Spr 4 Newsletter

We are continuing our Spring term topic which is….Once Upon a Time! Welcome back to you all!
We hope you have all had a lovely half term break holiday and that the children have had a good rest as they will be doing lots of exciting things over the next four weeks until Easter.

English: This half term the children will continue reading a range of traditional stories and learning about the traditional story language, characters and now will focus on the exciting settings. During this term the children will be writing character and setting descriptions, wanted posters and a letter from Jack.
Our focus in writing will be spelling words using the phonemes that they have been taught, punctuating sentences correctly using a capital letters, clear finger spaces and full stops. We will also be encouraging children to add more detail to their writing and extend their sentences using ‘and’ and other conjunctions (so, but, then). During this term topic the children will be celebrating World Book Day, Mother’s Day and Easter.

Maths: This term in Maths we will continue working on place value with numbers up to 50 and saying how many tens and ones are in each of these numbers which will develop our skills of partitioning. We will also be using the knowledge that we have learnt in everyday situations including measures and we will be regularly revisiting all the learning we have undertaken over the last term and a half. Please support their learning in any way you can at home.

Year 1 Phonics Screening Check
The phonics screening check is a short, simple test taken by Year 1 children each June to assess their reading ability. This is edging closer and we are working really hard with the children in school to help them prepare for it ready for June.
If you want to help your child prepare for the test you can follow this link and select the ‘Phase 5’ games. The children will need to know ALL the sounds in phase 5.http://www.phonicsplay.co.uk/Phase5Menu.htm

Just spending 5-10 minutes per day will make all the difference.

Spellings & Homework
Your child will continue to receive new spellings to learn every Wednesday. Well done for your hard work our results are getting much better. Please continue to help your child to practice these spellings ready for their spelling test the following Wednesday.
Topic Homework: Thank you for supporting your child’s learning at home: the things that the children produced for their Superhero Project were amazing! Please look at the homework displays outside the classroom: you will be blown away by their creative skills and imagination!!! We have extended the homework project for this topic, it is now due in by Friday 16th March. We would like the children to read their favourite Traditional Tale and create a picture or 3D model of their favorite character.

Reading at Home
We encourage children to read at home as much as possible. Please remember to record in your child’s reading diary when you have heard them read. This can be a book from the Chesterfield Library, one of their own, a magazine or even a day out leaflet, not just their school reading books. We will continue to check reading diaries on Friday mornings and reward children that have read at least 3 times at home.

Dates for your diary:
Thursday 1st March: World Book Day
Friday 9th March: Mother’s Pamper afternoon
Monday 19th March: Easter Decoration morning
Tuesday 20th March: Woodpecker class assembly
Thursday 22nd March: Butterfly class assembly

Our PE days are Wednesday’s and Thursday’s; please ensure your child has a named PE kit on their peg with clothing and plimsolls that fit, it is worth checking as the children have grown considerably since September. Also please ensure that your child brings their book bag and water bottle to school every day.
Thank you for your support.
The Year 1 Team.