We hope that you and your children had a fantastic summer break and we would like to welcome everyone back to the start of an exciting new term.
The autumn term is always a busy time for children in Year 1. In English, we will be concentrating on sentence construction, the use of simple punctuation (capital letters and full stops) and using phonic knowledge to spell words. Children will be encouraged throughout the year to verbally rehearse their ideas before writing them. In Maths, we will start by building on their experiences in Reception and children will begin to understand the place value of numbers. They will solve additions using apparatus, mental strategies, number tracks and number lines. Later on in the term, we will use the same skills to solve subtraction. In Science, children will learn about themselves and their senses as well as sorting and classifying common animal groups.
This year, children will be taught History, Geography, DT and Art in a thematic/topic based approach. This term’s theme/topic is ‘Paddington’s Passport’ where children will learn about London, England, the UK (with the help of Paddington Bear) and make comparisons between past and present Queens. This is an exciting new topic for children and teachers and we can’t wait to get started!
For more details about our learning this term please click on the Autumn Term Curriculum Overview.
Pupils will remain in their classes for the majority of lessons, with the exception of phonics sessions for which they will be ability set and may have a different teacher and be in a different classroom or learning room. Phonics sessions ran this way in Reception so your child will be familiar with working with different teachers. Throughout the year, children will have a weekly spelling test. Spellings will be set by your child’s phonics teacher and can range from 1 to 10 spellings to learn (dependent on your child’s ability).
Creative homework books for Year 1 have proved very successful and we will be continuing with these this year. Your child will be given a purple creative homework book that will have many suggestions for activities to complete at home. We hope your child will take pride in their books and complete as many of the activities as possible. We aim to set creative homework twice every half term. Each class has a homework display where good examples of homework will be displayed.
Just like in Reception, reading is a massive focus in Year 1 therefore please continue to support your child’s reading at home regularly. We remind you that children’s books need to be in school every day. We would also encourage you to write a comment in their home/school diary, building you child’s confidence and the link between home and school. Any extra practise at home is always welcome! Your child will also bring home phonics books during the year. Please support your child by encouraging them to read the words using their phonics skills. Children may also have nonsense words to practise which are also important in helping them to read accurately. Phonics is particularly important during Year 1, as children are required to take a phonics test in the summer term, which consists of 40 words (real and nonsense) to read – we will have a parent meeting to discuss the phonics screening test in the spring term.
Soccer 2000 teach PE. Children will have P.E. on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. However, please ensure that children have the correct PE kit in school at all times. In the interests of safety, no jewellery, including earrings, should be worn on PE days.
It would also be appreciated if all uniform (including PE kit and pumps) could be labelled with your child’s full name and class – there was a lot of lost property left in school at the end of the summer term and we are aware how expensive it is!
Should you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact your class teacher, who will usually be available at the end of each day. Thank you in anticipation of your continued support.
We have much to be excited about for the Autumn Term and we look forward to a term packed full of learning and progress.
Miss S Grewal Mrs Williams and Miss Wood
This term in Science Year 1 have been investigating their 5 senses. Here are some pictures of some the investigations we have carried out.
Here we are investigating and describing different smells.
We sorted different objects into different textures.
We had a taste testing session to investigate different types of tastes (sour, bitter, sweet, and salty).
As part of DT sessions Year 1 have been looking at how to make marmalade. We had a fantastic day making our own marmalade for Paddington Bear. We think Paddington really enjoyed eating it and so did we!
On Monday 15th July 2019, Year 1 went on an open top bus ride to Bantock Park. The children enthusiastically explored various playground equipment and enjoyed going on a flower hunt. They had fantastic day and they were superstars on the open top bus. WELL DONE YEAR 1!
On Tuesday 12th March 2019, the children in Year One went on a trip to the Cannock Chase Toy Museum. They learnt about toys from the past and how they have changed. They had lots of fun creating peg dolls, exploring and playing with old fashioned toys. The children enjoyed watching the hilarious Punch and Judy puppet show and performed a toy dance.
On Monday 10th September 2018, Year 1 had a fantastic time on Pirate inspiration day. In the morning we learnt to use directional language to find the pirate treasure and worked together to solve a pirate puzzle! We painted our own class pirate ships and used our phonics to help us to read and spell words with coins. We unlocked the secret pirate code by read capital letters to help us find the golden coins hunt In the afternoon we did pirate PE where we had a we had great fun walking the plank and enjoyed listening to pirate stories with Mrs Flanagan.
Royal Wedding Day Celebrations
Year One had a visit from Zoo2U who brought us some some furry, feathery, and scaly creatures as part of our science topic. They met some tortoises, guinea pigs, a hognose snake, boa constrictor, skunk, kestrel, a white faced owl, a greater tenrec and a very noisy parrot! As well as this we also had lots of fun making animal masks, animal habitats and going on a minibeast hunt. The children were able to learn all about the different habitats they live in, what they eat, and animal classifications. A great day was had by all! Have a look at some of our habitats we made. I’m sure you will agree they look amazing!