Year 1 Newsletter Spring Term 2017
Dear Parents/Annwyl Rhieni
Blwyddyn Newydd Dda i ti! Happy New Year to you!
Here is an outline of what we will be doing in Year 1 this term:
|Area of Learning||Activities|
Language, Literacy and Communication
|The children will continue to be taught in groups for Read, Write inc phonics lessons for three days of each week – Monday to Wednesday. On Thursdays and Fridays we will concentrate on developing writing skills through a variety of text types – stories, poems, letters, instructions and recounts. We will also be practising our letter formation and letter joins in handwriting sessions.|
||These are some of the different areas of maths we will cover during the Spring:
As well as number based lessons, the children will also be taught about length and weight this term.
|Personal & Social Wellbeing and Cultural Diversity
||Through our context for learning children will develop the following skills:
To develop a growing interest in the world around them and understand what their environment has to offer when playing alone and with others.
|Knowledge and Understanding of the World
||Our new topic this term is called “Dragon Tales” and will have a particular focus on Welsh culture. We will be having a castle role play area which the children are very excited about! Any donations of dressing up clothes (eg. knight, dragon or princess costumes) would be most welcome! We will be finding out about castles in our local area and the different people who lived in them. The children will learn about the life of a knight and find out about the Welsh prince Owain Glyndwr.|
||We will be doing lots of creative things this term including creating pictures of castles in the style of Paul Klee and making mosaic shields. In our day to day activities, the children will have access to the creative and making areas of the classroom and will be asked to complete various challenges. The children will also have a weekly Samba percussion lesson each week this term.|
||The children will be having a scheduled PE session once a week on a Tuesday afternoon this term. We will be practising gymnastic activities and will also learn some Welsh dances. Other physical development activities will run throughout the week when they will use outdoor equipment. Please ensure your child’s kit is in school and clearly labelled.|
|Welsh Language Development
||We will revise language patterns taught last term and introduce some new patterns which include learning about how to describe the weather and what clothes we are wearing. We will also be thinking about our school Eisteddfod in March and deciding what to perform!|
||Themes covered this term will be:
Reading and Homework
Reading folders are sent home on a Friday and should be returned on the following Wednesday. Each child will be given a reading scheme book and a library book that they have selected themselves. It is really important for the children to develop a love of reading so please continue to encourage this. Reading to your child as well as with them are perfect ways to do this.
A new homework project for this term on our theme “Dragon Tales” will be sent home within the coming weeks.
I look forward to working with you again this term,
Miss N. Way (Year 1 Class Teacher)