Winning House Team
Welcome to Year 1
Year 1 is an exciting year for the children which is full of fun and learning. Our aim is to ensure that the 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 continues 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.
We began year 1 with a whole - school theme of Enterprise before moving onto learning about homes and how they have changed over time. In art we are studying the artist Yayoi Kusama with all her polka dots! In the second part of the Autumn Term we will be finding out about Everyday Materials and The Gunpowder Plot.
In the spring term we will be researching different animals, looking at the continents and oceans and using our enterprise DT skills again to make puppets. We also have a whole school themed World Book Week and Science week to look forward to at this time. Finally in the Summer Term our focus will be discovering how plants grow and studying the artist Vincent Van Gogh.
Homework should be fun and take no more than 15 to 20 minutes per night – 'little and often' is a phrase we like to use!
Spellings: Your child will have a list of words to learn which are linked to our learning at school that week. They will be tested each Friday on the words they should have learnt.
Reading: We are now sending books home on a Friday that support the phonics they are learning at school. We expect the children to read daily (or as close to this as possible) with someone at home. Please can these books be returned the following Wednesday. Unfortunately we will not be able to allocate a new book until it has been returned.
Maths: All children have an access code to our online Numbots Game account where we encourage children to log on for 5 minutes each day to practise the recall of key number facts.
The children have weekly PE, on Monday and Friday.
PE kits should be left on your child’s peg throughout the week and taken home at weekends to wash.
Oxford Owl is a free website built to support you with your child’s learning. You’ll find age specific reading and maths tips and activities, eBooks, and lots of fun ideas to really bring your child’s learning to life. You will also find support and advice on a range of questions you may have – including helping your child with their phonics, motivating your child to read and ensuring your child is doing their best in maths.
Here you will find lots of phonic games and ideas to explore with children at home.
Teach Your Monster To Read
Here you will find games to support phonics knowledge and reading. The children can play this on both a computer and tablet.
Your child has an account where they can practise the recall of number facts and their fluency of mental addition and subtraction.