Year 1

Welcome back to Year One!

Hello and welcome back to Year 1. We hope you have had a restful break and are looking forward to the rest of a brilliant academic year!

 The aim of this newsletter is to give you some insight into what we will be focusing on in the classroom for the rest of the term. I understand that your child may feel anxious about coming back to school, but it is our job that they are happy and safe at all times. I am positive that we will have a great rest of the year together.

If, at any time, you have any questions or you are unsure of anything please ask. If I am unable to see you at the beginning or end of the day, please make an appointment to see me at a convenient time.

What does learning look like in Year 1?

The learning environment in Year 1 builds upon the children’s achievements in the Foundation Stage and introduces them to the National Curriculum. English, Maths, Phonics and handwriting will be taught daily and the remaining curriculum subjects are taught using a topic approach. During the autumn term we tried to make the children’s transition from Foundation stage to KS1 as smooth as possible. We will now be building upon these transitions and ensuring the children will be ready for year 2. We aim to plan interesting topics, which will inspire and motivate the children in their learning.

Maths

We will be working hard to develop children’s confidence in maths.  Throughout the term, our main aim is to strengthen children’s awareness of number and developing

  • Comparing numbers within 10
  • Exploring equality and balance within 10
  • Addition, subtraction, doubling and halving
  • Exploring numbers to 20

During the children’s transition from Reception to KS1, maths will be taught daily through an adult led activity. They will also have the chance to explore maths resources independently during continuous provision time; this is when children can explore recent learning, practise new skills and follow their own interests.

English

During the English lessons, the children will be using high quality non-fiction texts and stories to aid them in developing their writing skills. This will allow the children to be exposed to different types of texts and help develop their writing skills. This term we are developing their sentence skills ensuring they use a capital letter and piece of punctuation where needed.

We will be teaching phonics for 20 minutes daily as well as a recap session in the afternoon. The children will be learning new sounds and practising their blending and segmenting skills which will support their reading and writing. You can support your child at home with the resources posted on google classroom.

Important Reminders

  • Please make sure your child is wearing the correct uniform and all belongings are clearly named.
  • Reading books need to be in school every day and please remember to sign your child’s Reading Record.
  • Please make sure any money sent into school is in a labeled envelope.
  • Please make sure your child wears their P.E kit to school every Tuesday and Thursday
  • Forest School clothes to be worn every Friday.
  • Homework will be topic based and set half termly.
Holy Trinity School

Our motto is:

Alta Pete – Aim High

“The primary aim of the school is to help each pupil reach his or her full potential so that they may develop the attitudes, skills and knowledge to take full advantage of the opportunities available in their future lives.”

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Reading

Reading is an integral part of our school day. As well as a daily designated class reading time, the children will access a wide range of texts throughout the day. They will be given opportunities to read texts during shared teaching, as part of a small group and individually. Your child will read with an adult in school at least once a week. It is important that your child brings their reading book into school every day so that we can maximise additional opportunities for them to read. Please can you sign the reading record when you have read with your child. The children will also be taking home 2 books. One book will be based on their reading level to read to you and the other will be a ‘for pleasure’ book which they choose from the class library for a grown up to share with them! This will allow the children to be exposed to a range of texts to help support and develop their reading. Please encourage your child to read every day at home and make it a special time together.

Science

Throughout the Spring term, our science topics are ‘Seasonal Animals’ and ‘Plants’. The children will be exploring the four seasons and how animals adapt to suit different types of weather. The children will also be learning about the different types of plants and will have an opportunity to grow their own!

Topic

We will develop the children’s ability to think about past events and use technical historical vocabulary. We will be exploring how toys have changed from the past to now. The children will also have the opportunity to learn about the UK and its four countries! In RE we will be learning about how and why people celebrate special times and the meanings behind celebrations. In art and design, we are using clay to make models of our faces! In our computing lessons, we are beginning to use online programs to help us with our learning.  In our music lessons, the children will be focusing following the beat of a song and exploring pitch.  The children will have two PE lessons per week on Tuesday and Thursday; Thursday sessions are taught by Mr Bailey. Please ensure your child is in their P.E kit for both of those days.

Homework

Homework expectations for year one will consist of:

  • Daily reading – Please read with your child daily and sign their reading records.
  • Maths – Each child will be expected to use Mathletics for at least 3 x 10 minute sessions per week. Your child’s Mathletics log on can be found at the front of their reading record.
  • Google classroom – the homework will be set on google classroom; the platform that was used throughout the lockdown period. The logins will be the same as their previous logins. However, if there is a problem with the login and you require a new one please let me know.           

If there are any questions, please do not hesitate to ask. We hope this year will be exciting and full of learning!

Miss Esposito and the Year 1 team