Tuesday 12th April 2016
Dear Unit 1 Parents and Carers,
A very warm welcome back from the Unit 1 staff team to our third and final term of the year and we hope you had a super Easter Holiday. It’s hard to believe the Summer term is here already! We would like to take this opportunity to say a big thank you to you for your continued support during the Spring term. We recognise the huge importance of working together to support the needs of all the children and look forward to continuing the partnership with you. We would also like to thank the parents, carers and grandparents who came into school last term to help during book buddies, to hear children read or to support the children in the classroom. All of your help is very much appreciated and you are always welcome!
Once again we have an extremely exciting curriculum planned for the half term ahead of us. This half term our new history based topic is titled ‘Who were Columbus and Lowry?’ The aim of this topic is to introduce the children to the lives of significant individuals in the past who have contributed to national and international achievements. This will then be used to compare aspects of life in different periods. Firstly, we will begin by introducing the children to a wide variety of different significant individuals from the past and outlining their achievements. We will then spend some time focusing in detail on the artist LS Lowry and the explorer Christopher Columbus, investigating their lives and significant achievements.
Our Science topic for this term is ‘Plants’. Through this topic we will investigate a variety of common wild and garden plants, including deciduous and evergreen trees, identifying and naming them. We will explore and describe the basic structure of a variety of common flowering plants, including trees. We will then have the opportunity to observe and discover how seeds and bulbs grow into mature plants. We will also find out about and describe how plants need water, light and a suitable temperature to grow and stay healthy.
If you or anyone you know has any expertise in the different areas of learning we are focusing on this half term then we would love you to come in and share your knowledge and experiences with the children.
Homework: The children will continue to be given homework weekly which will include 8 spellings to learn, handwriting to practise and maths facts to learn. The children will be tested every Wednesday, their books with their tests and their new spelling words and maths facts in will be sent home by Friday and are due back in the following Wednesday.
Reading: It has been wonderful to see the children rising to the reading challenge and completing at least four reads every week to get their sticker on their bookmark. Congratulations to those children who have completed the challenge every single week we are truly impressed!
If you have any questions about the information provided or any other concerns please do not hesitate to contact us, all the members of staff from Unit 1 will be more than happy to answer any queries you have, just pop in and see us.
The Unit 1 team
Happy New Year to you all
This term we are adding the United Kingdom as our Topic Our Newslatter for this term will be here next week
Monday 7th September 2015
Dear Unit 1 Parents and Guardians,
A very warm welcome from the Unit 1 staff team to your children and to you as parents!
We recognise the huge importance of working together to support the needs of all the children and we look forward to building up a partnership with you the parents and guardians of the children in our care over the course of the year. Therefore, please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or concerns during the year. Every member of staff in our team will always do everything they can to help in any way possible.
Our Unit 1 team includes:
- Mrs Ratley-Haigh, Assistant Headteacher and teaches the year 1 & 2 ‘Moles’ class.
- Mrs Matticks teaches the year 1 & 2 ‘Rabbits’ class.
- Miss Marshall teaches the year 1 & 2 ‘Fawns’ class.
- Mrs Clayton, Mrs Heath and Mrs Williamson are our Higher Level Teaching Assistants.
- Mrs Lifford, Mrs Overton, Mrs Hambling and Miss Scott are our Learning Support Assistants, providing valuable support for your children.
In our Unit all our classes work very closely together in all the subjects across the curriculum. We have a very fun, creative and extremely exciting curriculum planned for the first half term ahead of us. This half term our new topic is a Science based topic called Amazing Animals where we will be investigating and making some exciting discoveries about all the weird and wonderful creatures that live in a wide variety of habitats both in this country and in other countries around the world. We already know the interest you take in your child’s learning, if you can, please discuss with your child the work they have done as the half term progresses and let them teach you if they can.
A little reminder about P.E.:
The children will participate in two P.E. sessions each week, one will be a games lesson the other will be either dance or gymnastics. In addition to their normal P.E. kit (t-shirt, shorts, pumps) suitable warmer outdoor clothing will be required for the games session, particularly as we move into autumn, such as a jumper and jogging bottoms or tracksuit and a spare pair of socks is also handy to have. The children will also need a pair of trainers for the muddy terrain the winter weather creates.
We have some exciting events to look forward to at the end of this autumn term. We had such a super time last year that we have booked to go to the Christmas Show at the New Wolsey Studio again on Monday 14th December and our Unit 1 production will take place on Wednesday 9th and Thursday 10th December. The title has yet to be confirmed, but it will definitely be one you won’t want to miss!
The Unit 1 team