Welcome to Class 1

 

Class teacher: Miss Wilkinson
Classroom assistants: Mrs Rendall, Mrs Crookes and Mrs Whitehead

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Our Week
In Year 1 we do many exciting activities and we learn to work together! Some of our activities include art, Spanish, music and computing. We love to share stories together and we are learning to be fantastic writers and illustrators. We are also becoming amazing mathematicians and problem solvers. This year we will learn our 2, 5 and 10 times tables and we will solve problems involving addition, subtraction, multiplication and division.

Our PE days are Tuesday and Thursday. Books will be changed on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Show & Tell is on a Wednesday and is a time for us to share something we have made or something we have learned. We will start forest school and swimming during the Spring term. Swimming will be on a Friday morning and forest school will be on a Friday afternoon. For more information, please see our timetable:

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Morning Routines
In Year 1 we support children to become independent and resilient learners. We ask that you help us with this by encouraging your child to be responsible for carrying their things to school and putting them away in the morning. 

The ringing of the bell is a signal for the children to line up for ‘Wake and Shake’, our morning exercise session, and for parents to leave. We would greatly appreciate your support with this, as it can be hard to get the children to focus on the instructions being given if parents are still in the playground area.

All money and reply slips should always be taken to the office please.

Our Class Rules
We have come up with some rules which will help us to be kind friends and resilient learners:

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Reading
We check Reading Records regularly to monitor children's reading. Books are changed on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. We ask that all children read a minimum of 4 times a week to support their progress. Children should regularly engage in discussion about what they have read to ensure they develop their vocabulary and comprehension. Here is a suggestion for what reading at home could involve to support a child's progress in both fluency and comprehension:

Reading for Fluency
(at least three times a week)

Reading for Comprehension
(at least once a week)

Encourage children to:

  • point to each sound with their finger
  • sound out & blend
  • chop unfamiliar words into smaller parts by covering part of the word
  • use the pictures and context to figure out words
  • recognise common suffixes like ‘ing’, ‘ed’ and ‘er’.

Encourage children to:

  • explain what happened in the beginning, the middle and the end
  • talk about the characters, how they feel and why, finding evidence in the text
  • explain what key words mean
  • answer questions like “Find me the part which tells us…”

 

The above is only a guide and will need to be adapted for individuals; please come and let us know if you would like any more guidance. Throughout the year the amount of comprehension practise children do at home should increase, as their fluency improves. Record in the reading record if you would like us to check the level of book that your child is reading.

Maths
The Year 1 maths curriculum includes a wide range of new content for the children to learn. As well as learning new number facts, we will also be developing our problem solving and reasoning. We have included below some optional ideas for maths at home, should you wish to consolidate what we have been learning in class with some extra practise.

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Writing
In Year 1 we learn about all sorts of different texts, including stories, information reports, letters, poems, and many more. Once we are able to confidently form our letters we will also begin to join our handwriting.

Below is a downloadable list of all our Year 1 spellings and some ideas for fun spelling practise at home!

Updates and Information
Please see the class noticeboard for day to day information and messages. If you have any questions or concerns, please just speak to one of the staff.

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