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 next topic of Year 1, we shall be dousing ourselves in pixie dust and taking a magical flight with Peter Pan and Tinkerbell as we travel 'Off To Neverland!'. We shall be using both J. M. Barrie's famous story and the Disney adaptation 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 Peter Pan, Tinkerbell, Wendy, John and Michael further at home by sharing the story at home as well. You may also wish to look at adaptations of the story by watching the Walt Disney film or one of the other adaptations that have been made.
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.
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 'Waiting.' Advent is a time when we appreciate the love in our lives and prepare to celebrate love becoming a reality in the person of Jesus. Christians at Christmas celebrate the gift of Jesus, given by God as a sign and expression of God’s love. Giving and receiving reflects the truth that all life is given by God and life is given meaning through the gift of Jesus.
“This is what love is: it is not that we have loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the means by which our sins are forgiven. Dear friends, if this is how God loved us, then we should love one another. No one has ever seen God, but if we love one another, God lives in union with us, and his love is made perfect in us.” John 4: 10-12
You can find digital copies of our weekly newsletter in this section of our web page.