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Term 4

And just like that we are half way through the school year! What an amazing term term 3 was! The children really enjoyed our Literacy sessions and particularly flourished when making up their own versions of ‘Where the Wild Things Are’ – we certainly have some budding Authors and Illustrators amongst us!

A huge thank you to all the parents for your continued support with homework – it is great to see all our children accessing Mathletics and reading their books daily at home. It is having a huge impact on their enthusiasm and learning in school. We are most impressed with the amount of time and effort you have had in creating fantastic passport to learning projects and it is lovely to see and hear the children proudly sharing them with their classes then helping to display them in our corridors. They especially love hearing comments from other grown-ups passing by!

We hope you’ve all had a restful break and are fully recharged for another jam packed term ahead of us. This term we will be basing our Literacy around the tradition tale, ‘Little Red Riding Hood’. We will continue to develop and expand our catalogue of exciting and interesting adjectives when describing the main characters, settings and events before once again, becoming authors and illustrators and adapting the tale to create our own versions. The children are so eager to record their amazing sentences that they can sometimes forget to use their very best cursive handwriting. This term we will be encouraging the children to focus all their energy in remembering both the quality of content and presentation are just as important and really fine tuning their work to ensure it is their very best. (Just a reminder – there is a cursive letter formation page at the back of the children’s reading records.

Are you an Eco-warrior? This term we will be exploring how we can become eco-warriors. We will be learning about the 4 R’s; reduce, re-use, repair and recycle by introducing the story ‘George saves the world by lunchtime’. We will recycle junk materials to create our own ‘litter bugs’ (week 1) and musical instruments (week 3) so please keep and collect any recycling materials such as yogurt pots, small boxes etc (please remember we are a nut free school) and we will be carrying out surveys around our school looking at ways we already reduce, re-use, repair and recycle and ways we can develop how eco-friendly we are.

In Art and DT this term we will be learning about Kente cloths. We will be finding out about what they are, where they originate from and how they are made before exploring their patterns and textures and making our own kente cloth inspired tee-shirts. We will be making links between Art and Topic thinking carefully about our question; are kente cloths eco-friendly and sustainable? The children will then be researching recycled clothing before working in their teams to create their own recycled outfit.

 

In Year 1 we aim high! We are so so proud of all of our children for the effort and enthusiasm they put into everything they do and it is lovely to see them enjoying their results. Thank you for you continued support, together we can help the children to ‘be the best they can be!’

Term 3

Happy New Year! And what a year 2020 is going to be! We hope you’ve all had a fabulous Christmas break and have enjoyed making lots of fun and happy memories with your friends and families – we can’t wait to hear all about it!

 

Term 3 is set to be another busy yet exciting term full of fun and learning. This term we will be reading ‘Where the Wild Things Are’ by Maurice Sendak and using this as a base for our Literacy sessions. We are already becoming passionate about writing and getting our own ideas on to paper and this term we will continue to fine tune our work. Not only will we be focussing on the structure of our sentences, ensuring that they always make sense but also including a range of sentence openers, adjectives and of course conjunctions to make our writing more exciting and interesting for our readers. In Mathematics we will be deepening our understanding of addition and subtraction to 20. We will be encouraging the children to explore a wider range of methods and confidently use them to complete addition and subtraction number sentences and problems.

 

We are so proud of all of our children and the effort and enthusiasm they have put into their learning so far, and we cannot wait to see what they can achieve in the next few weeks. They truly are using their growth mindsets to grow their ‘Minster Muscles’! They certainly are trying their absolute hardest to ‘be the best that they can be’!

Term 2

Can you believe that it is term 2 already! We have been so incredibly busy having fun and learning new things that term 1 flew past! We are so proud of all of our minster magic Year 1’s who have transitioned amazingly into their new classes. The children quickly adapted to the new routines and structures in Year 1 and are continuously wowing us with their growing ‘can do’ attitude and ‘rainbow brains’.

 

We hope that you’ve all had a lovely half term break and are ready to dive straight into our next chapter of our Year 1 learning journey. This term we will be reading Julia Donaldson’s famous story ‘The Gruffalo’ and using this as a base for our Literacy sessions. This term we are really looking forward to our sessions in the ICT suite using ‘Purple Mash’ to create a variety of pictures and of course, the build up to Christmas! What an exciting term we will have!

Term 1

Welcome to Year 1 and what an exciting year it will be, full of fun and learning!

 

At Minster we have three Year 1 teams who will support our children as they develop new skills and independence to enable them to access our busy and exciting curriculum. Our experienced staff are fully committed to helping our children grow both as learners and little citizens developing lifelong skills.

 

In term 1 we start the challenging transition from 'in the moment' learning to National Curriculum objectives. This is a sensitive time for our young learners and they will experience much growth. We will be focusing on practicing core skills particularly handwriting, phonics and reading development which is a strong focus in Year 1. 

 

To aid them with this transition we offer a multitude of reward systems and ensure we celebrate our new successes with our staff and peers. 

We also focus on our children's wellbeing and emphasise the importance of staying safe and being responsible for our own actions. The focus again is very positive aiming to praise growth mindset at every opportunity.

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