Mr. Wright - Class Teacher Mrs. Smith - Teaching Assistant
Mrs. Smith and I are very pleased to welcome you to our Year 1 homepage. We hope that this is a very enjoyable and exciting year for your child. On this page you will be able to find out about all of the different and exciting things that we are doing in our classroom.
If you wish to contact me you can either do so by sending me a message on Class Dojo or emailing me at email@example.com
In recognition of Children's Mental Health Week 2022 we launched our FIRST EVER Year 1 Festival of the Arts. Building up throughout the week we posted a range of cryptic videos on our Class Dojo page of different creative activities with the tag line #what'syourart? The aim of these cryptic videos throughout the week was to get the children thinking about what their own creative flair and interests were. Through creative expression, children and young people can explore their feelings, identity and relationships, which all helps to support their mental health and wellbeing. At the end of the week the children discovered that we were having our Festival of the Arts and were encouraged to be artistic and creative in whatever way interested them, and then submit their 'artwork' for the festival. You can see the wonderful ways that the children have been exploring their creativity, and supporting their own mental health and wellbeing by visiting each child's gallery below.
We hope that you enjoy our Festival of the Arts, and remember to keep your creative spark glowing...#what'syourart?
Year 1 is when your child starts to follow the National Curriculum. All of our learning activities and lessons are based around the objectives set out in the curriculum, whilst still taking into account your child's individual interests, skills and stages of development. Although the learning may seem more formal compared to that of the Early Years Foundation Stage, we are still very keen to ensure that your child has the opportunity to learn and develop through hands-on, practical style activities alongside more traditional activities. Therefore, although you will find that there is more table time and less 'Cool Time' in Year 1, many lessons may take a practical approach through activities such as drama, hands-on experiments in Science, exploring different art mediums and visits around the local area to name but a few. You can click on the link below to see our yearly overview of the curriculum for Year 1. I have also included a copy of the Year 1 National Curriculum objectives so that you can see the aims of the curriculum in Year 1.
In this section of our webpage you can see photos and videos of some of our different lessons in actions. Simply click on the subject that you wish to see in action. As the year progresses you will be able to view a wide range of lessons in action so make sure that you check back regularly. Parents remember that you can also see our lessons in action on our Class Dojo page.
We continue to work through the Read Write Inc. phonics programme in Year 1. This works in exactly the same way as it did in Reception with the children grouped according to their needs and level of development. In Year 1 we learn some of the more tricky diagraph (e.g. "ay", "ee", "ow" etc.), split diagraph (e.g. "a-e", "o-e", "u-"e etc.) and trigraph (e.g. "igh", "ure", "ear" etc.)sounds, and also some of the alternative way of writing the sounds.
Each Friday your child will bring home a reading book that is linked to the learning that they have been doing in Phonics that week.
Our final 'Talk 4 Writing' story of the year is 'The Three Little Pigs.' Using this story we shall be looking at how we can add suspense to a story through the different words that we use. We shall also be writing a D.I.Y. guide for pigs on how to build a house for our non-fiction work.
We are following the 'White Rose' Maths scheme. Through 'White Rose' the children have lots of opportunities to delve deeper into problem solving and reasoning using a range of different methods and techniques, which enables them to develop a real mastery of Maths.
During this final half term of Year 1 we shall be looking at money, identifying the different types of coins and notes that are used within the UK, and solving problems using money, before finishing the year by looking at time and exploring the different ways that we can record and measure time.
Our final topic of the Year 1 is 'Neighbours.' For many people, some places in the world are special. For others the whole world is special. We all feel a need to look after what is special to us. Sometimes it is easy to explain why things are special. At other times it might be difficult to put into words why something is special. Christians believe that the diversity of the world and its people is God’s gift. Jesus in his life and gospel, challenges people to appreciate diversity and to create with it a harmony that reflects the unity of Father, Son and Holy Spirit. This is reflected in the work of CAFOD. In this topic we shall be using CAFOD resources to think about our global neighbours and how we can help and support them.
Word of God
“See, the body is one, even if formed by many members, but not all of them with the same function. The same with us; being many, we are one body in Christ, depending on one another. Let each one of us, therefore, serve according to our different gifts. Do you have prophecy? Let the deacon fulfil his office; let the teacher teach, the one who encourages, convince. You must, likewise, give with an open hand, preside with dedication, and be cheerful in your works of charity. Let love be sincere. Hate what is evil and hold to whatever is good. Regarding brotherly love, have love for one another. Regarding respect, judge others as more worthy. Regarding your duties, do not be lazy. Be fervent in the Spirit and serve God.”
Romans 12: 4-11
In Science this half term we shall continue our Animals including Humans topic from last half term. We shall be looking at the teeth of different kinds of animals and exploring how they can tell us about an animals diet. We shall also look at George Mottershead and how he created the open zoo. We shall end our year by reviewing what we have found out about how the weather and seasons change throughout the year.
We shall be looking at the Great Fire of London during this half term. We shall look at how London was in 1666 compared to now, and also how jobs differ between now and 1666. We shall also look at how Samuel Pepys diary is a good source of historical information as it is a first hand account of the events as they were happening.
Each week your child will bring home a newsletter which will keep you up to date with what we have been doing that week, and also informing you of any important dates or information that you may need. You can find a digital copy of the newsletters here. Just click on the star for the month that you require to access any past newsletters.
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