KS1: Blencathra

Welcome to Year One! What a wonderful start we have had to the year. The children have settled in so well and are enjoying life in Year 1.

This term the children will be developing their geographical skills by learning all about the physical and human characteristics of the United Kingdom. This includes a detailed exploration of the capital city, London. We have linked our PE dance unit to The Great Fire of London where the children are busy sequencing their dance routines to depict the events beginning in the bakery on Pudding Lane.

In English we have been enjoying the story ‘The Queen’s Hat’. Through our new writing approach based on Jane Considine’s ‘The Write Stuff’, we have been focusing on improving our vocabulary choices to create some fantastic sentences. Each lesson we focus on different ‘lenses’ to formulate ideas, include literary devices and apply grammatical procedures. Reading is a high priority in Year One. Each day we undertake a Read Write Inc. lesson to practice new sounds, review previous sounds, read words with increasing pace and read a story. These books are sent home with the children and it is really important to practice reading each day after school to ensure progression.

We have also started the Inspire Maths programme beginning with comparing, sequencing and analysing numbers. In Year One a prominent mathematical focus is on becoming secure with basic number skills. Some of these key skills include: being able to count forwards and backwards within 100, counting on and back from any given number, recalling number bond facts to 10 and 20 and addition and subtraction of one and two digit numbers within 20. Numbots is a game designed to help with quick recall of addition and subtraction facts, this is a great tool to use at home.

Year One had a fabulous morning at Forest School and we are looking forward to the next session. Nicky has been busy preparing the area and we were particularly excited with the hammocks, swings and mud kitchen. Worm pie was a definite favourite!

Thank you for your continued support, if you need to discuss anything please contact the office to make an appointment.

Dates for your diary:

PE days are Tuesdays (outdoor) and Fridays (indoor)

Forest School: Friday 9th October




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