Spring Term 2010
Class 2 (year1) Newsletter
Our Spring Term Topics
Welcome back after the festive break. I hope you all had a lovely Christmas and I would like to wish you all the best for 2010.
Some useful reminders:
We will continue to do our P.E. on a Friday afternoon with the rest of the Year 1 and 2 children. So please make sure your child has their PE kit in school with all items labelled, as they do tend to go astray!
I will be sending new targets home shortly for this term for you to see. Please return the Spring term target sheets once you have signed them.
Parents Evening: Tuesday 1st February.
I will allocate you with a 10 minute time slot to discuss your childís learning. I will also be putting out your childís books for you to look through, which Iím sure you will enjoy.
Iím looking forward to another busy time.
Here is a list of the Creative Curriculum topics for this term so you can see what we will be doing.
We are really excited about teaching this terms topics, which are all planned around the theme of Florence Nightingale. The children will really get a lot out of this topic finding out about the life and history of Florence Nightingale.
After February half term our topic will be all about Transport. Through our Science work during this half term we will find out about the effect of different forces and motion.
Music: Mrs Hurlstone will continue to teach music on a Monday afternoon.
French: Madame Norton will continue to teach French on a Friday morning.
Religious Education: Mrs Hurlstone will continue to teach R.E on a Monday afternoon.
The Quinta cursive handwriting seems to be coming through now. Most children have got the hang of starting each letter on the line and are now beginning to join the letters naturally, which is the idea. We will of course keep practicing and reminding the children to use their Quinta cursive handwriting. So thank you again for your support with this.
All the classes in Key Stage 1 teach Phonics at the same time during the day. Therefore your child may be going to another class to have their phonics input, depending on which stage they are at. This is working well and is helping to move the children on at their own level.
We continue to hear your child read during Guided Reading. In Year 1 we are now also working on comprehension skills, which is the childrenís understanding of the text. We want to see if they have taken in what they have read or are they just reading the words. You can also help by asking your child simple questions about the book when you read together at home. Ask your child to predict what might happen and why they think that, at the end discuss if their predictions were right.
We will continue to build up our mental number strategies e.g. 10 more/10 less than a given number and other addition and subtraction skills. I hope your child is enjoying playing the maths games that come home every other week. Numeracy is very practical and we play lots of maths games in school so the children donít realise that they are learning.
Thank you for your continued support with your childís homework it all seems to be working really well. I will carry on sending out homework on a Monday and collect it back in on a Friday. We will also continue to check spellings during Mondayís phonics session. Your child will also continue to bring their spelling book home on a Monday evening for you to see how well they have done. Please can you ensure that they are returned to school on Tuesday, thanks.
I hope you find this information useful.
Miss Marsh x