Miss Roberts - Year 1 Class Teacher
Dear Parents and children,
The children have made a great start to Year 1 and have settled really well. We wanted to take this opportunity to inform you of what will be happening in Year 1. Throughout the year the children will be taught using a variety of different methods. These include: whole class teaching, teacher led activities, independent activities and continuous provision that encourages learning through play.
We will be putting a new reading record and a book into your childs book bag on Friday. We will then change this book every Friday. As reading is central to the children’s learning it is really important that they practise on a regular basis in order to make progress in all subject areas. Your child should read at least 3 times a week. Please could you indicate in their reading diary when they have read and how well they have done. This year we have superhero readers and every time your child reads 10 times they will move onto a different superhero on our classroom display. Similar to in Reception, when your child reaches Superman (100 reads) your child will choose a book to keep. I will be sending home a year 1 word wall (common exception words) and information about this will be in another letter.
We will not be starting spellings yet but i have included the information below for you.
Your child will continue to be taught Phonics daily. They will be set spellings each week. Some words will be based on the sound we have been learning that week and some will be based on the Year 1 focus words (common exception words) that they need to be able to read and spell by the end of the year. The spellings will be given out every Friday and they will be tested on these the following Wednesday. Initially homework will not be set as we would like there to be a strong focus on reading and spellings at home.
In Maths, we will be focusing on place value, addition and subtraction of numbers up to 20, number bonds to 10, properties of 2d and 3d shape as well as solving one step problems. We aim that by Christmas all children will be confident in using numbers to 20 in a variety of ways.
We have decided as a school, to do a series of shorter themes (2 or 3 weeks approx.) rather than one theme for the whole term. I am basing our first unit of work on a book called 'The Colour Monster' and after that we will be looking at the story 'Supertato'. These books will incorporate lots of areas of the curriculum.
P.E : Wednesday and Thursday - Can all children please come into school wearing P.E kits on these days. Weather dependant we will be having P.E outdoors.
Water Bottles: Please can all children have a named water bottle in school so they can use the water fountain throughout the day.
We understand this is a very busy and strange time but it would be great if you can support your child with reading by reading with them at least 3 times a week at home. We have started to send out spellings on a weekly basis which are based on your child's phonics sounds and the year 1 common exception words. We will check these spellings every Thursday. Inside your child's reading book will be a Numbots and Times Tables Rockstar login. It would be great if you could encourage your child to also access these from home.
If you have any queries please feel free to come and see me :)
(Year 1 Teacher)