Beech Class

Reception & Year 1 Autumn Term 2018

This term we will be focussing our planning around the half-termly topics of of ‘Houses and Homes’ and ‘Dinosaurs’. The Reception children will be introduced to 3 letter sounds each week and will be given follow up tasks to do at home in their Phonics folder. They will be introduced to story characters, simple words and reading books at appropriate times.

The Year One children will continue to bring home reading books, word cards and spellings as appropriate. Please may I remind you how important it is to hear your child read at home. Please record when you have heard your child read in their yellow reading record. They will also be given a weekly computer-based maths task, which is designed to support the work that we are doing in class and is an opportunity for your child to talk about their work with you. Homework will be given out on a Friday and needs to be completed by the following Thursday. New spellings will be set on a Friday, and will be assessed the following Friday.

Our timetabled PE days will be a Wednesday and Thursday. Please could children leave their PE bags on their pegs in the cloakroom for the whole half term. I will however, let you know if it needs to be washed in the meantime. Please also ensure all clothing is named, including tights and socks to help guarantee your child puts on the right clothes after PE lessons! Please could children, especially Reception, also keep a spare change of school uniform and underwear in a separate bag just in case of any accidents. Please could all children have wellies in school on a Friday, as we will be taking part in Outdoor Education sessions on a Friday afternoon. The children may also need wellies for other days of the week. It would be great if the wellies could be kept in school.

Please could everyone have a water bottle for during the school day and keep it on the shelf and not in their bags.

I know the children love to share things from home but they will only be able to share items on their set day and to do with our topic. You will get a note to say when this will be. Please may I also remind you that children should not bring toys to school.

First thing in the morning is always very busy in our class, so if you would like to discuss something at any length, please could you make an appointment to meet with me through the school office. I am usually available after school, once I have made sure the children who travel on the bus are safely on their way.

The Curriculum

English
The children will develop their reading, writing, speaking and listening skills whilst encountering narrative, non-fiction and poetry texts. This term we will focus on stories with familiar settings and signs, labels and lists.

Maths
The children will be following the primary curriculum for Maths. We will focus on counting, reading, writing and ordering numbers as well as carrying out number operations (+ – x and ÷). The children will also encounter shapes and measures and take part in regular problem solving.

Science
The children will have fun thinking about animals and their homes. We will look at what animals/pets need to survive and their habitats. This will lead on to looking at the characteristics of living things

Geography/History
Looking at types of buildings and homes. The children will think about what makes a home and what might be in different rooms. The children will also look at types of homes around the world and through history. After half term, we will be looking at Dinosaurs!

P.E.
The children will take part in various creative dance activities. The will also take part in throwing and catching and other basic skills through a range of activities.

Music
The learning will be based around the song ‘Hey You!’. The lessons will consist of an integrated approach to music using games, singing and instruments to learn about pulse, rhythm, pitch etc.

Computing
Various games and activities using ICT programmes to help improve the children’s mouse control.
Y1 also: Using different tools in the paint programme.

Art and Design Technology
Designing and printing wallpaper including looking at William Morris
Drawing, sketching and painting different houses
Making clay tiles
Making different types of homes
Dinosaur art

P.S.H.E
The children will take part in circle time activities to discuss the themes of ‘New Beginnings’ and ‘Getting On and Falling Out’

R.E.
The children will be looking at special people. They will explore special people in their own lives and the lives of Christians. They will also focus on the Christmas story.

Year 1 Autumn Term 2018

This term we will be focusing our planning around the half-termly topics of ‘Houses and Homes’ and ‘Dinosaurs’.

The Year One children will continue to bring home reading books and spellings as appropriate. Please may I remind you how important it is to hear your child read at home. Please record when you have heard your child read in their yellow reading record. Each morning following a ‘read’ at home, they are allowed to stamp their reading chart. After fifteen stamps, they get a ‘dip’ in the prize bag!

Children will also be giving them a weekly computer-based maths task which is designed to support the work that we are doing in class and is an opportunity for your child to talk about their work with you. Please look in your child’s yellow reading record for login details. New spellings will be set on a Friday and will be assessed the following Friday.

Our timetabled PE days will be a Wednesday and Thursday. Please could children leave their PE bags on their pegs in the cloakroom for the whole half-term. I will however, let you know if it needs to be washed in the meantime. Please can you ensure all clothing is named, including tights and socks, to help ensure you child puts on the right clothes after PE lessons.

Please could all children have wellies in school on a Friday, as we will be taking part in Outdoor Education sessions on a Friday afternoon. The children may also need wellies for other days of the week. It would be great if the wellies could be kept in school.

Please could everyone have a water bottle for during the school day to be kept in the classroom for easy access. Each child has a designated ‘spot’ to store their bottle on.

I know the children love to share things from home but they will only be able to share items on their set day and to do with our topic. You will get a note

to say when this will be. Please could I also remind you that children should not bring toys to school.

First thing in the morning is always very busy in our class, so if you would like to discuss something at any length, please could you make an appointment to meet with me. I am available on Tuesday afternoons and 8.40 to 9.00am every morning.
Thank you for your support.

The Curriculum

English
The children will be learning about: –
* stories in familiar settings
* labels, lists, signs & posters
* songs and repetitive poems

Maths
The children will be learning about: –
* stories in familiar settings
* labels, lists, signs & posters
* songs and repetitive poems

Science
The children will have fun thinking about animals and their homes. We will look at what animals/pets need to survive and their habitats. This will lead on to looking at the characteristics of living things

Geography/History
Looking at types of buildings and homes. The children will think about what makes a home and what might be in different rooms. The children will also look at types of homes around the world and through history. After half term we will be looking at Dinosaurs!

P.E.
The children will take part in various creative dance activities. The will also take part in throwing and catching and other basic skills through a range of activities.

Music
The learning will be based around the song ‘Hey You!’. The lessons will an integrated approach to music using games, singing and instruments to learn about pulse, rhythm, pitch etc.

Computing
Various games and activities using ICT programmes to help improve the children’s mouse control.
Y1 also: Using different tools in the paint programme.

Art and Design Technology
Designing and printing wallpaper including looking at William Morris
Drawing, sketching and painting different houses.
Making clay tiles
Making different types of homes.
Dinosaur art

P.S.H.E
The children will take part in circle time activities to discuss the themes of ‘Being Me in My World’ and ‘Celebrating Difference’.

R.E.
The children will be looking at special people. They will explore special people in their own lives and the lives of Christians. They will also focus on the Christmas story and the ‘good news’ the Jesus brings.

Buckland Newton Church of England Primary School, Buckland Newton, Dorchester, Dorset DT2 7BY Telephone number: 01300 345 393