A warm welcome to Year 1. The class teachers are Mrs Shellard and Miss Cole.

We are a busy bunch in Year 1! Our day is action packed but we make sure we have some time to play with our friends to develop our social skills.

The day usually begins with a daily phonics lessons using Read Write Inc. to build up a bank of sounds in order to read a wider range of words. Children are encouraged to apply phonics and spelling knowledge to their writing. We read and write using lots of different text types including poetry, fiction and non-fiction texts over the year and we write our own versions of these texts. We work hard to develop our use of fabulous sentences with capital letters, full stops and conjunctions (and, because, so). Children read regularly at school and we ask that they read each evening at home – their reading book, a comic, a book from home or their Read Write Inc. story book. We regularly visit the local library and enjoy sharing books with each other.

Our Maths lessons are full of fun, hands-on learning. We use lots of resources and pictures to show what we are thinking. We then move on to abstract methods such as number sentences to ensure that we develop a secure understanding of the Maths skills in addition and subtraction and place value. We work with 2D and 3D shapes, coins, scales and capacity to develop mathematical skills in all areas. We are also developing our vocabulary by learning lots of new words. Ask your child what word they have learnt in Word Aware.

Learning in Year 1 is linked together and taught through themes. We try to link our topics of study across all curriculum areas. Our learning is hands on and fully involves the children in finding out for themselves. We love to get involved in STEM projects and enjoy designing and making things, from aeroplane cockpits to hand sewn poppies.

In June the children will undertake phonic screening. The phonic screening checks the children’s knowledge of segmenting, for example, (b – l – ue) and blending (blue). They will be shown 40 real and nonsense words (e.g. tlue) 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

Year 1 children all have a log on for the website ‘Purple Mash.’ This is a great site with lots of activities and games to play. Try some for yourselves! www.purplemash.com

We also go out and about for PE and trips. We are lucky enough to be able to learn to swim at the local pool, visit a professional gymnasium and learn to dance with a professional dance teacher.