We hope that you and your children had a fantastic summer break and we would like to welcome everyone back to the start of an exciting new term.
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 ‘Paddington’s Passport’ where children will learn about London, England, the UK (with the help of Paddington Bear) and make comparisons between past and present Queens. 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’.
For more details of our learning this term please click on the Autumn Term Curriculum Overview.
Pupils will remain in their classes for the majority of lessons, with the exception of phonics sessions for which they will be ability set and may have a different teacher and be in a different classroom or learning room. Phonics sessions ran this way in Reception so your child will be familiar with working with different teachers. Throughout the year, children will have a weekly spelling test. This will be on a Friday and new spellings will also be given out on Friday with the spelling test result of that day underneath.
Creative homework books for Year 1 have proved very successful and we will be continuing with these this year. Your child will be given a purple creative homework book that will have many suggestions for activities to complete at home. We hope your child will take pride in their books and complete as many of the activities as possible. We aim to set creative homework twice every half term. Each class has a homework display where good examples of homework will be displayed.
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 home/school diary, 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. A Reading Log book will be sent home with reading books and in order to develop comprehension skills each pupil will be required to complete at least one activity in their log per week. Further support/information will be included with the logs when they are sent home.
Our PE sessions are: Monday and Wednesday.
Please ensure that children have the correct PE kit in school at all times. This should consist of a white round neck t-shirt, shorts (preferably black or blue) and pumps. Please can we remind parents that no jewellery should 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.
It would also be appreciated if all uniform (including PE kit and pumps) could be labelled with your child’s full name and class – there was a lot of lost property left in school at the end of the summer term and we are aware how expensive it is!
Should you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact your class teacher. Thank you in anticipation of your continued support.
Year 1 children have a busy term ahead in phonics. There are some great links and tips for parents at Oxford Owl
Please CLICK HERE
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.