The autumn term is always a busy time for children in Year 1. In English, we will be focussing on sentence construction, the use of simple punctuation (capital letters and full stops) and applying phonic knowledge to help 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 and knowledge from 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 ‘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! More information can be found on the attached ‘Curriculum Overview’.
Pupils will remain in their classes for all lessons, including phonics, which will be ability set within the class. Throughout the year, children will have a weekly spelling test. This will be on a Friday morning and new spellings will also be given out on Friday with the spelling test result of that day underneath. Spellings will be set by your child’s teacher and can range from 1 to 10 spellings to learn (dependent on your child’s ability). Spellings will not be given straight away. This is to allow the children ample time to settle into their new year groups.
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 as we will be hearing the children read on a daily basis. Please do not worry if the children do not bring their books home every day, this is due to health and safety and the current situation. 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.
PE will be taught twice a week by Soccer 2000. Children in Class 1 will have P.E on a Tuesday and Thursday. 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 Spring term and we are aware how expensive it is!
Should you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me. I will be available at the end of each school 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.
(Class 1 teacher)
Year 1 children have a busy term ahead in phonics. There are some great links and tips for parents at Oxford Owl
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In French this week, Class 1 began learning and practising to recognise and say the numbers 1-6.
We listened to the teacher say the numbers in French and then we chose the number we thought it was and repeated saying it in French ourselves.
Muhammed did really well recognising his numbers 1-6 and was very fluent in his French.
Alby and Hamza worked together to find the correct number and after Class Harrison was able to tell me that he knew 7 in French is Sept.
Children in Year 1 showing their counting skills using different objects.
Class 1 had a lovely day learning all about Road Safety and how we can keep ourselves safe when crossing the road. We learnt what a Lollypop person would do to help us, how we can hold hands with a grown up when crossing the road and we even learnt a song to help us remember what to do when we cross the road.
Remembrance day was a lovely day for Class 1. We were all very excited to make our poppies to display outside of school ready for our Remembrance day in school. On the day we made beautiful Flanders fields pictures using masking tape, paint and poppies. We also wrote our own instructions about how to make a poppy biscuit and then in the afternoon followed them to make our own biscuits. Yummy! It was a lovely day to remember those who gave their lives for us. Thank you!
In science we have been exploring our senses including our sense of touch to see if we can figure out what something is by feeling items and not looking at them. This helped us understand that our sense of touch helps us understand the world around us.
Congratulations to our newly elected school councillors!
In our English we have been learning all about instructions. We spent some time following written instructions to make different craft items such as a paper plate fish.
Year 1 were taken back in time and visited a Victorian school where they were taught by a Victorian teacher, in a Victorian classroom, whilst wearing Victorian clothes. They were given a short Maths and English lesson and were even required to write on a slate board. The children were then able to explore the Victorian town and experience what life was like for a Victorian child.
One of Wolverhampton's Lollipop Ladies volunteered to help show children in Reception and Year 1 how to cross the road safely. The children then took it in turns to show each other how to cross the road.
Children In Need
In science we have also been looking at materials and their properties. This week we have sorted materials according to their properties. When discussing the properties we have been using our scientific language. Angel- 'this glass is see through. We can call it transparent'.
In year 1 our homework project this half term was to build a waterproof boat to rescue Grandpa pig. Everybody has been very busy building and testing their creations.
In DT we have been learning how to prepare food safely and hygienically. This week we prepared salads and chopped the vegetables using taught grips such as 'the claw' and 'the bridge'. We really enjoyed tasting what we made, all our hard work made it taste even more delicious.
As part of our learning about black history month we learnt about great sportsmen. We then painted a portrait of Muhammed Ali using skills from our art topic.
As part of remembrance day we created poppies using different drawing techniques. we found that 'dotting' was a really effective method.