St Andrew's Primary School

St. Andrew's Primary School
Cullompton

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Year 1 Focus

Class Information

The teaching staff in Year One are: Miss Pinniger & Mrs Colegate in Magpies and Mr Cowan in Woodpeckers. The team are also very lucky to be supported by Mrs Hall, Mrs Larkins, Miss Ford and Mrs Carver throughout the week.

Please can you ensure that all children come to school in full PE kit with suitable clothing and footwear for all weathers on PE days. Our PE days this term are: Wednesday and Friday. All PE kit and uniform should be clearly labelled to avoid any items going astray.

KS1 are provided with a free piece of fruit every day at break time. You are welcome to send a snack in for your child if they do not like the fruit but please ensure that it is a healthy snack. Children can drink water from their bottle throughout the day but please ensure that the lid is easy to secure in order to avoid spillages and that their bottle is clearly labelled with their name.

Please look out for the ‘Friday Contact’ newsletter which is emailed weekly for any other information about what is happening at school, especially key dates.

We appreciate all of your support in your child’s education and if you wish to discuss anything, the teachers will be available at the end of the day. In addition to this, the office will ensure that any message left with them in the morning is passed on promptly.

Information for Parents – Summer 2022

We hope that you have had a wonderful break over the Easter period and that you are as excited as us about the next term ahead.

We will be continuing to focus on both the fiction and non-fiction aspects of writing across the term and working on our writing stamina as we build up to writing more sentences. In our first non-fiction text, we will focus on extending sentences, using learnt skills, to write our own nonchronological reports before using Seaside themed texts to write narratives.

We have a busy term planned for Mathematics where we will continue to learn about fractions, finding ½ and ¼ of amounts and build on our knowledge of addition and subtraction before moving on to work with money and time.

‘Spring Into Life’ and ‘Man on the Moon’

We will be continuing to explore Spring and its new life as we understand animals and their habitats and become scientists to plant and observe plants growing from seeds and bulbs. We end our topic using our sculpting skills to sculpt a plant pot using clay. After half term, we will change our attention to space where we will become historians to study a significant event in history- the first landing on the moon!

Building Learning Powers

We will be continuing to build our knowledge of and use the Building Learning Powers vocabulary to help the children talk about their learning, in line with the school’s behaviour policy. Children will be rewarded with plenty of house points, R star awards and golden pupil certificates if they show these learning behaviours exceptionally well.

HOME - SCHOOL LEARNING

How you can help your child with their learning this term?

Reading: Your child will take part in teacher-led guided reading sessions once a week and another guided session with a class teaching assistant. They will also have a number of independent phonetically decodable books, which children will bring home in their book bags. When they are ready, the children will move onto the ‘Accelerated Reading’ programme. This involves children reading a book and answering questions in the form of a quiz. Please ensure that you read with your child at least 3x per week and record that you have read in their learning journey. This will be checked by the class teacher weekly to keep a track of this.

Mathematics: It is expected that children will practise their mental recall of multiplication and division facts for the 2, 5 and 10 X tables on a daily basis using ‘NUMBOTS’.

Phonics: Phonics (Y1) is taught in class daily. Please practice the sounds which have been taught throughout the week with your child using the PowerPoints put on TEAMS every Friday. Rainbow spellings: These words need to be practised regularly and children will be re-tested each half term, or before, if they are ready to move on. If this is the case, please could either you or your child inform your teacher that they are ready to be tested. These are presented in coloured grids and are the age appropriate spellings, which your child will be sent home with to learn. Your support in helping your child practise these, and particularly spotting them when reading, would be greatly appreciated.

Topic Work: Please see below a copy of topic activities that your child may choose to complete. These activities are intended to provide the opportunity for you and your child to learn together and extend knowledge in the topic area. There will be no ‘written’ feedback on this optional learning. However, we would love for the children to bring in their learning and share it with the class or post it on TEAMS for us all to see. The children’s learning will be rewarded with lots of praise and house points! We really want the children to feel proud of their learning achieved outside the classroom.