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Welcome to Year 1

September - October 2017 - Autumn 1

Welcome back after the Summer holidays to all of our new 'Tigers'. I hope that you all had a lovely break and our excited to continue your learning in Year One.


I will use this page to showcase the learning that takes place in our classroom and let you all see the wonderful things that the children do. Please let me know if you have any ideas on what you would like to see on this page.


Our continuing overall theme for this half term will be 'Where I Live '


English this half term will be text led through stories on a familiar theme, focusing mainly on the book 'Lost and Found' by Oliver Jeffers, although we will look at other books on this theme too. We will be using some of the 'Pie Corbett' strategies to really get to know the stories, in order to retell and innovate them. The children will have lots of opportunities to support them in generating ideas for their writing, for example; use of character and comic book apps on the iPads, Role Play and Drama! Again there will be lots of opportunities to write! 


Throughout the year, there will be a focus on spelling, punctuation and grammar. Spelling will be taught through daily phonic lessons where children will learn the essential skills needed for reading and writing. During our English lessons, the children will focus on different aspects of punctuation and grammar, for example; capital letters, full stops, finger spaces and sentence structure during the first term.  


Our Maths will concentrate on counting and number skills. By the end of Year 1 the children should be able to: count to and across 100, forwards and backwards, beginning with 0 or 1, or from any given number 

count, read and write numbers to 100 in numerals;

count in multiples of twos, fives and tens 

given a number, identify one more and one less 

identify and represent numbers using objects and pictorial representations including the number line, and use the language of: equal to, more than, less than (fewer), most, least 

read and write numbers from 1 to 20 in numerals and words.


The children will have lots of opportunities to take part in practical, 'real life', activities that will allow them to apply their learning.


In Science we will be learning all about materials. We will learning the names of the most common types, describing them and finding out about their uses. By the end of the half term the children will be able to apply this knowledge to sort materials by their properties. A range of activities will support this learning and children will have the opportunity to ask their own questions and begin to find answers.


In Geography we will be learning to use maps to locate places in Parkgate and Neston, draw our own routes to and from school, find out about the area around the school. We begin to understand how maps use a perspective from above and will be creating our own drawings in this style. This half term in RE we will be looking at 'the Creation Story' and finding out about how Christians believe the world was created, this will link in to our PSHE and how we look after the world around us.


PE will take place on Tuesday with Mr Hall and Thursday with Miss Smith; this half term we will be continue to cover 'Ball Skills' and 'Gymnastics'.  Through Computing we will be creating links to other areas of the curriculum, using both the laptops and iPads. We will be Coding/Programming using Kodable. We will be learning about how to stay safe on the internet. In Art we will be developing sketching skills through using pencils, charcoal, pastels and creating finished drawings of buildings around Parkgate. Music will be taught alongside Miss Phillips and will focus on listening to and following musical sounds through 'Jonah Man Jazz'. and

Reading – we will be continuing with Guided Reading and changing the children’s reading books. We will encourage lots of reading activities throughout the day; using all our lessons whether it be as a class, in a group, with a friend, or on their own.  Children will also be reading with our Reading Rangers.


Wet playtime bags- can you please supply your child with a wet playtime bag that will go on their peg or in their drawer. The children really enjoy their bags in school.


Water bottles – can you please ensure that your child has a named water bottle in school each day.


If anyone has anything that they would like to discuss, then please see me after school, or arrange an appointment.


Many Thanks


Mr Simon