Year 1 Weekly Update – 28/01/22

RE: We have been learning to recognise and describe the signs and symbols of Baptism. We will learn to know that God is our Father in heaven and think about why it is important.
We will also be sharing our thoughts and experiences on some other celebrations in the Church. At home, you may wish to look at family photos of these celebrations and talk about why we celebrate these occasions.
Handwriting: We practice forming our letters correctly each week in ‘print’. We do not teach or practice a cursive or joined up handwriting style at this stage.
In Year 1, our main focus is on the positioning of our fingers to secure a good pencil grip; stabilizing our bodies whilst sitting on a chair correctly with our feet on the floor; books/papers angled and anchored. We learn and practise forming letters correctly, knowing where to start and where to finish on the line as well as understanding which letters need to sit tall or fall below the line.
We have been learning to form the letters c, a and d correctly.
Science: We will be learning to describe and compare the structure of a variety of common animals, such as fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals (including pets). We will learn that different animal groups have some common body parts, such as eyes and a mouth, and some different body parts, such as fins or wings.
Geography: We will be naming and locating the world’s seven continents and five oceans. We will use world maps, atlases and globes to identify the UK, continents and oceans.​ Google Maps is an exciting tool that the Year 1 children love to use in class.
Phonics: Next week we will continue to ‘Grow the code’ in Year 1:
/u/ as in oe in some, o in mother and ou in young.
/z/ as in se in cheese
​/se/ as in se in mouse and ce in fence
​/ee/ as in ey in donkey

Our tricky words will be: people, your, their, thought, through, friend, work
​What can I do at home? 10 minutes daily reading!
Please reinforce the sounds we have been learning in class and take the time to practice reading and writing real words and tricky words (as listed above)

Maths: This week we will be counting to 50 by making tens, we will be looking at numbers to 50 and counting forwards and backwards to 50.

What can I do at home? Support your child at home by practising forming the numbers correctly as well as writing them as words! 
Useful websites with fun educational games: 
1) Busy things ( click on log in​ >LGFL >log in as a pupil)
2) Topmarks Maths
3) White Rose Maths App (1 minute maths!)
PSHE-RHEThis week we will continue to discuss the various communities that we belong to, such as home, school, parish, the wider local community, nation and global community; We will b thinking about ways to help these communities ie practical tasks such as keeping their room tidy, helping in the kitchen etc; We will be discussing that we have a duty of care for others and for the world we live in (charity work, recycling etc.) and discussing what harms and what improves the world in which we live.
– Long hair (below shoulder length) should be tied back, this is a health and safety requirement for PE.
Dates for your diary:
– Friday 4th February – Children come to school in blue and yellow to celebrate our new Arts Hub!
– Friday 4th February, 8.30 – 10am – Coffee Morning in our new Arts Hub
– Tuesday 10th May – Year 1 Mass at 9am