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 Why are humans not like tigers? This is mainly a science topic and we will be looking at animal classification and comparing humans and animals and learning the different parts of the body.  We will also be learning about domestic animals and how we look after our pets. We will continue to develop our sketching skills when we have a go at sketching our faces for self portraits.
In Maths we will be starting our first look at geometry (position and direction) followed by time and money so 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 and pay for some shopping. Talk about telling the time to o'clock and half past and at what time we do different things during the day. 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 and of course during the week beginning 10th June the Phonics Screening test will take place.  Mrs Shores administers this and it is done in a very informal, relaxed fashion exactly the same as the other assessments have been done during the year.  There will also be the opportunity to write some non-fiction texts about wild and domestic animals.
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.
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 Pentecost for the first 3 weeks.  Following this we will be looking at two different faiths - Hinduism  and Sikhism and then finish the year with some work around the themes of Catholic Social Teaching.  If you would like to know more about Catholic Social Teaching, then please click on the link below.
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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 practising hitting a ball with a bat or racquet and learning how to compete in team games like rounders as well as getting ready for Sports' Day.

Important dates
Friday 14th June        -    Sports' Day
Wed 19th June          -     Class Mass @ St Joseph's Church 11am
Wed 26th June         -    Whole school Mass - in honour of Deacon James' ordination which will take place on Saturday 22nd June.
Fri 28th June            -    Summer Fair
Fri 12th July            -     Reports out
Fri 19th July            -     Final day of the school year
Phonics Screening Check
Year 1 
June 2019 - w/c Mon 10th June
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!