Welcome to Year 1
We would like your child to have a very happy and successful year with us this year. Here we provide you with information about the curriculum this year and we hope you can use this to support your child with their learning at home. We look forward to working in partnership with you!
Y1BL- Mrs Bailey & Miss Littlewood (currently Mrs Woodhead and Miss Littlewood)
Y1DF – Mrs Fox (currently Mrs Bailey and Miss Turnbull)
Support Staff - Mrs Heywood and Miss Colton
We aim for children to become more independent now they are in Y1. All children should line up independently, outside their classroom door at 8.45am ready for staff to bring them in to school. Teachers are available to pass information over about your child briefly in the morning, but we also have a short time at the end of the day if you wish to speak to your child’s teacher when the children are sent home. Teachers will need to speak to some parents at home time to pass information over from the day. We ask that you respectfully wait away from the classroom door while the teachers are speaking with other parents to give privacy and wait until the teacher is available to speak to if needed.
In Y1, we encourage reading as much as possible to help children become confident and able readers. Please encourage your child to read on a daily basis (where possible!) for a short time and record how they do in their reading record. We encourage children to discuss the book’s features, characters and events in detail. Please also encourage your child to make predictions about what will happen next as they read. The level of the main reading book they take home should not be overly difficult for them (they should be able to read at approximately 90% accuracy with the words). This is so they can enjoy and understand the book as well as using their phonics knowledge to decode some unfamiliar words. Home reading books will be changed once a week, although they need to be in school each day for adults to be able to read with them. Pupils also take one extra decodable book home each week as well as a ‘library book’ for them to share with an adult.
Your child will be given optional home learning at the start of each half term, this is the ‘Can you…? challenge’ sheet which is uploaded onto Google Classroom. You and your child can choose from the homework activities on the sheet, which may include Phonics, English, Maths and Topic. In addition, each week your child will also receive a set of spellings to learn to spell and read confidently (again uploaded onto Google Classroom). The spellings will be a mixture of key words and topic related words the children will be using in their work. The children’s knowledge of their spellings will usually be checked on Fridays and we call this a ‘spell check.’ Google Classroom is also used to signpost other useful activities and websites to support your child’s learning.
Both classes – Mondays
Please ensure your child comes to school wearing their P.E. kit. P.E. kits should include their ‘house team’ colour t-shirt, navy shorts and trainers. Navy jogging bottoms and a navy hoodie/jumper can be worn for outdoor sessions when cold. No jewellery to be worn please. If your child has their ears pierced, children will need to remove these themselves or place tape over them. Long hair will need to be tied up.
After Easter, we plan to visit Cannon Hall Farm as part of our ‘Can I have a pet?’ topic. There will also be opportunities for children to enjoy external visitors coming into school throughout the year and we make frequent use of our surrounding grounds and the area of Grenoside.
List of Topics
Autumn 1 - Who am I? (Childhood)
Autumn 2 - What’s Up? (Moon Zoom)
Spring 1 – Why is London our capital city? (Bright Lights, Big City)
Spring 2 – Can I have a pet? (Paws, Claws and Whiskers)
Summer 1 – What’s the weather like? (Splendid Skies)
Summer 2 – Where is my school? (School Days)