A warm welcome from the Year 1 team:
Miss Maidman, Mrs Slavin and Mrs Haffner
As a team, we work hard to support each child to reach their full potential, grow in confidence and independence and to approach learning in a happy and contented manner helping them grow into well-rounded individuals.
In the mornings we focus on Maths and Literacy (including spelling, grammar, phonics and reading). In the afternoons we use a topic based approach to teach the rest of the curriculum which includes such subjects as History, Geography, PSHCE, Design and Technology, Art and French. Science, PE, Computing, Music and RE are taught as discrete subjects. To aid with the transition from Foundation Stage into Year 1, children will be given child-initiated learning time each day where they will be able to facilitate their own learning inside the classroom and within the KS1 outdoor area. As the year progresses, the timetable slowly becomes a little more structured and formal.
Our topic this term is 'Explorers and Adventurers' beginning with Christopher Columbus and his voyage across the Atlantic Ocean to discover the New World before moving on to looking at the Wright brothers and how they came to build the world’s first successful airplane.
Our role-play area is a ship so the children can pretend to be Christopher Columbus and go on a voyage of their own!
How can you help to support us?
Help your child to be ready to learn each day by ensuring they have their reading books and PE kit in school each day. Our PE sessions are on Thursdays and Fridays but occasionally we do PE activities at other times. Please could your child always have a coat and wellies in class so that they can access the outside area at all times.
Reading at home
Please listen to your child read their school reader at least 3 times a week. Remember supporting your child in practising their reading at home is an important part of their learning to read, but it is important to share library and other books that interest your child too. Books will be changed every Monday and we will visit the Library in school every Wednesday. If your child is regularly reading their book, we will endeavour to change it on a Thursday or Friday also.
Each week, homework will be sent home on Friday and is due back on Wednesdays. Please ensure homework is completed to a high standard and handed in on time.
Phonics and high frequency words
Children are given alien word homework every week to help prepare them for the Phonics Screening check.
Check out these exciting, free phonic games:
If you would like examples of the resources we use during our phonics lessons in class, please do not hesitate to ask.
Mathletics and ActiveLearn (Bug Club)
Don’t forget that your child can now access both Mathletics and ActiveLearn from home. Not only can they do fun activities which will help them in their Maths, but they can also earn certificates during our Friday assemblies. If you need a reminder of your login details, please come and see me.