Welcome to Year 1
Year 1 Team (Introduction Letter)
We also have our own Learning Wall - see link below. We use the resources on the Wall to research our topics and curriculum work in school. Please use these resources at home to further develop your child's learning.
For Your Information
Our Handwriting Rhymes
End of Year Expectations
Communication via Dojo
Please ensure if your child is a member of Year 1 you have joined us on Class Dojo where I will keep you up to date with our latest adventures, send reminders and share key information throughout the year. You will also be able to contact me via this platform if required. If you need to contact us for anything which is important, please contact the school office as Dojo is not always monitored throughout the day.
Year 1 Curriculum Overview
Year 1 PSHE Overview
Learning Challenges Autumn 1 Challenges
This half term we will be exploring the weather and the seasons and how they impact upon our lives as we become Geographers for this half term.
Our Science challenges are all about the human body including our senses.
Throughout our RE lessons we will be answering some big questions including "What does it mean to belong in a faith community"
In PSHE we will be commencing a unit entitled "Me and my relationships" which covers feelings, how to ask for help when you need it and why we have rules. For further information please refer to the main PSHE curriculum pages within this website or on the year overviews contained within this page.
This time of year is fantastic opportunity for exploring our emerging writing skills as we will apply our phonic skills writing labels, lists and captions, creating non chronological reports linking into our foundation subject learning.
We will be inspired musically with our exploration of beat, echo singing and timbre in our weekly music sessions.
Through our design technology sessions we will be exploring healthy diets including fruit and vegetables culminating in designing and making our own smoothie.
We are very lucky to have a specialist coach named Josh, to help us be the best we can be in PE. Our talented PE coach will be delivering our multi skills curriculum so get ready for some tired children. Our PE coaches are an integral part of our enrichment programs too and will be running various sessions for Year 1 children who wish to attend.
If you would like to find out more just what this term looks like please look at the overview on this page or at individual subject pages.
Our Chosen Phonics Scheme
Essential Letters and Sounds teaches children how to read, quickly! It does this through consistent lesson structure, resources and language. Minimising cognitive load and increasing the children's success.
ELS Parent Letter
Please see the attached handout based on the graphemes taught whilst in Year 1. For further information see the phonics and early reading section of the website.
Phonics Screening Information
The National Statutory Phonic Screen assessment week will commence Monday 10th June 2024
Our Class Novel
Throughout this term we will be reading a collection of books based around a fictitious school called Wigglesbottom Primary.
The Wigglesbottom Primary series is a collection of children's books written by Pamela Butchart and illustrated by Becka Moor. The books follow the humorous misadventures of the students and teachers at Wigglesbottom Primary School. Each book contains several short stories that are easy to read and full of silly situations and playful language that is sure to entertain young readers. Join class 2F as they go on multiple adventures across their school. On their adventures, they meet numerous new friends and foes, with each story providing a unique, hilarious situation for the class to face.
This quintessentially British primary school setting is great for children just beginning their reading journey as they will start to link moments of the book back to their school experiences and also make connections to the book while they are in school. This is a fantastic way to encourage their creativity and help them develop their imagination, and even unleash some hidden storytelling talent.
Each book contains three short stories to keep confident readers engaged, while lively two-colour illustrations bring these hilarious early readers to the life and perfectly bridge the gap between picture books and chapter books.
VIPERS is an acronym to aid the recall of the 6 reading domains as part of our reading curriculum. They are the key areas which we feel children need to know and understand in order to improve their comprehension of texts. Vocabulary, Inference, Prediction, Explain, Retrieval, Sequence.
Our Chosen Reading Scheme
For our earliest readers, starting their reading journey we use fully decodable readers from Oxford University Press. We have over 100 fiction and non‑fiction books, with beautiful artwork, humour and characters that children love, and books and topics that the children really want to read. The books are carefully matched to the phonics being taught within school and complement the reading stage your child is at providing challenge and reinforcement that works in partnership with the learning taking place within school.