Welcome to Year 1
Last updated April 2021
In the autumn term we apply a transition term in Year 1, where the children have a balance between focused adult led learning and independent choice learning (which we call Choose Our Own Learning; COOL time). We currently teach English, mathematics, music, RWI, ICT, PSHE and PE every week. All the other subjects are grouped into 1 or 2 week blocks to allow for more project based learning. The children have been very busy in class, enjoying all the work so far in autumn term. Please see the photographs below for a taste of our lessons and learning.
Meet the teacher meetings were carried out on Teams this year. Here is the PowerPoint that was shared on the night:
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Year 1 children are given a reading book for daily reading at home. Adults are expected to read with their child every day and sign and date their reading record. We encourage adults to take the time to talk about the story, pictures or new words in the book and make connections where you can to real life. The reading books will be changed when children have read a couple of times and had their reading record signed. Please ask your child’s class teacher or TA if you feel your child is ready for an additional reading book. We ensure all reading books sent home are matched to each child’s phonics ability.
Read Write Inc
The children in year 1 take part in daily phonics lessons. Our programme is called Read Write Inc (RWI) and encompases letter recognition, sounds, blending, reading and sentence structure. There will be an online Teams session for parents & carers in Autumn 2.
We have had lots of opportunity to work with shapes and patterns.
We have been counting and finding ways to represent numbers in different ways. We matched numbers to the correct pictures and looked for the missing numbers in a sequence. We also used numicon and cubes to find 1 more and one less. We have used paint, numicon, pin boards and outdoor games.
We used numicon and matched with digit cards and counted one more and one less of a given number.
As part of our Continuous Provision, the children had the opportunity to discuss things that they are good at which links to Elmer. They painted Elmer using sponges, they made Elmer using paper plates and coloured tissue paper. Also, they played Elmer dice games, spot the difference and much more!
The children have had lots of opportunities in continuous provision to complete work independently linked to Handa’s surprise. They have been decorating fruit pictures to create different effects and textures. They have sequenced the story using pictures and programmed the Bee-bot from Handa’s village to Akeyos village. They went on a fruit hunt and made a list of fruit they found on their white board and they did lots more!
As part of our Continuous Provision, the children have had the opportunity to discuss, explore and investigate. They made nests, owls; they wrote and read about owls; they sequenced the Owl Babies story and much more!
We have been learning about our senses in Science. We talked about the body and what body parts we know already. We drew around a friend and labelled as many parts as we could.
We went on a local walk to the wetlands to find natural resources to use for our installation.
We worked in small groups to create our own installation reflecting the artists we have been studying: Derek Jarman and Andy Goldsworthy.
We made a whole class installation reflecting the work of Derek Jarman and Andy Goldsworthy.
This week in year 1 we have been looking at Christian beliefs and how people show gratitude at Harvest time.
We looked at things that make our world wonderful and created a collage of a wonderful world.
The children created a Harvest festival shopping list.
We made thank you cards and sent them to people that we were grateful to.
I can identify items that are new and old.