Welcome to Term 1 at Aycliffe Community Primary.
I hope you and the children had an enjoyable summer break and we look forward to a fantastic year of learning ahead of us.
I have outlined the main areas of learning that we will be developing with your child through Term 1; I hope you find this useful.
Mathematics
In mathematics, we will begin by reinforcing and further developing the children’s understanding of numbers and their place value.  This shall include learning about the sequence of numbers, number bonds to 10 and exploring the value of two digit numbers.  After that, the class will begin to learn about 2D and 3D shapes, including, exploring a range of new shapes and their properties. 
The children will be taking part in daily counting practise, including, counting in two’s and tens from zero and developing the children’s ability to say which number is one more/less than any given number.
The children will be encouraged to connect with the classroom environment to expand their mathematical knowledge and vocabulary.
English
In English, we will be focusing on the story of Handa’s Surprise which is beautifully linked to our Theme of ‘What is it like to like there?’  This shall include, identifying the characters in the story, sequencing the events of the story and exploring the descriptive language used in the text.  The children will learn how to retell the story, both verbally and in their writing and will present this learning to entertain their peers.
The children will take part in twice daily phonics sessions, where we will be further reinforcing the children’s existing knowledge from Reception, whilst learning a range of new sounds and spelling patterns to develop their reading and writing in Year 1. 
The children will be encouraged to connect with the classroom environment to develop their literacy language skills and to connect with key spellings.
Guided Reading
The children will take part in group reading sessions, where the children will be exposed to a range of new texts which they will practise and learn over a period of three days.  Children will be encouraged to look at spelling patterns within these texts and identify and apply their growing knowledge of tricky words.  Children will learn how to answer a range of questions about what they are reading by using the text and the pictures to support their answers.
Theme
Our theme this term is ‘What is it like to live there?’ with a focus on the continent ‘Africa’.  We will be identifying where and how we live in comparison to those in Africa, including, homes, climate, music, food, animals and art.  We would of course love if the children were able to do further research at home to share with the class in these sessions.
PE
In PE this term we will be developing the children’s ability to control a ball using their body parts.  This will include: rolling, bouncing, throwing, catching and kicking.  These skills are vital when children learn how to play sports such as football and rugby.  Please ensure your child has a named PE kit and suitable plimsolls or trainers in school at all times and that earrings are removed for PE sessions.
RE
In RE, the children will be introduced to Christianity and the beliefs that Christians hold.  The children will be learning the value of ‘Tolerance’ and the importance of embracing, celebrating and respecting other’s differences and beliefs.
Home learning
The children will receive English and Maths home learning every Friday.  This home learning will provide your child with the opportunity to develop their skills and knowledge from their lessons or to prepare them for upcoming learning.
Please could their home learning be returned on Monday morning to enable us to reflect on their learning.
Thank you for your continued support and we look forward to working with you over the year.  Should you have any concerns or questions please do not hesitate to come and see me after school and I will be happy to help.
Miss Gollop and Mrs Short