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Term 2 Stickman

We hope you have had a lovely half term. We are looking forward to seeing you all again for another exciting term.


Your Year 1 team are: Miss Campbell, Miss Little, Miss Garrington, Mrs Butcher, Mrs Newton and Mrs Collins.


Our topic this term, is based on the book ‘Stickman’ by Julia Donaldson. This is a fantastic book based on a stickman who finds himself lost and embarks on an adventure he will never forget where he is used as an arm for a snowman, a mast for a sandcastle and a stick for a dog. Will he ever get back to his family tree? The children will have a code breaking task using their number and place value knowledge to try and decipher the secret messages and codes to find stickman and help return him to his family again. This will link to our maths work where we will begin to look at the place value of numbers and how many tens and ones make up a number. We will then move on to look at addition and subtraction.


In English, we will begin to look at bonfire and firework poetry and have a go at creating our own ones. We will continue to focus on composing sentences and sentence structure as well as using adjectives and time connectives within sentences.


Using the book ‘Stickman’ as inspiration we will be learning about the various types of weather we have in the UK while also looking at several types of extreme weather. We will be monitoring the changes in the seasons and weather over the course of the term. In Geography, we will be writing weather reports to help us analyse the type of weather we have as the seasons change from autumn to winter. The children will even get the chance to have a go at being a weather reporter themselves!


In Art, we will be exploring ‘Colour’ as we investigate primary and secondary colours exploring how we create different colours through mixing paints. The children will focus on the artist Mark Rothko who is famous for his paintings of irregular rectangular blocks of colour. In computing we will use the programme ‘paint’ to create our own firework pictures. We will also be looking at creating a weather scene through moving images and text on the screen.


Please see the topic web for further details about the topic.


For your information, both classes will have P.E. on a Wednesday afternoon. Your child should come into school, dressed in their P.E. kit on these days and remain in them for the duration of the school day, as this will ensure that items of clothing are not muddled, which will keep the children safe. With this in mind, your child may wear leggings or tracksuit bottoms, their house colour P.E. t-shirt, a red jumper/cardigan/hoodie and trainers. Please ensure that long hair is tied back, away from the face for safety reasons and earrings are simple studs, as per school uniform.


Please ensure all snack pots, water bottles, jumpers, and school shoes are labelled with your child’s name.


As part of Year 1 homework, it is vital that your child reads regularly. We would encourage you to read with your child on a daily basis and record this in the Reading Record book along with any comments or questions you may have about your child’s reading. In the front of the book, there are helpful hints and guidance on questions you can ask your child, while reading with them. Please take the time to read and use just one or two of the questions each time your child reads with you. Please feel free to award your child with the relevant stickers, as and when your child reaches them. Your child’s reading books will be changed on their reading day alongside their phonics book which will be changed by a member of staff to ensure they are given a book focusing on one of the sounds they have learnt that week to practise at home with you.


Spelling homework will begin this term and will link to the sound(s) and high frequency words (HFW)/common exception words (CEW) your child has learnt that week in phonics. Your child’s spelling homework will be posted every Friday to the DB Primary page and the spelling quiz will take place in class every Wednesday. Your child’s spelling scores will be put in your child’s reading record each Friday so please make sure your child’s reading record is in school every Friday.


We look forward to seeing you all again for Term 2.


If you have any concerns or questions, please do not hesitate to see a member of the Year 1 team.

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