Hello and welcome to Year 1.
We are delighted to be teaching in Year 1 this year. We have created a stimulating and engaging environment to encourage all of our children to feel happy, safe and motivated to learn. We can't wait to see what the children can achieve as we know they have great potential. As physical activity is very important and a passion of ours, we will be striving to integrate it into every aspect of our learning.
In English this term, our topic is Traditional Tales. We are looking at a variety of tales such as ‘Little Red Riding Hood‘ and ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’ and will be comparing the traditional story to other versions of the tales. The children will be developing their stamina in writing to re-tell the stories and use their imagination to write their own stories based on the original versions. We will continue to develop writing skills such as grammar, punctuation and encouraging the children to read their work to check for errors.
Some children will continue to develop their skills for writing by following the Read Write Inc. programme. This is delivered in small groups to help the children become independent writers.
We will also be reading the book, ‘Calvin Can’t Fly’ which is a story all about a bookworm birdie. Calvin likes to read but cannot fly and he is a very clever bird. He saves his family from a terrifying storm because he had read about how to stay safe in the library. The children will be challenged to read as many books and will get a sticker to place on bookmarks, which we will make in class.
Finally, children in Year 1 are required to take a phonics-screening test, which takes place in May. Children will have twice-daily phonics sessions in groups to develop these skills further.
In Maths we will be learning about aspects of; place value, 2D shape, money and addition and subtraction. We will also look at aspects of measurement including capacity and mass as well as; fractions, multiplication, time and position and direction.
Children will continue to develop there number skills such as counting in 2s, 5 and 10s. In addition to this number facts including number bonds to 10 and 20. It is important that children begin to recall facts mentally to develop their mathematical skills.