Welcome to Year 1
This year in Year 1 the staff who will be working with your children are Mrs Oliver (Class Teacher), Miss C. Gibson, Miss Rowe and Miss Tully (Teaching Assistants).
Reading at home plays an important part in developing the skills of a young reader and we encourage you to help in the progression of your child's reading skills by hearing them read at home daily if possible, but if not at least three times a week. We aim to change books in class on a Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Occasionally there may be changes to our routine that makes it difficult for that to happen; don't worry about this as it builds up fluency to reread books at this age.
When you have listened to your child read, if you could record it in their reading diaries, along with any comments on how they read, this will help us when changing reading books. Reading books should be brought into school daily in a school book bag. Other bags are not allowed in school, as we haven't space to keep them.
Homework will be given on a Friday to be completed by the following Wednesday. It will be just one piece of Maths or Literacy work, practicing skills learned that week, or a simple piece of research. We encourage you to become involved in supporting your child with their homework, while at the same time allowing them to complete it.
Just a reminder at the start of the school year, that all items of uniform must be labelled with your child's full name in order to avoid misplaced items. Children do, at times, need to take their jumpers off in class, and then change fully for P.E. sessions, and clothing can quickly become lost or mixed up if it isn't labelled.
P.E. will be taught on a Wednesday afternoon. Each child needs their own, clearly labelled P.E. kit to be left in school.
We are introducing Class Dojo into Year 1 this year. We managed to sign some parents up before moving up day in July and were able to successfully share some photos from that day. We will send another letter home at the beginning of term to invite those parents that weren't able to sign up to it in July. This will allow your child to send home photographs of their work throughout the year. You will be able to download the app to your digital device, and like and comment on your child's work.
Please be patient while we become familiar with the app and how it works. We are still learning about it, and will need to teach the children how to use it too.
We have been learning about ourselves this half term. Having practiced naming our body parts, we began to look at our senses.
We investigated sight, by looking at things in the dark, and then adding light to highlight that we need some light to see.
We investigated hearing by playing sound games and finding the best material to make sound defenders to block out loud noises.
We investigated touch by feeling and describing different textures. Here are some photos of our investigation.
We investigated smell by guessing what given hidden smells were.
We investigated the taste of a number of foods and identified them as sweet, salty, bitter or sour. Here are some photos of our taste investigation.
We have spent a number of weeks looking at the book Elmer. Elmer is a patchwork elephant who becomes fed up of being different to all of his friends. His plan to make himself look like the rest of the elephants doesn't work, and the results make his friends laugh and they quickly show him just how much they love him.
We read the story and then found that we received a letter from Elmer's friend Gerry the Giraffe. It told us that Elmer had gone missing from the jungle and that the animals were very upset. We were asked to help the animals to find Elmer and return him to the jungle.
As part of a whole school theme of Religions around the World, we have been focussing on Hinduism. We looked at stories relating to Krishna, and then read about Rama and Sita to prepare for a look into Diwali, the Hindu Festival of Light.