Welcome back! I hope you’ve all had a wonderful half term!
Our theme this term is ‘Plants.’ In literacy we will be focusing on the story, ‘Jack and the Beanstalk.’ We will be using ‘talk for writing’ which has been developed by Pie Corbett. This is an effective way to engage children through actions.
In Maths, we will be revisiting measurement, looking at length, weight and capacity. We will be using standard and non standard units by carrying out lots of investigations and writing down our findings. Later on in the term we will be revisiting addition and subtraction, doubling and halving and also focusing on the value of different denominations of coins and notes.
In Science, we will be identifying and naming a variety of common wild and garden plants, including deciduous and evergreen trees. We will also be growing our own broad beans in class and keeping a ‘Bean Diary’ to record in daily.
It is ESSENTIAL that ALL PE KITS are named. We will be going to Smokey Row on a Thursday afternoon. Please ensure that your brings in your wellies that day or remembers to leave them at school. Year One will also continue to have P.E on a Monday and Tuesday afternoon.
At Great Kimble School, we are always looking for ways to improve our teaching and learning. As a staff team, we are focusing on asking more open-ended questions that don’t ‘lead’ the children or always elicit a ‘yes’ or ‘no’ response. We would love you to try and support your child at home in this too! Below are some questions that could help:
‘How did you get to that answer?’
‘Can you give me an example?’
‘Can you explain that to me?’
‘Can you draw it/write it for me?’
‘Is there another way you could do that?’
‘What have you found out?’
‘Can you tell me two things that you know already about….?’
‘What else would you like to know about…?’
In addition to Phase 5 Phonics, children in Year One have a list of common exception words that they are required to know how to read and spell by the end of the academic year. Please try to support your child at home with learning these. Thank you.
Common Exception words:
the, a, do, to, today, of, said, says, are, were, was, is, his, has, I, you, your, they, put, push, pull, full, be, he, she, we, no, go, so, by, my, come, some, here, there, where, love, one, once, ask, friend, school, house and our.
Our school day starts at 8.50am. Please ensure that your child is in the classroom by this time for registration. children arriving after this time will be marked in the register as late.
Please try to hear your child read every day. This is a really important process as it ensures they are reading the words correctly and have understood the context of what is being read. In addition, it would help enormously if you could ask them questions about the meaning of what they have just read, to check their understanding of particular words or phrases. Your child should have a bookmark with suggestions of the sorts of questions to ask: however, I will update this page regularly with other questions to support you further.
Spellings: your child will have a spelling test every Friday: please help your child to learn their spellings over the course of the week using the Read, Write, Cover sheet.