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Year 1 Tawny Owls' Newsletter – Summer Term April 2018

We hope you had a lovely Easter and a warm welcome back to the summer term at

Dry Sandford Primary School.  Together Everyone Achieves More!

This term’s topic focuses on, looking in more depth about mini beasts following the poems the children wrote at the end of last term for the Somerset Literacy competition. We have started this week with looking at the Superworm story by Julia Donaldson. We will also be looking and comparing stories by Eric Carle such as 'The Very Busy Spider, The Very Hungry Caterpillar to name a couple. We will be investigating mini beast in science and during Forest School and will be planning an exciting trip linked to our learning. Watch this space for more details! After the half term we will be moving on to an under the sea topic.


We will also be covering St George's day with a mini topic on knights and dragons for the week beginning 23rd April!


There will be opportunities for cooking this term as well as getting ready for our up and coming summer fete which promises some very exciting activities including forest school crafts giving you an opportunity to also see the developments of the site so far! Please do let us know if you think you can help even for a short while on any of the stalls or with the setting up, etc. There is a meeting in school Tuesday 24th April at 5:30 pm where you can find out more. It would be lovely to see you there.


As you know we have outdoor learning in all weathers so please provide sunhats etc particularly on Wednesdays for Forest School days! 

Tawny Owls will continue to have weekly PE sessions on Monday and Thursday afternoons so please make sure your children have a named PE bag on their peg and as a reminder all children need a set of indoor and outdoor shoes please.


Helping your child at home

Continue to hear your child read preferably a little bit every day. We are continuing to change the books on Monday Wednesday and Friday and the children are given two books each time. We are really pleased with the children's reading progress and this progress can be supported by encouraging them to read with more expression and to ask questions about the text. There are usually some questions at the back of the book you can use.

In maths you can support by continuing with Doodle Maths or by looking at the maths games on Purple Mash. We will be looking at more number problems this term as well as recapping on time and shape.

You may be aware that in all year 1 classes there is an annual phonics screening check. This is really nothing to worry about and the children have found practicing alien words quite fun! The process involves teachers assessing phonics decoding ability. Students will be asked to read out 40 words with a teacher in a quite 1:1 space.

The words will be a mix of real words and pseudo- or 'alien' words and this will take place in June. The children have been learning decoding skills during their phonics and guided reading lessons. They have had opportunities try previous screening papers, so they are familiar with them. You can practice real and alien words by playing, Buried Treasure, Picnic on Pluto and Dragon's Den using the following link.


We will also be focusing on transition to help the children prepare for year two. Activities will include class swaps and opportunities through circle times to share thoughts and feelings. The children have been moving towards working in a carousel of activities for maths and literacy. This is working very well and is how the children will be working in September in their new class. We will also be looking at how we can develop the year 2 classroom environment over the summer. As always please do come and see me if you have any concerns but I am confident the children will continue to impress us with their ability to rise to a challenge and positive attitudes towards learning.

Thank you to those who already donated money towards cooking and arts and crafts. We ask if you can give £2 in autumn, spring, and summer, which some people have given for the whole year. We are also always grateful to receive materials for pictures and model making, den making in the garden etc., for example, large material, cardboard boxes, carpet tiles, cartons, wool, old Birthday cards, plant pots etc.


We will be sending out letters to keep you informed of what is happening as it comes up so look out for these, and feel free to talk to staff if you have any questions or concerns. Please check and share our wonderful website where you will find copies of letters, OFSTED reports, photos and all the latest excitement!

Thank you for your help and support in your children’s learning!

Together Everyone Achieves More!

Mrs Friday, Mrs Plummer and Mrs Rivers