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Welcome back to the new academic year at Goldthorn Park! We are so pleased to be able to welcome all our children back altogether and we are sure we will all settle quickly back into a routine. We know that Year 1 will bring challenges as they begin their school journey but with everyone’s support, we know your child can succeed! Despite it not being the summer we’d planned, we hope that you had an enjoyable one and that you have all stayed safe and healthy.
The autumn term is always a busy time for children in Year 1 and we can’t wait to get back into the swing of things. Our topic this term is ‘Out and About’ where children will learn about the local area of Wolverhampton (with the help of Paddington Bear). This is an exciting new topic for children and teachers and we can’t wait to get started!
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.
For now, pupils will remain in their classes for all lessons, including phonics, which will be ability set within the class. 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 so that they can be changed regularly. For the time being reading diaries will be kept in school so teachers can monitor children’s reading progress and to limit contact between home and school. However, we would still expect daily reading to happen at home. This will help to build your 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.
Online homework will be set in Year 1. Your child will be given a purple mash account as well as continuing with Reading Eggs and My Maths. We also hope to set some creative homework projects this year too as they have proved successful in the past.
PE will be taught twice a week. Children in Class 3 will have P.E on a Tuesday and Wednesday and children in Class 4 will have PE on a Tuesday and Thursday. Children will need to come dressed in their P.E on Tuesday’s only.
Please ensure that children have the correct PE kit on 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 and water bottles) 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 Spring 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 through Class Dojos or via the Office. 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.
Mrs Williams/Miss Wood Miss Morgan
Class 3 Class 4
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!