Year 1 is an important stage in a child’s education and development, with the transition from Foundation Stage into Key Stage 1. During this time, the children are encouraged and supported to become more independent and progress towards more structured learning. This transition starts to take place during the Summer term of Reception where the children liaise frequently with both members of staff and classrooms in Year 1. This year, the children had the opportunity to join their new Year 1 class during a transition day at the end of the Summer term. During the start of the Autumn term, we initially continue a play based curriculum and gradually becoming more structured by Christmas.
We aim to create an exciting and engaging environment in Year 1 which includes regular visits to St. John’s Church and our trips to the seaside and Norwich Castle. In addition we explore a different theme each half term. We will begin with the topic ‘Ourselves’, followed by ‘Our Local Area’, ‘Seaside’, ‘Toys From the Past’, ‘Castles’ and ‘Endangered Animals’. Each theme will incorporate science, history, geography, art and design and technology.
This year the children will undertake the national Phonics Screening Check which will take place in the Summer term. To prepare the children for this assessment, the children will continue with the Letters and Sounds programme. Each morning the children will practise their handwriting with an emphasis placed on cursive joined up writing. Throughout the year, the children will explore a range of different fiction and non-fiction texts. We will focus on the structure of sentences and the use of story language to help develop our descriptive vocabulary.
Throughout the year the following topics will be covered: Number, Geometry, Measurement and Statistics. Within this, the children will solve mathematical problems both formally and practically. They will learn to use written methods for addition, subtraction, multiplication and division as well as develop mental strategies to solve problems. By the end of Year 1, the expectation is the children are able to recall the 2, 5 and 10 times table and apply this knowledge to solve multiplication and division problems.
Science/Computing/Geography/History/Art/ Design and Technology
As mentioned above we have a different topic for each half term and where possible we have incorporated these subjects into a cross curricular curriculum.
Each term we explore a key concept linked to Christianity and in the summer term Judaism. We also make regular visits to the church and attend services to celebrate key events in the Christian calendar.
Please bring P.E Kits in on a Monday and these will be taken home on a Friday. P.E Kits include;
Light blue t-shirt, shorts or tracksuit bottoms and trainers.
All these items must be labelled with your child’s name. For Health and Safety reasons children are not allowed to wear jewellery. If your child has recently had their ears pierced then they must bring in their own tape.
The children will visit the library each week, this year, they will visit the school library each Thursday. Please make sure children bring in their library books on our library day each week so that they can be changed.
These books provide a valuable means of communication between home and school. Any important messages will be written in, so please check them each night and return them in the morning. Any letters or newsletters will also be tucked inside children’s Home/School books. If you have written a message inside your child’s Home/School book please can you remind them to put their book inside the message container inside their classroom.
Reading Record books
It is important that your child reads every night at home and you record their progress in the reading diary provided. Reading books will be changed 3 times per week; on a Monday, Wednesday and Friday, provided that it has been clearly stated in their Reading Record that the book has been finished. If they do finish their reading book on a day when it is not changed, we encourage you to read some of the books again as it is really good practise and helps develop their comprehension. Alternatively, children can read their books from home or books they have taken out of the library.