Welcome to Year 1!

In Year 1 we want our classroom to be a safe, fun and an encouraging learning environment. 

The Year 1 teacher is Miss Thomas, supported by our Teaching Assistant Miss Fenton.

Homework

 

Reading

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

We have just been given access to an amazing new Maths game called 'Numbots'! It allows children to practise counting, addition and subtraction. For Maths homework we are asking if children could play the game for at least five minutes a week. Children have been given a username and password so they can use it at home. 

 

https://play.numbots.com/#/intro

 

Spellings

New spellings will be handed out every Monday and the children have a spelling test every Monday. Children will be given spellings based on the sounds we look at in Phonics that week. To begin with, they will be given 10 spellings to practice at home.

 

Learning Logs

Learning log tasks will be set every 2 weeks, and will be an activity that is around our topic. On the Friday they are handed in, we have a Learning Log Gallery, where the children vote for their favourite. The winner's work will be displayed in the hall and they will win a prize from Miss Thomas' prize box!

 

 

PE

Indoor PE - Monday (jogging top, jogging bottoms, trainers)

Outdoor PEThursday (top, shorts and pumps)

 

Please ensure your child keeps their PE kit in class as PE times can change. In Year 1 we send PE kits home to be washed at the end of every half term.

Autumn 2

Our topic this half term is 'Enchanted Woodland'! We will be looking at the Gruffalo and what different creatures we might find in the woodland. We will also be looking at creating artwork using natural materials. At the end of every topic we will be investigating a 'Global Question'. This topic is looking at the question "Why do we need our woodlands?".

Writing

In Year 1 we will be looking at many different types of writing from stories to instructions. We link our writing to our topic work, for example, this half term we will be writing character descriptions of superheroes! We will focus on making sure the children remember the basics of sentence writing including capital letters, finger spaces, full stops, using their phonics and checking it makes sense. 

Here are the Year 1 List of Trick Words that children should be able to read and spell by the end of the year.

Trick words

Maths

This year we have started following Power Maths. The children get their own workbooks and it focuses on 'Mastering' skills in Maths to be more confident in applying them. The first unit focuses on Number and Place Value, particularly numbers to 10 and addition and subtraction within 10.

 

 

Here are a few links with interactive education games that could support your child's learning this half term:

https://www.topmarks.co.uk/learning-to-count/place-value-basketball

https://www.topmarks.co.uk/place-value/place-value-charts

https://www.topmarks.co.uk/learning-to-count/paint-the-squares

http://www.mathcats.com/explore/polygonplayground.html 

https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/measuring-in-cm

https://www.topmarks.co.uk/money/toy-shop-money

https://www.topmarks.co.uk/money/coins-game

Phonics

In Year 1, we are sent a special challenge from the aliens called the 'Phonics Screening Test'! We are given a list of real words and a list of made-up words and we have to sound them out so that we can read them. 

Before we get the challenge, we will be practicing our Phase 3 and 5 sounds; as well as segmenting and blending words.

 

Here are some websites to help you get ready for the aliens!

https://www.phonicsplay.co.uk/PicnicOnPluto.html

https://www.phonicsplay.co.uk/Phase5Menu.htm

Science

This half term in Science, we will be looking at 'Plants'. We will be looking at different types of plants and trees and the different parts of plants. We will even have a go at growing our own bean plant! At the end of the half term, we have to use our scientific knowledge to answer the Big Question:

Are all leaves the same?