Welcome to Year 1
We had a fantastic start to the year settling into new routines and learning how to be more independent. The children have been amazing; showing their key learning skills from Reception and building on them in the Year 1. We hope you enjoy looking at our page for information and photos to highlight our exciting year!
What we will be learning…with top learning tips
Reading… explain your thinking
Learning Top Tip – when we’re reading there are so many clues to spot! Clues can be in pictures, in the words the author has chosen, or even in our real-life experiences! These help us to explain why we think something.
Writing… editing and improving
Learning Top Tip – now the children are becoming confident writers, we have been practising editing and improving our work. After each sentence, we read what we have written to check it makes sense and then spot whether we have included all the things we need… finger spaces, full stops (or exclamation / question marks), verbs, nouns, adjectives, capital letters (at the start of a sentence, name of a special person or place, day of the week or for I), using and to join clauses, and checking our spelling.
Maths… problem solving and using mathematical language
Learning Top Tip – the language chosen in a worded problem gives us clues to the operation we need to use to solve it. Spotting these words is a key skill we are practising. How many words can you think of that suggest we should be adding? Or subtracting? What words could we use to suggest we are multiplying or dividing?
Phonics… consolidate and apply
Learning Top Tip – we have now learned the new graphemes from the Phase 5 code mat we sent home last term and the children are becoming great at recalling these. Our focus this half term will be spotting these sounds in words. We’ve taught the children to approach a word by spotting digraphs/trigraphs, spotting blends at the start or end, and then chunking the word into smaller pieces.
Science –seasonal changes, plants and animals (fish/birds) around the world, working scientifically, conducting investigations
Art – exploring clay and painting techniques
DT –cooking and nutrition, constructing boats
Geography – continent study – Antarctica, Australia, coastlines, human and physical features
History – changes over time (seaside and home), Grace Darling and RNLI / explorers Captain James Cook
PSHCE – ‘Relationships’
PE – swimming Coneygar B only Friday first half term (Con A starting 2nd week of next half term, 14th June) outdoor PE athletics
Music – rewind and revisit – consolidating our singing skills, pulse, rhythm and pitch
RE – exploring different religions
To find out all about what we will be learning about this half term, and all about school life, please open our current Year 1 learning letter.
All homework is set on Thursday and due in the following Tuesday.
Each week the children are expected to complete either an English, maths or topic learning activity. As well as these set pieces, your child should read regularly and get an adult to sign their reading record book. Remember, if a child reads four times at home and it is noted in their reading diary they will get a RIF sticker.
Spellings are sent home each week. We expect the children to practise as many of the words as possible, however the quiz will include 6 randomly selected words from the list. The children are given a spelling quiz on a Thursday and encouraged to use their sounds learnt in their writing. Spellings are also stuck in the children’s reading diaries so that they can be referred back to at any point.
Please make sure that all school uniform and PE kit is clearly labelled. We advise kits to be in school throughout the week as classes have PE on different days throughout the week. Please include joggers and a sweatshirt for outdoor PE.
We do PE on: Monday (outdoor weather permitting) and Friday (indoor)
Please let the school and the teacher know if your child has any allergies (that we do not already know about) or needs to take any medication.
Please remind your child to bring a coat every day in the winter months.
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