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Homework Topic – St David and St John Bosco

Dear Families,

Welcome back to the new school year. We have a busy term ahead and we are all excited to get started.

A few notes for you:

RE

During our RE lessons this term we will be looking at what it means to be a member of a family. WE will learn that we join God’s family, the Church, through the Sacrament of Baptism, when we receive the Holy Spirit. We will also be learning about the Mass and continuing to learn our school hymns.

English

Our English learning this half term will centre around the text ’10 things I can do to save my world’, so expect to become environmental champions over the course of the next 6 weeks! The children will be learning all about the ‘3Rs’ - Reuse, Recycle, Reduce.

Reading

Reading continues to be a priority in Year 1. We ask that you read with your child daily for up to 20 minutes and record what they have read in their Reading Records. Children should read aloud to an adult, tackling unknown words by carefully sounding out and then blending the sounds together. Your help really will make a difference.

We will ensure that we read individually with your child at least twice a week and change their reading books as frequently as is needed.

They will also be taking a reading for pleasure book of their choice home. Your child does not have to be able to read this independently and consequently they may choose a difficult or detailed book. This is for you and your child to enjoy. You could read it to them or they can just enjoy the pictures and the experience the pleasure you get from spending time with a book.

Handwriting

This half term we will be focusing on teaching your child all the joins to develop their cursive handwriting. A copy of each letter-join can be found in their homework book. Please encourage your child to always join, even if to begin with it slows them down or makes their handwriting less neat, as this will support their learning in school.

Homework

We have changed how homework happens in Year 1. Homework will still be handed out weekly on a Thursday and should be returned on a Tuesday. However, at the start of every half term you will find a list of homework task in your child’s book. There will be a choice of up to 6 activities and your child should choose one to do every week.

Weekly spellings will focus on the high frequency words or phonic sets of words that your child will need in their writing. Spellings will be at the back of the homework book and should be learnt for a testing on a Friday.

P.E.

Our main P.E. lessons remain on a Friday morning and taught by our P.E. specialist Mr M Maher. This term these sessions will be indoor, focusing on developing gymnastic skills.

Art

In art the children will be making model toys. We would appreciate it if you could send in any leftover boxes, tubes, plastic bottles and other containers suitable for junk modelling by Friday 18th January. You could use this as a learning opportunity to talk about recycling with your child!

Dates for your Diary

  • Year 1 Class Assembly – Wednesday 13th February at 9.15am

As always, if you have any concerns or questions please do come and see one of the team. It can be a little difficult to talk in the mornings as the children are coming in, but we are more than happy to arrange a mutually convenient time. This can be done by asking us or by contacting the school office.

Thank you for your support,

Yours sincerely,

Year One Team