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 Are our toys more fun than our grandparents'? This is mainly a history topic and we will be looking at how we know objects are from the past, similarities and differences between toys now and from long ago and making our own toy incorporating a lever (DT).
In Maths we will be carrying on with Place Value within 50 and the 2, 5 and 10 times tables before moving on to measurement - height, weight, length and volume.   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 session.  There will also be the opportunity to write some non-fiction texts about toys and instructions on how to play a game from the past.
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 looking at Judaism before moving on to Lent in line with the liturgical seasons and then the final week before we break up will be devoted to Holy Week (although Holy Week itself is during the Easter Holidays!).  
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
Tues 26th & Wed 27th Feb - Parents' Evenings
Wed 6th March    -   11am Whole School Mass @ St Joseph's Church
                                 ASH WEDNESDAY
Wed 20th March -    11am  Whole School Mass @ St Joseph's Church
                                 To celebrate St Joseph's Day (19th March)
Friday 5th April -      Last day of term.
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!