Welcome back to school – we hope you have had a lovely Easter and ate lots of chocolate!
In Galileo Class, our topic this term is ‘A Bug’s Life’. We will be exploring our school environment and learning about mini beasts. This will also include story writing based on Eric Carle books, writing a non-fiction book and art work, also based on Eric Carle books.
In science we are looking at plants including trees and learning about the different parts and how they grow.
During the term, we will be developing our mathematical knowledge of the number system through place value and the four operations: addition, subtraction, multiplication and division.
Optional activities at home can include
· Reading Eric Carle stories and non-fiction books about mini beasts.
· Identifying and describing different local plants
· Making a mini beast hotel for a particular insect
· Counting and more counting – in jumps of 2, 5 and 10 up to 100
· Writing a story about a mini-beast
· Making your own mini beast story
Main areas of learning:
Reading – Please read with your child daily, for about 10 minutes. It is important that you ask your child different questions about what they are reading in order to increase their understanding of comprehension and different styles of text. For example, ‘describe your favourite part’, ‘can you retell the story in the correct order’ and ‘tell me about the characters’.
Please reinforce all phonics learnt so far through games such as ‘I spy’, ‘hangman’ and any relevant computer games. The following site particularly useful:
Writing – Reading bedtime stories in particular helps your son or daughter build up a good level of vocabulary plus they are hearing books of different genres from which they can steal ideas to use in their own writing. Also, encourage your child to use their phonics knowledge if they are doing any writing at home
Maths – Regular activities such as, playing dominoes, card games, counting objects, using dice in board games, telling the time to ‘o clock’ and ‘half past’, shopping using coins and measuring during cooking.
Please make sure that P.E kits are in a named P.E bag, with each item named!!
Homework will be given out on a Tuesday and we will also review previous homework activities on the same day, as a whole class so children receive feedback from their peers. Children will be encouraged to share their homework with others to inspire and share their learning. Homework in year 1 includes a mathletics task and a literacy based activity. Your child’s username and password for mathletics can be found at the front of their contact book.
Please let us know if you have any resources or expertise that you would like to share with the class.
Thank you for continuing to support your child’s learning.
Miss Murphy, Mrs Hill and Mrs Chilman.