In Year 1 we want our classroom to be a safe, fun and an encouraging learning environment.
The Year 1 teacher is Mrs Anderson and the teaching assistants who support in the class are Miss Kennedy, Miss Wood (am) and Miss Fenton (pm). Mrs Brown, the Deputy Headteacher, will cover the class on a Monday morning and Friday afternoon.
We would like parents to read with your child every day and sign their reading record. We ask that your child brings their reading book in everyday as the adults may listen to them read.
Maths homework will be an activity that we have been learning that week. it will be handed out on a Monday and should be returned the following Monday.
New spellings will be handed out every Monday and the children have a spelling test every Monday. The spellings that are asked to be practised will contain the sounds that have been covered in phonics lessons throughout the week.
Learning log tasks will be set every 2 weeks, and will be an activity that is around our topic. The children participate in a learning log gallery and share their work in class. The children then vote for their favourite learning log and receive a special prize from Mrs Anderson's prize box. Learning log's will be sent out every other Monday and be collected back in 2 weeks later, on a Monday
This half term we will be spending sometime on place value, this is to become more familiar with numbers to 100, looking at counting forwards and backwards and finding one more and one less than a number.
This will then help when we move on to addition and subtraction. We will explore this area in many different ways, using games, objects, pictures and number sentences.
We will also be practising counting in 2's, 5's and 10's. You could also practise this at home!
Towards the end of the half term we will look at categorising and naming 2d shapes. Then finally be looking at measurements. The children will have weighed ingredients this half term by making playdough, but we will also be looking at measuring and comparing different lengths too.
Here are a few links with interactive education games that could support your child's learning this half term:
During the first week back the whole school will be looking at poetry in English lessons. Year 1 will look at rhyming words and see if we can find the rhyming words in the Gruffalo story too. We will look at the Gruffalo story in more detail and use lots of activities to help us learn the story and retell it. The children will then learn about the format of letters and what to include in them as they pretend that they are one of the animals form the story and are writing a letter to the Gruffalo.
Lots of our English work will focus on phonics and how to spell words and using basic punctuation, such as a capital letter, finger spaces and full stops. We will look at a different element of grammar each week.
Here is a link to explore lot of Gruffalo activities:
The children will be put into a phonics group that suits the level of their development. The children will focus on certain sounds each week, which will help them in their writing and reading and they will complete a spelling test on the sounds they have learnt on a weekly basis. Remember to practise the spellings at home each week!
Please check the phonics games out by following the links below:
In science we are looking at plants. we will plant beans and refer to the story, Jack and the Beanstalk, then the children will watch it grow. We will identify and label parts of a plant and look at what happens to some plants as the seasons change. Towards the end of the half term we will explore habitats for minibeasts and woodland creatures.