This is our Year 1 class. Our class teacher is Miss Helm; our teaching assistant is Mrs Jenkinson.
Life in Year 1
Year 1 is a very busy year as we start working on the National Curriculum. There is so much to learn but we always have lots and lots of fun. In the Autumn Term our classroom will have continuous provision (activity tables) available to the children to help their transition from Early Years. We work as one big team encouraging everyone as we learn.
Our PE days are Monday and Tuesday. Please ensure full PE kit is in school and all items of clothing are clearly named. We also have Forest School fortnightly on Friday afternoons.
Please listen to your child read regularly at home. It is very important that the children bring their reading books into school every day. We change our reading books on a Monday and Thursday.
The whole year curriculum Year 1 will follow is here.
The Autumn Term Liaison is here.
The Autumn Term Homework Grid (Show and Tell activities) is here.
A Knowledge Organiser is a set of key vocabulary, facts and information on a topic that your child needs to be able to know and recall by the end of the topic. Please use these at home as conversation starters to discuss learning and as a way of helping your child commit their learning to long-term memory (for example, you may want to cut up the vocabulary and meanings and play matching pairs or encourage your child to learn how to spell the words.
Reading With Your Child
Whatever stage your child is at in their reading journey, it is essential that you spend time reading together daily, discussing the text and new vocabulary.
- I read to you, you read to me - take turns to read a sentence aloud to each other.
- Be patient when your child is trying to sound out an unfamiliar word - give him or her time to do so. Then, one more time for understanding - ask them to re-read the sentence again to understand the meaning.
- Find three words or phrases you like in the text and explain why.
- Ask who, what, when where and why questions.
- Create a distraction-free reading space to sit quietly and enjoy your book. Make reading a book a natural thing to do.
What has happened in the story so far?
Who is the main character?
Find 3 clues in the story that tell you what kind of a character this is.
What do you think of the main character? Have you changed your mind as you read the story?
What is your favourite part of the story? Why?
Can you make a link between this story and another story and say why you like them?
Was there a problem in the story? How was it resolved?
Identify the key events in the story and put them in order.
Discuss new vocabulary and can you use it in a sentence of your own?
USING THE READING DIARY
A successful home school reading partnership is essential. Indicating in your child's reading diary that you have heard them read and what you have discussed is helpful for the teacher.
Below are examples of parental entries that may support you in what you record:
Read to page 15. We discussed words to describe the dragon. Parent name/initials
Read pages 13-19. We found words with the 'ew' sound. Parent name/initials
Read pages 20-30 as a shared read - we enjoyed reading a page each and discussing new words that we found. Parent name/initial