Welcome to the Turtles Class
Turtle Class are a mixed Year 1 and 2 group. We will be taught by Miss Poole on a Monday and Tuesday and the rest of the week by Mrs Nightingale. Miss Lawes is our wonderful teaching assistant.
This half term in English, we are going to be starting to use a new programme for teaching phonics and early writing skills, using Read Write Inc. All children's phonics abilities will be assessed and they will be put into appropriate groups. This will allow us to fill in any knowledge gaps.
The children who have completed the phonics programme will take part in our Talk 4 Writing and will be learning poems and rhymes by heart, looking for recurring language and talking about our favourite elements. We will be writing sentences to share our ideas and thoughts, working hard to develop our handwriting skills, words being on the line, with spaces and towards consistent letter sizing.
In Maths, our main focus will be Number and Place Value. We will be counting, sorting objects, comparing numbers and exploring how to record our investigations and findings.
Homework is sent out each Wednesday and due in on a Monday, this will alternate between Maths and English each week. Spellings will be set and checked the following week. Reading is very much encouraged every day, the children will have an opportunity to read and change books daily.
Our first topic this year is 'Through My Window', looking at the changing seasons and Broadway, this is will be covered through Science, Geography, Music, Art, Design and Technology, Music and Computing.
We have made a fact sheet that will be handed out at the start of the topic detailing what we will be learning.
Topic Fact Sheets can be viewed here:
We will also be welcoming Mrs Dudfield into class who will be teaching our Religious Education and SMSC (Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Education).
Coach Katherine from P and E Sports will be sharing her expertise teaching ball skills and games on a Friday afternoon and Miss Poole will be teaching gymnastics on a Tuesday afternoon. Please remember to send in a named PE kit that can remain in school.
Year 1 children will be taking part in exciting outside adventures with Miss Boulton in Forest School during September and October, please remember to send in appropriate clothing.
We will also be continuing to use the online platform 'Class Dojo' this year. You will be able to see the awards your child has received for displaying school values and good effort in reading and homework. Class stories and homework set will also be posted here. This is a really good way to keep in touch with us whilst we have restrictions in place, for any concerns and questions you have.