I am very pleased to welcome you and your child to Class 1, and to our class webpage. On this webpage you will be able to keep up to date with all of the different things that we have been learning about , keep up to date with any special events that are happening, access copies of the homework, and also find digital copies of our newsletter. This is an exciting time for you and your child as they move from the EYFS curriculum on to the National Curriculum. We will ensure that the transition is as seamless as possible...and most of all make sure that your child still has lots of fun whilst developing and learning new skills as they go through the year. You can click on the link below to access a parent handbook explaining the Year 1 curriculum.
I hope that this will be another fun and exciting year at St. Peter's for you and your child. You can click on the link below to find out about all of the things we will be looking at this year in our long term plan.
For our first topic of 2019, we shall be travelling back in time to medieval England as we discover the legend of the sword in the stone and all 'Hail King Arthur!' We shall be making reference to lots of different adaptations of this famous legend. Our main book, however, will be the Usborne chapter book 'The Adventures of King Arthur.' We shall be using this very famous legend to cover lots of different areas of the Year 1 curriculum. You can see how we shall be doing this be clicking on the link which will take you to our topic plan. Our homework grid for this half term is also linked to this topic, linking your child's home learning to what we are covering in the classroom.
You may wish to explore the adventures of Arthur, Merlin and the Knights of the Round Table further at home by sharing the story. You may also wish to look at adaptations of the story by watching the Walt Disney film 'The Sword In The Stone' which is loosely based on the T. H. White's novel of the same name, and focuses on Arthur as a young boy.
If you have any questions about the topic, or about how to support your child at home with their learning please don't hesitate to ask.
Here you will find our half termly homework challenge grids. Each week choose a different activity from the grid to complete. Homework books should be returned to school on a Wednesday and will be sent home again each Friday.
Remember you also need to practice your new spellings each week (sent home on a Monday) and read at least 3 times a week at home.
We will continue to use the Read Write Inc. phonics programme that the children became familiar with in their Reception year. As they continue to work through the programme they will be encountering new sounds as well as consolidating the sounds they have already learnt. This will enable them to become confident readers and writers. Phonics is only one part of our literacy though. This year the children will also be exploring different types of texts and experimenting with different styles of writing. At St. Peter's we follow Talk4Writing. This is a powerful scheme in helping children become confident writers as it enables children to imitate the language they need for a particular topic orally, before reading and analysing it and then writing their own version. The children began to explore Talk4Writing in Reception so it is something that they are familiar with.
Children will be read with at least once a week in school. As it is extremely important that children practise the skills they learn in school, we expect them to read at home with an adult at LEAST 3 times a week...if not every day. Please log down in your child's reading diary when you read with them. As part of your reading routine at home it is recommended that you practise the common exception words also.
We use a Mastery Approach to teaching maths. This means that all children are working on the same topic and are expected to make progress in each lesson. If a child has reached mastery they will have a deep, secure and fluent understanding of the subject, which they can reason with and apply to a range of situations. We make sure that children get the support they need or are challenged by using quick intervention or deeper understanding. They also get the opportunity to practise and consolidate skills they have learned during the maths lessons, through practical, hands-on based activities throughout each day.
Our topic is 'Special People.' All families who live or worship in a parish are part of the parish family. As in any family there are people who have special roles within the parish. On Sunday, in church, we meet people who do special jobs as we gather to celebrate the Good News of Jesus. There are special people in our lives who are there to help us.
You can find digital copies of our weekly newsletter in this section of our web page.