Welcome to Year 1!
Mrs Deacon, Mrs Terry and Mrs Scott 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. We 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.
In Year 1, it is extremely important that your child reads regularly at home.
The children will take part in Guided Reading sessions each week to help develop their fluency and comprehension skills. Their home reading books are changed once the children have read their book with an adult at in school 3 times. In their book bags, the children will have a home reading text which is matched to the text they are sharing with an adult in school. In their book folder you will find their home reading book and a paper reading record. You can tick the reading record sheet in your child's book each time they read.
To support your child's love of reading, we also encourage free choice texts from the school library. These will not always match you child's reading level so where this is the case you are invited to share the books and the joy of reading with the children. You are also welcome to share other texts at home. The following websites are really helpful for finding books aimed at your child's age and interests:
Phonics and spellings
Phonics is taught through our Read Write Inc. scheme. The children will be allocated reading books that match their phonics stage which will be shared during Guided Reading and at home.
Spelling is taught using the Pathways to Spell scheme. When the children have fully settled into school life, they will be given spellings to learn as part of their optional weekly homework. More information will be given nearer the time.
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. You can keep up to date with our learning on the Class Dojo page.
Maths is taught using the White Rose scheme. You can also keep up to date with our Maths learning on the Class Dojo page.
PE will take place every Monday and Thursday.
Please do not send children into school wearing shoes/trainers with laces if they cannot tie them themselves.
For safety, it is important the children do not wear earrings for PE. Where possible, children should come to school with earrings removed. If children have earrings in on a day where we are doing whole class PE, they will be given tape to cover them from risk.
Continuous Provision and the Rainbow Challenge
To support Year 1's learning and help with their transition from Reception, Continuous Provision is available throughout the week. Children will be working on key objectives with an adult in small groups while the rest of the class access the Continuous Provision that has been set up for the children to enjoy independently.
To encourage children and reward their independence, there are up to 6 Rainbow Challenges set up for children to complete by the end of the week. If they manage to complete all of the challenges, they receive a special sticker and lots of dojos!