Welcome to Year 1

We are delighted to welcome you to the Year 1 web page - this page will develop with more information over the school year. We hope that you will find all the information here that you require, if you have any suggestions we will be pleased to hear from you.

Mrs Willis - Year Leader

Information

RWI Powerpoint Presentation - 01.11.2018 

COOL time

As part of the transition from Early Years to Year 1, children in Year 1 participate in COOL time - Continuing Our Own Learning, during the afternoon sessions.

This is a progressive step from the continuous provision of free flow in Reception to a more formal learning environment and timetable at the end of Year 1.

Practical, play-based and creative activities are planned for each area of the curriculum, and the children are able to choose between them and adapt them as their own. The environment includes a role play area and the activities match the theme and learning taking place within the classroom.

Over the course of the year the structure and expectations of COOL time adapts to suit the needs of the children, as they develop their learning skills. This may be different each year depending on the needs of the cohort.  

Newsletters

Year 1 Newsletter – Spring Term 1 2019

 Dear families, 

We hope that you all had a wonderful Christmas and are excited about the New Year. We are really looking forward to another half term with the children in year 1 and eager to see how they impress us over the next few weeks.

 In our year group this term we welcome a few new members of staff, some new to the school. We will have the following adults; Mrs Willis, Miss Bird, Miss Hubbard and Miss Day are the class teachers, with Mr Walker and Mrs Craker teaching some of the lessons. We are lucky to have the support from our teaching assistants; Mrs Fifoot, Mr Archer, Mrs Underwood, Miss Neville, Mrs Foulkes, Mrs Hodgman, Miss Simms, Mr Lambourne, Mrs Bazeley-Wood and Miss Iftikhar who all work in various classes.

 Maths

Our focus will be ordering, reading and writing numbers up to 100, addition and subtraction within 20, telling the time, fractions and multiplication and division, including the use of money.

English

Our focus in reading lessons will be reading stories and making predictions, adjectives and rhyming words. In writing skills, we will be learning how to use punctuation marks and writing longer sentences using joining words as well as forming short stories.

 Science

Our focus will be learning about different materials; identifying, sorting and naming them.   

Cornerstones Curriculum

Our topic is ‘Moon Zoom’. We will be learning about the history of space travel, exploring our solar system using art and design and helping our friendly alien find his way around our planet.

P.E.

Our focus will be balancing and travelling in gymnastics and ball games during outdoor PE. Children will continue to do PE twice a week, including indoor and outdoor PE. Please ensure that children are provided with well fitting PE kits for indoors and outdoors – as the weather will be cold children will need jogging bottoms and a jumper/fleece for outdoor PE, trainers are best for outdoor PE. Please also make sure that all kit is clearly named.   

The children will need to ensure they have their full P.E. kit: 

  • black shorts & jogging bottoms, white T shirt, plimsolls or trainers, sweatshirt.

Children should not wear jewelery to school on PE days. In the case of earrings that cannot be taken out (ears pierced within the last 6 weeks), these must be taped over. Long hair should be tied up during the school day. 

Homework

Our focus will be on learning the high frequency words (red words) and number bonds of the week, which will be sent home on a Friday. We will then have a quiz on the words and number bonds the following Friday. The children will take home their quiz sheets in order to share their achievements with you. This week MyMaths will be set up with new activities so children can access the online maths activities, practicing the skills learnt in school.

Reading

Children are expected to read for at least 10 minutes every evening to an adult, and it is vital that this happens regularly. The children will need to record the details of their book and the pages they have read on that day.  It is helpful if parents can comment on their child’s reading in the box provided. Please remind children that their reading books and reading record books should be in school every day, as adults in school will use these to record reading within school. We also advise that children have bedtime stories read to them regularly, by an adult to support children’s language skills and development of their vocabulary.

Extras

Please ensure your child has a named water bottle with them every day (extra to their lunch drink). It is important for children to stay hydrated as part of their general well-being. As part of promoting a healthy lifestyle only water is allowed in classroom water bottles.

Things to practice at home. Here are some fun ideas to support your children’s development at home;

  • Counting money. Recognise coins, count in 2s, 5, 10s.  

  • Read for Speed. Read common words by sight – how many can you read in 1 minute?

  • Read and recite poems. Visit the library and read a poem book – practise learning and performing a poem.

Please do not hesitate to contact us via the school office if you or your child has any worries or concerns. For non-urgent matters, it is usually easier to catch us at the end of the school day rather than at the beginning.  We look forward to another super half term ahead.

 Yours sincerely,

Mrs Willis, Miss Bird, Miss Hubbard and Miss Day.

Year 1 Newsletter - Autumn Term 2nd half 2018

 Dear families,

 After a great first half term, we are really looking forward to the second half of the autumn term. We have already seen the children make progress in all areas of the curriculum and are excited about the next steps that they will be taking.

 In our year group this term we will have the following adults; Mrs Willis, Mrs White, Miss Bird, Mrs Lania and Miss Hubbard are the class teachers, with Mr Walker teaching some of the lessons. We are lucky to have the support from our teaching assistants; Mrs Fifoot, Mr Archer, Mrs Underwood, Miss Neville, Mrs Foulkes and Mrs Hodgman, who all work in various classes.

 Maths

Our focus will be Measure (length & height), addition and subtraction, 2D and 3D shapes and Place value – partitioning numbers.

English

Our focus in reading lessons will be reading stories and recognising the different parts of a story. In writing we will be developing the structure of our sentences by adding punctuation marks (.?!) and using the graphemes taught to spell new words.

 Science

Our focus will be learning about our bodies and investigating using our senses.  

 Cornerstones Curriculum

Our topic is ‘Superheroes’. We will look at and read about fictional and real life superheroes, and also talk about good and bad choices. We will think about ourselves as Superheroes and our amazing bodies.

 P.E.

Our focus will be gymnastics and outdoor games.

Children will do PE twice a week, including indoor and outdoor PE. Please ensure that children are provided with well fitting PE kits for indoors and outdoors – now that the weather is colder children will need jogging bottoms and a jumper/fleece for outdoor PE. Please also make sure that all kit is clearly named.   

The children will need to ensure they have their full P.E. kit: 

black shorts & jogging bottoms, white T shirt, plimsolls or trainers, sweatshirt.

Children should not wear jewellery to school on PE days. In the case of earrings that cannot be taken out (ears pierced within the last 6 weeks), these must be taped over. Long hair should be tied up during the school day. 

 Homework

Our focus will be on learning the words and number bonds of the week, which will be sent home on a Friday. We will then have a quiz on the words and number bonds the following Friday. MyMaths has now been set up so children can access the online maths activities.

 Reading

Children are expected to read for at least 10 minutes every evening to an adult, and it is vital that this happens regularly. The children will need to record the details of their book and the pages they have read on that day.  It is helpful if parents can comment on their child’s reading in the box provided. Please remind children that their reading books and reading record books should be in school every day, as adults in school will use these to record reading within school. We also advise that children have bedtime stories read to them regularly, by an adult.

 Extras

We ask that you continue to support the children with the Early Bird activities set out on the tables, however you may start to leave your child at the classroom door during the course of this half term, to start building up their independence. Once your child is settled please vacate the classrooms as it can get very crowded! Grown ups are asked to leave before 8.50am.

 Please ensure your child has a named water bottle with them every day (extra to their lunch drink). It is important for children to stay hydrated as part of their general well being. As part of promoting a healthy lifestyle only water is allowed in classroom water bottles.

 Things to practice at home;

Here are some fun ideas to support your children’s development at home.

  • Fine motor skills for pencil control. Play with playdoh, use scissors, thread beads.

  • Tell the time on an analogue clock. Talk about the different hands on the clock face.

  • Recognise special friends in story books. Can you spot any special friends that you know?

 Please do not hesitate to contact us via the school office if you or your child has any worries or concerns. For non-urgent matters, it is usually easier to catch us at the end of the school day rather than at the beginning. 

 We look forward to another super half term ahead.

 Yours sincerely

 Mrs Willis, Mrs White, Miss Bird, Mrs Lania and Miss Hubbard