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Year 1 Page


Ms Lawrence
Ms Lawrence
Class Teacher
Mrs Kurdynowska
Mrs Kurdynowska
Teaching Assistant
Miss Page
Miss Page
Teaching Assistant
Mrs Moore
Mrs Moore
Teaching Assistant
Mrs McPherson
Mrs McPherson
Teaching Assistant
Miss Romero
Miss Romero
Teaching Assistant
Mrs Pizzochero
Mrs Pizzochero
Teaching Assistant
Eunice,
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 listener' in class. The children thought about what our whole body should look like when we are listening. The five areas are:

  • Eyes looking
  • Ears listening
  • Lips closed
  • Hands still
  • Brain ready

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 "Our House in the Middle of the Street". 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.

The children will take part in regular Brain Breaks which are designed to encourage mindfulness.

Handwriting
We teach cursive handwriting in school, forming letters in the style that can be found here. Every lower case letter starts on the line, shown by a red dot.

Maths No Problem
We teach maths using Maths No Problem. There are videos created for parents by the Maths No Problem team to help explain their teaching techniques. Click here to find out more.

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 Friday the children will take home at least one piece of homework. This may include spellings or SPaG (Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar) work. 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. Please ensure you check your child’s book bag regularly to ensure you don’t miss any important letters or pieces of homework!

Homework is due back by Thursday, although please feel free to return your homework book earlier if you can! 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

Our topic this term is "Our House In The Middle Of Our Street ". We will be learning about the facilities we have in our local area and will be investigating how Cherry Hinton has changed over time. We will discuss the different jobs grownups can get in our local area and how these jobs impact and support the community. In other lessons we will be discussing how homes and possessions have changed throughout history – even going as far back as the Stone Age!

We have two exciting Science topics to investigate this term from the Developing Experts curriculum. They are a chemistry based module "Seasonal Changes" (Winter and Spring), where we will be finding out about different types of weather such as different types of cold weather, Thunder and lightning, how rainbows are formed, cloud and rainfall. The children will also complete simple experiments, such as creating a ‘cloud in a jar’ to reinforce their learning. After half term the topic will be a Biology module “Plants”. The children will learn about Joseph Banks; what a plant needs to grow well; the parts of a plant; the difference between deciduous and evergreen plants; crops and farming.

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!