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Year 1 Page

Mrs J Williman
Mrs J Williman
Class Teacher
Mrs Moore
Mrs Moore
Teaching Assistant
School councillors

A warm welcome to our Year 1 page! If your child is in Year 1 please familiarise yourself with this page as it will let you know the various activities the class are currently involved in. Note that this page doesn't replace the school newsletters - those can be accessed here: Newsletters.

Classroom code of conductChild hand up

We feel it is very important that the children feel happy and safe in the classroom and have therefore co-created our own class rules. We have had lots of discussion about what makes a 'good learner' in class.
Sharing responsibility and working as a team is also a big focus in Year 1, both in class and across the school. We also work together to become more independent and responsible for our own learning and development as individuals.

Sharing responsibility and working as a team is also a big focus in Year 1, both in class and across the school. We also work together to become more independent and responsible for our own learning and development as individuals.

Weekly Timetable

Children and parents please familiarise yourself with the outline weekly timetable for your class, available here or by clicking the link on the right. It will help you to remember for example which day you will your PE kit is in school, though you will of course need your indoor shoes every day and your book bag every day.

Please note that this is an outline timetable only as some scheduled activities may be changed due to other in school events happening that week.

CurriculumChild curriculum

Our theme for this term is "Seaside Holidays". This theme will be taught across a number of different curriculum areas, particularly in History and Geography. For the curriculum information sheet for this term, please click Curriculum map for more details.

We will continue to think about, discuss and share our experiences of 'Random Acts of Kindness' throughout the term. The children will become familiar with many different types of kindness and will develop their understanding of how being kind can have a positive impact not only on others, but on themselves too.

HomeworkChild homework

Each week the children are given around 3-4 reading books to read at home. We aim to change the books every Tuesday, although this may be flexible. It is important that you rehearse reading skills with your child regularly. Please try to hear your children read daily, recording it in their reading record book. Also practise the main phonics sounds from the book with your child at home as we are always learning more complex and alternative phonemes. Some children are beginning to read longer books and can develop their skill by discussing the book afterwards. Things to discuss can include the characters, setting and main events. Please ensure your child brings their book bag into school every day.

Each half term the children will be taking home a half term home learning grid. They may choose 3 activities from the list to complete at home and present these in the final week of that half term. Each Friday the children will take home at least one piece of homework. This may be Maths, Literacy, Science, Research or 'Talk' homework. The activity will either relate to the learning that has been taking place that week or will prepare them for the following week's activities. 'Talk' homework will involve holding discussions with a partner where they will be required to find out particular pieces of information relating to our topic. The children may either conduct interviews of family members, visit a local library or use another resource in order to complete this homework. Any information they gather should be recorded in their yellow homework books. The children will also be bringing home a list of words that they need to practise for their spelling checks. Please ensure you check your child's book bag regularly to ensure you don't miss any important letters or pieces of homework!

Homework will be due back on Thursdays. If you have any questions regarding homework, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Activities outside the classroomChild outside school

We are very passionate about giving children plenty of opportunities to learn outside the classroom. We will be visiting the Wild Wood at regular intervals throughout the year and will also be going on educational visits in order to broaden our experiences and understanding of the topic we are covering.

We have PE every Monday (indoor) and Wednesday (outdoor) afternoon. Please remember to bring your PE kit each week and ensure everything is named!

Our Garden
The children will visit the allotment regularly and take turns to tend the beds. In the next few weeks we will be deciding together what to plant.

Classroom activitiesChild in class

This term our topic is "Seaside Holidays". We will be learning about the features of seaside holiday resorts and how these have changed over time. We will also be investigating and learning about different traditional seaside activities such as donkey rides and watching puppet shows!

We have two exciting Science topics to investigate this term. They are "Light and Dark", where we will be finding out about how we need light to see, and "Growing Plants" where we will be exploring how plants grow and change depending on how they are nurtured.

If you would like to do any research or extension work on any of our topics at home, please feel free to take photos, draw pictures or write about what you have found out in your homework books so that you can show the class what you have learnt.

Open classroomOpen classroom

Every Friday afternoon we have an 'Open Classroom' where you are most welcome to come into the classroom and look at our displays and look at your child's workbooks. This is also a great opportunity for you to ask any questions you may have about any aspect of school life. If you ever have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact of the Year One TEAM!