Welcome to Year 1
This year's class teachers are Miss Parchment, Mrs Bevilacqua and Mrs Little. Mrs Bridge, Miss Darby, Ms Herbert and Mrs Mayers will be working in classes supporting the learning of the children.
In year 1 we aim for all children to become confident and independent writers. Every day the children will have the opportunity to write, through a range of hands on, stimulating experiences. They will be encouraged to apply their phonic knowledge, in order to assist with spelling patterns and unfamiliar words. Throughout the term the children will continue to compose whole sentences, use capital letters, finger spaces and full stops. Together we will be writing our very own recounts, stories, poems and fact files.
All children will be exposed to maths every day, through a range of practical and real life activities. The children will continue to work on their number recognition and counting skills. They will regularly practice 2, 5 and 10 times table, as well as number bonds to 10 and 20. In particular the children will be focusing on adding and subtracting 2 digit numbers, finding fractions of shapes and numbers, measuring different amounts and collecting and interpreting their own data.
Lots of our work will be investigative and wherever possible. We encourage you to practice maths skills at home with your child. Look for numbers around the house, count the stairs, help pay for items in the shop… maths is everywhere!
In Year 1, we encourage all children to develop a real sense of enjoyment for reading, taking every opportunity to include this within the school day. Throughout the year the children will be exposed to a range of texts, whether this be fiction or non-fiction books, newspapers, leaflets, magazines or even comics!
All children will read once a week; this will either take place in small groups or individually. We welcome comments from parent(s)/carers about how your child has read, even if it is just to let us know they really enjoyed the book! The children will be responsible for changing their own book as often as they like.
Children will be encouraged to choose a book from the Library, which is taken home to share with a grown up or even a sibling! To enable reading to happen frequently we advise that your child brings their book and reading diary in their book bag every day.
We are very excited to introduce the topic ‘Creature Feature'. During the term the children will be going on an adventure, to discover more about the world and the variety of animals that live in it. They will follow lines of enquiry by asking and answering their own questions, investigate continents and countries as well as learn how to navigate around a map. Indeed, the children will become real life explorers as we travel around the globe!
Please ensure suitable indoor(Monday) and outdoor(Wednesday) clothing is provided and named. For their outdoor kit, they will need joggers/leggings and a fleece/hoodie, especially as the cold months are approaching and the children will still take part in outdoor P.E. sessions.
Please make sure you write your child’s name in all clothing they wear to school. (even shoes!)
Children can bring in a bottle with their name on to keep at school for the week but it must be filled with water. They can fill it up during the school day when they need more.
At break time your child will be offered fruit as a snack but if they want to they can bring in a healthy snack (nut free) to take outside with them. (fruit)
We very much look forward to the year ahead. If you have any questions, please feel free to speak to any member of the Year 1 team.