Welcome to Year 1 2017-18
Hello and welcome to year 1. Our teacher is Mrs Kearney. Our Teaching Assistant is Mrs Wibberley.
In Class 1 we pride ourselves in following St Mary’s Golden Ways; Take care of yourself, Take care of others and Take care of your school.
Our Class Link Governors are Mrs Louise Alcock and Mrs Janine Parkin.
Year 1 Classroom
There are 30 children in our class.
We will be following the New National Curriculum. Learning is topic based, as it was in Reception. We aim to provide as many enrichment opportunities as possible with new Art and ICT opportunities as well as trips and focus weeks.
Transition from the Early learning Goals to the National Curriculum will be closely monitored.
Year 1 will build on the successful principles and approaches encapsulated in Reception but will challenge at a year 1 National Curriculum Level.
Children will learn through adult lead, adult initiated and child initiated challenges. Free play is called ‘challenge time’ where children have set tasks to complete through independent exploration.
We have a Mathematics area, Writing area, Reading corner, Role play area, Construction area, Small world are and a Finger Gym (to develop fine motor skills). Learning through play will still be an important part of our day but we will be gradually eased into more formal learning as the year goes on, so that we stay motivated and eager learners.
Year 1 Newsletters
In the morning we focus on English and Mathematics. We learn to read and write through the Read Write Inc. phonics programme and develop or mathematical knowledge through practical games, activities and problem solving.
In the afternoon we learn through challenges, focusing on Science, ICT, DT, History and Geography, Art and Music depending on our half termly topic. We also develop our spiritual social and emotional skills through RE and PSHCE.
Year 1 Curriculum Coverage Map
Please download the document below.
Year 1 Topic Overviews for Each Half Term
At different times of the year depending on what the topic is, you may find different role play areas such as a weather station or toy shop.
We always start our topic off with a question to explore, find out what we know and then find out what we want to know about the topic.
To access topic resources to support our learning in class please click on the link below.
Additionally there is a link below to access the topics being studied by half term.
We are rewarded through Team Points for the right attitude to learning, effort and behaviour. Our behaviour is monitored through the traffic light system.
Each day someone will be awarded The Star of the day! This is someone who has stood out in some way, either by the work they have completed, the effort they have put into their work, how they have behaved or how they have treated other people. They get to wear our special star badge and are treated like a VIP the following day!
Home learning in class 1 is designed to consolidate your child’s learning and be an opportunity for you to have fun at home. It builds the foundation for doing work at home on a regular basis to prepare for Home Learning Further up the school. Home learning will be given out towards the end of the second week back.
It is displayed as a termly ‘menu’ for you to pick and choose what activities you do with your child and when.
Please Complete at least two activities every two weeks. So one time you may only complete 2 but the next 4. This is to fit in with busy lifestyles. The order in which you do these is up to you. By the end of the half term try to complete them all.
Home Learning is due in every second Thursday for Feedback and Rewards. We operate a peer evaluation system, where children share their work (like ‘Show and Tell’) and nominate one another for the Home Learning award for that week.
Please may I encourage you to speak to me if you have any queries, concerns or questions about Home Learning. If Home Learning is not completed on three occasions then a letter will be sent home to parents.
In due course, children will have spellings sent home to practice, with a weekly spelling check.
Please also sign and return the Home School Agreement to confirm you support St Mary’s approach to home learning.
Please refer to our 'How can I help my child read at home' guide for parents in the Class Newsletter section at the top of this page.
End of Year Expectations
In the Autumn Term the children will have PE on a Tuesday with Mrs Kipling and a Thursday with Mrs Barker. Please bring an indoor and outdoor suitable clothes in school colours) in one PE bag, which can be mixed and matched depending on the weather. Please make sure all clothing is FULLY LABELLED with your child’s name.