Welcome to Year 1!
Hello and welcome to Year 1 where our class teacher is Miss Tomkins and our Teaching assistants are Mrs Edwards and Mrs Jones.
Children bring home a reading book and a yellow diary each day. Please read with your child for at least 10-15 minutes a day and write comments in the yellow diary. Please also write when your child has finished their book. As part of their growing independence we will be asking them whether they have finished their book and to hand it in in the mornings if so, we can then check that they have done so if there is a comment in their yellow diaries.
Children will be given a red homework book and every 3 weeks will be sent home with a new homework sheet. Children should aim to complete one a week and bring books in on a Monday to be shared and marked.
Our PE days are a Monday and Thursday afternoon. Please ensure your child has appropriate kit for both indoor and outdoor PE and it is all clearly labelled with their names.
Every Tuesday afternoon children will be going outside regardless of the weather for forest school. On this day please make sure your child has wellies and waterproofs in school.
Phonics screening check
At the end of Year 1 all children will do the phonics screening check which is a government led assessment to ensure children are making adequate progress with their phonics and reading. This test involves your child sitting down 1:1 with their class teacher and reading 40 words. 20 of these words are real and 20 are made up alien words. The alien words are to check children are using their phonics to decode words rather than sight reading. Your child will do Read, Write, Inc. phonics every day and will be grouped based on half termly assessments. Included with this letter is a copy of the sounds children are taught in phonics along with their sayings. Words that children can sound out and blend to read are called green words such as ‘jump’. Other words such as ‘the’, ‘friend’, ‘she’ and ‘one’ children are not able to sound out and blend to read and these are called red words or common exception words. When reading with your child they will notice green words that they can sound out to read, like we do in phonics, and red words which they just have to learn.
Our topic this half term is The Gruffalo. During this half term we will be learning the story of the Gruffalo and using this to help us write our own versions of the story. In Maths we will be learning all about one more and one less, adding and subtracting, and beginning to learn about measure. In Science we are learning all about the parts of the body and our senses. We will be doing lots of fun Art activities based on the Gruffalo and will be learning about the artist Georges Seurat and having a go at his technique pointillism ourselves. In RE will be thinking about what makes us unique and what friendship means. In History we will be thinking about our own personal history and will be creating personal timelines. Updates about what we have been up to in class will be available on the school website once it is up and running again.
The following websites are all free to use and have a variety of games and resources that can help to enhance learning.