Year 1 - Blue Class
This term in Blue Class...
Welcome to Year 1!
I hope that you had a great summer break and the children enjoyed their time at home. I am looking forward to getting to know you and your child better and I hope that they enjoy the challenges that Year 1 has to offer! We had a brilliant start to the school year last week - the children settled into their new classroom and routines very well and should be very proud of themselves.
My aim is to ensure the children have a smooth transition from Foundation Stage to Key Stage 1. The Year 1 curriculum builds upon and extends the experiences that the children have had in Reception. Learning through play will still continue to be an important part of the school day and the children will gradually be eased into formal learning as the time goes on so that they stay engaged and enthusiastic about learning.
This half term, Blue Class will start the school year by exploring new classroom routines and structures. We will think carefully about what makes an effective learner and how we can use our school learning characters to help us achieve our best. We will devise a Blue Class classroom agreement to help keep us happy and safe, examine what ‘friendship’ means and think about what makes a good friend.
Year 1 will be starting the year with a new short topic called ‘Brainwave’, where we will be learning all about the different areas of the brain and its functions. We will think carefully about how to use our understanding of this to become effective learners whilst developing a positive attitude towards learning new things. We will also explore how to keep our brains healthy through diet, sleep and exercise. We will also be carrying out of different thinking challenges!
The children will continue to take part in daily phonics session, where we will initially revisit the phase 3 phonics sounds covered in Red Class. We will then quickly be moving on to phases 4 and 5 where will be learning lots of new sounds. The children will be heard reading 4 times a week in our guided reading sessions.
Our first chapter in our ‘Maths No Problem’ lessons will be ‘Numbers to 10’, where we will look at counting, writing numbers, comparing numbers and ordering numbers. We will then progress onto ‘Number Bonds’. There will be extra challenges for those children who are already secure in this knowledge.
In P.E on Wednesdays we will be learning to use some simple gymnastic actions and shapes. On Thursdays we will be working on basic movements and begin to engage in competitive activities in our ‘Attack, defend, shoot’ unit of work. P.E. will be covered by a sports coach on Thursdays when I have my PPA non-contact time out of class.
In PSHE we will be using our Jigsaw scheme of learning. ‘Being me in my world’ is the first unit of work. We will focus on celebrating ourselves both individually and as a whole class, looking at the similarities and differences between one another, as well as our strengths and things we’d like to work on. We will revisit our whole school use of the ‘Just Right’ programme, which helps us to understand and communicate our feelings.
Please see the separate ‘topic web’ which provides a detailed overview of the areas of learning across the different subjects.
Reading in Year 1
The children will bring home the reading book they have been reading in guided reading sessions that week on a Friday in their plastic reading wallet. They will also be able to choose two books from the class reading corner to take home. Please ensure your child brings their plastic wallet to school on a Thursday. These books can be read by you to your child if you wish or they can have a go themselves. The reading scheme book should be read by your child to you as they will know this book very well by Friday - please listen to them read this when you can in the week. The children now have their own reading diaries which I encourage you to write a small comment in when you read with your child to let me know how it went. Many thanks for your help with this.
The children will also be sent home with phonics homework once a week on a Friday in these wallets too. Please note that for the next few weeks your child may take home a reading scheme book they have had before – this is just whilst we recap on old sounds and before we move on to phase 5 sounds.
Your child has been signed up to a fun educational numeracy website called ‘Numbots’ where they can play maths games and complete challenges. I will be sending these passwords home on Friday so you can log on.
Now the children are no longer in the Foundation Stage they are no longer entitled to free milk. If you would like to purchase milk for your child, please go to the website https://www.coolmilk.com/ and follow the instructions there.
Please do speak to me before or after school if you have any questions.
Ms Price, Year 1 Teacher