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 currently have a student teacher working in our class too. Her name is Miss Emara, she will be teaching some lessons in class, but will be supported by Mrs Anderson.
Indoor PE will be on a Tuesday morning and the children will be participating in Gymnastics.
Outdoor PE will be on a Wednesday afternoon, the children will be carrying out games, We have chosen to look at skills within football.
Please ensure your child's kit is in school every day.
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 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, finding one more and one less than a number and looking at ones and tens in a 2 digit number.
We will also be practising counting in 2's, 5's and 10's. You could also practise this at home!
The children will explore money and learn the value of coins. They will be carrying out activities to add coins together to make certain amounts. Maybe you could help with this at home.
We will also be looking at different measurements, such as capacity and weight.
The children will also carry out activities to explore 2d and 3d shapes, looking at the names and properties of them.
From using numbers, amounts and shapes we will be extending our learning to look at fractions.
Here are a few links with interactive education games that could support your child's learning this half term:
During the first two weeks back, after half term, the whole school will be looking at narrative stories. Year 1 will focus on the story of 'The Gruffalo's Child' as we loved working on 'The Gruffalo' so much.
We will then relate more to our topic and look at memories. The children will look at writing recounts of old and new memories.
We will be looking at old toys, the ones we explored from our WOW day, from the magical toy museum. The children will create an information booklet on certain items .
Be sure to look for the Elf visiting our classroom, so that we can look at diary writing from the adventures of the Elf.
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.
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, you can look at the every night to make you a better speller!
Children need to be beginning to focus on phase 5 sounds now, ready for the phonics screening test at the end of the year.
Please check the phonics games out by following the links below:
In science we are looking at animals including humans. We will cover, animal habitats, animals and their babies, and animal food chains.
We will then move onto looking at the human body and how to help keep it healthy.
This half term we will be looking at the theme, 'Gifts and Gift bringers', it will be focused around Jesus's birth at Christmas time.
Our PSHCE planning in Autumn 2 is called 'Celebrating differences'. We will be looking at how and why people are different but still need to be treated with Respect.
During this half term we will explore Armistice Day, Friendship Week, Children in Need, E-Safety and Christmas Jumper day. Look out for more information on the school newsletters.
The children take part in computing and music on a Monday morning when Mrs Brown is in class. We are currently using a company called Junior Jam to support us with our computing activities. And Mrs Reynolds teaches the children in music lessons.
The children also visit the library on a Monday too with Mrs Brown.
Our topic is called 'Memory Box' and a lot of our learning in other lessons will link to this topic. We will be looking at old memories, and the children when they were babies/younger.
We will look at how times have changed over time, especially toys.
Please take a look at our gallery below to see what the children got up to on our WOW day - the magical toy museum.
Autumn 2 WOW Day - Magical Toy Museum - Freshwater Theatre
Our learning in Year 1 - Karate and Science - Autumn 1
Help for Heroes Day! - Autumn 1
Autumn 1 WOW Day - Enchanted Woodland - Tandle Hill