A warm and smiley welcome to Year 1 - we have two classes who love to learn through exploring, play and challenge. Mrs Gill teaches in 1G and Miss Wilcock teacher in 1W. Mrs Gill is also our SENCO at travis and Miss Wilcock is assistant headteacher for EYFS and Key Stage One. Our year group teaching assistants are Mrs Baker and Mrs Williamson.
In Year 1, the children begin the year with the topic about themselves entitled ‘Who do you think you are?’ They will develop a wide range of skills including speaking and listening, storytelling and in science will learn about their own body and the senses. They will learn about changes over time and their own personal history. Our classrooms are set up to challenge the children through play with weekly challenges that children complete linked to the curriculum and topic. We are starting the year using the book Funnybones (the children love this story), we will also look at the books - What makes me, me? What do I look like? Elmer and many more...
During the second half of the autumn term they reflect on the Christmas story and Year 1 children lead a Christingle Service for the lower school and share their understanding of the Christingle. We reflect on why Christmas is important to Christians. We will hold a special RE day to encapture the Christmas spirit.
TAKE A LOOK AT OUR NEWLY SET UP CLASSROOMS - The children are loving using all the continuous provision.
Please try to read with your child at least three times a week and record it in their reading record book. This can be the school banded book or a book from home. It is important to check that, as well as becoming more fluent, the children understand what they are reading, especially as they begin to read longer and more complex books. This can be done by discussing the book afterwards, or during reading. Talk about the characters, setting or main events. Encourage children to develop empathy by focusing on characters' emotions and motivations.
It is important that your child has their reading record in school every day so that adults within school can also record in them. In school it is our aim that each child reads with a school adult each week and we ask that at home reading is valued and a high priority too. Children who show great improvement or hit the highest number of reads receive reading certificates to share with their families. Regular reading is also one of focus class challenges this term.
We encourage a love for reading and aim for our children to be lifelong readers. The children are encouraged to read and enjoy the books in our book area within the school day. Children are welcome to bring their own reading book from home as long as it is of an appropriate level for them to read and enjoy independently. Children will be able to change their reading books to take home each morning during our morning task. Please encourage your child to do this independently.
Spellings will be sent home each half term and will focus on spelling year 1 common exception words in the Autumn Term and then rules/patterns investigated and taught during our phonics sessions. We will have a spelling quiz every Thursday or Friday. The spellings for each week can be found in the front of the homework books
Spellings are best worked on little and often: 5 or 10 minutes every day is more beneficial than one long session. It is also very helpful if you can encourage your child to apply the spellings in context by writing a few sentences using these words and, of course, using new or unfamiliar words in conversation.
TAKE A LOOK BELOW AT WHAT WE HAVE BEEN UP TO...
Here is Year One's home work menu - this will be stuck into your homework book, Please complete one task per week and return to school on a Wednesday :)
Here is our knowledge oragniser with key facts and vocabulary for our first topic...
http://www.phonicplay.co.uk (phonic games)
Take a look below at all the songs the children love - they help us to learn :)