Welcome to Year 1
Class Teacher: Miss Seward
A warm welcome to Year 1! I am very excited to begin working with the children and to meet their parents. As with Reception, Class 1 will continue to have an ‘open door’ policy. Please do not hesitate to speak to me or any member of the team if you have any queries or concerns.
Our morning routine will be very similar to the routine in Reception. Parents are welcome to come into the classroom with their child until the school day starts at 9am. On the table will be a short sentence for the children to copy and we are very grateful for your continued support with this. After the first half term, children will play outside in the playground until the bell is rung for the whole school to come into class at 8.50 am.
Class 1 will have PE three times a week with our specialist PE teacher Miss Young. This will be on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Please make sure your child’s PE bag is in school on these days. It is important that all items are clearly labelled to ensure that nothing goes missing.
We encourage children to read at home as much as possible and reading books will be changed on a regular basis. A reading diary will accompany this if you would like to make any comments on how you feel your child is progressing in reading. We feel that reading in the most important part of a child’s learning at home, so this will be the focus of their home learning in Year One. In addition to reading, a small task will be set (usually maths). This will be given in a home learning book, which will be sent home in their book bags on a Tuesday and will be due in the following Monday.
Learning in the Autumn Term
At the start of the Autumn term, our Learning Journey will have a History focus. Through links with the local community, the whole school is going to be focusing on the centenary of armistice at the end of World War 1. For our youngest children, at the lower end of the curriculum, we will be exploring the theme of celebrations. We will look at celebrations of the past, such as birthday parties and think about why it is important to remember special events. Our journey will begin with a lovely story book called, ‘Alfie Gives a Hand’ by Shirley Hughes. This book explores a child’s birthday party and considers feelings of nervousness or uncertainty when being somewhere new without the security of family and for Alfie, his special comfort blanket. This will also link to work on supporting the children to become independent learners. Through circle times and other stories, we will begin to identify a range of feelings in ourselves and others and start to think of ways we can manage our own emotions. At the end of our learning journey, Class 1 will work with Reception and Year 2 to plan a street party celebration. As well as written work on the topic, we will also create decorations and a tasty treat to help us celebrate with the other classes.
In Maths we will begin with counting and understanding number. Phonics will of course remain a top priority throughout Year 1.