A Letter from Mrs Park
Year 1 Autumn 2 Newsletter
This half term, our topic will be related to the fairytale ‘Tangled’. Throughout our lessons, we will be going on a mystery rescue mission and meeting lots of characters along the way! This topic covers the themes of family, dreams and aspirations and right and wrong.
In Art and Design Technology, the children will be able to design a printing block for one of the characters & print patterns to represent them. They will also be designing and building a model of transport to get us to the kingdom quickly.
In Science we will find out about different kinds of plants and how to care for them.
There will be chances in Geography to carry out fieldwork in our local area around school.
In History we will be researching and sequencing clothing worn by British Royals in the past.
We will use iPads as part of our computing work in order to practise simple programming skills using Programs such as Beebot. This will link to our maths topic of Position and Direction understanding the concept of whole, half and quarter turns, and clockwise and anti-clockwise directions.
We will continue to focus on phonics in Year 1, as good phonic knowledge is essential in order to develop reading and writing skills. We will continue to do Guided Reading everyday where we will read a range of fiction and non-fiction books. This term, I will introduce Roald Dahl’s ‘Fantastic Mr Fox’ as a class story, which we will read for 10 minutes at the end of each day. Our writing will be closely linked to our new narrative immersion theme including poetry and writing stories. Children will be encouraged to write with increased independence and produce an increased amount of sentences.
The first part of the half-term will be spent focusing on addition and subtraction. We will use number bonds to 10 to help with this and will begin to use symbols to record our sums. We will use objects, pictorial representations and number lines as an aid with our work. In the second part of the term, we will focus on geometry. We will learn to name and recognise 2D and 3D shapes and begin to describe position, direction and movement.
A homework grid will be sent home in the first week of term. I will also put a copy on Dojo class stories. It will contain a range of activities that are linked to our topic of ‘Tangled’ and also linked to a range of different curriculum areas. Please help your child to choose and complete a minimum of one activity per week and bring into school ready to be marked on a Friday. There is a set of 7 new spellings for your child to focus on throughout this half term.
Please continue to read with your child at home at least four times a week and record it in their reading record. If your child is struggling with reading, encourage them to segment and blend the sounds using their phonic knowledge.
Due to COVID-19 we have had to temporarily postpone curriculum mornings. We hope to be able to invite you into school as soon as it is safe.
There will be dates for Christmas events sent home nearer to the time- via paper letters and Class Dojo.
Dates for the diary
Please check the website www.st-thomas.stockport.sch.uk for advance notice of all school events for the whole year ahead.
Home Learning Activities
If your child is required to self-isolate due to Covid-19 please find below a range of activities and resources that you can access and do at home. Please see the homework grid and activities for your child's class - there is lots on there to keep you busy and some tasks can be done more than once. You can also practise spellings and phonics as well as reading.
In the event of your child's bubble being closed to self isolate more information will be provided relating to online learning and lessons.
Websites and Apps
Free Apps For Reading
- Collins Big Cat
- Cookie Next Door
- Busy Things