great Fire of London’ as a significant historical event. We will be finding out about what life was like in London in 1666 and how it compares to life in London today. The children will research the events of the fire using a variety of different sources. In DT, the children will be designing and making a Tudor house to link to their History learning. After half term, children will be developing their understanding of basic geographical vocabulary when comparing city, town and village and in DT we will be designing and making a moving picture using a lever or a slider.
For more information about our learning this term, please click on the Summer Term Curriculum Overview.
The children will continue to have a weekly spelling test. This will take place on a Friday and new spellings will also be given out on a Friday. The spellings will be made up of both common exception words and words using phonemes they have been taught so far.
Please continue to read regularly with your child as this will support the preparation for the ‘Phonics Screening Check’ that the children will be taking this term, during the week commencing 10h June.
Year 1 children have a busy term ahead in phonics. There are some great links and tips for parents at Oxford Owl
Please CLICK HERE
PE take place twice a week on a Monday and Thursday. Please ensure that children have the correct PE kit in school at all times. Please can we also remind parents that no jewellery should be worn in school with the exception of stud earrings, and in line with Health and Safety guidelines, these should not be worn on PE days. Children may be asked to remove earrings before PE sessions.
Should you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact your child’s class teacher, who will usually be available at the end of each day. Thank you in anticipation of your continued support.
We have much to be excited about for the Summer Term and we look forward to a term packed full of learning and progress.
Class 1 had a lovely day learning all about Road Safety and how we can keep ourselves safe when crossing the road. We learnt what a Lollypop person would do to help us, how we can hold hands with a grown up when crossing the road and we even learnt a song to help us remember what to do when we cross the road.
Remembrance day was a lovely day for Class 1. We were all very excited to make our poppies to display outside of school ready for our Remembrance day in school. On the day we made beautiful Flanders fields pictures using masking tape, paint and poppies. We also wrote our own instructions about how to make a poppy biscuit and then in the afternoon followed them to make our own biscuits. Yummy! It was a lovely day to remember those who gave their lives for us. Thank you!
In science we have been exploring our senses including our sense of touch to see if we can figure out what something is by feeling items and not looking at them. This helped us understand that our sense of touch helps us understand the world around us.
Congratulations to our newly elected school councillors!
In our English we have been learning all about instructions. We spent some time following written instructions to make different craft items such as a paper plate fish.
Year 1 were taken back in time and visited a Victorian school where they were taught by a Victorian teacher, in a Victorian classroom, whilst wearing Victorian clothes. They were given a short Maths and English lesson and were even required to write on a slate board. The children were then able to explore the Victorian town and experience what life was like for a Victorian child.
One of Wolverhampton's Lollipop Ladies volunteered to help show children in Reception and Year 1 how to cross the road safely. The children then took it in turns to show each other how to cross the road.
Children In Need
In science we have also been looking at materials and their properties. This week we have sorted materials according to their properties. When discussing the properties we have been using our scientific language. Angel- 'this glass is see through. We can call it transparent'.
In year 1 our homework project this half term was to build a waterproof boat to rescue Grandpa pig. Everybody has been very busy building and testing their creations.
In DT we have been learning how to prepare food safely and hygienically. This week we prepared salads and chopped the vegetables using taught grips such as 'the claw' and 'the bridge'. We really enjoyed tasting what we made, all our hard work made it taste even more delicious.
As part of our learning about black history month we learnt about great sportsmen. We then painted a portrait of Muhammed Ali using skills from our art topic.
As part of remembrance day we created poppies using different drawing techniques. we found that 'dotting' was a really effective method.