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TURTLES (Miss Lewis and Mrs Spilsbury)

Welcome to the Terrific Turtles class page

   On this page you will find out lots of information about important dates, curriculum content for year 1, useful websites and learning links, homework and news letters. 

It will also be updated with class news and links to websites that you may find helpful to support your child's learning.

 

Don't forget to check Class Dojo for regular updates too!

www.classdojo.com

Please ask in class if you need a new parent login.

 

Miss Lewis and Mrs Spilsbury share the week's teaching in our class. Miss Lewis works Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday while Mrs Spilsbury works Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Mrs Robinson is our teaching assistant and works in our class every morning.

Welcome back everyone! It has been wonderful to see all the children settling back into school so brilliantly after the summer holidays. Below, you will find information about our new topic in science and geography as well as homework tasks and important dates for the term.


In our Science lessons this half term we will be asking ourselves "Why are there so many leaves on the floor?"

We will be learning to:

  • observe changes across the four seasons
  • observe and describe weather associated with the seasons and how day length varies.

 

Working Scientifically:

  • Ask people questions and use simple secondary sources to find answers.
  • Use simple measurements and equipment (for example, hand lenses, egg timers) to gather data, carry out simple tests, record simple data, and talk about what they have found out and how they found it out.
  • With help, record and communicate their findings in a range of ways and begin to use simple scientific language.

 

In Geography we will be asking ourselves-Where do the wheels on the bus go?

Some of our key objectives are:

 

  • Name, locate and identify characteristics of the four countries and capital cities of the United Kingdom and its surrounding seas
  • Understand geographical similarities and differences through studying the human and physical geography of a small area of the United Kingdom,
  • Use world maps, atlases and globes to identify the United Kingdom and its countries, as well as the countries, continents and oceans studied at this key stage
  • Use simple fieldwork and observational skills to study the geography of their school and its grounds and the key human and physical features of its surrounding environment.
  • use basic geographical vocabulary to refer to: key human features, including: city, town, village, factory, farm, house, office, port, harbour and shop

 

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Important dates for your diary

INSET Day

Wednesday 2nd September 2020

 

School Re-Opens

Thursday 3rd September 2020

 

INSET Day

Friday 23rd October 2020

 

Break-Up for Half Term

Thursday 22nd October 2020

School Re-Opens

Monday 2nd November 2020

 

Break-Up for Christmas Holidays

Friday 18th December 2020

Schools Re-Opens

Monday 4th January 2021

Homework

Children will bring home creative tasks to be completed over the  term. Children will have a choice of three tasks to be completed over a two week period. The idea is for children to select one and produce a quality piece of homework to be shared with the class during the homework sharing sessions. There is a homework display in our classroom where children, parents and staff can look at all the wonderful work created and be proud of their hard work. We look forward to seeing lots of wonderful pieces of work on display!

 

There is also a maths focus for each week; please work on the maths skills shown in the homework sheet as this will be a focus for children in maths lessons during the week. If you need another copy of the homework tasks then please download one from the link below.

 

Spellings and reading

The children will bring home spellings to learn to spell each week. Tests will be on a Thursday so please practise the spellings with your child each week. And of course, please read regularly at home- if your child brings in their reading record signed to say they have read their book they will be allowed to change it.

Please check out our reading journey display in the classroom to see where your child is. For every 40 reads they compete at home, they will receive a book prize from Mrs Dainty!

Year 1 and Year 2 spelling lists

Homework tasks for Turtles

Phonics Screening Test resources

 

Below are some resources that can be printed and used at home to support your child in their phonics skills. If you have any questions about the phonics screening test then please feel free to make an appointment to talk to either  Miss Lewis or Mrs Spilsbury, we will be happy to talk to you about what you can do at home to support your child.

Phonics Screening Test

Follow the links below for games that allow children to sound out and read some real and alien (made up) words. Remember to click the back button to return to the  Longmoor website.

Reading real and alien words

www.phonicsplay.co.uk

- click 'free phonics play'

- click phase 5

- Choose game: Buried Treasure, Picnic on Pluto or Dragons Den

- Click phase 5 again.

Games for finding different spellings of sounds

http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/wordsandpictures/phonics/postcard/index.shtml 

Other fun phonics games

http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/wordsandpictures/longvow/poems/fpoem.shtml 

http://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/ks1/literacy/phonics/play/ 

Planning

Have a look at the some of the activities we have planned for this term

 

PE is on a Tuesday (indoor) and Friday (outdoor). Please make sure your child does not wear jewellery on these days, in particular earrings (studs) should be removed if your child cannot do this themselves. Please can your child bring in warm clothes and trainers as the weather begins to get cold!

 

Class Dojo

Class Dojo is the new reward system that we are using at Longmoor. The teachers are able to give out points for a variety of good behaviours around school.

You should have received a code to allow you to see how many points your child has got and what they were for. If you have not got it yet, please let me know and I will arrange for another one to be sent to you.

You can access the website at www.classdojo.com or download the app on Android or Apple phones and tablets

Things to do at home

The T-rex has been asking some very silly questions, can you read and answer them?

 

Use your knowledge of tens and units to help out this poor dinosaur.

Have a look at our helpful hints leaflets, with some ideas for games and activities to encourage your child's literacy and numeracy skills. The Year 1 leaflet gives an idea of our end of year expectations. There is also a spelling list with high frequency and tricky words that your child is expected to be able to spell by the end of year 2.

 

Phonics Screening Test

Follow the links below for games that allow children to sound out and read some real and alien (made up) words. Remember to click the back button to return to the  Longmoor website.

Reading real and alien words

- www.phonicsplay.co.uk

- click 'free phonics play'

- click phase 5

- Choose game: Buried Treasure, Picnic on Pluto or Dragons Den

- Click phase 5 again.

Games for finding different spellings of sounds

http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/wordsandpictures/phonics/postcard/index.shtml 

Other fun phonics games

http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/wordsandpictures/longvow/poems/fpoem.shtml 

http://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/ks1/literacy/phonics/play/ 

 

WHISPER - Anonymous Reporting Tool

 

Sometimes it is really hard to tell an adult if you feel like you are being bullied. That is why we have subscribed to WHISPER. It is an anonymous reporting tool which allows you or your child to report any incidents of bullying and cyber bullying in confidence.

 

Click on the web link below to fill in a report. It will then be emailed to Miss Hughes (Online Safety Coordinator). Messages are checked as often as possible. In order to resolve issues effectively and promptly, please include your name. This will be kept in the strictest of confidence.

 

If you have any concerns or worries about your child regarding online safety and would like further advice, please contact Miss Hughes or Mr Lyons, the school's online safety co-ordinators or speak to Mrs Dainty, Headteacher.

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