Welcome to Year 1!
Mrs Scott, Miss Ingham and myself (Miss Jiwa-Walji) would like to welcome you to our class page.
Here you will find some useful information about Year 1.
To keep updated with what your child is doing in school make sure that you join Class Dojo. It is a fantastic tool which allows you to keep track of your child's behaviour as well as what they have been learning each day. I will communicate through our ‘Class Story’ and you will be able to see how many Class Dojo points your child receives each day. If you have any questions do not hesitate to contact me through the private messaging service that Class Dojo provides.
You will be provided with Active Learn and Oxford Owl account details so that you have access to a range of resources at home. Oxford Owl is a great website which has lots of eBooks for children to read. Details on how to access our class account will be shared on class dojo.
Active learn will contain grammar and spelling games as well as e-books and phonics games. Each time the children complete an activity or read a book on active learn a report is sent to me so I can see how they are getting on.
In Year 1, it is extremely important that your child reads regularly at home. Children must read with an adult at least 3 times a week. Dojo points will be awarded for children who read regularly at home. Recording when your child reads at home will be different this year as the children will no longer have a reading diary. Please record when your child reads at home via Dojo Portfolio. Please aim to add 3 entries each week. These entries do not have to be lengthy!
Children will be given 1 reading book to take home on a Wednesday. This must be returned on the following Wednesday so that they can swap it for a new book. If the book is not returned on Wednesday, they will not be able to take a new one home.
If your child has completed their reading book before Wednesday, please make sure that they have done lots of comprehension work around the book. Children are then encouraged to read other books that they may have at home or to use the e-books on Oxford Owl and Active Learn.
The children will also take part in Guided Reading sessions each week to help develop their comprehension skills.
Phonics and spellings
Phonics is taught through our Read Write Inc. scheme. The children will also be allocated activities on Active Learn which are designed to consolidate the sounds we have been learning.
When the children have fully settled back into school life, they will be given spellings to learn as part of their weekly homework. More information will be given nearer the time.
PE will take place every Friday. On this day, please send your child into school wearing their normal school polo shirt and school sweatshirt with jogging bottoms and trainers. Please do not send children into school wearing shoes/trainers with laces if they cannot tie them themselves.
Maths and English
You can keep up to date with the Maths and English in Year 1 on our Class Dojo page. Each half term, your child will be studying a high quality text. Within their English lessons, they will develop their understanding of grammar, punctuation and spelling.
Each term, the children will be learning about different topics. Here are the Year 1 topics for this academic year:
- Autumn: Hot and cold places- Why can’t penguins live near the equator?
- Spring: Toys- Why are iPads more fun than my grandparents’ old toys?
- Summer: The United Kingdom- Where did the Queen’s hat go?