Year 1 update letter 10th June 2020 (previously sent home by text and email)
Home Learning links for use during School Closure
Why not try our KS1 reading bingo. How many squares can you colour in? Free websites at the bottom of the bingo sheet.
Science Seasonal change
This year Mrs Brady is teaching the oldest Year 2 children with Mrs Coulton working as classroom assistant.
Mrs McDougall is teaching the youngest Year 2 and the oldest Year 1 children with Miss Nash working as classroom assistant and Miss Connolly working alongside children.
Mrs Pimperton and Mrs Thompson are teaching the youngest Year 1 children and Mrs Mills and Mrs Sargent are their classroom assistants.
Mr Bedford also works within the KS1 team every afternoon.
Our curriculum is organised as part of a rolling programme of topics across Key Stage One. Each topic lasts around half a term and contains a coverage of key skills across the curriculum, which enables links to be made across subjects – promoting creativity and enjoyment for all children. Topics include Land Ahoy, Heroes and Heroines, Blast off, Turrets and Tiaras, Christmas comes to Town. London’s Burning, Arriba Arriba and Despicable Me. We enjoy topic themed days throughout the year where we complete activities linked to our characteristics of learning.
Characteristics of Learning
The Key Stage One characteristics of learning are
Respect, Honesty, Listening, Communication, Confidence, Risk taking, Enthusiasm, Questioning, Teamwork, Imagining and Appreciation.
These characteristics of learning are integrated into everyday lessons and events throughout the key stage and linked to our creative curriculum homework projects.
Each week your child will be asked to:
Additionally every term your child will be asked to complete one curriculum based creative task. These tasks are linked to our characteristics of learning and we spend time sharing these projects within the class. Our curriculum linked homework letter is available on the website.
Literacy in KS1
In KS1 literacy is initially taught through Read, Write Inc, a structured programme that uses systematic phonics to teach all children to read and write. For more information see Read, Write, Inc Information for Parents . Towards the end of KS1 children will move from the Read, Write, Inc programme to whole class English lessons.
Mathematics in KS1
Times Table Rockstars in Year Two
As part of our ongoing commitment to delivering the best education possible we are currently revising the way children learn and we test times tables knowledge. From Year Two onwards children will take part in Times Tables Rockstars which are practised at home and monitored at school. Your child will receive an individual login for home and school. They will set up their Rockstar avatar and be able to earn points to style their avatar as they learn. Alongside the website practising we will be having weekly speed paper tests in school. These will be on a Thursday in Mrs Brady’s class and on a Friday in Mrs McDougall’s class. The children will be asked to answer up to 30 questions in a given amount of time linked to the times table they are currently practising. The first two weeks of tests will be multiplication questions and the second two weeks of tests will be division facts for that times table and the final two weeks will be mixed multiplication and division questions. We will all be starting with the ten times table. Multiplication and division facts are included on the reverse of this letter.
Across the year we will be learning the 10, 2 and 5 times tables before moving onto the 3 times table. Regular and repeated practise is the key to mastering these times tables facts.
Number Rockstars in Year One
Each half term children will have a set of number bonds or other key facts that they need to learn and practise at home. At school we will give them a series of three tests based on what they are learning. The first test will be a baseline test to see what each child already knows and can answer within a set time limit. The second test will be approximately half way through the half term and the final test will be at the end of the half term. We will be able to measure each child’s progress through accuracy and or speed of answering the questions. Children will be able to progress through 4 levels from Wannabe to Rock Hero and receive certificates for the stages they progress through.
Each test will consist of 15 questions that get progressively harder. Example questions include
2 + 3 = ___
3 + ___ = 5
___ + 4 = 5
Every half term we will send out a sheet with the relevant facts when we would like you to start practising these with your children.
In Key Stage One children will take part in both indoor and outdoor PE sessions during the school week. It is essential that children have the correct PE kits in school all year round as we do go outside whenever possible.
Our indoor P.E. kit is a pair of blue or black shorts, a pair of plimsolls, a t-shirt of correct house colour (St. George – red, St David – yellow, St Andrew – blue, St Patrick – green) If you are unsure of the house your child is in please see a member of staff.
No jewellery should be worn. If your child wears earrings they should be able to remove them for P.E. or bring tape to cover them with. Studs not hoop earrings please.
The outdoor kit needs to include ALL of the following items ~ a pair of jogging bottoms and a warm sweatshirt / jumper and a pair of trainers. Indoor pumps SHOULD NOT be being worn on the school field. A spare pair of socks can also be useful especially for girls wearing tights.
ALL items of kit should be named so that we can return items to the correct person easily.
Due to limited cloakroom space it is helpful if children have both kits in the same bag.
Every term we stage an Open Classroom event. This is an opportunity to visit your child’s classroom and work alongside them on an activity related to current work in school. We look forward to you joining us throughout the year.
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Head teacher: Liz Powell
Ashby de la Zouch
Tel: 01530 412243