Welcome to Year 1’s Class Page
Welcome to the new school year 2021-22. Here you will find some information for the start of the academic year.
Our Literacy work will start with the lovely text all about emotions 'The Colour Monster' where we will consider our feelings and the feelings of others. We will then study the story 'The Tiny Seed' which will focus on story retelling and writing in role. This text will link closely to our foundation subject work in our afternoon lessons.
In maths we will be looking at place value which will work with numbers to 10 and how they can be split in different ways. We will then move onto methods for addition and subtraction. We will end autumn term with some work on shape in geometry. We are also excited to start a new Mastering Number programme supported by the NCETM (National Centre for Excellence in the Teaching of Mathematics). This will consist of daily activities that will allow children to develop a secure grasp of number ready for Year 2 and beyond.
Topics & Themes:
This year we are starting a slightly different approach to teaching our afternoon lessons. This will involve teaching our foundation subjects in blocks. The blocks on a Tuesday, Thursday and Friday will start off with some D and T work where skills will be developed in our knowledge of mechanisms. We will then move onto a few weeks of Science where we will study seasonal changes and plants. We will end the half term with a history unit covering changes within living memory. The children will have the opportunity to look at toys within their lifetime and how these have changed since they were small. Much more information about our curriculum coverage is available in the Curriculum on a Page document at the bottom of this page.
During this term the children will have PE on Monday so those will be the days that they will need to bring in their PE kit. We should remind everybody; P.E. kit includes white or red plain T-shirts (not the polo shirt they are wearing all day) blue/black shorts and either trainers or plimsolls. Black jogging bottoms are fine too as the weather gets colder. No jewellery should be worn for safety reasons.
Homework consists of reading every night. Reading records are to stay at home at the moment, but you can record when your child has read, and make comments. We will start Year 1 going straight into our phonics work ready for the Phonics Screening standardised test toward the end of the school year (more details of that will be shared soon). Children will also have access to Numbots and Spelling Shed, details of which will be sent home at the start of term. Log in details for both resources can be found at the front of your child’s reading record. Children will also be sent home with some weekly spellings linked to their objectives in phonics. Children in Year 1 will also have a maths homework sent home weekly. This work will always be linked to what the children have been learning about in their maths lessons at school. Thank you in advance for your support with this.
Children will be reading the Read Write Inc. books as their class/home reading book. This book will be sent home as a level that has been checked under an assessment with the class teacher. The children who make the most progress through their reading levels and who not only develop fluency and confidence but also building comprehension skills ready for the challenge of Year 2, are the children who read regularly at home. I cannot reiterate the the importance of reading at home with your child.
Our Class Dojo is our main channel of communication. We will put day to day information on there, as well as pictures of what the children have been up to in school. Please do not hesitate to message us via Dojo if you need anything.
I can't wait to get started with Autumn term!
Dates for your diary:
2nd September Children return to school
26th - 30th October HALF TERM
18th Dec Last day of term
5th January Back to school
Year 1 overview for the year
Hello to all Year 1 parents, grandparents and all those who read with a child at home.
Over the past few weeks, the children have been getting to grips with a new way of reading in our shared/1:1 reading time. To match up with our current phonics scheme, our new reading scheme gives your child a bespoke levelled reading book which has been given to your child based on a 1:1 assessment with myself. They move through the colour they have been given and with practice and increasing phonic knowledge, they move on to further colours. I hope the children enjoy showing you our new reading books. It is recommended that all children read with an adult at home, at least three times a week. It is suggested that the children read the book a minimum of four times with an adult before moving on to a new text.
Reading with your child
The books have different sections that you work through to help build fluency and early comprehension. Children should now be thinking more carefully about they have read in preparation for reading comprehension weekly activities in Year 2.
Glossary of terms
A list of Read, Write Inc. terms to help adults and children understand what the book is asking them to do.
Practise reading the speed sounds across the lines and in and out of order.
Words made up of the graphemes (sounds) listed in the speed sounds and that come up in the story.
Common words with graphemes not listed in the speed sound box.
After reading the introduction and discussing this with your child, discuss the vocabulary to clarify any misunderstandings in meanings.
Read the story
Read the story on more than occasion with your child over several days. This will help to build comprehension of the story. It will also help your child gain confidence as they become fluent and familiar with the text.
Questions to talk about
Answer the questions to ‘read and answer’.
Practise reading the speed words in and out of order.
All Stars Cricket
Key Stage One had a wonderful morning with Peter from All Stars Cricket. The morning started with an assembly to introduce what happened at each session followed by some taster activities out on the playground. The children had a great time. Check out some photographs below.