Welcome to Class 1
with Mrs Towers
Welcome back after the summer holidays, I hope you have all had a fantastic break. I am really looking forward to getting to know all of the children in Class 1 and I am excited to see all of the amazing work that they can do.
Stomp, crash, roar! Watch out – there are dinosaurs about! Yes, that’s right; we’re travelling back in time to the age of the dinosaurs. This term our topic is Dinosaur Planet and we have already begun our topic by going on a ‘Dinosaur Hunt’ around the school grounds, which the children found very exciting. Keep looking out for pictures on Class Dojo. We’ll look closely at ancient fossils and study reptiles to understand how dinosaurs may have lived and eventually died out. We’ll learn about the great fossil hunter, Mary Anning, and follow in her footsteps, studying dinosaur teeth and bones to find out what dinosaurs liked to eat. Learning dinosaur names, creating puzzling riddles, writing fantastic fact files and creating exciting dinosaur stories are some of the other activities we’ll be involved in this term. We’ll also use our artistic skills to make model dinosaurs and to design dinosaur landscapes.
In Maths this term we will be learning about counting and representing numbers, addition and subtraction, place value; and position and direction.
Our P.E. days are on a Tuesday and Wednesday. Please ensure your child has correct PE kit in school on these days. P.E kit consists of a t-shirt, shorts and trainers/pumps. There are times when we will go outside for PE, so a jumper and joggers are also recommended for the colder months. Children will also need earrings removed on these days (staff are not allowed to remove them) and long hair tied back, due to Health and Safety reasons.
Please could you put your child’s name on all of their items, including clothes, PE kit, water bottle and book bag.
Children need to bring a water bottle to school every day. This should be taken home at the end of the day, so that it can be washed and refilled. All children will be provided with a healthy snack. If you wish your child to have milk you will need to pay on a termly basis for this at the school office.
In Year 1 there are some common exception words and spelling rules that your child needs to learn. Your child will be sent home with a few spellings to learn each week. Maths homework will be an interactive game to play on Active Learn, which I will inform you about via Class DoJo. All children must read at least 3 times a week at home with an adult. When you have read with your child, we ask that you write this in their reading diary, with a short comment stating what book they have read along with the page number that they have read up to. Reading records will be checked every Friday and new books placed in their book bags if needed. Our topic homework is an optional project based activity that can be completed and handed in any time this term before December. It can be anything to do with dinosaurs and a list of ideas will be sent home. Children who complete the homework will be rewarded with DoJo’s and a prize from our class rewards box. You may want to have fun helping your child complete a topic activity.
I am very much looking forward to the year ahead with Class 1 and I would like to thank you in advance for your support. If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to come and speak to me.