Welcome back to the new academic year at Edward the Elder! We are so pleased to be able to welcome our children back and we are sure we will all settle quickly back into a routine. Year 1 will bring plenty of challenges as the children begin their school journey but with everyone’s support, we know your child can succeed! We hope that you had an enjoyable summer and that you have all stayed safe and healthy.
Supporting us in Year 1 this year will be our Teaching Assistants Miss Bhella and Miss Collins who the children all know very well.
The autumn term is always a busy time for children in Year 1. In English, we will be concentrating on sentence construction, the use of simple punctuation (capital letters and full stops) and using phonic knowledge to spell words. Children will be encouraged throughout the year to verbally rehearse their ideas before writing them. In Maths, we will start by building on their experiences in Reception and children will begin to understand the place value of numbers. They will solve additions using apparatus, mental strategies, number tracks and number lines. Later on in the term, we will use the same skills to solve subtraction. In Science, children will learn about themselves and their senses as well as sorting and classifying common animal groups.
This year, children will be taught History, Geography, DT and Art in a thematic/topic based approach. This term’s theme/topic is ‘Alien Invasion’ where children will learn about the local area of Wolverhampton (with the help of an alien friend). This is an exciting new topic for children and teachers and we can’t wait to get started! More information can be found on the attached ‘Curriculum Overview’.
Just like in Reception, reading is a massive focus in Year 1 therefore please continue to support your child’s reading at home regularly. We remind you that children’s books need to be in school every day. We would also encourage you to write a comment in their reading journals on a weekly basis, building you child’s confidence and the link between home and school. Any extra practise at home is always welcome! Your child will also bring home phonics books during the year. Please support your child by encouraging them to read the words using their phonics skills. Children may also have nonsense words to practise which are also important in helping them to read accurately. Phonics is particularly important during Year 1, as children are required to take a phonics test in the summer term, which consists of 40 words (real and nonsense) to read – we will have a parent meeting to discuss the phonics screening test in the spring term.
Pupils will remain in their classes for all lessons, including phonics, which will be ability set within the class. Throughout the year, children will have two weekly spelling tests. This will be on a Wednesday and Friday morning and new spellings will be given out on a Monday with the spelling test results underneath. Spellings will be set by your child’s teacher and can range from 1 to 10 spellings to learn (dependent on your child’s ability).
Purple creative homework books will continue this year and we aim for it to allow our children to both consolidate their learning from class as well as move their learning on. This homework book will be coming home with your child next week – please look out for this! The insert to the book will provide further information about this. It is vital that all children complete their homework.
PE will take place twice a week, please ensure your child has the correct PE kit in school. White round neck t-shirt, shorts (black or navy) and black pumps. Both PE lessons will be taught by Soccer 2000 and will cover a range of skills. It would also be appreciated if all uniform (including PE kit and pumps) is labelled with your child’s full name and class. Please can we remind parents that jewellery should not be worn in school with the exception of stud earrings, and in line with Health and Safety guidelines these should not be worn on PE days. Children may be asked to remove earrings before PE sessions. Long hair should also be tied back.
Please note that Year 1 will be able to enter via the main gate at the revised time of 8.45am and should be collected from our external classroom door at 3.15pm.
A reminder that if your child is asthmatic, please ensure an in date inhaler and spacer is in school at all times. Please ensure you have informed the office with any updated medical information.
We look forward to working with you over the next year to ensure your children have a valuable year. Year 1 is a very important year and we look forward to one which is full of learning and progress. If you have any questions/queries now or throughout the year, please do not hesitate to speak to us, either after school or by making an appointment via the school office.
We will continue to act upon Government guidelines and will adapt our methods as and when necessary. Thank you for your continued support.
Year 1 Teacher
Year 1 children have a busy term ahead in phonics. There are some great links and tips for parents at Oxford Owl
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