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Pontnewydd Primary School

Meithrin, Ysbrydoli, CyflawniNurture, Inspire, Achieve

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Dosbarth Abertawe

25/04/22

Summer term - Curriculum letter

 

Dear Parents/Guardians,


This year we have been following the new ‘Donaldson’ curriculum focusing upon six key areas of learning. We will still be spending some time focusing upon the children’s general wellbeing ensuring they feel safe and secure in their school environment. This term we will be focusing on our topic The City of Tomorrow. We will be learning about sustainability and what the future will look like. Below is an outline of what the children will learn in all subject areas. We will be focussing on the curriculum’s four core purposes through the characters of Ambitious Aled, Healthy Harri, Ethical Eleri and Enterprising Elin.

Languages, Literacy and Communication

We will continue with Read, Write Inc everyday to help teach children to basic phonic knowledge for speaking, reading and writing. This term Year 1 will be looking at instructional writing, poetry

The children will:

  • Understand information about a variety of topics, identifying main points.
  • Understand and respond to a range of questions and multi-step instructions in a variety of familiar and unfamiliar contexts.
  • Listening to others and understanding that they may have a different perspective from our own.
  • Using a range of strategies to read with increasing fluency.
  • Finding and using information from different materials that we have read.
  • Developing our vocabulary through listening and reading and use these new words in a variety of contexts.

Cymraeg

The children will continue to develop their incidental Welsh within their daily routine using Fflic and Fflac and the Welsh scheme of work. The children will have the opportunity to read a range of welsh books.  There will also be a focus on writing in welsh. We will learn how to ask and answer the following questions:

  • Ble mae? And Prepositions (Where is…?)
  • Oes… yn y… (Is there a … in the …?)
  • Beth wyt ti’n wneud?
  • Beth wyt ti’n hoffi wneud?
  • Ble est ti?
  • Beth syn bod?
  • Ble  wyt tin mynd? 

 

Mathematics and Numeracy

We will be looking at using some of the Singapore Maths and White Rose Maths methods of working in numeracy. This may mean that your child will come home and show you a different way of completing their maths work. We will also be using Big Maths to focus on basic skills. The children will complete daily practise and a weekly challenge and progress will be recorded to see how they are improving.

We will be focussing on the skills in the following topics: 

  • Time (analogue and digital) 
  • Fractions
  • Additive relationships
  • Adding and subtracting
  • Multiples and multiplication facts
  • Money
  • Inverse operations
  • Comparing numbers (more/less/equal to)
  • Measuring
  • Rotation and turns  
  • Data Handling
  • 2/5/10 times tables

 

Humanities:

The children will take part in many lessons through Geography, History and Religious Education. We will be focusing on the following skills:

  • Explore and become aware of diversity in communities.
  • Understand that not everyone is treated fairly.
  • Begin to understand what human rights are and why they are important.
  • Collect and record information and data from given sources.
  • Sort and group my findings using different criteria.
  • Experienced a range of stimuli, and had opportunities to participate in enquiries, both collaboratively and with growing independence.
  • Recognise the difference between facts and beliefs
  • Recognise and explain that my opinions and the opinions of others have value.
  • Recognise other people’s feelings and viewpoints about familiar events or experiences.
  • Sequence events and begin to understand that the past can be divided into periods of time.
  • Take care of resources and not waste them, understand the importance of creating a sustainable future.
  • Recognise the importance of the different rules, roles and responsibilities within the various communities to which I belong.
  • Contribute actively and constructively to my community
  • Recognise that my actions and those of others impact upon communities and the environment.

 

Expressive arts:

The children will take part in a number of lessons through dance, drama singing and dance. These are the skills we will be covering this term:

  • Use creative materials safely and with some control under supervision.
  • Give and accept feedback as both artist and audience.
  • Consider, with guidance, how moods, emotions and ideas are communicated both in my own creative work and in the creative work of others.

 

Science & Technology:

The children will be learning all about life-cycles, the human body, light and dark. In DT we will be designing a City of Tomorrow using recycled materials and Minecraft. We will also be watching the real life-cycle of a butterfly within our classrooms and visiting the zoo on a school trip.

 The skills we will be focussing on are:

  • Explore relationships between living things, their habitats, and their life cycles.
  • Explore and communicate the basic properties of light, sound, electricity, and magnetism.
  • Make design decisions, using my knowledge of materials and existing products, and suggest design improvements.

 

Health & Wellbeing

The children will learn how developing physical health and well-being has lifelong benefits and that healthy relationships are fundamental to their well-being. We will carry out daily mindful moments/sessions to help focus our minds and bodies. The children will have opportunities to make and taste a range of healthy foods and snacks. We will be using the following schemes/programmes to support this area of learning:

 

PE days

Class 3 – Abertawe – Wednesday

Class 4 – Tregaron – Thursday

PE kits must be WORN to school on these days please. If possible we will do PE outside so please ensure children have kit for all weathers and appropriate food wear. 

 

Homework and reading

 

For both classes, reading books are to be returned daily with a comment in the record.

We are focussing on reading books coming in regularly encouraging the children to practise and gain confidence/fluency with their reading. If books are returned daily children will receive a prize on a Friday.

 

Spellings sent home on a Friday via Dojo; these are to be practised at home daily for a test the following Friday. Please don’t worry if children find them tricky, it is just good practice for them to have a go! Results will be posted onto dojo.

 

Big Maths - The children will complete a big maths activity every Friday morning. If the children get 10/10 two weeks in a row, they will move up a level. The children will bring home their big maths worksheets every Friday. 

 

Homework will be set on Hwb/j2Easy every Friday and marked by the following Friday.

PPA Days

Once a fortnight Mrs Havelot will be with the children whilst Mrs Payne and Miss Rogers have PPA (planning, preparation and assessment) time. This will be a Wednesday for Dosbarth Abertawe and Thursday for Dosbarth Tregaron.

We think you’ll agree, there are a great variety of fun and interesting learning opportunities for your child this term.  

As always our doors (dojo’s!) are always open. Please message or speak to us if you have any concerns or questions. We will do our best to support you and your child in any way we can. 

Yours sincerely

Miss B Rogers, Mrs E Payne and Mrs H Tucker

P.S-Please check dojo, twitter, facebook and the website for important information and updates.

24/3/22

 

We have had a lovely few weeks in Year One. 

In Numeracy we have been learning our doubles, odd and even numbers, pattern and even some tricky fractions!

In Literacy we have been using our imagination to create our own literature! We even wrote our our dragon stories, they were AMAZING!

 

Please keep a look out on dojo/twitter for regular updates and photos of what we get up too!

19/1/22

 

Dear Parents/Guardians,


This year we have been following the new ‘Donaldson’ curriculum focusing upon six key areas of learning. We will still be spending some time focusing upon the children’s general wellbeing ensuring they feel safe and secure in their school environment. This term we will be focusing on our topic ‘Cynefin’ (belonging). We will be learning about Wales and our local community. We will also look at toys and how they have changed over time. Below is an outline of what the children will learn in all subject areas. We will be focussing on the curriculum’s four core purposes through the characters of Ambitious Aled, Healthy Harri, Ethical Eleri and Enterprising Elin.

Languages, Literacy and Communication 

We will continue with Read, Write Inc everyday to help teach children to basic phonic knowledge for speaking, reading and writing. This term Year 1 will be looking at and creating our own dragon stories. The children will:

  • Recognise that there is a relationship between languages, culture and their own sense of Welsh identity.

  • Read different texts using a range of strategies to make meaning.

  • Find and use information from different materials.

  • Retell stories creatively.

  • Use imagination to respond to and adapt literature to create their own work.

  • Use imagination to create their own literature.

Cymraeg

The children will continue to develop their incidental Welsh within their daily routine using Fflic and Fflac and the Welsh scheme of work. The children will have the opportunity to read a range of welsh books.  There will also be a focus on writing in welsh. We will learn how to ask and answer the following questions:

  • Beth wyt ti’n hoffi? a Beth dwyt ti ddim yn hoffi? (What do/don't you like?) 

  • Wyt ti’n hoffi? (Do you like..?)

  • Beth wyt ti’n wisgo? (What are you wearing?)

  • Beth wyt ti’n wneud? (What are you doing?)

  • Ble mae? And Prepositions (Where is…?)

  • Oes… yn y… (Is there a … in the …?) 

Mathematics and Numeracy

We will be looking at using some of the Singapore Maths and White Rose Maths methods of working in numeracy. This may mean that your child will come home and show you a different way of completing their maths work. We will also be using Big Maths to focus on basic skills. The children will complete daily practise and a weekly challenge and progress will be recorded to see how they are improving.

We will be focussing on the skills in the following topics: 

  • Place Value (Tens and units) 

  • Fractions

  • 2D/3D Shape 

  • Time (analogue and digital) 

  • Estimation 

  • Data Handling

  • 2/5/10 times tables 

 

Humanities: 

The children will take part in many lessons through Geography, History and Religious Education. We will be focusing on the following skills:

  • Develop their understanding of our country.

  • Develop their knowledge on their local community.

  • Recognise similarities and differences between people’s lives, both in the past and present.

  • Recognise the importance of the different rules, roles and responsibilities within the various communities to which they belong.

In response to our ‘Parents Voice’ questionnaire on this topic we will try to include the following of your suggestions into our planning/activities (thank you to those who responded):

  • Sense of belonging when you join with people with similar interests, such as supporting the same team

  • Origin of the Welsh language 

  • Learning about welsh traditions and emblems 

  • Learning about why we have a dragon on the flag 

  • Differences in technology over the years

  • What Pontnewydd looked like years ago before the town was built 

  • Games children used to play 

  • Looking at and wearing clothes children used to wear

  • Tasting different foods from the past 

 

Expressive arts:

The children will take part in a number of lessons through dance, drama singing and dance:

  • Explore how and why creative work is made by asking questions and developing their own answers.

  • Give and accept feedback as both artist and audience.

  • Consider, with guidance, how moods, emotions and ideas are communicated both in their own creative work and in the creative work of others.

  • Create their own designs and work collaboratively with others to develop creative ideas.

Science & Technology:

The children will take part in a number of experiments to:

  • Recognise patterns from observations and investigations and can communicate their findings.

  • Observe and describe ways in which materials change when they are mixed together.

  • Communicate the effect forces have on themselves and on objects.

  • Follow instructions to build and control a physical device (Bee-bots, Minecraft)

 

Health & Wellbeing

The children will learn how developing physical health and well-being has lifelong benefits and that healthy relationships are fundamental to their well-being. We will carry out daily mindful moments/sessions to help focus our minds and bodies. The children will have opportunities to make and taste a range of healthy foods and snacks. We will be using the following schemes/programmes to support this area of learning:

  • Mindup

  • Yoga Pretzels/Cosmic yoga 

  • Gymnastics (PESS)

  • All together now 

  • Spectrum Project 

 

PE days

Class 3 – Abertawe – Wednesday

Class 4 – Tregaron – Thursday

PE kits must be WORN to school on these days please. If possible we will do PE outside so please ensure children have kit for all weathers and appropriate food wear. 


 

FFAB 11 (Fifty fun activities before 11) 

This initiative is now up and running and we are really excited to provide children with these opportunities throughout their time at Pontnewydd Primary School. Each experience has been chosen by the children and you! We will be taking lots of photos during each experience which will be documented in a learning journal that the children will get to bring home at the end of Year 6 - A lovely memory book for the children! :) 

The experiences we will be providing in Year one are:

  • Bring up a butterfly 

  • Go paddling

  • Make and wear a wild crown 

  • Treasure hunt

  • Canal walk 

  • Help a plant to grow 

 

We look forward to sharing pictures with you and will let you know when we plan to do these activities throughout the year

 

Homework and reading

 

For both classes, reading books are to be returned daily with a comment in the record.

We are focussing on reading books coming in regularly encouraging the children to practise and gain confidence/fluency with their reading. If books are returned daily children will receive a prize on a Friday.

 

Children will have spellings sent home on a Friday; these are to be practised at home daily for a test the following Friday. Please don’t worry if children find them tricky, it is just good practice for them to have a go! Results will be posted onto dojo. 

 

Homework will be set on Hwb/j2Easy every Friday and marked by the following Friday.

PPA Days

Once a fortnight Mrs Havelot will be with the children whilst Mrs Payne and Miss Rogers have PPA (planning, preparation and assessment) time. This will be a Wednesday for Dosbarth Abertawe and Thursday for Dosbarth Tregaron.

We think you’ll agree, there are a great variety of fun and interesting learning opportunities for your child this term.  

As always our doors (dojo’s!) are always open. Please message or speak to us if you have any concerns or questions. We will do our best to support you and your child in any way we can. 

Yours sincerely

Miss B Rogers, Mrs E Payne and Mrs H Tucker

P.S-Please check dojo, twitter, facebook and the website for important information and updates. 

 

22.11.21

Gosh these weeks are flying by! 

The children have enjoyed continuing our topic Planed Berffaith and learning about different animals and their habitats. They have been working hard on the homework project and we have some lovely habitats on display in the classroom. 

 

In Literacy we have been focussing on adjectives and rhyming words, soon we will be writing our own poems based on a Dolphin which is our adopted animal. 

 

In Numeracy we have been learning all about time, the days of the week, months of the year and the seasons. I am sure you have heard the songs we've been singing!

 

We are well under way with practise for the Christmas concert. Although you are unable to attend this year we will be recording the whole performance for you to watch at home! Please keep practising the childrens' lines at home if they have any. 

 

A few reminders just in case:

  • PE day is on Wednesday and we ask that children please wear appropriate kit to school. We will take them outside as much as possible. 
  • PPA day is every other Wednesday where Mrs Havelot will look after the children for the day.
  • Children will be given homework and spellings every Friday, either on dojo or in their blue homework books. We ask that this is completed and returned by the following Wednesday. 
  • Reading books should be returned daily with a comment in the record. Books returned everyday will mean the children can win a prize on a Friday.
  • Any information/photos of what we have been doing will be posted on dojo so please keep an eye on this page. 
  • Please label all of the children's belongings so they do not get lost. We are spending a lot of time looking for things after playtimes.

 

Diolch as always for your continued support. 

18.10.21- Final week of term

 

WOW! We are so proud of how hard the children have worked this half term. The classroom displays are beginning to fill up with lovely pieces of work that have been completed. We are all now well established into the classroom routines and rules and it was a pleasure to chat to Mums and Dads on parents evening about some of these things. 

Children have settled into their new Read, Write Inc groups and are working hard on their sounds every morning. We ask that you please continue to practise these at home along with reading books. 

 

After half term the first week back will be 'Black History Week' and then we will continue with our topic Planed Berffaith. 

 

We hope you have a lovely half term-keep an eye on dojo for the homework task. 

 

 

Croeso!

The children have settled in so well to the new term and classroom. They have already been super busy! 

Our topic this term is Planed Berffaith. We will be learning all about how to look after and care for our world just like Ethical Eleri. 

Please see the attached curriculum letter for more information on what we will be learning this term. 

 

A few reminders just in case you missed any information:

  • PE day is on Wednesday and we ask that children please wear appropriate kit to school. We will take them outside as much as possible. 
  • PPA day is every other Wednesday where Mrs Havelot will look after the children for the day.
  • Children will be given homework every Friday, either on dojo or in their blue homework books. We ask that this is completed and returned by the following Wednesday. 
  • Reading books should be returned daily with a comment in the record. Books returned everyday will mean the children can win a prize on a Friday.
  • Any information/photos of what we have been doing will be posted on dojo so please keep an eye on this page. 
  • Please label all of the children's belongings so they do not get lost. We are spending a lot of time looking for things after playtimes.

 

Please remember our door is always open if you have any concerns/worries or questions. We look forward to our first parents evening and meeting you properly :-) 

 

 

01.09.21
Here you will find out about Mrs Payne and Mrs Tucker's Year 1 class, Dosbarth Abertawe.

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