Welcome to Year 1 - Delightful Dolphins and Joyful Jellyfish
Latest News- March 2019
Welcome back after Half Term! We hope you had lots of fun!
We are so proud of the creations the children have made for our Dinosaur learning area!
Our Topic for this half term is Discovering Dinosaurs!
We will be focusing on non-fiction texts and we will be writing our own newspaper reports! We will then be exploring the text 'Gigantosaurus' we are super excited!
Last half term our topic was 'Alice in Wonderland.'
We had fun exploring the 'Victorians' and having our Victorian workshop.
Our topic was linked to History and we discovered different artifacts which was used in the Victorian era.
The class teachers in Year 1 are Miss Tomkinson 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.