Welcome to Year 1!
Can I start by saying a huge thank you for all the home learning that has happened over the last few months – we really do appreciate it. We are so excited to welcome the children back into school after such a challenging year.
The academic year begins on Wednesday 2nd September 2020. A letter has been sent to all parents detailing the new pick up/drop off points and timings. You can also find a copy of this letter at the top of this page. We have followed government guidelines to keep your children safe when they return and things will be slightly different to what they are used to. The children will be reminded of our school values of Respect, Good Manners, Patience, Perseverance and Honesty and they will continue to earn dojo points for good behaviour, attitudes and effort.
During the first half term there will be many catch up sessions taking place in order to fill any gaps in learning from the missed months in Reception. At the same time, we will be learning the Year 1 curriculum.
Staffing in Year 1 is:
Mrs May - Class Teacher
Mrs Patel- Teaching Assistant
Mrs Maqsood- Special Support Assistant
We are also lucky to have Mrs Morris, a student teacher, a couple of days a week.
Once passwords and logins have been sorted, there will be some online homework too through Purple Mash, My Maths, Spag.com and TT Rockstars.
It is crucial that you read with your child as much as possible at home to support their phonics and also their understanding of different texts.
In Engllish, we will be writing our own stories based on the story ‘Lost and found’ by Oliver Jeffers to develop our use of capital letters, finger spaces and full stops. We will explore the text and use the Talk 4 Writing approach to retell, innovate then invent our own story based on the original.
Phonics will continue throughout the day and there are some links in the website star for you to support your child at home.
We will be practising our 2x, 5x and 10x times tables which all year 1 children should be able to recall confidently. Therefore, we ask that you practise these with your child as much as possible. Our main focus will be ensuring the children have mastered numbers up to 10: counting, writing, comapring, making number bonds, adding and problem solving before moving on to numbers beyond 10.
This half term we are identifying and naming a variety of common animals including fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals. We will discover which of these animals are carnivores, herbivores and omnivores. We will also be learning about the seasons with a focus on describing features of autumn.
Our geography focus will be on understanding what a continent is and learning about the equator and how countries may be hot or cold depending on where they are located.
We will have discussions each day during PSHE to ensure your child feels safe and happy and there will be an emphasis on the importance of keeping clean and away from germs. We would appreciate this discussion happening at home too.
If you have any concerns, do not hesitate to discuss these with us at the beginning or end of the school day or arrange an appointment through the school office.
We hope your child has an amazing first half term being the best that they can be. As always,