Welcome to Year 1
This term has been a very busy half term with lots of different learning going on in class. Year 1 have learnt about Pirates and had a fantastic day dress as pirates looking at different pirate activities and we even had a fencing lesson with a fencing coach and world champion. The children loved it and were very motivated by it. We have had DT week in which the children designed and created T-shirt to wear on holiday. We have started learning about Kenya and the animals which live there and how living in Kenya is different to living in Hertfordshire.
After the holidays the children will complete their work on Kenya before we move onto your new topic of the Normans. The children are looking forward to our trip to the Norman village and castle the first Wednesday we return, Wednesday 18th April.
As the summer term begins we are ever hopeful that the weather will improve and we will have more sunny days. Please ensure your child has their water bottle in school to enable them to easily get a drink during class. They may also need to ensure they have sun cream put on before school and they have a hat in school to protect them.
18th April Class Trip to Mountfitchet Castle.
In year one the children will have PE on Tuesdays and Fridays. They are however expected to have their PE kit in school every day for other sporting events. The children need to have a full kit including a tracksuit as the children will be going outside for PE unless it is raining.
Reading and Phonics
Please can you ensure your child is doing their daily reading at home? The children need to read daily for 10 minutes to help them practise their phonics and improve their fluency. The children will also need to be asked about the text and if you have lost your coloured bookmark to support you. Every child brought their new reading level bookmark home before the Easter break, however if you require a new one please come and ask and this will be arrange for you.
The children brought home their new spelling packs for the summer term. The spellings consist of 5 sheets of flashcards for the children to learn over the whole term. We will be review them at the end of the summer term at the beginning of July.
Home learning goes out every Thursday and is expected back in on a Tuesday morning. This will consist of number work – Number bonds and then a task. The task will be based on what the children are doing in school. It will vary from week to week looking at different subjects and different types of activities.
This week the children have been given new home learning books for them to decorate and a selection of resources to help them practise and learn their digraphs and trigraphs for the children upcoming phonic screen check. Within their new home learning home folder there have a set of phoneme spotters. They are to be used as a tool to support the children and they are not expected to complete them all! Some children may choose to complete a few for the sound they are more unsure of. It is good practise to spot the sound within words to continue to support their reading and giving them practise for the screening check in June.
Please can I remind you to ensure all of your children's clothes are labelled as we already have had items go missing and some end up in the main lost property box as they have no name? Please can you also make sure you child also have a named water bottle so they can have a drink of water during the day?
If you have any messages please try to pass them onto Mrs Clarke or Mrs Burgess out on the playground as we like to be there for the children welcoming them and settling them into their day. This is very difficult if we have several parents wanting to discuss matters right at that moment. If you need a discussion about something, please can you arrange a meeting after school?
If you have any questions to ask or things to discuss please speak to the teacher and arrange time to discuss them with staff at a mutually convenient time.
I hope you all have a wonderful Easter break ready to continue our learning journey after the holidays.
Thank you for your continued support.