Welcome to Year 1. The class teacher is Miss McKenzie and the teaching assistants are Miss Kewn and Mrs Begum

In Year 1 the children are encouraged to build on the work of Receptions continuing to develop their independence.

Our morning begins with a morning mission which allows us to apply learning from previous sessions in a variety of different tasks.

We have daily phonics lessons using Read Write Inc. to build the children’s bank of sounds in order to read a wider range of words. Children are encouraged to apply phonics and spelling knowledge to their writing. Children experience a variety of poetry, fiction and non-fiction texts in literacy over the year and have the opportunity to write their own versions of these texts. We continue to develop knowledge of sentences and capital letters and full stops. We hear children read regularly at school and children are asked to read each evening at home.

Our maths lessons follow the Singapore approach of concrete, pictorial, abstract ensure children develop secure conceptual understanding of the mathematical material.  We use a variety of apparatus to build knowledge of place value, addition and subtraction. Children work with 2D and 3D shapes, coins, scales and capacity to develop mathematical skills in all areas. We also include a range of vocabulary in our teaching as the development of language is a key element of our school curriculum.

To help children to build connections and put learning into context other curriculum subjects are linked together and taught through themes. We try to link our topics of study across all curriculum areas. Again, lessons are hands on and fully involve the children in finding out for themselves. We often take our learning outside in the afternoons, developing all skills in the environmental garden.

In June the children will undertake a phonic screening. The phonics screening checks the children’s knowledge of segmenting and blending. They will be shown 40 real and nonsense words and be asked to read them. For the past three years the pass mark has been 32 out of 40. A website with great phonics games to play at home is www.phonicsplay.co.uk