A warm welcome to you all! We hope you have had a restful summer and that you and your children are looking forward to the year ahead.
Your child’s teachers in Year 1 are Mrs Weatherspoon (Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday) and Mrs Harper (Thursday and Friday). Mrs Smith is our teaching assistant. Please come and speak to any of us if you have any queries or concerns.
Right from the start we encourage independence so as part of their morning routine we expect children to come into the classroom do their daily jobs on their own.
Here are a few things which go on in Year 1:
- Reading books are changed on a Monday and Thursday. Please try to read with your child every night, children make a lot of progress where there is input at home. Please let us know when your child has read to you and feel free to write comments in your child’s diary.
- Children will bring home phonic and tricky words homework on a Friday to complete and return the following week. The sounds and words will be the ones they have been introduced to that week.
- PE Kits and water bottles need to be in to school every day. They will be sent home regulary.
- Each Friday we will choose a child to be Star of the Week. They will be awarded with a certificate and for the following week they will sit on our Star Chair at carpet time. Children can be awarded Star of the Week for trying hard in their work or for good deeds.
This half term we are looking at the human body and exploring our different senses in Science. In English we will be reading a variety of stories with familiar settings and using them as a starting point for our own writing. We will be learning and reciting familiar poems and looking at the format of non-fiction books. In computing we will be using iPads to capture and manipulate images we have produced in art. We will be having an external provider for our Monday PE lessons to teach a range of skills including throwing and catching and on Thursday we will do dance. Our Art and design lessons will give the children the opportunity to develop their skills by working on portraits, moving pictures and Matisse style cut-outs. Our RE lessons will be looking at signs of belonging.
Next half term our geography focus will be based on learning about the different continents and oceans of the world and the countries and seas in the United Kingdom. In English we will be basing our work on the story “The Boy who cried Ninja” and also writing our own information pages about animals around the world. Christmas will provide lots of opportunities for RE, art and design and also our Christmas play!
We are all looking forward to working with your children in the next academic year. We hope it will be a happy, fun and successful one!
The Class 1 Team