Class Holly

Autumn Term 2021

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,

Let us take this opportunity to welcome you, as parents, and your children into Year 1 at Overton St Helen’s.

In this letter we aim to provide you with a few bits of information that you need to know for Holly Class. Our topic for this Half term is ‘Toys’. Below is a run down of what we will be studying in the different topic areas.

Autumn Term 1

Science Plants, linking to Forest School

R.E Harvest

History Toys: past and present, Living memory – Victorians

Computing Programming and Computing

E-safety Internet safety: Going places safely

P.E Baseline – Lost and found, Gymnastics

Music Charanga: Hey You!

PSHE How do we decide to behave?

Art Drawing: Plants

Design Technology Mechanisms, levers and sliders

Reading

All books will 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.

School will provide each child with their own plastic reading wallet. This is for school books and letters only – please ensure it only contains these items as it helps to speed up the book changing process!

Phonics/Spelling

We have sent a copy of phase 2 and phase 3 sounds and tricky words that Year 1 children are expected to be able to read, spell and write by the end of the academic year. We will be covering these throughout the year (along with phase 4 and 5), but we have included them for your reference. It would be great if you could help your child learn these sounds and words at home.

One of the points some parents brought up during the ‘Meet the Teacher’ evening was that they had missed out on the parent’s phonics evening that usually takes place in Maple Class. We would like to reassure you that we are in the process of rearranging a phonics evening that you will be able to attend if you wish.

Maths

As with reading, we will be covering objectives from Reception and recapping previously learnt skills and facts to start with. We will be using ‘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. We have attached the Key Learning for Maths in Year 1 for your reference.

Forest School

This term we will be visiting 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

You have already received information about PE days, kit needed and arrangements, but just as a reminder – PE will take place on Monday afternoon and children should have their kit in school at all times.

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 Wednesday each week.

Food Allergies

Throughout the year there may be times when your child may be tasting foods and as such it is important that we are aware of any food allergies your child has. Therefore, please can you complete the enclosed advice slip with details of your child’s food allergies.

As it was brought up in the ‘Meet the Teacher’ evening we would also like to reassure all parents that Bikeability is in the process of being rearranged and that we also have lots of exciting plans for trips this academic year to try and make up for the disruption last year.

As we begin this school term our main aim is to welcome the children back and to help them settle back into school life. We hope that with fun and friendship, learning will flourish!

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

Miss Capstick, Miss Morson and Mrs Birkett.