Welcome to Year 1
This year's class teachers are Mrs. Johnson (1J) and Mrs. Cooper (1C).
On Thursday afternoons the children are taught by Mrs Underhilll 1C ,and Mrs Ellis 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.
Topic-Autumn 1- My School (Geography Focus)
In this topic we will be focussing on Geography skills and encouraging the children to explore their classroom and their immediate school environment. The children will have opportunities to make their own maps of the Year One classrooms and begin to understand what things look like from 'A birds eye view.' The children will also begin to gain an understanding of Geographical vocabulary and of different maps that can represent a place.
Autumn 2- Beyond Living Memory.
During this topic the children will begin to practise their History skills. They will begin by looking at their own history and reflect on how their interests and needs have changed during their own lifetime. We will look at toys, clothes, homes and lifestlye and how these aspects of life have changed in the last 50 years. The children will reflect on times beyond their own living memory and will be able to ask parents and grandparents to share their memories from the past.
Please ensure suitable indoor (Thursday) and outdoor (Tuesday) 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.