Welcome to Year 1
These are our teachers and teaching assistants who help us with our learning:
Teaching Staff: Miss Wakefield Miss Brennan Mrs Brown
Higher Level Teaching Assistant: Mrs Horrex
Teaching Assistants: Miss Baker and Miss Ward
How can you help your child in Year 1?
Reading at home
This term we are exciting to be continuing to use our new reading scheme, Rocket Phonics, from Foundation Stage to Year 2. The books are all phonetically plausible and based on your child's phonics phase.
We hope that you are able to read with your child as regularly as possible and record any comments in their yellow log. We will be habing Rapid Reading for two weeks in first half of the Autumn term. Last year the implementation of Rapid Reading was very beneficial in helping childrens' reading skills improve. We hope you will also see improvements in your child's reading from Rapid Reading and thank you for any comments and feedback.
This term we will continue to build on children's phonics learning from the Foundation Stage. This will include consolidating our knowledge of phase 3 and developing our knowledge of phase 5 sounds. We learn and practise our phonemes in fun and engaging games. Please see the websites below to play some games at home:
On October 8th we will host our Phonics and Rapid Reading information evening. Please come along to gain information on how you can help at home. If you have any questions or are unable to attend please see your child's class teacher who will happily meet with you.
Maths at home
At the beginning of this term, we will be consolidating our counting skills within 20 - Counting on and back, writing and recognising numbers. W will also be learning about position and direction through using the beebots to explore positional language.
Any support at home linked to these areas will be great and remember you can find any activities on mathletics to support your child:
Library Books will be changed every Wednesday. Please ensure the library book is in school that day. Remember you can keep the book for a couple of weeks if your child would like to read the book for longer.
Spellings will be tested on a Wednesday and new spellings will also go home on a Friday.
Home learning is due back into school on a Thursday. Please ensure your child brings their home learning book back each week so that we can check which task they have completed. We will send home learning books back out on a Friday. Please remember only 1 piece needs to be completed each week, although you are welcome to complete more if your child wishes.
Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural in Year 1
In light of the General Election last week, Year 1 had a little vote of their own. We discussed what the election was, why we vote, and the importance of having your right to vote. A polling station was set up in the classroom and Miss Brennan read two stories to the children. The children listened to both stories intently and thought really hard about which they thought was the better one – then throughout the morning they cast the vote.
The results are in…
With a clear win; ‘The dinosaur that pooped Christmas’ has led to victory!
If you get the chance to read this story with your child, you will have a lot of laughs!
Our topic this half term is 'Toys'.
Our main focus for our 'Toys' topic will be using our history skills to learn about how life was different for other people. We will be learning about old toys and how they differ from toys today. We will be designing and making our own toy vehicle using wheels and axels. We will be exploring how to join details to our model and then the best ways of finishing off our project. We will also be using our art skills to design and make some other toys such as peg dolls and clay objects. Through our focus on online safety, we discuss how to play safely with electronic toys that allow us to go online.