Our teacher is Mrs H. Kent
Our Class Link Governors are Rachel Swanwick and Ryan Selby
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, 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.
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 Newsletters 2019-20
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 picture link in the section below.
Additionally there is a document below to access information about the topics being studied by half term.
Please click on the picture link to access resources to support your topic work this half term.
We are rewarded through Team Points for the right attitude to learning, effort and behaviour. Our behaviour is monitored through the SCARF principles – Safe, Caring, Achieving, Respectful and Friendly.
Each day someone will be awarded the Daily Scarf Award. 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 scarf award badge, receive a certificate and are treated like a VIP the following day!
Please can I encourage you to sign up for/install Purple Mash at home. It is through this that we deliver the computing curriculum in year 1 and we will have increasing projects to complete on the site. The more your child practices at home the more fluent they become. I am also encouraging the use of a keyboard and mouse as well as touch screen and track pad to ensure your child becomes computer literate. Your child can access Purple Mash from home on a laptop, desktop or a tablet. Purple Mash is a safe environment that does not require any downloading or allow interaction with people online and children cannot make any financial transactions. We will be encouraging the children to continue their learning at home and Purple Mash is a great resource for this. Your child will be taught how to use Purple Mash in school and will be able to use it without supervision, but you may want to take a few minutes to explore it yourself so that you can help them with their work. Please click on the picture link to login to Purple Mash.
Note: You have already had your child’s username and password - please let me know if you need this again.
Home Learning Spring Term
This term I will be starting spelling tests with the children, now that they have settled well into Year 1 and have covered the necessary sounds. I will give the children ten words to spell; seven will be derived from RWI sounds at the stage your child is working at, and three will be taken from the Year 1 common exception word list. The children will be tested on a Friday and new spellings will be given out the same day to be learnt for the following week.
Mad Minutes Maths
In order to secure fundamental number skills and increase children’s independence and confidence when calculating mentally, I will be setting short mental tests (known as ‘mad minutes’) for the children to complete during weekly Mathematics sessions. The tests will be heavily based on addition and subtraction, and the aim of the test is for children to beat their own score, week on week, eventually progressing to the next test when they have got all the answers correct on the same test, three times. The children will have 2-3 minutes to complete as many questions as they can, as accurately as possible. I will give the children the sheet they are to complete each week so that they can practice with you at home. Mad minutes will go ahead on a Friday. The children will need to get full marks (18/18) on the same test, three times before they move ahead to the next test. This is to ensure that they have consolidated their addition/subtraction number bonds before moving on. Again, please don’t hesitate to speak to me if you have any queries.
PE - Spring Term
PE will be on a Tuesday with myself (health and fitness) and a Wednesday with Mrs Kipling (football and other ball games).
Children will need a fully labelled indoor and outdoor kit in one PE bag. Socks will need to be included if your daughter wears tights.
Book Bags and Reading
Your child will receive a reading book(s) and a reading diary. Please read with your child every night and record this in their reading diary even if it is just a signature. Every time your child reads at home they will receive a team point, to encourage reading at home. Any book you read at home can be written in the diary. I will also be putting ‘key words’ to practice reading on sight, on the inside pages. Please bring in your child’s book bag every day. Children will be listened to read every day through RWI and English lessons, and their books changed once a week. Please ensure any ‘old’ items are removed from book bags and they are checked each evening. For ease of access, please only have one keyring on your child’s book bag.
Things to Remember
Children will need to bring their book bags every day. In the Autumn Term the children will have PE on a Wednesday and a Friday. Please bring an indoor and suitable outdoor kit 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. Children do not need waterproofs to be kept in school, as Year 1 do not have an outdoor area. Children will have a basket to keep their water bottle in. This can be taken home each evening.