Welcome to Year 1
Please take a look at our class page to find out what we have been up to. We will update regularly with information we are learning about, photographs to celebrate our learning and useful information. I hope the children will enjoy the next stage of their learning and have lots of fun along the way!
I hope you all had a lovely Easter and enjoyed the sunshine, which now seems like a distant memory. This half term is relatively short and we have lots of things packed in such as Sparkle Day, the school fete and Roundwood’s Got Talent. Please read emails from school carefully so that you don’t miss anything.
There have been a few minor staffing changes this term. Mrs Wildman and Mrs Draper will continue to work within the class at different times during the day. We are very pleased that Mrs Perrett will now be working in Year 1 for three mornings each week. Mrs Perrett had previously worked with us during our guided reading sessions, so we are really pleased to be able to welcome her to the class more regularly this half term.
All weather clothing
- Please can all children continue to bring a coat to school as the weather is very changeable and unless there is very heavy rain the children go outside at playtime and lunchtime. If the weather warms up again please ensure your child comes to school wearing sun cream that is designed to protect their skin all day and that they have an appropriate hat.
- Please can all children bring in a water bottle which they can use at all playtimes to ensure they stay hydrated. This should contain water. If the children bring in squash to have with their lunch, they should also have a separate water bottle. Please make sure your child’s name is clearly visible to them and other children.
- The children do P.E. every Monday afternoon and a Thursday afternoon. PE kits must be left in school so that they are able to take part in these sessions. PE is a compulsory subject at school and really contributes to their overall physical development. P.E. should now contain:
- Black shorts, jogging bottoms and a black sweatshirt
- Red Roundwood T-Shirt
- Trainers and socks
Please ensure these items are names. Each week we are adding items to the ‘Lost Property’ which are not named and remain unclaimed at the end of P.E. sessions.
We are experiencing an increasing number of children not having their P.E. kits in school. This is particularly important this term when we will take additional opportunities to practise for Sport’s Day. Therefore, we would like all children to leave their P.E. kits at school for the whole half term. At this age the children are not getting sweaty and dirty during P.E. therefore kit does not need to be washed on a weekly basis.
- We currently have a good selection of school uniform including summer dresses and cardigans which have been donated to us. This is all in good condition. If you would be interested in any of these items, please speak to Mrs Hall.
The children have homework every week. This will be Mathletics based unless the children bring their homework book home with an alternative activity in it. Each half term the children will receive a piece of topic related homework which will be sent home in their homework books. These will be given out on a Friday and collected on a Wednesday.
In the same way as last term each week I will allocate 2-3 activities linked to the units of work we have been doing in maths. Please complete these activities with the children as you would any other homework. As this is internet based rather than paper based I allocate the tasks on a Thursday afternoon and will check that the activities have been completed and how the children have got on with the tasks on a Thursday. Certificates are given out during our Monday sharing assembly. It is great to see how many children are achieving these. We are noticing that the children who are completing all of their homework are also the children making the most progress in maths.
For those children who enjoy spending additional time on Mathletics please repeat previous activities as these will include different numbers and calculation or play the games rather than moving onto content we have not yet covered.
Unfortunately, a growing number of children are not completing their homework. This term if homework has not been completed on time they will be asked to complete a paper based activity during Golden Time.
If you do not have access to a laptop or large tablet at home for your child to use to complete the Mathletics activities please let me know as these children will have the opportunity at school to complete the Mathletics activities.
The children will continue to bring home spellings each week. These will be given out on a Thursday afternoon and checked on Thursday morning. These will either be based on the spelling patterns the children are focusing on in phonics and spelling lessons or will be taken from the common exception words the children are learning to read and write.
Phonics / Reading
Please continue to practise the sounds on the sound mats that the children brought home last term. This is making a huge difference. I was really pleased to see that so many children could remember the ones we have learnt. This will really help the children to make greater progress with their reading and also help them to be more confident in preparation for the Phonics Screening Check in June.
What will we be doing this term?
Our Wonderful World!
This term our topics will focus on the world around us. This will predominantly have a Geography and Science focus. This half term we will be learning about different plants and animals including where they live and how they are suited to the environment. In Geography we will be learning about the different continents and oceans. In the second half of the summer term our topic will be focused on the local environment. I will send out more information related to this after half term.
In maths this half term we will begin by focusing on Multiplication. The most important part of this is that the children have a really good understanding of what multiplication is and not on them reciting times tables. We will begin by practising counting in different ways. This will include reciting multiples of 2, 5 and 10, but also counting large groups of objects by grouping them in these ways. Many children are able to recite numbers but make avoidable errors when counting objects whether these are real objects or pictures of objects, therefore we will practise using strategies to ensure the children are counting accurately. When using real objects they will move them into groups and when counting pictures they will mark the ones they have counted. Writing two digit numbers will become increasingly important. We will continue to focus on writing numbers correctly and writing numbers in the correct position to reflect their value e.g. twenty-six is 26 not 62.
After this we will be focusing on Fractions. The focus on this work will be on making sure that the children have a good understanding of the words whole, half and quarter and that they can identify half and a quarter of different shapes and can split a set of objects into equal groups to find a half and a quarter.
In English we will begin by focusing on writing letters. The children will be talking about the different ways people communicate with each other in writing both on paper and electronically. They will be learning how to write simple letters and postcards. This will be linked to our topic as letters will be introduced to the children through the book ‘Dear Greenpeace’. They will then be writing letters linked to our topic on animals.
In Science we will be focusing on plants and animals. The children will be learning to name and describe different plants in the school grounds and local area including identifying trees. We will be planting different seeds in preparation for growing these at our allotment. If anybody is interested in helping / sharing the allotment please let me know. When learning about animals the children will be extending their learning from our Oceans and Seas topic by categorising animals in more scientific ways and comparing the structure of these animals including parts of the body, diet and how they are suited to their environment.
French & PSHCE
In French the children will be learning about different parts of their body.This will support the work the children are doing in PSHCE which will also include identifying different parts of the body. Please see the letter that was sent home by email and as a paper copy last week for more information about this. As mentioned in the letter the children will be introduced to the proper names for different parts of the body. If you have any questions about this please pop in and speak to either Mrs Carr or myself.
We are always looking for parents or grandparents to come and help in school. This could include listening to children read or sharing a particular talent or skill. If this is something you or somebody you know might be interested in doing, please let us know. Please be aware that parents who help with reading and spellings will usually work in a different class to the one their child is in. In order for parents to help we need to arrange for the necessary checks to be done which incurs a cost to the school, so please consider whether you are able to make a regular commitment before volunteering.
Friends of Roundwood School Association (F.R.S.A.)
The Friends of Roundwood School Association is our parents association. They are extremely supportive of the school and work very hard to raise money for the school. Throughout the year money raised by the FRSA is used to buy resources for the school such as library books and equipment for the outside learning areas. They have also subsidised many school trips. They have recently raised money to enable us to update our school minibus and have paid for the Mother’s Day Tea Party and will be paying for the Father’s Day Breakfast.
You can support the FRSA by attending meetings, helping in the organisation of events such as quiz nights, film nights and the school fete. Please don’t worry if you are unable to help before events as coming along is the best way to help.
Below are some reminders about what you should do to keep safe on line:
- Always tell an adult if you are using the internet and what you are using it for.
- Never talk to anybody you don’t know.
- Don’t give out any information about you (name, age, address, school) even to people you know.
- If something pops up on screen, don’t close the screen, tell an adult.
- If you get a mean message or email, ignore it and tell an adult so they can delete it.
- Don’t go on to websites you are told not to.