Happy New Year! We hope the children and families of Year 1 have all had a fantastic Christmas and a lovely break.
To start our busy spring term off, the children will be learning about Traditional Tales in their English lessons. This will include retelling, sequencing and writing their own stories. We will be working on our writing skills, such as capital letters, punctuation and the use of adjectives. We will begin with Jack and the Beanstalk before moving on to other well known tales. Castles will be the History focus for this half term. The children will learn about the different features of castles and will be given the opportunity to design and makes their own moving cannon.
The children will continue to be given 3 reading books at a time. Please try to read each day with your child, even if it is only a couple of pages, and note this down in their reading record, along with any comments you wish to add. The children all now have a specific day of the week when their books will be changed, if they have been completed and their reading record is signed. During and after completion of the book, please spend time discussing the setting, characters and key words from the story to further your child's understanding of the text. Each child now has a 'Tricky Word' bookmark at home containing a list of words which are not phonetically plausible. Please could you support your child to read through these words regularly.
Children are asked to bring their books into school on a daily basis as this will enable us to write a comment in their Reading Diary when they have taken part in either Guided or Individual reading.
Our class have P.E. on a Tuesday and Friday each week. Please ensure your child has their full, named P.E. kit in school on these days.
Please ensure that all items of school uniform, especially school cardigans and jumpers are named so that if they are left behind, we can return them to the correct owners.
Our healthy snack scheme will continue this half term. If your child is taking part in the scheme please ensure that you send in their money every Monday, or at the beginning of each half term/term to enable your child to receive a snack each afternoon. The cost of the snack scheme is £1 per week or £6 for the half term.
The sun shined on us for our lovely walk to church this morning. It was such a treat to take the children to meet with Father John. He sang with the children and chatted to them about our current Come and See topic 'Special People.' It was a pleasure to hear our own little special people talking to Father John and asking him questions.
Christ the King Multi Sports
Both Year 1 classes had a fantastic time at Christ the King High School. They worked well in teams and were super ambassadors for St Patrick's.
The first multi skills session after school with Neil was a great success! The children were having a fantastic time and learning new skills.
The children have been really enjoying their gymnastic lessons! Last week we were practising travelling and stopping using narrow and wide movements.
Come and See-Special People
Our new topic for Come and See is Special People. In class, the children have been thinking about the special people in their lives and special people who help us in our community. We have been thinking about what makes a person special? The children listed qualities such as being kind, helpful, living like Jesus, sharing and caring and loving each other.
The Children worked very hard practising their lines and singing for the Nativity. They really enjoyed performing for their families and friends. What super actors and singers we have in Year 1!
The children have had a very busy start to the second half of the term. In Maths we have been learning our number bonds to 10, and addition. We have been practising using cubes, ten frames, our fingers and we even set up a sweet shop to find pairs of sweets which could be bought for 10 pence.
The children have enjoyed learning new skills on the computers. They have been practising mouse control; dragging and dropping items, and minimising and restoring pages. They have also enjoyed using the Bee-Bots.
The children have been learning about Remembrance this week. On Monday, we observed a one minute silence in class. The children learnt facts about Remembrance day and the symbol of the poppy. They created their own poppy collage and generated fantastic writing.
The children have been very busy in Science! In class, we have been tracking the changes in the weather and the children have been recording the associated data. We enjoyed a 'crafty afternoon' last week-the children painted autumn trees and created a hedgehog collage. This week, our learning has moved on to animal classification. The children identified animals which are carnivores, herbivores and omnivores and created a Venn diagram.