Year 1

Welcome to Year 1
Hello from your class teacher:  Mrs Norton
Our fantastic TAs are Ms Nott and Mrs. Faith
Our learning journey this half term...
This term our learning challenge topic is Which plants and animals would Little Red Riding Hood find in our school and park? This is mainly a science topic and we will be mostly looking at how to identify plants and flowers in the locality as well as their different parts and what they are used for.  We will also be identifying the various birds that visit our school and park and thinking about how we could attract more of them.  We will have plenty of opportunities to improve our sketching and water colour skills during this topic when we draw the plants, flowers and birds.
In Maths we will be starting our first look at multiplication and division (continuing with our embedding of counting in 2s, 5s and 10s.)  Following this we will be beginning to think about fractions - mainly halves and quarters.  Your help at home is crucial! Anything you can do (even for just 5 minutes a day) will help. Maybe show your child some coins and get them to recognise them. Let them weight out ingredients in the kitchen.  What about getting them to count in 2s, 5s or 10s before you let them on a tablet or watch TV? Little things like this will be a huge help!
In English we will continue with our weekly narrative writing and Guided Reading comprehension sessions as well as daily phonics work.  There will also be the opportunity to write some non-fiction texts about plants and birds.
Reading - Please hear your child read every night (10 minutes would be great!), talking about the book as much as possible and discussing what is happening and predicting what might happen. Please sign the log book and we will change the books on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.
Mathletics/Literacy Planet- activities are available for each class for children to practise. Also - please practicse the One Minute Maths challenges - examples can be found on the school website under the curriculum tab in the Maths section.
Our RE Learning
In RE, we will be continuing to consider the theme of Easter for 4 weeks followed by the start of Pentecost and Mission (Pentecost Sunday itself is on Sunday 9th June) which we will continue after half term.  
There will still be a daily phonics lesson with some reading activities but this is now slightly shorter to allow for more time to dedicate to writing and developing a rich vocabulary. 
Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar
We will be learning to combine words to make sentences, to use full stops, capital letters and finger spaces and begin to use exclamation marks and question marks correctly. This term we will also be looking at the prefix un- to make opposite words (eg tidy - untidy); adding the suffix -s or -es to make plurals and the suffix -ed for past tense verbs.
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PE Days

We will have two PE sessions per week - most weeks these will be on a Monday and a Thursday, however, this may not always be the case due to timetabling.   It is important that your child has their kit in school every day. Please ensure that all your child’s kit is named and that plimsolls are fastened by velcro and not laces. They should leave their kit in school and take it home half termly to be washed.

This term we will be doing Multi-skills (running and jumping) and gymnastics.

Important dates
Wed 1st May        -    Class 1 at Mass 11am St Joseph's Church
Thursday 2nd May -  Class visit to Devonport Park Activity Centre (am only) - link 
                                         with this term's topic.
Fri 3rd May         -    KS1 Disco 3.30-4.30pm
Mon 6th May       -    Bank Holiday
Fri 10th May       -     May Procession - Parents welcome to visit flower display in honour of Mary after 3.30pm.
Fri 17th May       -    Class 1 Liturgy - Parents welcome.  2.50pm
Wed 22nd May    -    Year 1 at Mass 11am St Joseph's Church
Phonics Screening Check
Year 1 
June 2019
This year, the children will be working hard on their phonics knowledge in preparation for a short, verbal test in the Summer Term. Please click on the link to watch an explanation about the Phonics Screening Check.
Follow this link to sign in for Mathletics
Fun at Pennywell!