A Letter from Mrs Park
Year 1 Autumn 1 Newsletter
This half term, our topic will be related to a story called ‘Home’. In the text, four animal friends live together but each friend wants to live somewhere different. This topic covers the themes of habitats, relationships, compromise and resolution.
In Art and Design Technology, the children will be able to use a range of materials creatively to design and make products related to homes and habitats.
In Science we will find out about and describe the basic needs of animals, including humans, for survival (water, food, air). We will also develop our knowledge about the natural habitats for the four main animals from the story (bear, badger, rabbit, deer).
There will be chances in Geography to name and locate parts of the United Kingdom and we will also identify seasonal and daily weather patterns where we live. We will create timelines as part of History lessons, as we order old and new photographs of Stockport.
We will use iPads as part of our Computing work in order to experiment with text and images and will develop our research skills using the Internet.
In English, we will be developing our phonic knowledge to decode new words whilst reading and to segment words into phonemes whilst spelling. The children will also develop their ability to read and write common ‘exception’ words and begin to use common suffixes. We will be reading and discussing a range of fiction, non-fiction and poetry and the children will start to use a wider range of punctuation and conjunctions.
In maths, the children will be focusing on place value and addition and subtraction. they will count forwards and backwards to 10 and beyond, starting with any given number and will begin to identify and represent numbers using objects and pictorial representations. They will learn to read, write and interpret mathematical statements involving addition (+), subtraction (-) and equals (=) signs.
A homework grid will be sent home within the first few weeks of term. It will contain a range of activities that are linked to our topic of ‘Home’ 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.
Your child is expected to read a minimum of four-five times per week. Please ensure your child reads to either an adult or an older sibling, and their reading record is signed. If your child is struggling with reading, looking at and discussing the pictures in books is extremely beneficial and having an adult read stories to children will also help develop early reading skills.
Due to COVID-19 we have had to temporarily postpone curriculum mornings and the harvest festival. We hope to be able to invite you into school as soon as it is safe.
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