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Spring 1st Half Term Class Letter

Monday 7th January 2019  

Dear Parents,

Happy New Year to you all and welcome back to the new Spring Term.  We feel sure that we will have an exciting time with the work that we are going to be covering this term.

Our theme for this term is ‘Fantasy’.  We will be studying this topic within English using fictional texts including ‘The Aliens are Coming’, ’Room on a Broom’, ‘The Great Dragon Rescue’ and many more.   We will continue to focus on sentence structure (finger-telling the sentence, capital letters, full stops, and finger spaces), as well as introduce question marks and exclamation marks.  Your child will also be learning about nouns, adjectives and verbs, in which s/he will be encouraged to use these within their writing. 

The spellings for this half-term will be focusing on the Year 1 common exception words and numbers.  These will be sent home on a Thursday, with the test on the following Wednesday.

In Maths we will be focusing on Your child will also be studying time, linked with Science, in which they will  begin to use language relating to time, such as days of the week, months of the year, before, after, today, yesterday, tomorrow, morning, afternoon and evening. We will be continuing with place value, in which we will be practicing to count on & back in 1s to 50 & then 100, and forward and back in 2s, 5s, and 10s.  We will also be focusing on partitioning numbers into tens and ones (units).  In addition and subtraction we will be concentrating on the addition/subtraction of 1-digit and 2-digit numbers to 20 (number bonds), as well as reasoning and solving problems that involve addition and subtraction.

In Science our focus is ‘Seasonal Changes’, and this will also be ongoing throughout the year.  Your child will learn that there are four seasons, and find out why this happens, as well as understand that seasons occur at different times of the year in the Northern and Southern hemisphere.  Your child will also study migration and hibernation.

Our Art/Design and Technology projects will focus on designing and making a 3D rocket and a Vulcan recipe known as ‘Plomeek Soup’ (idea taken from a Vulcan recipe in the  series Star Trek… the old series). 

Year 1 will continue to have PE on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday - indoor PE kit consists of a plain white T-shirt and dark blue shorts, which need to be clearly named.

Please can you ensure that your child brings a drink of water (not juice) in a clearly named sports type bottle, as throughout the day the children often get quite thirsty, especially after P.E sessions and playtime?

Now that the cold weather is here please can you ensure that your child brings in a hat, scarf and gloves, which need to be clearly named?

We hope that we can continue to work as a team in order to give your child the best experience possible in Year 1.  If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to speak with either Mrs Bowler or myself after school (though staff meeting nights on Tuesdays are best avoided).  Mrs. Leigh will also be available by prior appointment.

We look forward to an enjoyable and successful term!


Kind Regards,

Miss S Spencer (Year 1 Teacher)

Miss L Brooks (Year 1 Teaching Assistants)

Mrs R Lees

Useful links for parents 

External Link Icon Phonics Information
This website will help you to understand how we teach phonics. Ruth Miskin is the lady who developed our phonics scheme, Read Write inc. There are 2 particularly helpful sections. 1)Ruth Miskin's Top Ten Tips for getting started with phonics. 2)Not sure how to say the sounds? This section will help you.