Year 1 Spring Term Letter 2018

Dear Parents/ Carers,

I hope you have had a restful Christmas break and are revived and refreshed for the Spring term. Firstly, Mrs Fox and I would like to say a huge thank you for all the generous, thoughtful and personal cards and gifts which are very much appreciated.

In English this half term we will be focusing on stories with predictable phrasing, instructions and writing a report. In addition to English, all children in Key Stage 1 will continue to participate in the daily ‘Read, Write, Inc.’ scheme. Reading books will continue to be changed on a Tuesday and Friday and library books will still be changed on a Tuesday.  Show and Tell will continue to be on a rota basis on a Tuesday (please see list in classroom window). Please also note that this terms 50 Night Read started from January the 1st!

In Maths we will be starting with addition and subtraction, number place value, doubling and halving and number bonds to 20 then moving on to shape, space and measure and time. In order for you to be able to support your child at home we will continue to send home maths challenge cards which will be reviewed on a Wednesday.

In Science we will begin by focusing on Animals and Humans, naming simple body parts and senses and making comparisons with other animals. We will be learning about caring for pets and how types of animals are grouped. We will identify and examine animals found in the local environment.

In Design and Technology we will complete our houses and then we will be learning about tastes from around the world and deciding our own preferences. This topic will culminate in us making our own pizzas.

In History we will be learning about our local history focusing on the life and influence of St Alban. The highlight of this unit will be a visit to St Albans Cathedral to experience the St Alban trail and take part in a ceramic tile workshop.

In Geography we will be continuing our topic of the ‘Seasons and Weather’, focusing on winter, the arctic and deserts and extreme weather.

Our computing topic is ‘Discovering Turtles and Devices’ in which we will be using simple tools and features to illustrate themes and ideas.

In Art we will be learning about Aboriginal art and we will be making a class dot pictures.

In RE we will be learning about belonging and Easter.

For this term P.E. lessons remain on a Thursday and Friday, however, it is advisable to retain kits in school at all times in case of non timetabled sessions.

We hope your children continue to have a happy time in Year 1. If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to speak to Mrs Fox or myself.

Yours sincerely,

Miss Harvey and Mrs Fox