Southborough C of E Primary School

Year 1
What have year 1 been doing?

This week's notices Monday 21st May 2018

· Cambridge’s outdoor learning begins on Friday the 8th of June for 3 weeks.  If you are able to support with this please let Miss Towler know.

· Please ensure your child has their wellies at school and sun cream is applied in the morning if it is forecast to be a sunny day. 

· If you haven’t done so already please can you complete and return your child’s consent form for our Year 1 trip to either their class teacher or Mrs Thomas in the office.

· Please continue to encourage your child to take part in their weekly Mathletics challenges.

· We would also encourage your child to read out signs and shopping lists to support their on going phonics learning.

  Thank you,
The Year 1 Team.



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 This term our key text will be ‘The Lonely Beast’, written and illustrated by Chris Judge. Our cross-curricular learning will be inspired by the main character and the journey he undertakes in his quest to find others just like him. Will he be what we expect him to be? Your child will find out over the course of the term and consolidate making and recording their predictions by following the sense of the story. They will also write for a range of purposes, including composing letters and newspaper articles as well as further refining their story writing and descriptive grammar skills. This will be combined with expanding their understanding of the different sentence types and their uses.  


This term we will continue to apply our mathematical knowledge to help us understand more challenging problems. This will include using our knowledge of previously learnt number bonds and facts, such as 18+2=20, to solve challenging equations such as 18+3=21. We will also move on to multiplication where our practise of counting forwards and backwards in 2s, 5s and 10s will aid us in finding the product. In addition to the above we will continue to focus on developing the children’s rapid recall of number bonds to 20. Can your child tell you how many more needs to be added to 16 to make the total 20?
(16 +? = 20). Can your child write all of the number bonds to 20? 


In Science this term we will continue to learn about animals and plants. We will begin by introducing the terms carnivore, herbivore and omnivore to the children. They will then classify a range of common animals in to these groups. Following this, we will be learning to identify and name a variety of common, wild and garden plants. This will include a walk around our local area where each of the children will locate and name deciduous and evergreen trees using a key. Term 5’s science will have many cross-curricular links to our key text and the Beast’s home. Our young scientists will continue to add key scientific vocabulary to their white shirts and they wear these ‘lab coats’ proudly.


This term we will be exploring why the Lonely Beast would like to visit our town. We will describe the human and physical features of Southborough as well as exploring the natural and physical features of mountains from around the world. The children will compare these landscapes in detail using geographical vocabulary, which will support the term’s final writing outcome. 


In R.E this term we will be learning about Judaism with our focus question being, ‘Who is Jewish, and what do they believe?’ The children will be spending time exploring and learning about Jewish artefacts, understanding their purposes and the links these items have to special occasions and Jewish beliefs.   


In P.E this term we will cover a few areas, including football, multiskills and athletics. In football, the focus will be on developing good control and understanding what this looks like. The children will learn to send and receive a ball efficiently whilst moving. In multiskills and athletics, your child will practise different ways of travelling. This will include running with speed, jumping and landing, and both underarm and overarm throwing. These will culminate in a target practise lesson where all skills are combined. We will continue to partake in a rotational block of three outdoor learning sessions on a Friday afternoon for the duration of this academic year.

Music & P.S.H.E

This term the children will explore how sounds can be combined to make music and learn how music can be used to tell and perform a story. They will compose, make and combine their own sounds for key parts of their story.

This term we will be thinking about both perseverance (linked to the school value for Term 5) and strategies to help us remain calm in situations which could make us angry.

ART & D.T.

Term 5’s D.T. focus will be on food and cooking, where the children will make an appropriate party food for the ‘Lonely Beast’. What is his favourite? Sweet, sour or savoury? They will have experience of food tasting which will support them in making suitable selections for their guest. This will lead to them designing and getting hands on with their products.


This term we will be continuing with our current computer topic ‘We are Collectors’ in which we are sourcing, sorting and organising images whilst learning to search specific websites safely and present our work using PowerPoint.

Home Learning

Home learning will be set each Thursday and must be returned by the following Wednesday. 

Buster's Book Club
Buster Book Club bookmarks will be sent home on a Wednesday. This is an ideal time to sit and enjoy a book from home with your child as their reading book will be in school.

Each Thursday your child will be set challenges on Mathletics ( by their class teacher to complete online before the following Wednesday. Chiildren's login details are stuck inside the back cover of their reading records. 

Daily Reading 
Your child’s reading book will be collected in on a Wednesday and sent home each Thursday with their reading record. This should be returned the following Wednesday with a weekly comment.
Reading books will only be changed if the reading record has been signed. 

RWInc Sounds / Words
If your child has daily Read Write Inc lessons they will come home each Thursday with a copy of their speed words, nonsense words and sounds which are either new that week or need to be revised. The children practise these as part of their daily RWInc lessons to support their learning please take 5 minutes a day to listen to your child read these aloud to you.

From Term 4 weekly spelling lists will be sent home on a Thursday in your child’s green home learning book, these will be tested the following Wednesday. The spellings are based on The National Curriculum words and towards the end of the academic year they will receive topic/cross-curricular vocabulary. Each child will record their score on their new spelling sheet which will come home on a Thursday. Please discuss the meaning of each of the words listed on the spelling sheet and support your child in helping to learn them. There will be helpful tips and activities for learning these with your child at the bottom of the sheet.  When you child begins to receive topic/cross curricular words towards the end of Year 1 they will need to write their own sentence containing the word, this will be clearly explained on the spelling sheet when your child is expected to complete this. As an optional challenge your child can see if they can use all of their spelling words correctly in a piece of writing in their green home learning book.

Times Tables & Number Bonds
Year 1 do not have a weekly check however please take time to practise counting in multiples of 2, 5 & 10 with your child. Not necessarily starting at 0. E.g. 6, 8, 10… Also help them to be confident in their number bonds to both 10 and 20.
E.g. 8+2=10, 12 + 8 = 20.

Any other special events/notes