Unfortunately, due to COVID 19 we have been unable to deliver the transition parents' meetings and sessions within school that we would normally have. To help the children's transition from Reception to Year 1 in September, teaching staff have made a selection of information slides to explain routines and procedures in Year 1.
Welcome back to the new academic year at Edward the Elder! We are so pleased to be able to welcome our children back where they belong and we are sure we will all settle quickly back into a routine. We are sure Year 1 will bring challenges as they begin their school journey but with everyone’s support, we know your child can succeed! Despite it not being the summer we’d planned, we hope that you had an enjoyable one and that you have all stayed safe and healthy.
Supporting us in Year 1 this year will be our Teaching Assistant Mrs Carter 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 ‘Out and About’ where children will learn about the local area of Wolverhampton (with the help of Paddington Bear). 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 a weekly spelling test. This will be on a Friday morning and new spellings will also be given out on Friday with the spelling test result of that day 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 be introduced 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; we aim to be able to offer homework club every week in the near future.
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 8.40am and should be collected from our external classroom door at 3.10pm.
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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The school crossing patrol visited the school on Tuesday 14th May. The children were very excited to meet the lollipop lady. First, she showed them her uniform (a long coat and a hat) and explained the importance of it being a bright colour.
Then, she showed how to screw the lollipop stick together to make it tall for the cars to see and explained what was on it and why. Next, she talked about her role and how she helps children cross the road safely everyday.
After that, she taught them how to cross the road correctly by first looking left and right, listening for cars and then walking across the road not running.
The children were then separated into two groups. One group were given the opportunity to play the role of being either the lollipop person, a motorist or a pedestrian. They then acted out scenes of crossing the road, which they thoroughly enjoyed. The other group were given a dressing-up trunk so they could dress up as a lollipop person or a police officer. The children were really excited to dress up as a school crossing patrol person. All the children had an opportunity to take part in both group activities.
Finally, they were taught a song:
Stop, Look and Listen
Before you cross the road
Use your eyes and your ears
Before you use your feet
Children were given a leaflet all about how to cross the road safely and correctly with the song included and a large sticker.