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Welcome to Squirrel Class!
Welcome to our class page for the School Year 2020 - 2021
Welcome to The Squirrel Class Home Page. This year Miss Parkin will be our Class Teacher and Mrs Saiyai will be our Teaching and Learning Assistant. Miss Philps is a Learning Mentor in our class. Ms Du Preez will be teaching us on a Friday afternoon.
This page will be updated throughout the year with news and information about all the exciting learning we will be getting up to.
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 – Our PE sessions will just be on a Monday to start with, children should wear outdoor PE into school. In time we will also have PE on a Wednesday but you will be notified when this will start.
Woods - We will be going into the woods on a Tuesday afternoon. Please make sure you child has named wellies in school. These may be kept on their peg in a carrier bag.
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 or send an email to the class email (firstname.lastname@example.org) 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
Welcome To Term One!
This term our topic is:
This term we are going to be looking at 'Castles' in History. We will be exploring who built the first castles in the UK and why, the structure of castles and how the use of various castles has changed over time.
In Science, we will be learning about 'Our Body'. We will be learning to identify, name and label different body parts as well as finding out more about our five senses: touch, small, taste, sight and sound.
Please ensure your child comes into school in their PE kit on a Monday. This term we will be focusing on improving and developing our listening skills and cognitive skills in PE. As well as our ball skills.
We will be focusing on Special Books. Within this topic we will discuss how we all have a different special book, leading into discussions about what books are special for different religions.
In Art this term will be looking at self portraits. During this topic we will be looking at portraits from other artists, the different types on mark making that can be used in a portrait before attempting to draw a self portrait.
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 'Wellbeing after lockdown'. This will enable the children to explore how they are feeling and how things may have changed as well as thinking about how we can feel safe and comfortable in our environment.
To start this term we will be having structured 'free flow' time everyday to enable the children to continue learning through play/fun activities. This will help to consolidate learning in which we will be doing in lessons.
Homework In Year One
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.
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 Mrs Saiyai. (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)
Phonics Screening Check- 2020-2021
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.