Welcome to Year 1

Miss Worton Smith is the Red class teacher and Mrs Nolan teaches the Blue class.  Mrs Lupton, Mrs Shabir and Mrs Gilligan are Year 1 teaching assistants.

PE
PE will be on Tuesday and Thursday.  Please make sure all clothing and PE kits are clearly named.  Please include long sleeved top/jog pants & trainers now as some PE may be outside, weather permitting!

Returning Library Books
We will start sending Library Books home soon.

Reading Book Bags
Please make sure book bags are in school on Mondays and Fridays.

The children have continued to work hard this last half term, in spite of battling all the bugs this term has thrown our way! They have made massive progress in their reading, writing and maths, which you will have seen in their books during our parent consultations and open sessions. Their confidence and enthusiasm is fantastic. In science, the children thoroughly enjoyed learning about classifying animals by what they eat into the groups; carnivores, herbivores and omnivores, and they have loved reading and writing about the natural world in our English lessons. We are now well under way with teaching computer science, and the children are learning all about programming, algorithms and debugging using our Beebot robots. On 5th December we had a Hanukkah culture day in which we learned about the Jewish festival of Hanukkah. The children not only covered the RE aspects of this, but learned about the historical context and the geographical location of the original event. They worked collaboratively on collage art work, making representations of the Hanukkah menorah and impressing us with their teamwork and perseverance. Physical fitness levels have come on well, as we not only do our two full PE sessions a week covering basic skills, gymnastics, games and dance, but also complete a run every day. The children can now comfortably complete a half mile session at a fair pace, and do this several times during the week. Thanks for all the support you give the children at home with phonics homework, reading books and spellings. All your effort is very evident in the progress the children are making.

Year 1 have been working on 'working scientifically' skills and the key skills they were working on in this experiment were 'making a prediction' and 'observing closely'.

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The children have settled in brilliantly to Year 1 and have been working incredibly hard all term.  They will be ready for a well-earned rest!

We have concentrated on developing skills in reading, writing and maths in our first weeks in school, capitalising on the fantastic start the children made to their learning in Reception.  We are really pleased with their progress, and hope you agree now that many of you have seen their books!  So far in English, we have studied the traditional tale “Little Red Riding Hood”, which the children rewrote in their own words, and we have been learning about non-fiction writing through the topic of hedgehogs.  Alongside this, the children have been learning about punctuation, plurals, nouns and verbs as well as phonics.

In science, we have started learning about seasonal change, our senses and about animals.  We have used our senses to see, hear, smell, taste and touch in the outdoor areas, including in the Year 1 sensory garden.  The children are becoming very knowledgeable about hedgehogs and are just starting to learn about carnivores, herbivores and omnivores.

The children thoroughly enjoyed learning and performing their harvest songs for you recently.  Their singing was lovely and they were very quick to learn.

Last week we had a history day with a visit from the era of castles by a time traveller called Lady Catherine.  Our visitor brought lots of artefacts from the past with her and the children learnt all about historical enquiry skills by taking on the role of history detectives.  Alongside this, they started learning about timelines through sequencing their own history using the photos you sent in.  A huge timeline is slowly taking shape in the hall.