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Welcome to Year 1

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Year 1 Summer Term

TOPIC
Our topic for the first half term is 'What Is Wonderful About Where We Live?'  We will be learning about all the things that make where we live so special including different landmarks.  We will be improving our geography skills by using maps and diagrams.    We will be going on visits in the local area and learning about the animals and plants that live there.  This is a great chance for us to become excited about Holmgate and Chesterfield.

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In the second half term, we will be learning all about magicians and magic.  We will be carrying out lots of science experiments and learning about different changes.

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Our Topic Afternoon for Summer 1 will be on Wednesday 24th May at 2:30pm.  We are inviting all parents/carers to come and see our topic work and learning.

In Numeracy your child will be learning:
This term we will be continuing with our new approach to maths with 'Maths No Problem'.  This will focus primarily on continuing our understanding of addition and subtraction through exploration of different methods of calculation and ways of showing our working. We will also learn about money in a practical way.

In Literacy your child will be learning:
As always our Literacy lessons will be linked to the work we do in our topic lessons. We will be recounting stories of adventure and exploration of familiar and unfamiliar places. We will be focused on developing our pre-cursive handwriting and continuing work on our overall presentation skills Please help us become
confident writers by asking us what we have been learning and practise sentence writing with us as often as possible.

In ICT your child will be learning:
This term we will be learning to write simple programs on the computer using code to help objects move, make sounds and appear and disappear. We will continue develop our ICT skills when using the ipads and publishing programmes on the laptops.

Key Skills:

Our priority for this term is to support the children to become more independent in all areas in preparation for their transition to Year 2.  We will be encouraging the children to think through their own solutions to problems that occur and continue to challenge themselves to show resilience in their learning. We will continue to encourage the children to develop their friendships both in class and around school.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

* Uniform - Please make sure all uniform is named clearly to help the children look after their own things.
* P.E.  -will be on Thursday, please ensure children have their named P.E. kit in school.
* Homework - Homework is set on Fridays to be handed in the following Thursday.  This will normally be a literacy, numeracy or topic based activity.
* Spellings - Spellings are set on Friday's to be learnt for a written test on the following Friday.
* Reading books - Please make sure your child's reading book is in school every day.  Children will be taught to become responsible for changing their own reading books.
* Snack - Children can bring their own healthy snacks to school for break time.  They are allowed to bring a 'treat' on Fridays.
* Time to Shine - this replaces show and share and is an informal way for the children to celebrate special achievement's e.g. swimming badges, certificates or medals.

HOW YOU CAN HELP YOUR CHILD

Phonics

Please practise with your child each time you read their phonic flash cards to embed their recall of the single and blended sounds.

Reading

Please try to read with your child every night.  They should read their school reading books but also enjoy other books that you have at home.  It is important for children to understand what they are reading so please ask them questions about the book after reading it.  It is also valuable for children to be read to, so try to read to them when possible, so you can enjoy stories together.
Please write in your child's reading record when you have read with them so that we can see how they are getting on at home.
The children are challenged to read at least 4 times a week (and have this recorded in their diary).  All children who meet or exceed this target get a sticker on their sticker chart and a small prize!

Writing

Please try to encourage your child to write a recount of stories that are familiar to them e.g. 3 little pigs, The Gruffalo etc. Also encourage them to develop their imagination by writing stories about things they enjoy doing or characters that they like from TV

Maths

You can support your child with their maths in different ways, such as:
* Adding and taking away amounts of objects up to and beyond 20.
* Recognising and writing numbers to 20 in numerals and words.
* Using money in practical situations.
Useful websites which may be helpful:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/ks1/
http://www.woodlands-junior.kent.sch.uk/
http://www.ictgames.com/resources.html
http://www.phonicsplay.co.uk/freeIndex.htm

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