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MACMILLAN COFFEE MORNING/MRS PHILLIPS FAREWELL WED 27TH SEPT 9AM. PLEASE COME!

Dear Parents,

Welcome to a new term and to a new school year! We hope you all enjoyed the summer holidays. As you are aware, the class teacher is Miss Wright.

I will be out of class for Planning, Preparation and Assessment time (PPA) on a Wednesday afternoon. Mrs Sharrock is our class Teaching Assistant (shared with Mrs Shepheard and Mrs Thomas’ class).

Year 1 has a structured timetable and all National Curriculum subjects will be taught. We will manage the transition into the more formal setting over the coming weeks and are confident the children will continue to love learning and school. The table below shows the topics we will be covering in the Autumn term for your information:

Science

Animals including humans

The children will learn about human and animal bodies and consider similarities and differences between them. Children will engage in a variety of activities including drawing and labelling the body, using their senses to conduct an investigation, describing animal bodies and sorting animals into groups.

History

How are toys different from those in the past?

This topic will allow the children to look at the similarities and differences between toys today and toys in the past. It introduces them to the concept of ‘old’ and ‘new’, and encourages them to think about the changes in their own lives and in those of their family or adults around them. If you have any old toys in the loft please share them with us!

Geography

Around the World

The children will have a whistle-stop tour of the seven continents of the world. We will look at each continent and explore their features, people and landmarks. We will learn where the seven continents are on a map and undertake a variety of fun activities to help them learn more about each one.

 ICTThe children will learn to log on to the school computers and learn to access a range of programmes. The children will increase their knowledge of the keyboard and also learn key skills such as saving and printing. We will be using the computer across the curriculum and learning to word process using simple programs and becoming more familiar with the keyboard and mouse.

Art

Self Portraits

The children will create portraits and self-portraits to communicate ideas about themselves. They will talk about images of children in drawings, paintings and photographs and artists portraits in order to develop ideas about how they will portray themselves. They will investigate a range of drawing materials, scales and techniques and learn how to mix and use colour in painting. Mrs Sharrock will be delivering these lessons during our PPA time.

Design Technology

Moving Pictures.

We will be learning about and making simple moving pictures. We will look at how movement can be made using simple levers, sliders and hinges. The children will produce their own moving picture.

Music

Singing Voice

In music the children will focus on the development of the singing voice, listening skills, aural memory and physical skills. The children will develop a repertoire of songs and will become familiar and confident with them.

PE (Tuesdays)

Dance – The Magic Toys

The children will be learning to explore movement ideas and respond to a range of stimuli. We will be looking at working with a partner to demonstrate a range of actions and creating sequences. They will be creating simple sequences and performing them. Please ensure all earrings are removed for the Tuesday lesson. PE Kits will be kept in school for the term.

 

 
We are following the New National Curriculum in English and Mathematics. The children will be working hard on writing sentences and developing their handwriting. We would be grateful if you could encourage correct letter formation when the children are writing at home. The children will cover a range of areas across Mathematics and we would encourage the children to count and to write single and two digit numbers at home.

The children will be heard to read as frequently as possible in class and we encourage the children to read at home every day with a parent. The children will receive spelling lists to learn for a weekly test in the coming weeks. They will be tested every Thursday. Homework is given out on a Thursday and is expected back by the following Thursday.

We are excited to be teaching your children this year and look forward to meeting you all. If you have any concerns, queries or questions please do not hesitate to contact me. I am more than happy to see you.

Yours sincerely,

Miss Wright