Our Autumn Term Topic is...
Do you know a bear who is named after a station?
In school we do phonics every day based on the Letters and Sounds scheme. We get our planning from the Phonics Play website and we enjoy playing the games on there.
We use the videos on Espresso to help us with new learning. Espresso at home logins have been sent home on a letter. Please ask us if you need it again.
In school we follow the Penpals for Handwriting scheme. We believe handwriting is the foundation for learning as it allows us to express ourselves on paper, gives us confidence and allows us to have pride in our work.
The letters are split into 4 different families. We have the curly caterpillars, the long ladders (sometimes called long legged giraffes), the one arm robots and the zig zag monsters. At first, it is important that we learn to form the letters in each family correctly and learn how to position them on the line. We spend a lot of time working on this in Year 1. Once this is secure we will then move on to learning some basic joins.
We usually do Big Maths every week. It's a really great way to help us learn our basic number facts and recall them at speed. It is a challenge but we are not scared by challenges in Year 1 and we enjoy trying to beat our scores every week. You may choose to practise your big maths learn it facts at home. See below for some practise sheets and timers.