We hope that you and your children had a very enjoyable Christmas break and we would like to welcome everyone back to the start of the Spring Term. The children appear to have settled back into school and are enthusiastic to continue with their learning.
As you are aware Mrs Spackman is currently on maternity leave and we would like to welcome Miss Cox to Palmers Cross, who will be teaching in Year 1 for the remainder of the year.
The Spring term is always a busy time for children in Year 1. In English we will continue to focus on the use of capital letters and full stops when writing sentences. The children will continue to use question marks and will learn how to use exclamation marks. They will be encouraged to continue using the conjunction ‘and’ ‘because’ ‘so’. We will also 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, including, stories with familiar settings.
In Maths we will continue to practise counting forwards and backwards in ones, fives and tens up to 100. The children will be given the opportunity to consolidate their understanding of how to add and subtract two numbers together by solving word problems and we will continue to practise reciting number bonds to 10/20. Later on in the term we will move on to solving multiplication and division using apparatus, mental strategies, number tracks and number lines.
In Science we will be learning about a variety of common animals. We will classify them into fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals. We will then move on to learning about herbivores, carnivores and omnivores. During the Spring term, to link with our Science topic, we will be planning a trip to Dudley Zoo, more details to follow.
In Geography we will be finding out how to identify human and physical features both in their local environment and in coastal areas. In Art we will be looking at the work of Renoir and Monet and the children will be creating their own ‘Waves’ painting. After half term we will learn all about the Victorians in History and will visit Weston Park to enhance their learning and in DT we will be making our own Victorian clay tile.
For more details about our learning this term, click on the link below.
The children will continue to have a weekly spelling test. This will be on a Monday and new spellings will be given out on a Tuesday. The spellings will be made up of both common exception words and words using phonemes they have been taught so far.
The purple creative homework books proved very successful last term and we will be continuing with these. Please continue to support your child’s reading at home as much as possible. We remind you that children’s books need to be in school every day and children are still expected to complete their reading comprehension homework. Questions are usually found inside the front cover of their reading book and children should complete at least one comprehension each week. We would also encourage you to write a comment in their home/school diary, building their confidence and the link between home and school.
Your child will continue to bring home a phonics book as well as a common exception word booklet. Please support your child by encouraging them to read the words using their phonics skills and apply their spelling rules in their own sentences.
Children need to keep a P.E kit in school but generally children in Year 1 will have P.E on:
Mondays and Thursdays
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.
It would also be appreciated that all items of uniform (including PE kit and pumps) is labelled with your child’s full name and class – there was a lot of lost property left in school at the end of the Autumn term and we are aware how expensive it is!
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 Spring Term and we look forward to a term packed full of learning and progress.
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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.
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