Curriculum Information Autumn Term 2017
In Year 1 pupils will find the structure and content of their day rather different from that of the Reception class. To aid transition we will continue some child-initiated activities, known as 'Plan, Do and Review' in the afternoons and children will be encouraged to link their plans and activities to the themes we are studying in class. There are distinct areas in the class such as the Role-Play, Storytelling, Creative and a book corner.
All children will also be in a separate reading, writing and maths group, these groupings are flexible and may well change from term to term.
Pupils will receive daily teaching in Maths and English, with a daily phonics session of about 15 minutes. All activities will take account of their age and expected concentration span and will involve plenty of physical activity and learning through music, drama and carefully chosen educational toys and games.
Learning in Year 1 progresses from the E.Y.F.S to the New National Curriculum for Key Stage One and, as such, children will learn about Science, Information Technology, History, Geography, Religious Education, Physical Education, Art & Design, Music, Personal, Social & Health Education and Design Technology. Children will be taught some subject specific lessons but many of these subjects will be taught as cross-curricular themes in a manner more appropriate and meaningful for younger children.
The points listed below may help to answer some of the day to day queries about life in Year 1.
- Monday afternoon- The children will be taught by a mixture of specialist teachers, outside clubs and teaching assistants. The children will have Mrs Weller and Mrs Tracey for Terms 1&2.
- Show and Tell- We will have a ‘Show and Tell’ session on a Monday afternoon with Mrs Weller. This it will be linked to the phonic focus for the week. There will be a rota for this each week on the bottom of the children's homework.
- Home Contact Books - These will be checked by one of our Teaching Assistants every morning so you are welcome to continue to use the books to communicate brief messages, as last year. If you have a concern or a more detailed query, it is preferable to speak to myself after school or at another mutually convenient time.
- Year 1- Children should enter the school by the door opposite Stocks Green Pre-School in the morning and come into the classroom independently, any time between 8.40 to 8.50 a.m. At the end of the day, they will leave the classroom via the door opposite Stocks Green Pre-school.
- Homework– This will be set from all year. We start gradually with a spelling investigation linked to our class phonics/spelling focus for the week and a Maths game or short task. Homework will be sent home on a Monday, to be completed by the following Monday.
- Handwriting– The children begin to learn the cursive style of handwriting from the beginning of Year 1. We begin by progressing through the alphabet, teaching children the lead-in and lead-out stroke for each letter, which will eventually guide them towards joining their letters fluently and correctly. All children will be introduced to this system but we fully appreciate that some children will need greater support with pencil control and exercises to help them achieve in this area. We will also send handwriting sheets home to reinforce this cursive handwriting style
- PE– Please ensure your child has P.E. kit in school and that it is all clearly labelled and that all school uniform is named.
- Book boxes- Pupils will bring a range of picture, story, non-fiction and poetry books home to share with you. Each reading group as a relevant book box to choose from, which includes some assorted reading scheme books but also a range of ‘real’ books. The children are not expected to read the latter completely independently as they may be more challenging than the scheme books that they are used to. We believe it is very important to introduce children to a wide range of reading material, which, in turn, will promote confidence in pupils to try to read any text. We are keen for the children to foster a love for 'real' books through becoming familiar with different genres, interesting story structures, a range of different story language, varied plots and characters.
- Reading scheme books – All children will continue to read the scheme books at school, on a one to one basis, with myself, teaching assistants and a number of volunteer helpers. All children will continue to be given a reading scheme book to take home to further develop their reading skills. These books will not be changed daily
- Reading comments- Please write the title of the book and date in the contact book each time your child brings a new book home. This helps us keep track of how regularly the children are reading their books. A brief comment on their reading experience is useful but is not always necessary. Please encourage your child to share a book with you every day to ensure they progress well.
- Absence-Please write absence notes, with child’s name and class clearly stated, addressed to the office, each time your child is away from school, even if you have already phoned school to notify them.
- Good behaviour– This is encouraged through praise and reward such as through team points, ‘Golden Time’ on Friday afternoons, stickers, Gold Star Awards in Celebration Assemblies and Termly Head Teacher Awards.
- There are sanctions if our Class Rules are not obeyed which include warnings followed by missing a proportion of Golden time if children do not heed the warnings. This system is clearly explained to the children at the outset and adhered to consistently by all Year 1 staff.
- Phonics screening- This statutory assessment takes place in June and you will receive more information nearer the time..
Our Learning in Year 1
A brief description of the Year 1 curriculum follows. However, please note that our assessments guide our planning and teaching for the class so some pupils may require further support with the Reception objectives before they can successfully access the Year 1 curriculum, whereas others will need extending and challenging.
English- Our Literacy texts include stories with familiar settings and those with predictable and patterned language. We will also be writing various recounts. Our Non-Fiction work will focus on labels, lists and captions. We will also be exploring pattern and rhyme through poetry.
Phonics- Phonics work will involve word building, hearing and building rhyming word families and alphabetical order. Pupils will be encouraged to know the sounds and the names of all the letters of the alphabet. We build on the Jolly Phonics programme that they learnt in Year R as well as starting the Jolly Grammar scheme. This links with our grammar work which focuses on sentence building strategies and demarcation. Pupils will have the opportunity to work in a role-play situation and take part in various drama activities.
Maths- Our daily Maths lessons will focus on numbers to twenty, adding, subtracting, making sequences and patterns and applying this knowledge to money work. We will also be working on measurement of length and time (calendar and clock) and recognising a range of 2D and 3D shapes.
Computing- Pupils will be using the computer suite this term. We will spend some time getting to know how to log on and off and becoming familiar with the software available. Our computing topics are ‘We are treasure hunters’, where the pupils will learn how to use programmable toys and ‘We are TV chefs’ which involves the children learning about and using video recorders. Computing however will be used to support all curriculum areas whenever possible and will be available for children to use in child-initiated activities.
Topic- In History we will be learning about ‘Castles’ and exploring the wonderful castles we have around us. This will also be linked to our school trip, where the children will have the opportunity to visit one of these. We will also be learning key events such as ‘Bonfire night’ and ‘Remembrance Day’ and the key issue and events behind these.
Science- The Science module for the term is learning about ‘Animals including humans’. This will be taught with an emphasis on practical investigation and exploration. This also has cross curricular links with our history topic, learning about ‘Ourselves’ by learning about our body parts and the senses associated with these.
RE- The children will be looking at Christianity. We will also look at Autumn and Winter festivals such as Harvest Festival and Christmas.
Art/DT- Our Art work will focus on drawing and painting. In Design Technology we will be looking at 'Freestanding Structures'. The children will be making their own models out of Junk Modelling. We will, of course, also be making various Christmas decorations!
Throughout the year, we will be following the ‘Music Express’ scheme for our music lessons and the SEAL programme for PSHE.
As you can appreciate, rehearsing and preparing for the Christmas play does take up a considerable amount of time in Term 2 but does provide great opportunities for the pupils speaking, listening and singing skills to be put into practice.
Thank you very much for all your support so far. We very much look forward to working with you and your children this year.
Mrs Claire Hodgson and Mrs Claire Rowley