Mrs Mudd's Class
Croeso i ein dosbarth!
Welcome to our class!
Mrs Mudd - class teacher
Mrs Tonge - teaching assistant
Beth ydym ni'n dysgu?
What are we learning about?
This half term our topic is 'Glow and Glitter'. In this topic we will learn about space, stars and the planets and we will be exploring light and shadow. We will be applying our ICT skills to research questions we have about space. We will also be using our expressive art skills to create pictures that glow and glitter and mindfulness bottles that we can use if we are feeling a little bit cross.
Our genre this half term is 'non-fiction'. Within our language sessions, we will be looking closely at the story 'Man on the Moon (a day in the life of Bob)' by Simon Bartram. We will be using our 'White Thinking Hats' to gather information about Bob and apply our knowledge to write a biography about him to help him apply for a job as an astronaut. We will be developing our skills through the following activities:
- Phonic and related work.
- Using initial, medial and final sounds to spell words.
- Writing letter formations, including digraphs (two letters to make a sound i.e. sh, ch, ee, or, ai).
- Spelling HFW (high frequency words).
- Letter recognition when reading.
- Sentence work - identifying full stops, capital letters and finger spaces between words.
- Independent writing using their own experiences and their imagination.
Maths sessions will consist of a range of the following tasks:
- Reading and writing numerals
- Comparing the size of objects
- Counting and estimating amounts of objects
- Simple addition and subtraction
- Doubles and halves
- The concept of time and telling the time to o’clock
- Data collection
- Recognising coin values and using different combinations of money to pay for items
- Measuring weight and length using non-standard units
- Sorting 2D shapes; making whole and half-turns.
- PE is every Friday, please could children come into school wearing their PE kit.
- We would be very grateful if names are written on all pieces of clothing that are brought to school (including PE kit).
- As a school we are working on achieving Phase 5 of the Healthy Schools Award this year. In line with policy we are encouraging children to only bring water to be drank throughout the day in water bottles, a healthy lunchbox (including one treat of either chocolate, crisps or a biscuit) and to only eat fruit or vegetables at snack time.
- Your child must bring in their reading book/diary and key word cards every day.
- Spellings for Year 1 will be tested on a Monday and new ones will be uploaded to Google Classroom. Please practise writing spellings within sentences at home, focusing on capital letters, full stops and finger spaces.
- Homework will be set every other Monday and with a deadline of the following Thursday. Homework will be uploaded to Google Classroom.
Llythyrau a Synau
Letters and Sounds
Letters and Sounds is a Phonics programme that aims to build your child's skills in speaking and listening. Letters and Sounds is taught daily and prepares children for learning to read by developing their phonic knowledge. Letters and Sounds are taught in Phases and your child is introduced to the sounds with actions and also encourages sound talk to break up the sounds in to words and blend (put the sounds together) to read.
More information about Letters and Sounds can be found by visiting the following web pages including some interactive resources to practise learning at home:
The Literacy and Numeracy Framework
Y Fframwaith Llythrennedd a Rhifedd
The Literacy and Numeracy Framework (LNF) is used in schools to develop and embed skills in oracy, reading, writing and numeracy across all areas of development, whatever the subject.
You can find out more about the LNF by visiting the Learning Wales website. Click on the link below:
How can I help at home?
Sut allaf helpu adref?
Parental support at home is invaluable to further develop the skills your child learns in school, especially reading, spelling and maths.
Helping your child with reading
Reading with your child is vital. Research shows that it's the single most important thing you can do to help your child's education. It's best to read little and often, so try to put aside some time for it every day and not just before bedtime.
- Take time to look at the title, author and front cover before starting to read.
- Walk through the story by looking at the pictures and discussing the characters and events.
- Read a range of books or magazines about topics that your child is interested in.
- Schedule a regular time for reading.
- Encourage your child to read indoors and outdoors - labels, signs, menus, instructions.
Click here to login to your child's online library - please let us know if you have forgotten your child's username password!
Helping your child with maths
As with reading, try to make maths as much fun as possible - playing games, puzzles and jigsaws are a great way to start. It's also important to show how we use maths skills in our everyday lives and to involve your child in this. Don't shy away from maths if you didn’t like it at school.
Tips for helping your child to enjoy maths:
- Play a number hunt when out and about - on street signs or car registration plates
- Sing number rhymes together
- Point out the different shapes to be found around your home
- Let your child handle money when out shopping
Helping your child with spelling
Good spelling is an important part of your child's literacy development and is an extension to their development of letters and sounds. Try to schedule a regular time to practise spelling at home - read the word together and begin by identifying and counting the sounds in the word. Use the strategy - Look, Cover, Write and Check to help them spell the word from memory or by using sound talk.
Tips for spelling:
- Find words or sounds within the word (there's ' in 'when'!).
- Break the word up into sounds (j-u-m-p = jump, m-ai-l = mail).
- Make up a silly sentence using the word (A kangaroo can jump as high as the moon).
- Find a word that rhymes with it.
More information about supporting your child's education can be found on the BBC website:
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