Welcome to the fun and exciting world of Year 1, where we take all the wonderful skills that the children have learnt in Early Years Foundation Stage and develop them as they start to experience the National Curriculum. We make learning as fun as possible, using a range of different teaching styles to make sure that all children are able to access new concepts and succeed in their learning.
Year 1 is made up of three classes - Faraday, Darwin and Goodall. Please click on the class name below to view their individual webpages.
Mrs C Coldwell
Mrs S Scott (TA)
Mrs C Latter/Mrs K Chapman
Mrs A Scott (TA)
Mrs K Dey
Mrs S Palmer (TA)
Friday 8th September – Please bring in a photo of your child at a significant event. This will be used the following week for our Topic work. Ideas for the photo include; a family trip out, a group family photo, a wedding or another significant event.
Wednesday 13th September – Meet the Teacher at 4.30pm or 7pm. We would love to see you to explain Year 1 and answer any questions you may have.
Monday 9th and Tuesday 10th October – individual school photos.
The communication between yourselves as parents and ourselves as teachers is paramount, so we thought it would be helpful if you knew when and how to liaise with us. We have an open-door policy and will always find time to speak to you either after school or by appointment. In the morning the children are encouraged to walk round to their classroom independently, therefore any messages can be left at the school office where it will then be passed onto the relevant teacher. Messages can also be emailed, or non-urgent messages can be written in the yellow reading record book which is usually checked on a Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
Please note that class teachers will be unavailable after school on a Wednesday due to staff meetings, however, the teaching assistants will be more than happy to help you.
Reading Books are scheduled to be changed on a Monday, Wednesday and Friday and generally two books will be sent home each time. This will enable you to share a book from home on a Sunday. However, there may be the occasional time when books don’t get changed due to unexpected circumstances and we ask that you take this opportunity to share alternative texts. Reading in Year 1 can take the form of anything and doesn’t always have to be a school book.
You can read:
Non-fiction books…to name but a few
It is important that children understand that reading words is everywhere…not just in their school books and should be enjoyable. We ask that you write in your child’s book every night to record that they have read, even if just with a smiley face or tick beside the date. We will be celebrating the children who read every night in school on a Wednesday.
Please feel free to use the yellow reading book as a point of contact and do let us know if the books are too easy/hard and we will listen to your child read in school and move them on if necessary. Remember, if you are writing messages in here that the books are only changes three times a week and will not be checked on a Tuesday or Thursday so it is especially vital that messages are sent to the office on these days.
Show and Tell in year 1 happens once a week on a Tuesday during class assembly. Each child will get one opportunity each term to bring something in and an updated timetable will be sent out at the start of every term.
You will have received a show and Tell timetable with the date of your child show and tell and their ‘group’ highlighted. They are welcome to bring in any show and tell, however it is always nice to have topic related items bought in.
Our Topic this term is ‘Then and Now’ with a focus on heroes, for example; Police, Firefighters, Doctors, Lifeguards, Vets, Soldiers etc. The children will be reading a range of fiction and non-fiction texts as well as developing their research skills to learn about different heroes now and in the past. If you have any items, photos or books that could be brought in and shared, or you are a ‘real life hero’ and would like to share your role with the children, please contact your class teacher to arrange a convenient time to come and talk to the children.
In the first two terms of Year 1 we will be revisiting and building on the mathematical knowledge from Early Years Foundation Stage. We will initially be concentrating on practical learning using manipulatives such as; numicon, multilink and objects, then moving onto representational drawings and written numbers as and when the children are ready.
The areas we will be covering up to Christmas are;
Count to twenty, forwards and backwards, beginning with 0 or 1, from any given number
Count, read and write numbers to 20 in numerals and words
Given a number, identify one more or one less
Identify and represent numbers using objects and pictorial representations including the number line, and use the language of: equal to, more than, less than (fewer), most, least
Addition and Subtraction:
Represent and use number bonds and related subtraction facts within 10
Read, write and interpret mathematical statements involving addition (+), subtraction (-) and equals (=) signs
Add and subtract one-digit numbers to 10, including zero
Solve one step problems that involve addition and subtraction, using concrete objects and pictorial representations and missing number problems
Shape Recognise and name common 2-D shapes, including: (for example, rectangles (including squares), circles and triangles)
Recognise and name common 3-D shapes, including: (for example, cuboids (including cubes), pyramids and spheres.)
An example of how to represent a number in different ways
In English this term we will be looking at developing our independent sentence writing. This will be applied across the curriculum and also when retelling the narrative poem – Little Rabbit Foo Foo. Other texts we will be looking at are non-fiction text about heroes (where we will be reading about different heroes in the present day, compared to how they were in the past as well as the features of non-fiction text.) And poetry which will include exploring the poetic language of rhyme and onomatopoeia.
By the end of the term we would expect the children to:
think of their own sentence
repeat the sentence out loud
count the number of words in their sentence
hold a pencil correctly
use their phonic sounds to spell
check they have written the correct number of words for their sentence
formed their letters the right way round
are beginning to use cursive letters
are using finger-spaces
are beginning to use capital letters
are beginning to use full-stops
can retell a familiar story through action and words
In addition, the children will have a 10 minute handwriting session each day where they will be taught how to form each letter cursively. They will be encouraged to embed this into their writing throughout the subjects.
Phonics will happen every day which will be class based initially and will revisit sounds learnt in Early Years Foundation Stage before moving on to subsequent sounds.
Common Exception Words are a set of words which do not follow a general spelling rule and are not phonetic. To help the children learn these we will be dividing the list into different sets and sending a set home at the beginning of Term1, 3 and 5. These words should not be viewed as homework and should not be returned to school. They should be used as a resource at home for yourselves and the children to familiarise themselves with and learn.
The children will also read in school once a week in Guided Reading with their class teacher when we will cover general word reading strategies, sounding out and comprehension.
P.E. this term is fluid as the children acclimatise to Year 1 so it could be on any day and either indoors or outdoors. With this in mind, please ensure that the children have their P.E. kits in school for every day and that it consists of the following: a red t-shirt, blue shorts, white socks, plimsolls, navy jogging bottoms, navy jumper and trainers. Please make sure all of these items of clothing are clearly named.
If you have any questions or queries please do come and see us.
Thank you for your continued support.
The Year 1 Team.