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Year 1 - Alder and Holly

Welcome

A huge, warm welcome to year 1! 

The adults in year 1 are:

Holly Class: Mrs Upson (class teacher) and Mrs Whittle (teaching assistant)

Alder Class: Miss Fox (class teacher), Mrs Laundon and Miss Usher (teaching assistants)

Reminders

All children need a named water bottle in school.

Children in Year 1 are offered fruit every day, if you would like your child to bring in a snack for playtime please can it be healthy- fruit, cereal bar, crackers etc. No sweets, chocolate or nuts.

If you would like your child to have milk, please contact the school office.

Please also help us by naming all of your child's belongings to help us encourage your child to be independent. 

Main reading books are now sent home via our Big Cat e-platform, Children will be able to take home a 'Reading for Pleasure' book whenever they choose. Please ensure that those books come back to school and we would encourage them to change these regularly. Guided reading will happen 3 times a week and reading diaries are no longer being sent home in year 1.

PE days: (Please send you child to school dressed in full, school, PE kit)

Holly: Monday and Tuesday

Alder: Tuesday and Wednesday

The weather is still fairly warm so please ensure your child has suncream on and a sun hat to protect them during the hotter weather.

Finally, we would also like your child to have a pair of wellies to keep in school, particularly as it gets muddier outside! 

This Term's Learning

The Big Build!

In Autumn 1, our topic is 'The Big Build'. This topic has a strong focus on everything to do with construction!

 

Last week's learning (19.9.22)

Last week in English, we were continuing to look at the story of 'The Three Little Pigs'. Children were reflecting on their role play from last week and trying to sequence the events from the story in the correct order. They were also focusing on using time adverbials (e.g. first, next, then, finally) to help them to write sentences to accompany their sequenced pictures. 

 

In maths last week, we continued our learning about number and place value. Children were counting forwards and backwards to 10, representing objects in groups and ordering groups of objects from smallest to greatest, as well as practising their number formation.

 

In phonics, we were continuing to look at cvcc words (consonant, vowel, consonant, consonant, e.g. pink, back etc). Our tricky words for last week were: some, come, love, do - please continue to practise reading and writing these at home with your children. (If you are struggling with any of the vocabulary or terms used in phonics, please refer to the 'Little Wandle Glossary' which has been saved in the useful documents part of this page.)

This week's learning (26.9.22)

This week in English, we will be continuing to look at the story of 'The Three Little Pigs'. Children have received a letter from the Three Little Pigs (it arrived today! 26.9.22) asking them for their help.... they have all been living in the 3rd pig's brick house and they are all getting a bit too big to cope! It's far too snug! So, they would like the children to design them a new house, strong enough to keep them safe from the wolf. We have been looking at materials and their properties in Science, so this connects really nicely to this learning. Eventually, children will be writing a letter back to the three little pigs, telling them all about their design!

 

In maths this week, we will be continuing our learning about number and place value. Children will be counting forwards and backwards to 10 and some children will be progressing to 20! We will also be looking at one more and one less starting from any given number (between 1 and 20).

 

In phonics, we are looking at slightly longer words, including all of the grapheme phoneme correspondences children have previously taught. Words include: stamp, twist, carpet, string, scrunch and sprint Our tricky words for this week are: were, here, little, says - please do practise reading and writing these at home with your children. (If you are struggling with any of the vocabulary or terms used in phonics, please refer to the 'Little Wandle Glossary' which has been saved in the useful documents part of this page.)

 

How to help at home

If you would like to support your child's learning at home this week, we would encourage you to start thinking about instructional texts - we will be looking at these next week and introducing children to 'imperative verbs' (these are just 'bossy words' that tend to begin an instruction sentence, e.g. PUT on your shoes, BRUSH your teeth) Some pre-teaching of these kind of words would really benefit your children this week! You could practise giving your child a random number and asking, 'What would one more be? How about one less?' Encourage your child to think up some number stories involving one more and one less, e.g. 'Jack has five apples. He gives one away. How many does he have now? Sarah gives him one more, how many does he have now?' etc.

Homework

Homework will be sent home on a Friday, in your child's homework book. It needs to be returned the following Wednesday.

Spellings will also be sent home on a Friday. Practise these at home over the week and your child will be tested on them the following Friday. (Please note, that spellings will not be sent home until Friday 16th September)

 

 

 

 

A typical day in Year 1

 

Morning

 

Afternoon

Assembly

 

Phonics

English and busy learning activities

Break and snack

Maths and busy learning activities

Lunch

Guided reading 

Science/DT/Art/History

/Geography/Music/

ICT/PSHE/RE

Alongside busy learning activities

Diamond time on Fridays!

Story

Home

In our busy learning actives we teach in a play-based style where children access a range of activities which support the Early Years and Year 1 curriculum.