Welcome to Year 1
We would like your child to have a very happy and successful year with us this year. This page will provide you with information about the curriculum this year, and we hope you can use this to support your child with their learning at home. We look forward to working in partnership with you!
Y1BL- Mrs Bailey & Miss Littlewood
Y1GM - Miss Marston
Support staff - Mrs Sleney
We aim for children to become more independent now they are in Y1. Please encourage your child to be as independent as possible in putting their things away and in completing their morning table activity. All children should line up independently, outside their classroom door at 8.45am ready for staff to bring them in to school. Teachers are available to pass information over about your child briefly in the morning, but we also have a short time at the end of the day if you wish to speak to your child’s teacher when the children are sent home. Teachers will need to speak to some parents at home time to pass information over from the day. We ask that you respectfully wait away from the classroom door while the teachers are speaking with other parents to give privacy and wait until the teacher is available to speak to if needed.
In Y1, we encourage reading as much as possible to help children become confident and able readers. Please encourage your child to read on a daily basis (where possible!) for a short time and record how they do in their reading record. We encourage children to discuss the book’s features, characters and events in detail. Please also encourage your child to make predictions about what will happen next as they read. The level of the book they take home should not be overly difficult for them (they should be able to read at approximately 90% accuracy with the words). This is so they can enjoy and understand the book as well as using their phonics knowledge to decode some unfamiliar words. Home reading books will be changed twice a week or when reading with an adult in school, as necessary. Although, they need to be in school each day for adults to be able to read with them.
Home Learning Days
Your child will be given optional home learning at the start of each half term, this is the ‘Can you…?' challenge sheet. You and your child can choose from the homework activities on the sheet, which may include Phonics, English, Maths and Topic. In addition, each week your child will also receive a set of spellings to learn to spell and read confidently. The spellings will be a mixture of key words and topic related words the children will be using in their work. The children’s knowledge of their spellings will usually be checked on Fridays and we call this a ‘spell check.’ We aim to stick your child’s new spellings in their home learning book weekly so if these can be handed in by Thursday this would be brilliant, ready to be sent home the next day.
Mrs Bailey & Miss Littlewood – Monday and Friday
Miss Marston – Thursday and Friday
Please ensure your child has their P.E. kit with them in school every day. Although P.E. is on set days, this may change depending on other activities taking place across school throughout the year. P.E. kits should include a white t-shirt, navy shorts and trainers or pumps. Navy jogging bottoms can be worn for outdoor sessions when cold. If your child has their ears pierced, children will need to remove these themselves or place tape over them. Long hair will need to be tied up.
In the second half term, we plan to visit the woodland as part of our ‘What lives in the woods?’ topic. In the fifth half term, we hope to go to Wigfield Farm as part of our ‘Can we have a pet?’ topic. The Wigfield Farm visit has a voluntary contribution cost of approximately £8.00 per child. This will be booked nearer the time and parents / carers will be informed with notice. There will also be opportunities for children to enjoy external visitors coming into school throughout the year and we make frequent use of our surrounding grounds and the area of Grenoside.