Welcome to Year 1 - Delightful Dolphins and Joyful Jellyfish
Latest News- November 2018
Welcome back after Half Term! We hope you had lots of fun!
Lots of the children have bought in some interesting items for our reading areas.
McDolphin's is coming together nicely in Dolphins class, with reading books being carried around in Happy Meal boxes and chicken nuggets being shared at story time.
Jellyfish have a lovely Under the Sea theme with lots of seas creatures and box models.
Our Topic for this half term is Traditional Tales.
We will be reading Traditional Tales such as The Three Little Pigs and The Gingerbread Man, and basing our literacy work around these. We will be writing stories and descriptions based on these too.
The Christmas show is looming and our performance to parents is Wednesday 19th December (morning and afternoon).
In order to prepare we are very lucky to have a Dance Teacher every Friday who will be teaching the children their dance.
Dolphins will be dancing to: Shine by Aswad
Jellyfish will be dancing to: Heaven Must be Missing an Angel by Tavares
If you'd like to get prepared, your child will need a costume to dance in. A letter will be sent out by your child's class teacher with examples. Dolphins will be dressed as stars, and Jellyfish will be dressed as angels.
Last half term our topic was Ourselves.
We had fun getting to know each other, and comparing our similarities and differences.
Our topic was linked to Science. We looked at the human body and took part in a fun Senses Workshop in which we used our 5 senses to identify objects.
The class teachers in Year 1 are Miss Aspinall who is in Dolphins Class, and Mrs Preston who is in Jellyfish class.
We are very lucky to have three very talented teaching assistants in Year 1; Mrs Johnson, Miss Gore and Mrs Naylor.
Our main topics this year are:
Autumn 1 - Ourselves
Autumn 2 - Traditional Tales
Spring 1 - Victorians
Spring 2 - Plants
Summer 1 - Toys
Summer 2 - Seaside
Our newsletters are sent home termly with important events and dates for the diary.
Reading is so important and we want to help you, to help your children develop a life-long love of books.
Try and support your child and help them as much as possible. The following tips should help make reading less stressful, and help your child feel like they are a successful reader.
1. Before you start reading a new book, tell them the title and look at the pictures on page.
2. Talk about what might happen in the story.
3. When you are ready to start reading, ignore tiny mistakes that still make sense in the sentence.
4. Prompt your child to look at the first sound and think about what words starting with that letter would make sense in the next sentence.
5. Re-read book lots of times to build your child's confidence. don't change them everyday!
Year 1 children have phonics lessons every day. The children learn how to recognise and segment the sounds within words and how to blend the sounds back together to read whole words. It helps children to hear and read whole words more easily, if the segmenting is done by ‘stretching’ words out rather than ‘chopping’ them up.
We use many fun and interactive activities in the classroom from the letters and sounds website. Please have a look and encourage your child to play some of these games at home. Follow the links below:
During June 2019 your child will taking part in a National Phonics Screening Test to assess their levels against other year 1 children nationally.
In year 1 there will be a focus on forming letters of the alphabet and numbers correctly. The children will be taught where to start each letter, both upper and lower , and numbers too.
You can support your child by practising these at home.
Year 1 will have PE Tuesday every week. Please make sure your child has the correct PE kit in school.
Please ensure all articles of clothing have the child's name written in them.
In year 1 the children are rewarded for good behaviour with spotty stickers. They also receive Golden Time at the end of each week to celebrate their good behaviour.
As a class they work together to achieve a class treat once a term, by achieving their class target throughout the term.
As a class we have created our own class charters which is agreed by every member of the class.
After your children’s teachers have completed initial assessments, your child will receive regular weekly homework. It is important that your child does their best to have a go at completing each piece of homework brought home.
In addition to weekly Literacy or Maths homework children are given spellings on a Friday, which should be practised regularly ready for their spellings test on the following Friday.
Your child will also take home 2 reading books that should be read daily if possible. Please encourage your children to read at home and make a note of this in their 'FAB 4' reading diary. We will monitor how many times your child is reading at home and reward them weekly and half termly for regular reading.