Welcome to Year 1
The Year 1 Team
Mrs Saunders - Class Teacher
Mrs Galloway - Class Teacher
Mrs Chappell - Class Teacher
Miss Emmerson- Teaching Assistant
Miss Knight- Teaching Assistant
Mrs Gill - Teaching Assistant
Mrs Lamming - Teaching Assistant
Mrs Crawford - Teaching Assistant
This half term we continue our Superheroes topic, but with a twist, as we begin thinking more about the different places around the world our superhero missions could take us...
Throughout our English work in the mornings we will carry on exploring Superhero themed stories but we shall also be sharing stories about real life heroes. These heroes are brave explorers that have travelled the world having their own adventures and making their own discoveries. The children will have the opportunity to role play and retell and use the ideas from the stories in their own writing.
This half term sees us continuing to develop our key learning skills in Geography as we find out more about the world around us. In the afternoons our 'Let's Explore' will enable the children to have opportunities to play and explore and lead their own learning within our topic. They will complete weekly missions helping them to learn more about the different continents around the globe. The themed challenges are set up in different class based areas (Writing, Maths, Science, Art, DT and Computing) which is known as Enhanced Provision. They will also be able to explore other (topic and non topic related) ways of using these areas as well as being able to access our reading areas, Funky Fingers, small world play and role play. This is known as Continuous Provision. This half term also sees us focussing on our key learning skills in Music. As such, each week there will be an adult directed session where we explore music from around the world. Take a look at our Year 1 Key Skills for Geography and Music in the document links further down the page.
Children will be grouped across the two classes for their daily phonics sessions. They will continue to follow the Read Write Inc scheme but will also be introduced to ‘alien words’ that test phonic ability when reading made up words. This is a vital learning skill in Year 1 and we will be administering the national phonics check in June this year to assess progress made in phonics. Try out some of our games in the website links further down the page.
We encourage the children to have reading experiences every day at home with you. The more time and support you can give your child with their reading, the more progress they will make in school, as reading is the foundation of all their learning! Please use the reading records to keep us informed of any reading opportunities at home, including when they read their own books. Also don't forget to try out Oxford Reading Buddies online (the website link is further down the page). Your child should have the school code along with their username and password but do come and see your child's class teacher for another copy if you need to.
Maths homework will be sent home in big blue books on a Friday. Please be reassured that we do not expect this to be returned until the following Friday! Homework will consist of one piece of Maths work to complete. This will match the lessons your child has had during the week. The children will also be given spellings to learn every other week, with the date that they will be tested on in their blue spelling books.
The children are provided with a piece of fruit every day at morning break. This includes; carrots, pears, apples, bananas, raisins, tomatoes and sugar snap peas. If you know that your child would prefer an alternative, then please provide them with a piece of fruit that you know they will eat as we only allow real fruit at this time of day. We are proud of our ‘Healthy School’ status!
1GS will have P.E. on Monday afternoons.
1CC will have P.E. on Thursday mornings.
Please note that our open registration morning is on WEDNESDAY. This is an ideal opportunity to discuss any issues that you want to share with us, as well as having the chance to do some morning activities with your child. Please encourage your child to come into school independently on all other days of the week.
Please can children bring water in labelled bottles for the classroom.
Please label all your child’s clothes – including shoes!
Book bags need to be brought into school every day.