Welcome to Year 1. During this year, the children’s learning will be delivered through lessons that are both relevant and exciting. We like to do lots of practical, hands-on activities using a range of manipulatives and role play. A wide variety of subjects are covered as you will see on our curriculum map below. We hope that the children will be enthused by the amazing things they learn and achieve during their time in this class.
The Year 1 school day begins at 8:55am and ends at 3:15pm, Monday – Friday.
Year 1 Staff will be out in the playground each morning at 8:50am if parents/carers wish to discuss any matters before the school day begins. There is a mid-morning break from 10:30 -10:45am and a lunch break from 12:30-1:30pm.
Our curriculum map and weekly timetable can be downloaded by clicking on the link below.
Phonics is a big part of Year 1 as children will continue to expand their knowledge from Reception and tend to progress very quickly. Every day they will have 30 minutes of phonics learning through Read, Write, Inc. which are fun, pacy sessions that involve games and tasks. During this time, children will learn tricky words, spelling rules and how to sound out and blend to aid them with their reading and then writing. Children will be encouraged to ‘have a go’ at spelling when writing independently, by phonetically sounding out words.
PE takes place every Tuesday and Wednesday: Could you please ensure that your child has their PE kit in school on these days. It is advised that your child has their kit with them every day so that they can take part in any sporting activities that occur throughout the week. Outdoor PE will be subject to weather conditions during the colder months.
Parent Reading Groups
Parent reading groups will take place every Thursday afternoon from 2:45-3:00pm. This takes place in your child’s classroom and is a great opportunity to hear your child read and ask any questions about how to support reading at home.
Weekly homework is sent out every Friday and is due back into school on the following Wednesday. Children are expected to have a reading book which they can read at home every night and they will have a reading diary for parents’ comments. Spellings are set every Monday for a test on Friday.
We have elected some of our children in Year 1 to represent us in different ways within our school. They each help to provide a voice for Year 1 and represent our class extremely well. They are:
- School Councillors – Elijah and Ella
- PE Captains – Doniero and Lailah
- Unicef Ambassadors – Erin and Oscar
Each half term in Year 1 we will invite you to join us for a Parent Workshop. Every workshop will focus on the learning that has taken place during the current half term. There are other workshops occurring throughout the year which you will be notified about at least a week before. There will also be three reading breakfasts throughout the year for you to join us to celebrate books with your child.
USEFUL YEAR 1 EDUCATION WEBSITES TO SUPPORT LEARNING AT HOME: