Our aim is to ensure that your children experience a smooth transition from the Foundation Stage to Key Stage One. The Year 1 curriculum builds upon and extends the experiences that children have had in Reception. Learning through play will continue to be an important part of the school day, and the children will gradually be eased into more formal learning as the year goes on so that they remain motivated, enthused and eager learners. Please don’t hesitate to come and see us if you have any queries or questions.
Typically, a Year 1 morning consists of:
-English: We use a Focus Text each half term to drive our learning. These books consists of a range of fiction and non-fiction books. We use a variety of teaching methods to keep children engaged in their learning and help develop their handwriting, spelling and composition skills.
-Maths: We try to keep our Maths lessons as practical as possible, helping children develop a good understanding of tricky concepts such as addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, and fractions to name a few.
-Read Write Inc: Children will be grouped with other children with a similar reading ability. They will spend time learning new sounds, word reading and speed reading. Also they will use lots of partner work to develop their comprehension skills and talk for writing strategies.
Our afternoon sessions are typically when we look at the wider curriculum including History, Geography and Science. Year 1 children love learning about ‘Remembrance – WWI, Living Memory (toys and music), our local area and other exciting topics. We also have weekly Art and Music or DT lessons.
PE- Class 4 have PE on Monday and Tuesday. Children must come to school wearing their PE kits on those days.
Reading Books– Children will receive 2 books each week. 1 book at their current Read Write Inc level and 1 that is matched to sounds covered. They will also be given a yellow diary, which must be signed 3 times each week.
Spellings- Children will receive 10 spellings on Fridays. These spellings will be sent home as homework and then tested on the following Friday.
Please don’t forget to access spelling shed and bug club from home.
Snack money– £2 a week for pancake and juice. To be paid on a Monday in an envelope with child’s name clearly written on.
We are sure that you will have a fantastic time in Year 1 and we will have so much fun!