Meet the staff
Class Teacher: Mrs V. Spence Class Teacher: Mrs E. Herkowyi
Teaching Assistant: Miss C. Harding Teaching Assistant: Miss P Ashfield
Hello and welcome to Year One!
We just wanted to take this opportunity to provide you all with some useful information as to what to expect now that your child attends Year 1! Hopefully we will cover most things, however, if you do ever have any queries, concerns or just need to chat about anything, please don’t hesitate to come in and see us!
The Year 1 curriculum builds and extends on the Foundation Stage Curriculum that your child was so used to in Reception.
In Year 1 we aim to continue to further develop the children’s ability to work on a combination of adult led and independent focused table tasks. This more focused, formal learning is something which will gradually increase as the year progresses with the children transitioning fully into this style of learning from May onwards as they become that little bit more independent and we begin to get ready for their moving into Year 2!
WHAT IS DIFFERENT?
As you can see, there is still be a big emphasis on learning through “investigation” in Year 1, however there will be a higher level of more focused learning, the children will be encouraged to be that little bit more independent and our expectations of the children will also be higher.
A THEMED APPROACH
Like the Foundation Stage, we have designed the Year 1 curriculum to be very topic based. This will take into account your child’s interests and give them a rich and memorable experience.
Different National Curriculum subjects will be taught through our themes offering an exciting and fluid delivery.
Our homework focus this year is reading and spellings with a half termly creative challenge. For their homework each week your child will be given a set of spellings to learn, a Gold, Silver or Bronze challenge to complete, they will also be provided with their own Bug Club log in to access reading books at home.
Prizes are given out each week to children who complete reading, spelling and homework challenges.
Your child will receive spellings to learn each week. Every Monday your child will be given 5 spellings to learn, they will have a week to learn them, ready for their weekly spelling’s assessment in school on the Friday of the same week.
You can practise by using the ‘look, cover, write’ method with your child and writing the word several times.
Your child will take part in daily guided reading sessions in school, however, your child’s home reading is also extremely important as an aid in their reading development. Your child will have already received a log in for Bug Club
Bug Club is a finely-levelled reading scheme, which ensures that all children can find books at exactly the right level for them. What’s more, there are online versions for every printed title and a personalised website for each child.
This term, Year 1 P.E session will take place twice a week on a Tuesday afternoon and Thursday morning. Please ensure that your child has removed any jewellery.
In year 1 children must be able to dress and undress themselves, this includes fastening buttons, tying shoelaces (if wearing shoes with laces.) and putting on trousers and shirts. If your child finds any of these difficult, an easier uniform choice may be needed on P.E days.
The children will be receiving smileys. They have the chance to earn smileys when they have completed work challenges in the classroom, demonstrated kindness, empathy and caring towards others, as well as making the right choices. Smileys certificates are awarded every Monday in assembly with Bronze, Silver and Gold awards given out in special assemblies throughout the term.
We hope this all makes sense, however, as we have said, if you do have any questions/queries please feel free to pop in to see us!
Mrs Spence and Mrs Herkowyi
P.S We have added a little quick reference timetable below just to clearly show what is due to come in/go out on each day of school.
|Monday||New spellings handed out|
|Wednesday||1W library||1P Library|
|Friday||Spelling test day|