Mrs Helen Thompson
Wednesday 3rd May
Dear Parents/ Carers,
What a busy start to the Summer Term. We have lots of lovely things to look forward to this term and would like to take the opportunity to share these with you.
English: We have started looking at Fairy Stories including Cinderella, Snow White and The Three Billy Goats Gruff. Later in the half term we will study information texts linking with our Explorers topic. Please continue to read with your child at home and encourage them to change their books regularly, placing their book in the book change box in the morning. Reading book and reading records need to be in school every day as we have volunteers to support reading development.
During June all Year 1 children will take part in the Phonics Screening Check, a government initiative which is compulsory for all Year 1 children. We will send home additional information and advice nearer the time and will be holding a parents information session on Thursday 11th May at 3.30pm in the Year One building. We will inform you of your child’s result in their end of year report.
Mathematics: We are currently learning about place value and addition using column addition, number lines, and other practical methods. Other topics to be visited include addition and subtraction, multiplication, division time and money. Please continue to support your child with their weekly maths homework.
This term KS1 are working on the topic “Explorers”. In Year 1 we have talked to the children about what they would like to find out about and have planned the topic to include some of the popular suggestions. We will be learning about famous space explorers including Neil Armstrong and Tim Peake. In Science children will be learning about plants. We will be looking at the structure of plants and identifying common plants and trees.
PE: This term we hope to spend most of the time outside playing striking and catching games, and athletics. We will also be working inside learning about fitness and dance.
Homework will be handed out weekly, to be returned by the following Wednesday. Games and some activities do not need to be returned. We will also be sending some Phonics based homework in preparation for the screening checks.
As always please do not hesitate to contact us if there is anything you would like to discuss. Likewise we will let you know of any concerns we may have.
Mrs Bailey/Mrs Thompson
Welcome to our page on our new, updated website!
We recently had a very successful visit to Jodrell Bank. We used our senses to explore the planets and learnt about the first moon landing.
Wednesday 4th January 2017
Welcome back to a new term in school. We hope that you had a lovely Christmas break. Many thanks for all your kind wishes and presents. We wish you all a happy and peaceful New Year. This letter gives you a brief outline of the areas we expect to cover during the term.
Reading – In school we will hear each child read as part of a guided group at least once a week. This is recorded in their reading record with the date and a stamp saying “I have read in a group today.” We will also endeavour to hear individual children read as often as we can, depending on their particular needs. Please keep hearing your child read at home as often as you can and sign their reading record as they progress or complete the book. When children have completed a book, please remind them to place the book in the ‘Please Change My Book’ box in the classroom first thing in the morning (we will remind the children as well!). We will then change the reading book during the day.
Phonics – We will continue to work through the Letters and Sounds programme. Children will work in particular groups depending on their needs for 20 minutes each day. This work will help the children to blend sounds together for reading and segment words to help with spelling. We will also work on being able to read and spell some of the common exception words.
English– This term we will be looking at Information and Instructional Texts linking with our Topic and Science. We will be concentrating on developing their punctuation, spelling and grammar skills as laid out in the National Curriculum. Please continue to look through your child’s Spelling booklet and practise the words they need to learn.
Maths– We will be looking at place value, addition and subtraction and time. Please help your child by counting forwards and backwards in ones, twos and tens. It is really useful if children know their number bonds to ten e.g. 6 + 4 = 10.
Topic– This term our topic is ‘Buxton and Beyond’. We will include aspects of Art, History, Geography and Design and Technology throughout the term. In Science we will be looking at everyday materials and investigating their properties.
PPA cover – On Wednesday mornings Mrs Shaw and Mr Hill will continue to teach both classes. In Music the children are learning about rhythms and rounds. In PE Mr Hill will be teaching passing and receiving and partner work.
Homework – We will send home a Maths activity each week, this will reinforce their learning in class. It should be returned by the following Wednesday, unless it is a game which can be kept at home to play with.
If you have any queries please come and see us. We will have more time to speak to you after school or leave a message at the office and we will contact you as soon as we can.
Mrs Bailey and Mrs Thompson
We would like to say a HUGE THANK YOU to all the people who were able to come and help us plant trees. The children really enjoyed this experience and are looking forward to seeing them grow in years to come.
Our nativity play this year is Whoops A Daisy Angel and rehearsals are well under way. Your child will bring home song words to practise over the next couple of weeks. We look forward to welcoming you to our performances on Tuesday 13th December at 2pm or Wednesday 14th December at 10am. Further details will be available nearer the time.
October 8th 2016
The children thoroughly enjoyed a visit from the Plague Doctor of Eyam and learnt much about what life was like during the Plague in Eyam.
We will be continuing with the topic and learning about the Great Fire of London.
Welcome to Year One!
The children certainly seem to have settled well and are finding their feet as responsible Year Ones. Moving from Reception to Year One is a big change: the children will notice a difference in the way they are expected to work and in the responsibilities they are given on a day-to-day basis.
We will be holding a short meeting on Thursday 15th September after school in the Year One building, where we will share information about the way we work. Unfortunately we are unable to provide child care during the meeting. If you are unable to come to the meeting we are available for informal ‘chats’ either before or after school. Hopefully you will notice your child becoming more grown up and independent as the year progresses. We will do all that we can to ensure that your child is happy at school, please feel free to come and talk to us about any worries you might have.
In Year One we DO NOT use the link books as we do not have Teaching Assistants with us all the time to help administer the letters however, we are usually available before school should you need a chat or leave a note. Please remember to inform us if your child will be collected by somebody different at the end of the school day. Any money or cheques need to be given directly to the Teacher or the office please.
Planning, Preparation & Assessment time (PPA)
Mrs Bailey and Mrs Thompson will have PPA together on Wednesday mornings. During this time the children will be taught by Mr Hill and Mrs Shaw.
English – We will be continuing to work using the school cursive handwriting policy to develop writing skills. The children will have opportunities at various points each day to read, spell and write across all curriculum areas.
Reading – The children are given many opportunities for reading throughout the day, whether it is to read instructions for a task, labels around the classroom or to share a book with friends.
Your child will take part in a weekly Guided Reading session each Friday, as part of a group of children with similar reading ability. This will be recorded in their reading record. As always we encourage the children to read regularly at home as this will help enormously in developing your child’s confidence and ability. Please ensure reading records are in school daily so that any adult reading with a child can record their progress.
All reading records and books will be checked every Monday. If your child has completed their book please sign their reading record so we can change it. Please ensure they are confident at reading it, this may mean reading it several times, before signing to say it is complete. We will also change books during the week. In the classroom we have a book changing box which your child will be familiar with by now. Please remind your child to put their book and reading record in the box when they need their book changing.
Phonics – As part of teaching children to read and write we have regular Phonics sessions during which children will be working in groups with either Mrs Bailey, Mrs Thompson or Miss Redfern. Your child will also bring home a Reading and Spelling booklet. Please read the instructions carefully and if you have any questions do not hesitate to speak to us. Spellings will be tested each Friday. This is not a formal test but this helps us and you as parents to see what the children need to work on to progress. Please note children will not receive spelling booklets until they have been assessed.
Writing – All children will work towards being more independent writers. For some children this may be writing individual words; for others writing longer pieces and developing their range of vocabulary and punctuation. All children will have the experience of writing for a variety of purposes. Children will be encouraged to segment words to spell phonetically, alongside learning the spellings of common exception words which can’t be sounded out.
Maths – This term the children will build on their knowledge of number facts (e.g. number order, place value and number bonds) which in turn will help them to improve their mental calculation strategies. The children will be working with larger numbers across their maths topics and will build on their problem solving skills. Each week the children will be set a piece of Maths homework which will be sent home in a folder. Please support your child as required and return homework by the following Wednesday.
Topic – Our topic this term is ‘Marvellous Me’. Incorporated in this are elements of the Geography and History curriculum, along with links to other curriculum areas. We are planning some trips and walks and we would be very grateful for any volunteers to come with us.
The children will have plenty of opportunity to use computing skills in all areas, as we have many different programs to support the curriculum. Towards the end of the year the children will be using the Scratch programming tool to further extend their computing abilities.
PE – The children will have PE and Games on Monday and Thursday mornings. Please ensure that they have a pair of shorts to wear for gymnastics as it is dangerous for the children to wear jogging bottoms on the apparatus. If it is outdoors the children will need full kit, please see the ‘Welcome to KS1’ booklet.
Please do not hesitate to come and see us if there is a problem, no matter how small. Likewise we will inform you if we have any concerns. We hope you find this information useful and we look forward to meeting you soon.
Mrs Bailey and Mrs Thompson