Learning Support Assistants:
Your child should access Numbots at least once a week. This gives them the opportunity to develop their skills within number.
Your child should read at least 3 times a week for 15-20 minutes. Learning to read and understand what we read is paramount and, for children and adults alike, it opens up doors to endless opportunities. Read, Write Inc is our Phonics programme that focuses on developing children’s reading, fluency and understanding. With its repetitive nature it quickly develops the children’s ability to decode unfamiliar words as well support them through any writing process. With this in mind, it is essential that the children read as much as possible at home and ensure that they bring their reading book and record into school on a daily basis. This enables us to change their books regularly and give them access to a wider range of genres whilst developing their love of reading.
There will no longer be a weekly ‘spelling test’ where children are just expected to learn lists of words. Research suggests that the vast majority of pupils do not benefit from these types of tests as they do not transfer their knowledge used in tests to their writing. Furthermore, such spelling tests do not promote enthusiasm or engagement with spelling. When formal spellings start in KS1, in the summer term, each week, a copy of the weekly ‘focus words’ will be sent home, so you are aware of what spelling rules/patterns children are learning that week. There is still the same expectation for your child to practise these rules as part of their weekly homework (even though there is no longer a set weekly spelling test).
Year 1’s PE lesson is on a Thursday and is led by Mr Seary. Children are required to wear their full PE kits to school on this day or they will not be allowed to participate in the lesson. If there are reasons why your child cannot take part in these lessons, a written note must detail the reasons why.
English: In our English topic this half term, we will be focusing on a story called ‘Toys in Space’ by Mini Grey. Our writing outcome will be to write a fantasy story about some toys who are taken onto a spaceship! They will be changing the characters in the story and the setting.
Maths: During maths this half-term, we will be finishing our topic on measurement by looking at weight and volume. We will then move on to multiplication and division, looking at making equal groups and sharing equal groups. Then we will be moving on to fractions, finding half of a shape and quantity, then finding a quarter of a shape and quantity.
Here you will find useful websites/links to help support your child at home in other areas of the curriculum:
During the Summer term, we will be looking at materials in science. This topic will cover properties of different materials and what they are used for, as well as identifying and exploring magnets.
In History this half term, we will be learning all about… Rainford! We will explore what Rainford was like 100 years ago, focusing on what it looked like, what was there, what type of jobs people may have had etc. I would love to invite parents/ grandparents to tell us anything they know about Rainford in the past!
This half term, we will be focusing on Hinduism. We even have a trip planned to go and visit a Hindu Temple!