Class 1 2020 - 2021
( Autumn half term 1 )
Welcome back to Highfields! I can’t wait to meet you properly and hear about all of your adventures. Miss Garner has told me lots about you so please do not worry. I have lots of exciting activities planned and a new outdoor area for you so I am sure we will have lots of fun!
All you need to bring to school each day is a coat (in case it rains), a water bottle, a lunchbox (if you are not having a school lunch), a morning snack and your book bag which will be stored in your tray. ( If you still have any school books at home, please could you return them in a plastic bag?)
For our first couple of weeks we will have a whole-school topic called “Bubbles” as we settle back in. After this, our topic will be “Into the Woods”.
In Literacy, we will start by using “Stick Man”. Our main focus over the first few weeks will be to form our letters correctly. We will also be reinforcing finger spaces between words and learning about what a sentence is.
In Topic lessons, we will be finding out about our new surroundings. We will use the iPads to take photographs and find Stick Man using simple maps.
In Art, we will learn how to create bark and leaf rubbings before creating textured collages of Stick Man’s family tree and our own versions of Stick Man. We will also use our school grounds to make natural sculptures like Andy Goldsworthy.
Our Science lessons will be based around Seasonal Changes and we will be going outside to investigate the weather. We will also look at how we can look after our school environment, create rules for a happy classroom and learn about our feelings and emotions in Life Education lessons.
Our Numeracy lessons will begin by focusing on sorting, counting and one more and one less. I really want the learning in year 1 to be fun so sometimes I will send games home as the homework. With the games, there is nothing for you to record and they don’t have to be sent back to school, I just want you to enjoy numbers and play and practise at home together.
PE will be on a Tuesday and a Friday in Year 1 this half-term with a range of multi-skills lessons to develop co-ordination and spatial awareness. On Tuesdays and Fridays, please come into school in PE kits as we will not be getting changed at the moment. Weather permitting, PE will take place outside so you will need trainers and warmer clothes if it gets a little colder. For health and safety reasons, earrings must be removed or covered during PE lessons.
R.E. as well as Music will be taught by Mrs Walker on Thursday afternoons during my PPA time.
Homework, as in Foundation, will be given out on a Friday and is due in by the Wednesday of the following week. It is very important that you continue to read regularly at home to help you read more smoothly and recognise words by sight quickly. Little and often is best! Listening to stories and talking about them is also fantastic to develop your love for books, especially when you are tired after a busy day!
I hope this is helpful and look forward to working with you all.
If you have any questions, no matter what they are, please do not hesitate to contact me and I will do my best to help in any way I can. My email address is firstname.lastname@example.org
15th October – Academy Individual photos
25th October – Last day of half-term
2nd November – First day back
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