Welcome back to school everyone. I hope that you have had a relaxing and enjoyable festive season and that Father Christmas was good to you all!
We are going to have a busy and exciting Spring term in Year 1. Our topic for this half-term is ‘Dinosaurs’ and we will be covering this work in literacy, history, art and science lessons.
Mrs Brooker, Mrs Jeffries and I are looking forward to welcoming Mrs Allan who will be working in Year 1 on Mondays-Wednesdays.
The most important thing you can do at home to support your child, is to hear them read every day, as reading forms the basis of all that we do in Year 1.
This term, we will also be learning about our own thinking skills, and will be focusing upon moving towards a ‘Growth Mindset’ as opposed to a ‘Fixed Mindset’ in terms of our learning.
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 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.
P.E. is on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
We visit Smokey Row on a Wednesday afternoon.
Library is on a Thursday.
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.
When hearing your child read, please support them to read with fluency and expression and to ensure that they 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.
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.