Welcome to our Year 1 Class Page!
We hope that you will find our page useful to help you and your child enjoy a successful journey through Year 1!
Mrs Geals, Miss Hanson & Katie.
This academic year, Reading is a whole school focus. Reading is an essential core skill which underpins learning in all areas of the curriculum. Our challenge as a school is to develop a deep rooted love of reading. To do this we will share a range of engaging texts with the children, provide opportunities for peer reading sessions, independent reading, book days and inviting parents in to share books with their children.
Please ensure that you read with your child, ideally every day and as a minimum of three times per week. The reason for this is that children in KS1 need constant reinforcement to develop their fluency and comprehension skills. Write any notes in their home readers and the days which you have read with your child. Your comments and observations in this record diary are so valuable and helpful for us in supporting your child’s reading development. The home readers should be brought in every day and we will endeavor to change their books once they have finished the book.
We have two new topics for this term. They will form the basis for our learning in History, Geography, Art and D & T. We will be linking our Science with topic this term. It will also form the stimulus for much of our Literacy work.
In the first half term we will be studying ‘Paws, Claws and Whiskers’. We are excited by the topic because it allows the children a more hands on learning experience involving live animals and outdoor learning. We will be classifying animals in Science and exploring pattern while developing Art & DT skills. The children will be learning how to care for animals and cater for their needs. The children will find out about animals from around the world, gaining an understanding of the world map.
In the second half term we are going to go to the Moon in our topic ‘Moon Zoom.’ We will be looking at the history of space exploration and key pioneers during this time. We will focus on the solar system to learn about different planets and will be designing and making our own space crafts. We will also learn about exploring different materials used for rockets and space suits.
Our Literacy sessions are based on our topic for the half term. This half term the children will be writing an information text about caring for a dog, we will focus on the ‘Just So’ stories and using them as inspiration for their own stories and we will write our own animal poems.
Our ‘Moon Zoom’ topic will allow us to read and write information texts about Space. The children will write their own non-chronological sports based on significant space explorers. They will also describe their own planet as a holiday destination. We will continue to focus on key grammar and punctuation skills. This will include; composing sentences, using correct punctuation. We will continue to have a daily session of phonics.
This term our focus will be place value, addition and subtraction, money and shape. We will be delivering our maths through the White Rose scheme, which focuses on problem solving and reasoning.
Science will be taught through our two topics for this term. The children will be involved in investigations and theories relating to the topics. They will have an opportunity to have a hands on approach as we teach this subject!
We will be focusing on how to safely use the internet to research different topics. The children will learn how to use a key word to search for information. We will learn how to use a painting program and use images to create scenes.
Our PSHCE topic is ‘New Beginnings’ focusing on setting expectations and helping them settle into a new year group. The second half of term is ‘Getting on and Falling Out’ which allows the children to develop the skills to form and maintain a healthy learning community, including conflict resolution and compromise.
Our PE focus will be generating a group dance to Carnival of the Animals alongside Energ!se, an external coaching provider to enrich the children’s physical development. Our PE days this term will be on Wednesdays. Please ensure that your child has a named PE kit in school all week. This is a white T-shirt, black shorts and indoor pumps.
Our Music theme is ‘Hey You!’ Children will listen to and appraise different styles of music.
We will practise finding the pulse and rhythm in our focus song. We will learn to sing the focus song and add instruments to it. We will also be listening to the Carnival of the Animals and use to inspire our own compositions, dance and art.
Home Learning will consist of the Literacy and Maths books that you and your child are already familiar with. The Numeracy and Literacy books will be given out on a Wednesday and are due back on a Monday.
Spellings will be given out on a Wednesday to be tested the following Monday.
Reading is a vital aspect of your child’s ongoing progress in both developing their reading skills, but also in enhancing their understanding of the text and improving their writing skills. Please ensure that you read with your child at least three times per week minimum, and write any notes in their home readers. Your comments and observations in this record diary is very informative and helpful for us in supporting your child’s reading development. The home readers should be brought in every day and we will change their books regularly.
We are looking forward to seeing you at Parents’ evenings (dates to be confirmed). If you have any immediate concerns or issues, please contact us and we will arrange a suitable time to meet after school.
Below are some helpful links that may help you and your child through the Year 1 journey.