Welcome to Year 1. Our lessons will start promptly every morning with phonics so it is really important that your child is on time for school every day. Your child will have a phonics test at the end of Year 1 and we will give you more information about this.. Please ensure all of your child’s uniform & lunchboxes are clearly labelled with their name and they have a bottle of fresh water everyday.
Year 1 Team
During literacy lessons we will be completing various activities relating to different books through speaking & listening, role play, writing, drawing, predictions and discovering facts through non-fiction texts. Please support your child in discovering together about different books we are reading.
Our main focus n maths will be different aspects of number. Your child will be working on counting forwards & backwards within the range 1-100, working on number bonds to 10, addition & subtraction and finding one more & one less than a given number. We will also use all of these skills in reasoning and problem solving.
Our science topics include Animals and Humans which links in nicely with the topic ourselves and our study of Tigers in Literacy. Please help your child to name different body parts on both animals and humans and to discuss what they eat and how they live.
Reading is a really important aspect of your child’s learning and they need to be fluent at this before they can access other areas of the curriculum, so please read with your child every night. The more practice the more fluent they will become. When you have read with them please sign their reading record. We check their reading record every day and use a traffic light system to record if they have read or not. Each child who has read is given a sticker on their reading challenge card which will eventually lead to bronze, silver or gold reading certificate. When reading with your child please discuss the book in order to ensure they understand it. Your child’s book will be changed when they can demonstrate fluency and understanding, they are also encouraged to re-read a book for enjoyment. Please see attached information about reading with your child.
Each half term your child will be given spellings to learn. These will be given out half-termly and tested on a Friday.
The children will have P.E. sessions each week on a Wednesday, which will be gymnastics for this half term. They will need a labelled Park Brow kit which can stay in school. Please ensure children with long hair have it tied back for these lessons. Please allow your child to dress and undress themselves at home in order to encourage independence when getting changed in school. For health and safety reasons children should only wear stud earrings when in school.
During Spanish week we had lots of fun learning colours and information about Spain. We sang songs, coloured in rainbows and made Spanish and English flags.
We have been enjoying the CLC coming into our classes each week to teach us how to use the ipads. We are learning how to create our own ebook about mini beasts. We know how to log in using QR codes, how to make a title page using pictures and text and how to upload photographs.
In English we have started to read Augustus and his smile written by Catherine Rayner. We did some research about tigers in order to write a non-chronological report. We used 3 sub headings, appearance, habitat and hunting for food, to write about tigers.
In year 1 we are learning lots about numbers. We having been looking at the value of each digit in a 2 digit number and learning new vocabulary of tens and ones.
We had a lot of fun during local history week learning lots of things about Kirkby. Now we are continuing to look at our local area for geography. We looked at maps of Kirkby to find symbols and work out what they mean. We found that Kirkby has lots of schools, churches and shops.
We drew pictures of the underwater setting from Augustus and his smile. We had to use wax crayon and press very hard in order to make bold colours. Then we used water colour paint to cover our picture to create the ocean. We used long brush strokes to spread the watercolour across the page.