Welcome back! I hope that you had a lovely February break. I am looking forward to continuing to enjoy a great year filled with fun and learning as we explore new books in English and different topics. Please find more information below about our curriculum, along with photos and posts about our learning. These will be updated regularly so please look at the photos and information about how your child is learning in Year 1.
Class email: 1S@stpatricks.sefton.school. Please feel free to email should you have any questions or you wish to share some news about your child. Please let us know if your contact details have changed.
Labelling: We have numerous jumpers and cardigans without labels and it is incredibly helpful if you could please add your children's name to these items. Can you also ask your child to carry their water bottle into school rather than place it inside their book bags. Thank you for your ongoing support.
PE: This term, our PE lessons will be on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Please send your child to school in their full PE kit. On Thursday, children are taking part in Dance lessons to build upon their existing skills.
Our Learning: During this half term, the children will be continuing their learning of Phase 5 phonics as well as recapping their phonics knowledge on previously taught graphemes and applying this knowledge in their reading and writing. This half-term in English, we are exploring Fantasy and our focused text will be ‘The Egg’ by MP Robertson and ‘Zog’ by Julia Donaldson. Children will continue to focus on using capital letters and full stops as they complete various written pieces. We will continue to use our phonics knowledge to support us with our writing skills. In maths, we will be learning about place value and addition and subtraction within 20 progressing to within 50. In Maths, we will learn about length and height as well as weight and volume.
We will start a new Geography unit as we explore Wonderful Weather. Children will learn about weather symbols, weather across the seasons and they will also present their own weather forecast. In Science, we are going to continue with our learning about everyday materials as we explore materials and their properties including those which may sink or float. In Art, we will start a painting unit as we look at the focused artist Georgia O’Keefe and use her techniques to create their own piece. In Computing, children will recap about what it means to keep safe when using technology and explore following instructions using Maze Explorers and Lego Builders within Purple Mash as a program.
Our physical education lessons will continue to take place every Tuesday and Thursday. Children should continue to come into school wearing their P.E. clothes with a school jumper or cardigan and appropriate footwear. Our lessons this term will focus on invasion games and Yoga. Both lessons will focus on children developing their range of physical skills as well their ability to work together, building their emotional skills. As part of our Religious Studies, we will be learning about Meals, moving to exploring Lent and this time of change within the religious calendar. In Music this half term, children are continuing to explore sounds and then we will progress to Learning to Listen as they explore the beat, improvise using key music notes and they will continue to develop their skills in playing the glockenspiel. As part of our learning in PSHE, children will revisit their learning about keeping emotionally and physically safe and consider the possible emotions linked to loss and change. They will also explore and take part in activities linked to our No Outsiders theme based on raising awareness that age doesn’t matter.
If your child has a medical condition that staff need to know about, please inform school as soon as possible. If your child's medical needs changes at all or they require an inhaler, or any other medicine, please let us know and we will support your child to endure that their medical needs are met.
Two reading books will still be sent home each Monday. It is very important to support your child's reading so please spend time sharing and listening to stories read by them. Every week, an online reading book will be allocated on Active Learn. Please send your children’s Reading Record book into school each day.
Please remember that £6 is due at the beginning of every half term to pay for your child's snack. Children receive a fruit snack in the morning break and in the afternoon, we provide a variety of healthy snacks throughout the week and a treat on Friday.
If you have chosen not to participate in the snack scheme and wish to provide a snack instead please ensure that it is a healthy food choice such as fruit or a cereal bar.
When you spend time listening and supporting your child with their reading skills, this supports not only their early reading skills but also helps them to develop an interest in reading which builds upon key skills for future development. Please continue to read at least three times a week with your child at home. There is also regular work set on Purple Mash for children to complete based on consolidating their skills in various subjects across the curriculum. You will find your child’s log in details inside their Reading record.