Hello and welcome to the Year 1 page.

In Year 1, we aim to create a rich and creative learning environment to enable all to achieve. We have a work hard, play hard attitude in our classroom, where children are challenged to develop a can do attitude and achieve their very best.

Below is an outline of our topics for this term and key days to remember for homework and PE. If you have any queries or questions about your child in year 1, please do not hesitate to contact me via the school office. Many Thanks

Mrs Barry  – Year 1 Class Teacher

Mrs Roberts – Year 1 Class Teacher

English

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.

Maths

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.

PE

This term, PE will be on a Monday and Thursday. PE kits are to be in school every day so they are available for any extra PE sessions that may happen.

Homework

Reading books will be changed twice a week. Books need to come to school on Monday and a Thursday to be returned home on Tuesday and a Friday. To make the best progress in their reading, we would ask parents to please support children with their reading as best they can as it really does make a difference. Year 1 are also going to be given sight word books to learn and these will be updated regularly. We ask that these are returned along with the reading books on a Monday and Thursday. 

Spellings will also be given on a Friday and tested the following Thursday.