Welcome to Year 1
This year's class teachers are Mrs. Johnson (1J), Mrs. Little (1L) and Mrs. Cooper (1C).
We are supported by Miss Darby, Mrs. Bridge and Miss Carr. On Tuesday afternoons the children are taught by Mrs Sewell 1C , Mrs Matthews 1L and Mrs Underhill 1J.
In Year 1 we aim for all children to become confident and independent writers. This term we will read and investigate non-fiction texts; their features and layout. Initially the children will explore the text as readers before planning and thinking about writing their own piece of work. Throughout the term the children will be supported to speak and then write in complete sentences using capital letters, finger spaces and full stops.
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 counting in 2s, 5s and 10s, 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. 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!
All children take part in daily phonics lessons to support their developing reading abilities. Children in Year 1 read once a week. Some children will be heard individually, by one of our Reading Buddies and all children will take part in a Guided Reading session.
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. To enable reading to happen frequently we advise that your child brings their book and reading diary in their book bag every day.
Remember we have the reading challenge scheme in place throughout the school and the children can earn extra playtimes and small rewards plus a lovely reading certificate for every 20 reads they complete at home.
During the first half term, the children will be learning how toys have changed over time. Our topic will look at the types of toys that children would have played with in the past and how they have changed. We will look at the materials toys were made of and compare toys then with what toys are made of now. The children will gain an understanding of how toys that their parents, grandparents and children further in the past played with and how they have changed and why.
Please ensure suitable indoor (Friday) and outdoor 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 new term ahead. If you have any questions, please feel free to speak to any member of the Year 1 team.