Welcome to Year 1. Hold tight you're in for quite a ride.
In Year 1 we've really taken advantage of all the changes in the way that we teach over the last twelve months. Homework (which goes live every Friday) and Homelearning (when required) is accessed through Microsoft Teams, while every family has access to an eReading journal where comments should be made every time your child reads. In Year 1, our primary focus is reading, and letter recognition, something that is delivered through daily phonics, daily Guided Reading, and daily one to one reading with a member of staff. We ask you to hear your child read everyday at home.
Children take part in two PE sessions each week, and we ask that PE kits remain in school to facilitate this. PE typically consists of one indoor (gymnastics or dance) and one outdoor lesson (ball skills or athletics). Children also receive three RE lessons each week, as well as taking part in a range of worship activities. This term we will be studying Special People, Meals (introducing the eucharist) and Lent and Easter.
Spring Term 2021
Before half term we will be focussing on Family life, with work in all subjects being linked to the Lancashire scheme Family Album. In English we'll be studying traditional stories and looking at recreating Family celebrations like birthday parties and weddings. In Maths we'll be covering addition and subtraction, revising money, introducing multiplication and division and fractions, and learning about how to measure weight and the properties of shapes. (All these lessons are available online if your child is absent as a result of Covid). We will also be studying how family life has changed since the 1950s focusing on toys, and creating a timeline of key events in the last six years, in our historical studies. In Geography we'll be learning about the United Kingdom and what makes each of its four countries special. In Computing we will be making our own electronic picture story, linked to a traditional tale, while in Science we will be learning about the human body.
After half term, our topic will be Robots. This will include a number of Robot challenges which will take place both in school and as homework. In English we will be studying Nobot the Robot (but please don't read with your child until we have finished reading it in class) and a range of fiction and non fiction texts linked to the topic, before completing two weeks work on Robot Poetry. In Maths we again be completing addition and subtraction lessons, with a focus on the commutative law which teaches the children to recognise the link between addition and subtraction number sentences, height and length, teaching how to find fractions of quantities, tell the time and describe the location of objects using positional language. (again all these lessons are already online). In Science we will be continuing to learn about the human body, but focussing on how humans are different to our robot visitors. We will also completing work linked to robots in Art and Design and in music. In computing we will be learning how to program and control Beebots and to begin to write algorithms.
Mr Richards and Mrs Lord, Spring 2021
To contact Mr Richards with any queries about work set or to send completed work please contact Mr Richards via your child's Teams account.
Reading remains the single most important thing we do in Year 1, and to facilitate this, we are making use of the free Oxford Owl books during the Third National Lockdown.
In order to access books at the right reading band, we are using the Oxford Owl online reading books. All you need to do is click on the Oxford Owl link here, and then click on the Login in the Oxford Owl for school section. On the next screen make sure the student tab is coloured and type in the following. In the top box type: year1sv. In the bottom box type: class1. To search for books, the best way is to choose search by levels and then choose Book Band. Choose books from the Book Band that your child was working on before the holidays.
I have also recorded a short youtube tutorial to help you further. Click here
We are continuing to use our eReading Record. This is designed to allow safe communication on a daily basis between school and home. A google link will have been sent to you via the school app, which will allow you fill in a reading record online which then can be accessed at school. This will allow us to update our reading records in school and assess when your child is ready to move onto the next Book Band. Each link is only accessibly by yourself, myself and Mrs Lord.
All children in Years 1 to Years 6 now have an account on this amazing maths app. As of Thursday 25th April these accounts now can also be used to use Doodle English, Doodle Spell and Doodle Tables. All are available from your preferred app store.
The PDF document below provides additional help in setting up and starting to use the apps.
When following links online, parents should monitor that children are remaining on that page only and are keeping safe online.