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Willow Class

Please click on the link below to view our Meet the Teacher presentation:

Meet the teacher - Willow

Weekly Newsletter: 

16.10.20

Dear Parent/Carer,

We have had another good week in year 1!

This week we had a fun afternoon in science, tasting a range of crisps and popcorn and trying to predict the flavour.  Some of the children found this easy and clearly have a well-developed knowledge of crisps flavours J while others found it difficult to work out when they only had the taste to go on.  We all agreed that the salted popcorn was quite bland compared to the other flavours!

As part of our topic on ‘Toys’ we reflected on what sort of toys different aged children like to play with.  The children had the chance to think about toys suitable for a baby, someone of their age and teenagers.  Those with older brothers and sisters gave us a good insight into what teenagers like to do. 

Do read through the phonics pack that came home on Wednesday.  There are some resources to help your child develop their skills further, some suggestions for online games and specific sounds for your child to work on.  It is very important that children also start to learn the most common words off by heart as this will really develop their fluency, which is so important for reading.  In the pack we have included word mats of some of the tricky words for you to practise at home.  Sounding out is a really good strategy when children start reading, but it is slow, and if children can learn lots of the common words and make good predictions on words they don’t know, then they will really take off!  There are also many ‘tricky’ words in the English language which can’t be sounded out, they just need to be learnt.

Next week we will be assessing the children’s reading, writing and maths, to give us a clear idea of the improvements they have made and their next steps.  We have started giving them next steps to work on in maths and English and they are really rising to the challenge.  We really appreciate all the hard work you are doing at home - it really is paying off!

This week, in English, the children have had the chance to write for lots of different purposes, for example: writing simple sentences to describe pictures, listening to simple sentences and trying to write them and following simple story sequences.  They have even had the chance to do some outdoor learning where they ordered the words in sentences to make them correct, making sure the capital letter was at the beginning, the full stop at the end and the sentence made sense.  This was great fun.

In maths we have revisited counting in 10s and really made sure the children understand the difference between the ‘ty’ numbers and the ‘teen’ numbers, as this can be a cause of confusion.  If you practise counting in 10s at home, listen carefully and check your child is saying twenty, not twenteen, etc… We have also begun to teach the children a range of number games this week, including Dominoes and Snakes and Ladders.  There are so many benefits to playing maths games with children.  It improves number recognition, helps them learn simple number facts and speeds up their skills in adding.  Just by simply rolling two dice and adding the numbers together quickly the children will develop their confidence and skills.  Children should begin to learn that if one dice is 6, for example, and the other 2, they can say 6, 7, 8, and not count all the spots on the dice.  Next week we will send home a pack of three games for you to play over the next few weeks at home.  We have also begun to learn our ways of making 10.  This is very important.  You can practise at home by playing ‘Ping Pong’ where you say ping they say pong you say a number and they count how many more to get to 10.

After half term we will begin to set weekly spellings and maths work online.  This term we have provided this weekly newsletter so you can hear about what your child has been up to at school, so that you can talk to them about it and feel part of what we are doing, but also to give you simple ideas of things to work on at home.  I would like to get a feel for whether you would like the newsletter to continue after half term. Please do email me with your views at: wranson@micklands.reading.sch.uk

And as always don’t hesitate to email us if you have any questions.  We hope you have a lovely weekend!

Kind regards,
The Year 1 Team

 

Welcome to Willow Class!

Take a look at what we've been up to: 

We had lots of fun weighing all of our ingredients for our Gingerbread Men! 

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We were very surprised to walk into this scene the morning after we made our Gingerbread Men! We searched the whole school for where the escapees could have been hiding but we couldn't find them anywhere! Luckily Mr Frost returned them all safely after catching them in his office!

Reminders:  

  • Please can Willow class bring their PE kits in on a Monday and a Wednesday. 
  • Please don't forget that home reading books will only be changed on a Monday and a Thursday. 

Please click here to see an overview of what we will be learning this year. You can find out more detailed information by visiting our Curriculum Information Documents for Year 1.