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Year 1

Welcome to Year One!

We have a very busy and exciting term ahead of us. I am really looking forward to all the fantastic work we are going to produce together.  

This term, out theme lessons will have a history focus.

The children will learn more about what history is and how we learn about the past before moving on to learning about how children’s lives have changed. As a class, we will then learn about how important people in history have changed the world we live in. I am hopeful that we will be able to show what we have learnt through pieces of art to include: painting, sculpture and collages. In the second half of the year, we will move on to our geography focused theme.  

Inside the Year 1 classroom

The children will have at least four maths lessons a week, 3 writing lessons and 2 reading. The reading lessons will be in groups, and based on texts a level above what the children are reading at home. An emphasis will be placed on phonics to help the children to learn to read and to help them begin to spell more independently in their written work. On Friday’s, the class will learn about science and they will also have 2 RE lessons a week. We will visit the school’s chapel once a week as part of the school’s commitment to daily worship. PE lessons are on a Wednesday.

Working with your child at home

There is an expectation that children will read at home daily. Please ensure that you note what has been read in your child’s reading diaries and send these to school every day. A member of the Year One teaching team will check reading diaries regularly and a reward system will be used to help children celebrate the books they have read.

I will also be sending home phonics work for you to complete with your child. If you have any questions about this, please ask and I will point you in the right direction for extra supporting resources.

Additional classroom information

School water bottles are welcome in school at all times- please ensure these only contain water unless other arrangements have been made with the class teacher/ head teacher.

Please refer to the school website about uniform. The children have returned to school looking incredibly smart and I look forward to seeing this continuing throughout the year.  

I am looking forward to working in partnership with you all to help ensure that your child has a fantastic year of learning while they are in Year 1. If you have any questions or concerns about your child, please let me know and I will do my best to answer them/to help.

After the past 18 months, we are looking forward to having a fantastic year with the children in school.

Mrs Nash, Miss Bandaranaike (Miss B) and Miss Jackson