Year 1

Welcome to Year 1
 
Greetings from your class teacher:  Mrs Norton
Our fantastic TAs are Ms Nott and Mrs. Faith
 
Our learning journey this half term...
 
This term our learning challenge is "Where did and where do the wheels on the bus go?"  Within this topic we will be looking at features of our local area now and in the past, having a visit from a vintage bus and learning about the countries that make up the United Kingdom and their capitals.
 
In Maths we will start the term learning about place value before moving on to addition and subtraction within 10 using Cuisenaire rods and Numicon pegs and boards to embed the mathematical knowledge.   Your help at home is crucial! Anything you can do (even for just 5 minutes a day) will help. Maybe show your child some coins and get them to recognise them. What about getting them to count in 2s, 5s or 10s before you let them on a tablet or watch TV? Little things like this will be a huge help!
 
In English we will be reading The Naughty Bus together and writing our own story about a different kind of naughty vehicle.  In our learning environment there will be plenty of opportunities for independent writing, drawing, painting, creating, playing games etc, etc to enhance the children's learning.
 
 
Homework
Reading - Please hear your child read every night (10 minutes would be great!), talking about the book as much as possible and discussing what is happening and predicting what might happen. Please sign the log book and we will change the books once it has been read (and recorded) twice.
Mathletics homework will be set each week. You can find their log-ins inside the front cover of their reading records. Also - please practice the One Minute Maths challenges - examples can be found on the school website under the curriculum tab in the Maths section.
Our RE Learning
 
In RE, our theme is Creation and we will be revisiting the Creation story from the bible and thinking about how wonderful God's world is and how we can take an active part in looking after it.
 
English
Our focus for this year is a daily phonics lesson linking sounds with letters, segmenting and blending spoken words into sounds. 
Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar
We will be learning to combine words to make sentences, to use full stops, capital letters and finger spaces and begin to use exclamation marks and question marks correctly. 
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PE Days

We will have two PE sessions per week - most weeks these will be on a Monday and a Thursday, however, this may not always be the case due to timetabling.   It is important that your child has their kit in school every day. Please ensure that all your child’s kit is named and that plimsolls are fastened by velcro and not laces. They should leave their kit in school and take it home half termly to be washed.

This term we will be doing Multi-skills (catching and throwing), dance and yoga.

 
Important dates
 
Thurs 6 Sept   -   Start of the new school year whole school Mass
                           11am St Joseph's church
 
Fri 5 Oct         -   Class 1 liturgy
                            (parents invited!)
                             3pm  school hall
 
Thurs 18 Oct  -    Last day of Autumn Term 1
Phonics Screening Check
Year 1 
June 2018
 
This year, the children will be working hard on their phonics knowledge in preparation for a short, verbal test in the Summer Term. Please click on the link to watch an explanation about the Phonics Screening Check.
Maths 
 
Follow this link to sign in for Mathletics
https://community.mathletics.com/signin#/student