The Week Ahead
I must say a huge well done to all the children in Challenger Class after a fantastic first full week back at school. They have really impressed me with the way they have got used to the new routines and the expectations of Year 1. Long may it continue!
World War II Topic
We began our World War II topic with looking at the timeline of some of the key events and writing focussed on the use of capital letters for the names of people and places and writing sentences to describe events. This week looks at what happened to Britain’s children during the war. If you have any WWII stories in your family history please send them in for us to share. This can either be a story that children have learned and can tell the class or written down so that they can remember the details. I’ll be sharing a few stories told to me by my own parents who were evacuated as six year olds and I’ll also be reading some short extracts from the evacuation diary of Ms Hutton’s mother.
In maths this week it is all about counting – forwards and back. Oral counting is an important skill and we do it every day in some form or other. The more practice the children get, the more confident and proficient they will become. Please encourage children to count aloud at home – in the bath, in the car – it is all good practice.
The children have brought home their first spellings for learning. These are based on digraphs we have been revising / learning last week and this week (ou, ea and ie). On Friday we did some work in spelling journals and I gave advice on how children might learn these at home. These ideas were:
· a look, cover, write check method
· a focus on particular words that might be tricky and copying out
· say the letters aloud as you write them
· put sound buttons underneath the letters when you copy words out (see the link to using sound buttons on the class page)
· writing out in colours
Some children will learn spellings easily and I know that some children will find it much harder to remember the spellings. If your child has learned the spellings with ease, please challenge them to find other words that use the same spelling pattern. Friday spelling tests will help me to gauge children’s progress and inform planning. Children should not be getting worried about learning spellings!
Reading at Home
Reading at home is very important and ideally should be daily or at least several times a week. Try to read when children are not too tired although I know this is more easily said than done in the midst of busy family life. Please record in the planner when your child reads and include a next page number or whether they read the book all the way through.
School Council Elections
School Council elections will take place on Monday. If your child wishes to stand as Year 1 rep they should be prepared to convince the rest of the class to vote for them. You might like to help them think of what they could say.