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Welcome to Class 1!

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What we are learning this term

Literacy

In Literacy this half term we will be following the National Literacy framework and looking at songs and repetitive poems, pattern and rhyme and Instructions. This ties in with work about Bonfire Night, Hanukkah and Christmas. We will also be looking at Stories from a range of cultures and Stories with predictable and patterned language such as Handa’s Surprise, We’re Going on a Bear Hunt and A squash and a squeeze.

Please help your child to learn their spellings each week and aim to read for 10 minutes every day together.

Encourage your child to change their home-school reading book regularly.

Help your child with correct letter formation

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Phonics

Children will:

Link sounds to letters, naming and sounding letters of the alphabet

Explore and experiment with sounds, words and texts

Hear and say sounds in words in the order in which they occur

Blend CVC words and recognise common digraphs such as ay, ee, igh, ow, oo, ar.

Use their phonic knowledge to read simple regular words and make phonetically plausible attempts at longer and more complex words. We will concentrate on ‘high frequency’ words such as ‘and’ and ‘the’. Children should be able to read them and spell them, by the end of the school year.

Please practise letter sounds and letter formation with your children.  If you would like a list of high frequency words to practice with your child at home please see me.

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Numeracy

In Maths children will represent and use number bonds and related subtraction facts within 10

Read, write and interpret mathematical statements involving addition (+), subtraction (-) and equals (=) signs.

Add and subtract one digit numbers to 10, including zero.

Solve one step problems that involve addition and subtraction, using concrete objects and pictorial representations and missing number problems.  

Help your child to say and use the number names in order in familiar contexts and recognise numerals. Help them to count aloud in ones, twos, fives or tens. Provide opportunities for your child to find one more or one less than a number from 1 to 10 or beyond.

Ensure that your child completes their Numeracy homework.

Computing

We will be looking at Db Primary which is a platform for learning. It is used across the whole school and is an exciting way for children to access their work as well as other activities. 

If you have a computer and the internet at home help your child to practice controlling the mouse to create a drawing. Encourage them to use the save tool and the print tool. 

Science

 In Science this half term we will be studying Light and Dark. We will be looking at different light sources, investigating shadows, looking at light as a source of energy and linking it with festivals we are studying this half term.

Please help your child research their Science topics using the internet and non-fiction texts.

History

The topic this half term is The Great Fire of London. We will learn about the food of the time and bake bread. We will find out more about how we fight fires today compared with how fires were fought in the 17th century. We even have a visit from Sir Samuel Pepys. 

Ask your children  to tell you what they have learned in school about the Great Fire of London.

P.E

This half term our topic will be Dance and we will look at how people danced in 17th Century to tie in with our topic.

We do PE on Monday and Wednesday. Please ensure that your child brings the correct PE kit to school.

 

Homework

Homework will be sent home on Fridays and should be returned completed by Thursday of the following week. It will link with topics taught in the classroom. There will also be spellings to learn and Mental Maths questions for a test. 

Help your child to learn their spellings each week and mental maths when given.

Geography

The topic this half term is Houses here and away. This topic is based on children's own experience. Looking at homes in their locality, exploring the influences of time, climate and environment. They will compare housing around the world and in other times.

Encourage your child to take notice of the houses and buildings around them. Ask them to tell you what they have learned in school.

Thank you for your continued support.

 
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