Elephants Year 1
Dear Parents and Carers,
We hope you had a lovely, relaxing Christmas and New Year!
Towards the end of last term the children’s learning began to take more of a formal, structured approach which we will continue now until the end of the year. Children will continue to be encouraged to develop skills and explore their own interests throughout Year 1.
Areas of learning which we will cover during Terms 3 and 4 include:
English – We will begin this term looking at traditional tales, with a focus on Jack and the Beanstalk. The children will be applying skills they have learnt already this year as well as developing some new ones to continue to improve their fantastic writing!
Phonics – We are following Letters and Sounds; the children have learnt Phase 3 sounds now, so we will be moving onto Phase 5 this term.
Reading - Guided Learning sessions in the afternoon will continue this term.
Maths – The children will still be working practically and will be problem solving within our Maths lessons, extending our knowledge of place value and beginning to investigate measurement.
Science – Everyday Materials – Children will be carrying out simple tests to investigate the properties of different materials.
ICT – In computing, the children will be continuing to develop the skills they have been learning in terms 1 and 2.
History – ‘Who lives in a castle?’ – We will be looking at castles, including our very own Deal, Walmer and Dover.
Geography – ‘What was life like 100 years ago?’ – The children will be learning about how life has changed in the past 100 years. We will be taking a trip to Glendale Lodge to interview the residents about their lives as children to support our learning.
RE – Christianity – ‘What is the good news that God brings?’ and ‘Why does Easter matter to Christians?’
Art – Art will continue to be interwoven into our curriculum. This term we will cover weaving and printing.
Design & Technology – We will be making our own junk modelling castles linked with our History topic.
Music – Sound & Hearing - Listening to and making a variety of sounds.
PE – Ball Skills – Children will be working on simple ball skills this term.
Please continue to ensure your child has their reading book and reading record in their bags on their days.
Red and green groups: Monday and Wednesday
Blue and yellow groups: Tuesday and Thursday
Homework will continue to be given out on a Friday and will need to be returned the following Thursday in order to be marked and new homework issued.
Please continue working your way through the spelling sheets at home.
Our PE days remain on Tuesdays and Fridays. Please could you ensure your child has their PE kit in school on these days.
Snack Children may bring in fruit for snack at playtime. Children also receive free fruit for playtime snacks, provided by the school.
Water bottles Please continue to ensure your child has a labelled water bottle with them.
Best regards, Miss Rebecca Dicks and The Year One Team.