I hope that everyone had a wonderful Easter holiday and you are all ready to learn lots in our last term of Year 1.
Thank you to all St Mary's children and staff who helped raise money for our chosen charity, Mavambo. As a school we raised over £1600!
As a class we raised £46.50. The lucky winner of our chocolate Easter basket with 68 eggs was Ella Ashdown in Year 5/6 who guessed 67 eggs. Congratulations Ella and thank you to everyone who contributed.
Please continue to practise reading and Mathletics at home. Check out the new reading and spelling programme, Lexia Reading. A 'Read Write Inc' anchor chart has gone home to all children to help practise set 1, 2 and 3 phonics sounds. The Year 1 Phonics screening will commence the week of June 11th. Please look below for further detail on what the phonic screening will look like and how you can help your child at home prepare.
The Year 1 phonics screen will take place in Summer term 2018. It will commence the week of June 11th. The children will read 40 words and will need to correctly sound out a certain percentage to pass. We will be practising lots in school, although reading every evening is vital in helping the children become more confident with their sounds and blending.
Below is an example of the 2017 phonic screening. Children will have a book of large cards where they will need to accurately read the words aloud. There are a combination of real words and what children know as alien words (not real). The alien words are identified with a picture.
Please find below a link to Lexia - a spelling and reading programme.
Your log in is your first name and the first letter of your surname (eg Sarah Smith would be sarahs). Your password is read.
Our next spelling test will be on
Friday the 27th April.
ee/ea/y sound of the week
street meeting between berry
cherry lucky feast dream
I encourage all children to be using Mathletics at home. Login details can be found below. I will assign specific tasks relating to what we are learning in class.
We are SUPER EXCITED that we have been in the newsletter two times for 100% attendance! We are aiming for 100% attendance every week! It is important to be at school each day and on time so that we are all ready to learn!
Congratulations to Alexander and Jessica
on being our Yr 1 class reps!
Our new RE topic is HOLIDAYS AND HOLYDAYS
In this topic we will explore holidays as days to be happy. We will reveal about Pentecost; a holy day - the feast of the Holy Spirit.
Have a think about the following questions:
Please encourage your child to use Mathletics on a regular basis. It is an exciting and fun way to learn new maths concepts. I will be assigning specific tasks for children to complete that relate to the concepts we cover in class. Let's see how many GOLD certificates we can get in Year 1!
You can find children's login details and the Mathletics link below.
Homework is given out once a week, on a Friday and is to be returned on Mondays. Children will alternate each week between an Maths and English activity. Each Friday your child will also be given a list of 8 words to read and spell and a spelling test will take place on the following Friday. It is vital that you support and enable your child to do their work thoughtfully and neatly. Please ensure that they develop a routine so that they remember to bring their work to school. Please provide a note if your child has not completed their homework.
Please ensure you are reading with your child each evening. This will help them with their phonics and blending sounds together into words. Reading records will go home daily along with one book. It is important that both the reading record and book ALWAYS remain in your child's red bag as they may be asked to read in school at any time. It is also important that you comment on your child's reading in order to liaise effectively between home and school. We follow the Oxford Reading Tree scheme at St Mary's. As children progress in their reading and comprehension they will be moved up through the scheme.
Children will have PE two times a week on Tuesday and Thursday. Please ensure children have their PE kit, which can be left at school. Kits will go home every half term holiday to be washed.
Tuck shop will be available every Tuesday and Thursday at break time. A piece of fruit will cost 20p.
In English we are following the RML reading scheme. We are working hard to learn all our sounds to help us with our reading and writing. We love using our Fred fingers to help us sound out words. Remember to use Fred fingers and Fred talk when learning any new word. In year 1 we are trying to blend our sounds together into words.
What are nouns?
What are adjectives? Why do we use adjectives in our writing?
Can you make a sentence using an adjective and a noun?
We are trying hard to learn by heart our number bonds to 10. We are practicing our numbers 1-20 and 1 less and 1 more than a given number. We will also be focusing on counting in twos, fives and tens. We know that basic number skills will help us develop our understanding and enable us to apply it when solving number problems. Always remember to practise forming numbers correctly.
In Science this term we will be learning about 'Everyday Materials and their Properties'
What materials do you know?
Look at the objects around you... what material are tables made of? What material are windows made of? What material is lego made of?
Think of the properties of the materials. Is wood smooth or rough? Is rubber stiff or bendy? Is glass opaque or transparent? Is metal hard or soft?