Welcome to Class 1B –
Mrs Blundell’s Class
Spring Term 2018
Hello and welcome to 1B. I hope you have had a lovely holiday and are ready for a busy and exciting term. I am really looking forward to finding out about Neil Armstrong and his exploration of space. We have a couple of fantastic core texts to read and some wonderful ideas for writing. I can’t wait! I hope this information is helpful and if you have any questions please let me know.
Our first core text will be ‘How to Catch a Star’. This story follows the dreams of a little boy who wanted a star of his own. The children’s imagination and creative thinking can flourish here when they think of ways to help the boy catch a star. Will he ever get one of his own?
The children will be encouraged to retell the story using some of their own ideas, whilst using the correct punctuation and spelling of key words. We will also be looking at joining words and clauses using “and”.
Our guided reading sessions will focus on retrieving information from the text and using inference to describe feelings of specific characters throughout the story. We link the core text to our reading sessions.
In Letters and sounds Year one will be learning:
- The /v/ sound at the end of words.
- Compound words
- The spelling rule for adding –s or –es as the plural marker for nouns.
- Adding the prefix un- to a word and looking at how it changes the meaning.
- The phonemes and graphemes: wh, ph, o_e, e_e, u_e, i_e, a_e
- Spelling the following common exception words correctly; you, your they, today, said ,was, were, come, some, love
Children must use the cursive print when writing and we will continue to focus on correct formation of individual letters with a specific emphasis on capital letters.
We will be developing our knowledge of addition and subtraction within twenty and the relationship between addition and subtraction. We will further our learning of place value and extend this to numbers up to fifty. This will also include counting in multiples of 2s, 5s, and 10s. Towards the end of term we will look at measure and this will include length and height, weight and volume.
We are focusing on Living things and their habitats. We will explore and compare the differences between things that are living, dead and things that have never been alive. Children will identify that most living things live in habitats and describe how different habitats provide for the needs of different plats and animals.
History – we are looking at the lives of significant individuals in the past along with events beyond living memory that are significant nationally and or globally. The children will look at the lives of the famous explorers, Neil Armstrong and Christopher Columbus and make comparisons between the two.
Geography – we will look at world maps and atlases and name the continents of the world, we will also develop our fieldwork skills.
Art – In Art we will be developing our painting skills by looking at the famous work, Starry Starry Night by Vincent Van Gogh. We will create our own piece of work linked to our core text.
D & T – we will look at mechanisms and how sliders and levers work. Children will have the opportunity to create their own moving picture using sliders and levers.
Children are to create their own pitched instrument and incorporate them into performances. Music is provided by Presto.
PE will take place on Tuesday and Wednesday but in the event of poor weather this could change. Please make sure your child’s kit is in school every day. This term we will continue to use the Real PE scheme and focus on seated balance.
We will explore relationships and keeping safe. We will also be looking at special people in our lives.
World book day will be coming up in March – more details will follow.
There is an exciting opportunity planned to visit Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre.
1A – Wednesday 28th Feb
1B – Friday 2nd March
1C – Thursday 1st March
Homework will be given out on Friday and should be returned on Wednesday. It will alternate between maths and English. Spellings will also be given out on Friday and there is a short spelling activity that is due in on Wednesday along with homework.
Children should also read at least three times a week and their reading planners should be signed to confirm this along with any notes to inform teachers of how their child is getting along.
Tasks I can complete with my child at home which will help them improve over the half term
Maths passports are sent home and these objectives are currently being worked on in class. Children must be confident in recalling these facts and be able to apply known facts to solve problems.
Other important dates
1B class assembly – Thursday 1st February at 9:15am
Pupil Progress Meetings will take place on:
Wednesday 14th February and Thursday 15th February 2018