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Welcome to Squirrel Class!
Welcome to our class page for the School Year 2019 - 2020
Welcome to The Squirrel Class Home Page. This year Miss Parkin will be our Class Teacher and Miss Cunningham will be our Teaching and Learning Assistant. Mrs Hopper will be teaching us on a Thursday.
This page will be updated throughout the year with news and information about all the exciting learning we will be getting up to.
We hope you have all had a lovely Christmas break and are very excited for the term ahead of us.
Welcome To Term Three!
This term our topic is:
My World and Me
Please see our Medium Term Plans at the bottom of this section for more detailsGeography:
This term we are going to be looking at My World and Me. Throughout this topic we will be finding out where the UK, the equator and the poles are on a world map. We will also be learning about land features throughout the UK, as well as where different animals live in the world. This will all help us with being able to create map with a key.
In Science, we will be exploring Animals including humans. This topic enables us to explore lots of exciting things about ourselves and animals around us. We are going to be looking at a variety of common animals including: amphibians, reptiles, birds, mammals, fish. As well as being able to identify animals that are carnivores, herbivores and omnivores.
Please ensure your child's PE kit (both inside and outside) is in school from Monday to Friday every week. If your child does not wear socks to school please ensure there is a pair in their PE bag. The children will be doing one session of PE inside on a Monday afternoon and one session of PE outside on a Wednesday afternoon. This term we will be focusing on improving and developing balance, agility and co-ordination through a series of different activities.
We will be focusing on Special Places. Throughout this topic we will be discussing our own special places and the special places of Christians, Muslims and Buddhists.
In art this term, we will be thinking about Colour Creation. We will be looking at identifying primary colours, mixing primary colours to make secondary colours. We aim to produce a piece of art based on the work of Kandinsky.
The children will be learning a how to sing and introduce instruments into a song.
Personal Social and Health Education and Citizenship:
This term we will be thinking about having a growth mindset. We will be thinking about red and green thoughts and how we can create a classroom toolkit to help us ensure we have a growth mindset.
In our literacy lessons, we use 'Read Write Inc' - Let's Get Writing. We combine our Phonics, Guided Reading and Writing into one literacy lesson. This is an excellent way to show how reading skills link to good writing skills. Below, is the complex speed sound chart that we use to help us with our reading and writing. For more information about the Read Write Inc scheme used in school, please see the following links – or speak to a member of staff in school, we will be more than happy to explain to you how it works.
Year 1 Phonics Screening
During the Summer term, everyone in Squirrel Class will be taking the ‘phonics screening’ check and we will be focusing on all the sounds on the 'Complex sound chart' to help us to read real and nonsense words made out of sets 1, 2 and 3 sounds.
There will be an information night for this, so keep an eye on the newsletter for that!
We love to read in Squirrel class. It is really important that you keep up your reading at home as well as in school. The more you read, the more ideas you get and the more your writing will improve!
Whilst it is really important to be able to sound out and read fluently, it is also very important that you understand what you have read. Make sure when at home that someone helps you by asking you lots of questions about what you have read.
Parents - there is a sheet of questions at the bottom of the page to help support reading with your child.
Remember, once you have finished your school book, it needs to go in the reading tray so your diary can be checked by Miss Parkin or Miss Cunningham. (Reminder for grown ups - Please can you write a note in your child's diary so we know they have read and the book is ready to be changed this is really IMPORTANT)
A little reminder for the grown-ups!
Punctuality - Please remember that the children need to be at school for 8.40am. Arriving to class on time means your child can settled in ready for the school day.
Class Fund - Each term we ask for a small voluntary contribution of £2. This goes towards extra resources, such as ingredients for cooking and arts and crafts. Thank you in advance for your support.
PE Kits – Please can your child have a pair of named jogging bottoms and shorts kept in school ready for PE sessions. Some lessons will be outside, depending on the weather! Our PE slots are TBC; however these do sometimes change, so please can PE kits be in school ready every day. It is advised to keep PE kits in school for the term to help make sure it is there for when we need it.
Water Bottles – To make sure all children are kept hydrated and ready to learn, please ensure your child has a named water bottle to bring into class.
*To all my Squirrels – Learning is thirsty work, so make sure you drink lots of water to help feed your brains!
Please feel free at the end of each day to come and speak to me if you have any questions. I am always happy to try and answer any of your queries.
Alternatively, you can put a quick note in your child's diary for us to read and we can respond to it as soon as possible.
Thank you for visiting our page and I look forward to another excellent school year!
The Year 1 Team
Phonics Screening Check
In June the children in Year One and some children from Year Two will be taking the Phonic Screening Check (PSC). This is a test to see which phonic sounds they are secure with. The check consists of real words and pseudo words (Alien Words). We are working on these sounds as part of their daily Read, Write, Inc work and are also doing regular practice work with the children. Please see the Phonics Screening Presentation on this page for more information.
Homework In Year One
The children are encouraged to use Education City! (this can be done on a computer, tablet or phone)
Education City provide many educational games which are fun, engaging and memorable to help develop understanding and reinforce classroom learning.
Children will be able to access all areas of the program and will also have the opportunity to complete tasks set by the class teacher.
The children can also access Mathletics now which is a new Maths homework programme. All the children have their own login and they can play games which develop their maths skills against other children in the school, country or even the world. They cannot communicate with anyone, only play maths games. They can earn points and certificates as they work on the games.
Across this term the children will also be sent home activities that they can do to support their Phonics knowledge to help support their understanding of phonemes and graphemes. They need to be able to decode and read both real and alien (nonsense) words with confidence, to help build up confidence in preparation for the phonics screening check.
Reading - Children should be reading regularly at home and having books read to them as well. Reading should not be seen as a chore but a pleasurable activity for all involved. The more you read with your child the more confident they will become as a learner in all areas of the curriculum.
Spellings - Will be sent home weekly and we will have a spelling test at the end of the week. This will help the children learn spelling patterns, build their confidence in learning the High Frequency year 1 word, and develop their phonics knowledge of decoding. Please find below the Year 1 High Frequency words and the list of spells we will be covering this term.