Year 1 — 11 January 2019

Dear Parents/ Carers,

I hope you have all had a wonderful Christmas break and a Happy New Year! Firstly, Mrs Fox and I would like to say thank you so much for the generous and thoughtful collective gift card, all the proseccos and the personal cards that we received. They were really appreciated so thank you all very much!

In English this half term we will be focusing on stories with predictable phrasing, we will be looking at statements and questions and patterns in poetry. 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 Monday.  Show and tell will continue to be on a rota basis on a Friday (please see list in classroom window).

In Maths we will be working on addition and subtraction, measuring, part part whole models and ordering and comparing. In order for you to be able to support your child at home we will continue to send home Maths challenge cards which will tested on Thursdays.

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

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. The trip date is to be confirmed soon so further details and permissions to follow. Parent volunteers to accompany us are needed so if you are able to help please speak to myself or Mrs. Fox.

Our computing topic is ‘Let’s Create’ 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 our own pots and 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 wonderful and fun time in Year 1. Thank you all for your continued support. If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to speak to myself or Mrs Fox.

Yours sincerely,

Miss Upton and Mrs Fox

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