Welcome to Year 1!
Welcome back and a happy new year to you all! I am so happy with how all of you have settled into year 1! I cannot wait to see what we can do in 2023! We still have lots to learn and explore.
The aim of this letter is to explain some important things to help us all through the upcoming term. Please note that lots of the information will be available on our school website: https://www.st-giles.staffs.sch.uk/
We will be using our phonic knowledge to sound out words, focusing on forming sentences by using finger spaces between words. We will continue to learn how to use capital letters and full stops in our sentences and check that our sentences make sense!
We will be starting our term thinking character description. We will think of lots of adjectives we can use to describe different characters.
We will then be moving on diary writing. The children will be exploring a different way of writing.
The children will take home a RWI book once a week and a library book for you to enjoy together. The children will be reminded to take their reading folder home. Please make sure that your child’s reading diary is signed daily.
In Maths this term we are focusing on numbers to 20, addition and subtraction within 20. We will continue using the part whole model to partition numbers to 20, creating number bonds and using concrete resources to facilitate our maths mastery skills.
This term we will be focusing on the following units:
- Jesus Teacher & Healer
- Holy week
We will think a lot about what has just happened over Christmas and why it is so important to us. We will also learn about Lent and what this means including Holy Week.
Our Science work will begin with studying the animals including humans. We will learn about the different animal groups what features these animals have and humans and their senses. We will also continue to think about the seasons and the changes they bring.
Our history unit this term is very exciting! We will be looking at the Kings and Queens. Kings and Queens of England, who they were and what did they do. We will be thinking about where they lived and what a castle looks like.
Geography we will be learning about the different seasons and what happens in different months of the year. We will learn about when the seasons fall in the year, what months each season includes. We will also think about what the weather is like in each season.
In art this term we will be learning about the famous artist Barbara Hepworth and her work sculpting. We will be learning facts about her life and creating our own pieces of work in her style using clay! Once we have made our own piece of work, we will evaluate these.
This term we will be finishing our moving stories, thinking about making sliders to make a book come to life. Once this is finished, we will be moving onto textiles. Our final outcome is to make a puppet! We will think about how we can join materials together and what we will need to make our own puppet.
PE this term is split with ASM sports. We will be focusing on developing the children’s fundamental movement skills. I will be liking this with Gymnastics!
Please make sure that PE kits are in school with everything that your child might need. Girls are not able to wear their tights under their shorts, therefore please make sure that they have a pair of socks to wear.
Homework books will be given out on a Wednesday and should be returned to school with completed homework the following Monday. Homework will be stuck into homework books ready to be completed. Children will be given access to various educational apps, such as NumBots and Purple Mash where they can continue to test their skills. Logins are in homework diaries, ready to be used at home.
- Please ensure your child comes with a water bottle into school every day. Juice is not allowed in school, only water. Water bottles will go home each evening and need to be washed before returning to school the next day.
- Snacks for break time need to adhere to the school’s healthy eating policy.
- Please make sure that ALL uniform is named clearly to avoid confusion with other children. This is particularly useful when getting changed for PE.
- Toast can be purchased for break time using parent pay. Please be aware that this will need to be booked a week in advance.
Miss Hall and Mrs Mills.