Welcome to Year 1/2!
Mrs Brain, Mrs Young, Mr Milne, Mrs Sullivan and Miss Nayee welcome you to our year group.
Year One Additional Information
There are currently two Year One classes. We have a varied and interesting curriculum in Year One! We learn in lots of practical ways and learn to work together with different classmates to help each other. We gradually learn to become more independent learners and to know that challenge helps us to learn. As well as learning curriculum subjects, we also learn about the importance of our school values, following school and classroom rules, being kind to each other and trying our best.
In addition to our topics outlined in the curriculum map, we also have fun and practical maths lessons underpinned by the White Rose maths scheme. This scheme is designed to help us build really good foundations in our maths understanding that we can then build on and extend throughout our time at school. A depth of maths understanding is the aim in Year One. Our literacy skills are developed through exciting lessons linked to ‘The Power of Reading’. This means that our literacy lessons are mostly focussed on a particular text that the children enjoy exploring to help improve their reading and writing skills. In addition, we also have daily phonics lessons which are set in Year One so that every child is working at a level that challenges them. We do not follow a particular scheme for our phonics lessons, but these are influenced by the government’s ‘Letters and Sounds’ document, as well as the Jolly Phonics scheme. Each week, the children’s phonics teacher sets homework to help them apply their new learning in phonics at home that week. At the end of Year One, there is a national ‘Phonics Screening Check’ set by the government and each child will use their phonics knowledge to read forty words (twenty real words and twenty nonsense words) to see whether or not there are any gaps in their phonics knowledge that need to be considered in Year Two.
As well as weekly phonics homework, the children also have the opportunity to complete a topic-related homework each half-term, using their imagination and creativity to design something to be proud of and share with the class. We always love looking at these and hearing the children ask each other questions about their project!
Children in Year One enjoy their playtimes with other children in Key Stage One and have fruit snacks available when they come in from play. At lunchtime, children either have a hot meal or a packed lunch in the hall and then have fun with their friends outside.
At Christmas time, the children in Year One join with the reception children and Year Two classes to put on a show-stopping performance based on the nativity story! They enjoy learning new songs and dances, and their understanding of the nativity is supported by RE lessons around this time.
Throughout the year, there are many exciting events for the Year One children, including, amongst others, a Harvest Festival celebration at the local church, fun Children in Need activities, a fantastic Sports Day for all, a Christmas concert and the opportunity to watch older children perform in their play.
Each week, a Global Citizen and Star of the Week is selected for each class and their success is celebrated in a whole-school assembly. They also get a special medal to wear for the week! In Year One, we also announce a ‘Writer of the Week’ in class to help encourage fantastic writing and that child gets to choose a jazzy pencil!