The children and staff in Key Stage 1 are very excited about our busy term ahead. We have lots of great things planned for the children over the next few weeks so keep your eyes peeled for letters in book bags.
This half term we will be learning all about 'The Great Fire of London'. Children will be designing, making and evaluating their own Tudor home in Design and Technology. We will also be learning about an event from the past. The children will look at cause and consequence and understand how this major event had an effect on history in the UK. Children will begin to understand changes beyond memory and looking how people lived in the past. In geography, we will be identifying and locating the four countries and capital cities of the United Kingdom.
Look out for some student teachers from Schools Direct Carlisle- they will be coming into school to help us learn more about this interesting topic.
We have started a new reading scheme in school this term called Accelerated Reader. As your child moves through Year 1, the goal for all children will be to progress onto this scheme through mastering phonics and becoming fluent readers with building comprehension. When your child is ready, they will be given a leveled reading book. Look out for information coming out to all parents this half term. For the time being, your child will be given a Read, Write Inc. banded reading book that they must read for at least 10 minutes a night at home. We cannot reiterate enough the importance of daily reading. This will build fluency and confidence so they are ready to move onto Accelerated Reader.
P.E. will take place on Fridays for our class so make sure kit is in school throughout term times. Can we remind you that if your child has their ears pierced and they cannot take their studs out they must bring tape to cover them for P.E. lessons. P.E. kit includes white or red plain T-shirts (not the polo shirt they are wearing all day), black or blue shorts and either trainers or plimsolls. During P.E. this half term we will be rolling, throwing and catching.
Homework will be given out each Wednesday and needs to be back in school by the following Monday. It will consist of spellings and a maths task. All children in Year 1 now have a Spelling Shed and Numbots code on their homework folders so remember to log on and start building those points for 1VS.
If you would like any more information about the term ahead or would like to talk to me then please do see me at the classroom door first thing in the morning or at the end of the day.
Here's to a great half term!
Hello to all Year 1 parents, grandparents and all those who read with a child at home.
Over the past few weeks, the children have been getting to grips with a new way of reading in our shared/1:1 reading time. To match up with our current phonics scheme, our new reading scheme gives your child a bespoke levelled reading book which has been given to your child based on a 1:1 assessment with myself. They move through the colour they have been given and with practice and increasing phonic knowledge, they move on to further colours. I hope the children enjoy showing you our new reading books. It is recommended that all children read with an adult at home, at least three times a week. It is suggested that the children read the book a minimum of four times with an adult before moving on to a new text.
Reading with your child
The books have different sections that you work through to help build fluency and early comprehension. Children should now be thinking more carefully about they have read in preparation for reading comprehension weekly activities in Year 2.
Glossary of terms
A list of Read, Write Inc. terms to help adults and children understand what the book is asking them to do.
Practise reading the speed sounds across the lines and in and out of order.
Words made up of the graphemes (sounds) listed in the speed sounds and that come up in the story.
Common words with graphemes not listed in the speed sound box.
After reading the introduction and discussing this with your child, discuss the vocabulary to clarify any misunderstandings in meanings.
Read the story
Read the story on more than occasion with your child over several days. This will help to build comprehension of the story. It will also help your child gain confidence as they become fluent and familiar with the text.
Questions to talk about
Answer the questions to ‘read and answer’.
Practise reading the speed words in and out of order.
All Stars Cricket
Key Stage One had a wonderful morning with Peter from All Stars Cricket. The morning started with an assembly to introduce what happened at each session followed by some taster activities out on the playground. The children had a great time. Check out some photographs below.
Walby Farm Park Christmas Extravaganza
We had a wonderful time at Walby Farm park for their Christmas extravaganza. We took part in a live nativity, made reindeer food, went inside a snow globe, met SANTA, played in the snow and graduated from the elf academy... that was all before lunchtime! After lunch we had great fun in the play barn. Once again the children were exceptional, a lady with a little boy stopped me to comment that the children were so well mannered and kind to her little boy. Thank you for your support with this trip, these moments make memories!
Merry Christmas from the KS1 team