In Year 1 pupils will find the structure and content of their day rather different from that of the Reception class. To aid transition we will continue some child-initiated activities, known as 'Plan, Do and Review' in the afternoons and children will be encouraged to link their plans and activities to the themes we are studying in class.
All children will also be in a separate reading, writing and maths group, these groupings are flexible and may well change from term to term.
Pupils will receive daily teaching in Maths and English, with a daily phonics and handwriting session. All activities will take account of their age and expected concentration span and will involve plenty of physical activity and learning through music, drama and carefully chosen educational toys and games.
Learning in Year 1 progresses from the E.Y.F.S to the New National Curriculum for Key Stage One and, as such, children will learn about Science, Information Technology, History, Geography, Religious Education, Physical Education, Art & Design, Music, Personal, Social & Health Education and Design Technology. Children will be taught some subject specific lessons but many of these subjects will be taught as cross-curricular themes in a manner more appropriate and meaningful for younger children.
- The points listed below may help to answer some of the day to day queries about life in Year 1.
- Drop off and pick up time - Children should enter the school by the Year 1 classroom door at 9am in the morning. (Parents should walk behind the pre-school towards KS1 playground and social distance when waiting in front of the classroom door). At the end of the day, the children will leave the classroom through the same door.
- Tuesday afternoon - The children will be taught by a mixture of specialist teachers, outside clubs and teaching assistants.
- Homework – This will be set throughout the year. We start gradually with a spelling investigation linked to our class phonics/spelling focus for the week. Apart from weekly spellings, there will be also Maths online task to be completed at home. We will encourage the children to take part in interesting projects every term related to our Science, Geography, History or Topic learning.
- Handwriting – The children will continue to learn the cursive style of handwriting. We begin by progressing through the alphabet, teaching children the lead-in and lead-out stroke for each letter, which will eventually guide them towards joining their letters fluently and correctly. All children will be introduced to this system but we fully appreciate that some children will need greater support with pencil control and exercises to help them achieve in this area. We will also send handwriting templates home to reinforce this cursive handwriting style.
- P.E. – In Term 1 our PE day will be on Wednesday. The children are expected to wear their PE kit on this day instead of their school uniform.
- Reading scheme books – All children will continue to read the scheme books at school, on a one to one basis, with myself, teaching assistants/ All children will continue to be given a reading scheme book to take home to further develop their reading skills. These books will be changed on Mondays and Fridays. Additionally, we will continue with My Rising Star – online books. These online books will be assigned for the children on each Wednesday to be read at home.
- Reading comments - Please write the title of the book and date in the contact book each time your child brings a new book home. This helps us keep track of how regularly the children are reading their books. A brief comment on their reading experience is useful but is not always necessary. Please encourage your child to share a book with you every day to ensure they progress well.
- Book boxes & Library - In Term 1 and 2 we are not going to use the school Library. However, In Term 2 the pupils will be able to choose a book from the Class Reading boxes. The class reading boxes include some assorted reading scheme books but also a range of ‘real’ books. The children are not expected to read them completely independently as they may be more challenging than the scheme books that they are used to. We believe it is very important to introduce children to a wide range of reading material, which, in turn, will promote confidence in pupils to try to read any text. We are keen for the children to foster a love for 'real' books through becoming familiar with different genres, interesting story structures, a range of different story language, varied plots and characters. When children return the books, they will be expected to put them into specially assigned boxes for us to quarantine them.
- Good behaviour – We expect every pupil to follow the school and classroom behaviour rules. This is encouraged through praise and reward such as through team points, classroom rewards, ‘Golden Time’ on Friday afternoons, stickers, Gold Star Awards in Celebration Online Assemblies and Termly Head Teacher Awards. There are sanctions if our Class Rules are not obeyed which include warnings followed by missing a proportion of Golden time if children do not heed the warnings. This system is clearly explained to the children at the outset and adhered to consistently by all Year 1 staff.
- Phonics screening - This statutory assessment normally takes place in June and you will receive more information nearer the time.
Our Learning in Year 1
A brief description of the Year 1 curriculum follows. However, please note that our assessments guide our planning and teaching for the class so some pupils may require further support with the Reception objectives before they can successfully access the Year 1 curriculum, whereas others will need extending and challenging.
English - Our Literacy texts include stories with familiar settings and those with predictable and patterned language. This term in English the children will be learning to say a simple sentence to prepare for writing sentences. We will be introducing capital letters and full stops. At the end of Term 1 we will focus on a core text related to out theme ‘Knights and Castles’. The children will explore the story through drama and their writing will be supported by the ‘Talk for Writing’ approach.
Phonics - Phonics work will involve word building, hearing and building rhyming word families and alphabetical order. Pupils will be encouraged to know the sounds and the names of all the letters of the alphabet. We build on the Letters and Sounds scheme alongside the Monster Phonics. This links with our grammar work which focuses on sentence building strategies and demarcation. Pupils will have the opportunity to work in a role-play situation and take part in various drama activities.
Maths - Our daily Maths lessons will focus on numbers to twenty, adding, subtracting, finding less and more than a number, partitioning numbers, making sequences and patterns and applying this knowledge to real life situations.
Computing - Computing will be used to support all curriculum areas whenever possible and will be available for children to use in child-initiated activities.
Topic - In History we will be learning about ‘Kings, Queens, Knights & Castles’ and exploring the wonderful castles we have around us. This will normally be linked to our school trip, where the children will have the opportunity to visit one of these. However, we will inform you in due course whether the trip this year will be taking place depending on the government guidance.
We will also be learning key events such as ‘Bonfire night’ and ‘Remembrance Day’ and the key issue and events behind these.
Science - The Science module for the term is learning about ‘Animals including humans’. This will be taught with an emphasis on practical investigation and exploration. This also has cross curricular links with our history topic, learning about ‘Ourselves’ by learning about our body parts and the senses associated with these.
RE - The children will be looking at Christianity. We will also look at Autumn and Winter festivals such as Harvest Festival and Christmas.
Art/DT - Our Art work will focus on drawing, painting and collage, printmaking and 3D sculpture. We will, of course, also be making various Christmas decorations!
PSHE – we will be following the SCARF scheme and learning about rules, kindness, friendships, healthy eating etc.
Thank you very much for all your support so far.
We very much look forward to working with you and your children this year.
Mrs Urszula Saganowska-Kearney
and Ms Alfredson