Year 1

Welcome to Year 1
Greetings 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 all about shadows and light and why does it get dark earlier in the winter?  We will be wondering why the sun is so important to us and where stars go in the daytime and what animals come out at night.  We have already created firework paintings and will be looking at the picture Starry Night by Vincent van Gogh.
In Maths we will start the term by finishing off our work on addition and subtraction and will then more on to looking at 2d and 3d shapes before returning to Place Value but this time up to 20.   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 be learning a firework poem off by heart and reading the story Katie and the Starry Night to tie in with our work on Van Gogh.  We will be concentrating on writing non-fiction information texts this term and will be creating leaflets about nocturnal animals.
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, our theme is Sacraments for the first 4 weeks when we will be learning about the Sacraments of Reconciliation and Healing and how they can restore and renew our relationship with God.  Then it will be Advent.
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. 
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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
Thurs 1 Nov   -   All Saints Day -  whole school Mass
                           11am St Joseph's church
Tues 4 Dec    -   Class trip to Pennywell Farm
Thurs 13 Dec -   International Christmas Market 3pm
Tues 18 Dec   -    KS1 Christmas production 9am
Thurs 19 Dec -   Christmas Dinner
Wed 19 Dec   -    KS1 Christmas production 6pm
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