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 What would an alien need to live on planet earth?  We will be considering who might help the alien and who helps us in the community and look at the work of the Police.  We will also be covering the science strand of Materials and their properties when we think about creating a house for the alien that would keep him warm and dry and safe.
In Maths we will be moving on to addition and subtraction within 20, Place Value within 50 and the 2, 5 and 10 times tables.   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. 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 when recording our science observations about different materials and describing the role of a policeman in our community.
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 still be considering the Feasts of Christmas for the first two weeks of term followed by 4 weeks on Revelation.
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
Fri 18th Jan   -   2.50pm Class Assembly with parents.
Wed 6th Feb -    Parents' Lunch 12.00
Thurs 14th Feb - Last day of term.
Phonics Screening Check
Year 1 
June 2018
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!