Year 1 & 2
Dear Key Stage 1,
I hope you have all enjoyed the wonderfully long winter break. I have had a lovely rest and spent lots of time with family and friends, so I’m ready to start the new term with lots of energy and super ideas!
This term, we will be dedicating lots of our study time to Science and Design and Technology. You will learn lots more about Materials and Their Uses, and will demonstrate what you know by planning, designing and constructing a couple of structures that I will keep as a surprise for your lessons! You will be expected to use your growing Computer Science skills to research different structures and buildings in the UK, then Europe later in the term. A class trip to Windsor Castle will complete the curriculum.
To help us with this study, we will explore the life and works of the very famous British engineer, Isambard Kingdom Brunel. Looking at the life of a child in the Victorian era will compliment this work and you will learn more about comparing and contrasting the lives of Victorian children with your own. School, play and home will all form part of this curriculum and is likely to sneak into homework projects too!
In English, after we have reviewed taught rules so far, we will focus on story-telling and creative writing. Using adjectives to describe nouns will be an important skill to develop as you expand your story writing skills, which will include reading your own work aloud to others. We will also continue practising dictation and spelling in preparation for assessment activities later in the term. Year 1 children will begin weekly spelling and homework tasks, which I will be telling you and your parents more about when you return to school.
In Maths, the Montessori materials will support you in your own personal progress, while your guided class lessons will include measuring, tables, fractions, number bonds & patterning and telling the time.
Please remember that you will also start your class swimming lessons on Mondays again, for which you will need your swimming kit and Meadowbrook swim hat. Please check with me if you have any questions about swimming BEFORE the first lesson in our second week back.
Now I can’t wait to get back to school and start all our exciting projects!
Please make sure you have a nice early night on Monday and see you on Tuesday, 8th January.
Malt Hill, Warfield, Berkshire, RG42 6JQ
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