Welcome to the Year 1 class page. The year 1 team are delighted to be taking the children on their next step on their learning journey. Year 1 is a very exciting time and we are thrilled to be sharing the time with the children and their families. Luckily, we are also experts at handling wobbly teeth and lost jumpers! Here you will find all the information about what, and how, your child will be learning this year.
In Year 1 the teachers are Mrs Collins and Mr Gray. Mrs Collins teaches in class on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday and Mr Gray teaches on a Thursday and Friday. Mrs Jackson is our full time Teaching Assistant. At times, other members of staff from around the school may be working with individuals or groups.
We are very fortunate in Year 1 to have two classrooms. We have a large indoor classroom, which provides the areas of learning children will be familiar with. We also have a Key Stage One outdoor area, with opportunities for children to complete outdoor and active learning activities to reinforce their learning.
We love to celebrate children's achievements inside and outside of school. If children have special achievements from activities outside of school we would love to see them in school.
We aim to provide a curriculum that will meet national expectations and is tailored to suit the needs and interests of your child.
Our morning timetable is taken up with Read, Write Inc, Literacy and Maths. Literacy will be taught in small group activities, as the children become more independent with their writing. Children will move towards more whole class and independent tasks as the year progresses. There will be a focus on using and applying the phonics program during this time to help build confidence with basic writing conventions. As the year progresses, we shall encourage the children to use more complex spelling patterns in line with National Curriculum expectations. Handwriting will be a focus for the children this year. We are implementing a new handwriting scheme throughout the school and will be working hard to learn the new rules. More information will be sent home very soon.
We shall be teaching a daily "mental maths" lesson, whereby children get to practice and develop their counting and number skills. Children will also enjoy very hands on and practical maths lessons to help them secure their knowledge of number and other mathematical concepts. Once the children develop their skills, we shall stretch them by applying our knowledge to wider contexts.
Through conversations, marking and assessments, we will be setting personalised targets for each child. These targets are designed to help the children take ownership for their learning and feel more in control of their educational journey.
Our aim for the children in Year 1 is to create lifelong learners who are ready for work in an ever-changing economy. With this in mind, we (as a school) have invested heavily in new ICT equipment. This will allow the children to become literate in both Windows and Mac operating systems. The class find working with new technology very exciting and they are fabulous instruments to help enthuse and engage the children. Throughout the year we shall be creating simple algorithms and patterns as well as manipulating saved and unsaved data. With new technology comes a sense of the unknown however and it is therefore at the heart of computing curriculum that we verse the children in how to communicate safely online by regularly showing the children e-safety sessions.
Non- Core Curriculum
During our Topic work, children will be heavily involved in the planning stage, choosing tasks and learning challenges. Research has shown that when children are actively involved in shaping the classroom decision-making, they are more productive and active in class. Our first Topic for Autumn 1 is "Blast off-How do you get to the Moon?" the children are already planning to build their own space rockets and make a giant moon in the outdoor area. History, Geography, Art, Design Technology and Music skills (alongside Literacy and computing) are taught through our Topic approach.
Mr Gray will be delivering the Science curriculum on a Friday morning.
Year 1 is a crucial year in the journey for children learning to read. It is for this reason that we prioritise reading as the main homework activity. Children have a reading book from school, and we would like them to read every night for a short time. An adult should read with the child and support them, asking questions and generally sharing the story. The adult should write and comment in the reading record when the book is finished. The expectation is that each child will get a new book every week.
Each child has a homework folder with tasks that link to skills learned in class. Homework will be given out on a Wednesday and expected back the following Monday.
Physical Education will take place every Tuesday and Thursday. Your child is required to wear the correct kit, which consists of shorts, a t-shirt and suitable footwear e.g. trainers/plimsolls. If possible, I would appreciate it if kit could be left in school throughout the week or, even better, for the entire half term.
ICT and Computing
To see some of the ICT and Computing work we have been doing, please visit www.caedmonict.org - keep checking back throughout the school year for further updates.