Year 1 – Willow
It has continued to be a busy term in year 1, learning both inside and outside. In geography, we have been learning about the countries that make up the United Kingdom. In maths, we have been finding out about number families and using practical resources to help us. In between all our learning we have been having fun as well!
The children in Year 1 have thoroughly enjoyed being able to use the outside area and we have been able to incorporate aspects of learning through their play. We are using the outside area most days and it does get muddy especially when the weather is wet. Please send your child in with a pair of named wellies in a carrier bag so they can enjoy their learning without worrying about the mud.
By merging our bubbles, we have been able to put the children into smaller phonic groups to follow the RWI Inc scheme. Reading books will now be changed during this time when appropriate for that group still on a weekly basis. We will still quarantine the books when they are returned before using again.
All the children were able to choose a book from the library last week. We are using the school library every 3 weeks. The next dates for changing books are:
Monday 9th November
Monday 30th November
We have a Reading eggs login for all the children, but this is only available until February. Please find this login in your child’s reading record.
This half term we have been learning about our bodies, senses and how the children have changed. Please could you send or email in a baby photo of your child. The children will be talking about how they have changed and what they can do now that they could not do as a baby and we can have some fun guessing who they are.
Thank you for your support
Top Tips for Year 1
(things we will be learning throughout the year and ways to support at home)
· Pure sounds – This is where we just say the letter sound. It is really easy to put a ‘u’ on the end of a sound but that alters the sound. E.g. ‘b’ rather than b – u, t rather than t – u
· Reading for short but frequent session at home is the best way for the children to make progress. Depending on the length of book/ditty 5 – 10 mins daily is more beneficial than a long read once a week
· Read books more than once – often on the first read the children are decoding and not focussing on the content of the book. Reading the book at least 2/3 times will allow the children to become fluent, add expression and understand the story/facts within the books.
· Number bonds – we have started to learn our number bonds to 10 e.g. 1 + 9 2 + 8 3 + 7 and so on. This are one of the most important things the children will learn in Year 1 because they will lead into many different ways with numbers. When you know number bonds to 10 you can use this for subtraction facts e.g. 10 – 3 = 7, missing numbers 10 – ? = 4, number bonds to 20 9 + 1 = 10/19 + 1 = 20 and when adding larger numbers 30 + 70 = 100/33 + ? = 40
· Number reversals – as we progress through the year we will insist on number being the right way round. The most usual numbers to be the wrong way round are 5, 7 and 9. Any practice with these would be greatly appreciated – pen and paper, chalk, water and paintbrushes, writing with their finger in shaving foam/sand/rice
· As the year progresses and when the children are ready, we will be learning a cursive handwriting style.
· We have been taking a growth mind-set approach with the children – the word ‘yet’ is really important
Eg. – “I can’t read that word – You can’t read that word YET but with some practice and perseverance you will be able to.”
We have talked a lot about how having a go at something is a good thing and nothing bad will happen by trying.
Meet The Teacher 2020
Unfortunately due to Covid-19 restrictions we have been unable to host our popular Meet The Teacher sessions in school. Instead click on the links below to reader a letter of introduction from the class teacher and an expanded copy of our class presentation. If you could e-mail any questions you have to firstname.lastname@example.org so that in the coming days we can make an FAQs page.
Wow! Well Done Year 1! You have made an amazing start to the term – we are very proud of you and the way you all come into school in the morning with a smile.
We have been learning both inside and using our outside classroom.
“Year 1 is good” “I love the toys” “I like going on the adventure playground”
The children have come back after Christmas with lots of new interests. We have looked into weddings and had our own. We have explored addition of two single digit numbers. We have talked about and practiced keeping our selves clean and healthy and with the cold weather has brought lots of discussion around ice and the opportunity to make our own different coloured Ice.
Mini Beasts in Chestnut Class
Chestnuts have had a wonderful first term and came back ready to get stuck in. Before half term we explored harvest and pumpkins. Children looked and felt inside a variety of pumpkins, carved them and even tried to plant the seeds. Coming back we have been searching for mini beasts and talking about how to look after living things.
First Week At School
It has been a pleasure welcoming our new Chestnut class to Newlands. They have settled in really quickly and have had a wonderful time exploring their new learning environment. Some visitors to school on Thursday were taken by how mature the children are and how quickly they have embraced life at primary school. When in the classroom or having lunch with the children it feels like they have been here for months instead of just 4 days.
We use Tapestry – an on-line learning journal and reporting system that uses parental feedback to ensure provision is carefully mapped to your child’s needs. Find out more about Tapestry here
For ideas and advice about communicating with your child click here
The June 2019 Welcome to Newlands/Meet the Team presentation can be found here