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Hello everyone and welcome to Year 1.
Reading Challenge Books
Welcome to Year 1.
Dear Parents and Carers,
Welcome back - we hope you had an enjoyable two-week break. We have some exciting things planned and some information that we would like to share with you. Please do ask us if you would like to know anything more about what we are learning or doing this half-term.
During this half term we will be learning about stories with familiar settings.
We will begin by looking at the story of Paddington Bear and his amazing travelling adventures from deepest, darkest Peru to modern-day London.
We will also learn about the encouraging and motivating story of Sulwe.
We will have an opportunity to explore different types of writing such as recounts, letters, retelling and finally instructions.
We will continue to develop our writing styles by using the following types of sentences: 2A and BOYS.
This half term we will strengthen our understanding of number by looking at place value within 100.
We will also be exploring fractions, learning to find and recognise a half and a quarter of a whole.
We will be focusing on how many halves and quarters are in a whole and how fractions can be represented in different ways.
In geography we will explore the seaside in the United Kingdom. We will use maps to locate coastal areas in the four countries of the UK.
This half-term in history we will be learning about the London Underground. We will explore the history of how and why the Underground was built. Also, we will be looking at how the Underground changed lives of Londoners.
In science we will be looking at plants and their parts. We will plan and experiment to discover what plants need to stay healthy. We will explore plants in different environments and describe what they need. In addition, we will identify and name different trees.
Children will have PE with our specialist PE teacher on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.
Please ensure that your child has the correct PE-kit on the correct days. We recommend that children bring their PE-kits into school at the beginning of half-term and keep them in school for the entire half-term.
Please note that only black PE shoes or trainers are allowed. If your child does not have the correct kit, they are not allowed to participate in the lessons.
In RE this half-term, we will be looking at Christianity. In particular, we will explore places of worship in Christianity. We will learn about what happens during Church meetings and investigate the ceremony of baptism.
Last half-term we introduced daily handwriting practice where we dedicate time to practising letter patterns.
We will be sending booklets home and encourage children to spend 15 minutes a day practising letter formation.
Homework is handed out on a Monday to be returned by the following Monday. We expect all children to practice homework tasks daily.
Additionally, spellings will be set daily throughout the half-term on Purple Mash. However, we encourage children to practice writing spellings out on the back of the homework sheet.
Children should ensure that they bring their reading challenge books every Monday along with the storymap worksheet.