Class Holly

Spring Term 2022

If you would like to contact Miss Capstick or Ms Morson directly, please use the class email address.

holly@overton-st-helens.lancs.sch.uk

Dear Parents and Carers,

Firstly, welcome back from our Christmas break. In this letter we aim to provide you with a few bits of information that you need to know for Holly Class this term. Our topic for this Half term is ‘Animals’ but we will also have a focus on the area in which we live.  Below is a run down of what we will be studying in the different topic areas.  

 

  Spring Term 1
Science Animals (Basic Structure)
R.E Joseph
History Significant historical places in our own locality
Computing Research: We are Collectors
P.E Dance and Gymnastics
Music Charanga: In the Groove
PSHE What helps us stay healthy?
Art Sculpture with a link to UK landmarks
Design Technology Uk landmarks- researching structures and making small scale models.

Reading

All books will continue to be changed on Tuesday and Friday each week by Mrs Birkett. Books can only be changed if an adult has signed to say they are finished.  Ideally the children should read for 10 minutes at home every day.  We will continue to listen to the children read as often as possible in class. The children should not struggle too much with their reading at home; they should be practising the reading skills they learn in school and enjoying the stories. 

Phonics/Spelling

Now that we are more confident with phase 2 and 3 sounds and words we have moved on to phase 4 and 5. We have sent a copy of phase 5 sounds and phase 4 and 5 tricky words that Year 1 children are expected to be able to read, spell and write by the end of the academic year. It would be great if you could help your child learn these sounds and words at home.

Maths

We will continue to use ‘White Rose’ maths resources to help structure sessions and introduce new concepts. Maths lessons will involve lots of visual aids, practical equipment and discussion in order to build on and enhance prior knowledge. This half term we will be concentrating on addition and subtraction and place value. Talking to your child about numbers in every day life will really help them in their understanding.

 Forest School

We will be visiting forest school every other Thursday so watch out for the forest school sign in the classroom window and a text from school! We will visit no matter what the weather so the children will need to bring wellies and waterproof trousers and coats – please make sure they are named!

PE

PE will take place on Monday afternoon and children should now WEAR their kit in to school on Mondays.  

 Water Bottles

Please can you make sure that your child brings a named water bottle to school each day, this needs to be filled and ready to used. We will be sending them home each afternoon to be ready and washed for the next day.

Homework

Homework will consist of a half termly challenge sheet where the children can choose an activity to complete each week. The activities will be linked to our class topic and will give the children the opportunity to practice the knowledge and skills they are developing in school. Homework will be collected in on Friday each week. On Fridays we will enjoy looking at what the children have been up to at home and then send the folders back home the same day.

If you have any questions or queries, please feel free to contact us via email:

Thank you for your support. We look forward to working with you throughout the term.

Miss Capstick, Miss Morson and Mrs Birkett.