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Year 1

smiley Welcome to Year 1! smiley

 

We hope you've had a brilliant Summer! We are looking forward to making this year full of fun learning opportunities and experiences for the children.

 

Year 1 is different to the Early Years environment and I am really pleased to say all the children are adapting beautifully and settling in well.  In Year 1 we use the ‘carousel’ approach in the mornings. This means the children will complete four activities (English or maths based) across the morning. For two of these activities the children will work with an adult. One activity is independent and the other is a choosing based activity in our outside area and quiet room. In the afternoons we cover our current topic (history, geography, design and technology and art), music, science, Physical Education (PE), Religious Education (RE) and Physical, Social and Health Education (PSHE).

 

Year 1 team

Miss Tonna is the Year 1 class teacher and Mrs Farrelly teaches the children on Tuesdays mornings. Mrs Gallagher supports the children in the mornings and Mrs Sirrell in the afternoons.

 

Autumn Term learning

English: Our focus this term is traditional tales. In writing, we will be focusing on forming sentences with capital letters, finger spaces and full stops. We will be encouraging the children to use the structure of think it, say it, write it and check it to write sentences.

 

Maths: We will doing lots of counting to 100 forward and backwards. The children will be using concrete objects, pictorial representations and number lines to solve addition and subtraction problems. We will also be exploring shape, fractions and measurement, including money and time.

 

Science: Our topics are ‘My Body’ and ‘Seasonal Changes’.

 

Topic: In the first half term our topic is ‘All About Me’ where the children will explore their local area, draw self portraits in different styles and think about their family history through the theme of ‘Toys in the Past’. Children will also design and make their own snowman puppet. In the second half term our topic is ‘Celebrations’. The children will learn about various festivals/celebrations, including Guy Fawkes Night.

 

If you would like more information about our learning in the Autumn term, please look at the Curriculum News document. 

 

Learning at home

Reading

The children have a reading record, just like they did in Reception. Please record any reading at home in your child's reading record. We encourage the children to read at least four times a week, if they do, they will get a sticker put in their reading record. Once they have ten stickers, we congratulate them with a reading certificate.

‘Big Talk’

Please discuss the ‘Big Talk’ topic with your child and ask them for their opinions first. If they need guidance, please feel free to offer suggestions or thoughts of your own. Children should then write a sentence detailing their response, using their sounds to spell the words. There is space for a picture if your child wishes to do one. Please spend about 10 minutes completing a 'Big Talk' task.

Home learning

Usually maths or topic based activities. Please spend about 15-20 minutes completing the activity.

'Words for Writing'

‘Words for Writing’ will be sent home on a Friday on a look, cover, write and check sheet for the children to complete. Please take a few minutes each day to complete a column rather then completing the whole sheet in one sitting. Little and often is considered a more effective approach for learning new words. The words will either be common exception words or based on a phonic pattern.

 

Our week

Monday:

Children will visit the school library and will be able to choose two books to take home. These books must be brought back the following week in order for the children to swap these for new books.

 

Wednesday:

Reading books will be sent home on a Wednesday and need to be returned to school the following Wednesday.

 

Thursday:

‘Words for Writing’ sheets are collected. The children will be asked to spell these words and their results will be recorded on their sheet for you to see.

 

‘Big Talk’ or home learning will be collected.

 

Children have gymnastics on a Thursday morning and in the second half of the Autumn term the children will have swimming. For swimming the children need a named swimming costume, hat and towel. If your child wants to wear goggles they can, please ensure the goggles are swimming goggles and not a snorkel mask.

 

Friday:

Children have PE on Friday afternoons.

 

‘Words for Writing’ will be sent home, which will be returned to school the following Thursday.

 

The children will receive either ‘Big Talk’ or home learning to complete, which will be returned to school the following Thursday.

 

Barnaby Bear and Rosie Rabbit will come home with someone on a Friday and should be returned to school on Monday. Please record their adventures in their diaries. Your child might like to take some photos, draw some pictures or write in the diary about what they did with them.  

 

Other information

  • Please send in a named water bottle for classroom use, this is additional to the lunchtime drink. If you wish, you may also send in a healthy snack for morning break. A piece of fruit or vegetable is provided for afternoon break.
  • A named PE kit should remain in school all the time. The children will need a tracksuit and outside shoes.
  • Please send in a waterproof coat every day.
  • Our class assembly is on the 3rd November.

 

If you have any questions or queries, please feel free to make an appointment through the office, or send an email to office@cedarpark.org.uk and someone will get back to you as soon as possible.

 

Thank you!

Miss Tonna

 

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