Welcome to Year 1. Your children have all settled really well and are getting used to the rules and routines of their new classes. During this half term we will be learning through the topics of ourselves, animals, toys and Christmas around the world which will cover all aspects of our curriculum. This will also be alongside their daily phonics, maths and English lessons. Our lessons will start promptly every morning with phonics so it is really important that your child is on time for school every day. Your child will have a phonics test at the end of Year 1 and we will give you more information about this during this half term. Please ensure all of your child’s uniform & lunchboxes are clearly labelled with their name and they have a bottle of fresh water everyday.
The Year 1 Team
Reading is a really important aspect of your child’s learning and they need to be fluent at this before they can access other areas of the curriculum, so please read with your child every night. The more they practice the more fluent they will become. When you have read with them please sign their reading record. We check their reading record everyday and use a traffic light system to record if they have read or not. Each child who has read is given a sticker on their reading challenge card which will eventually lead to a bronze, silver or gold reading certificate. When reading with your child please discuss the book in order to ensure they understand it. Your child’s book will be changed when they can demonstrate fluency and understanding, they are also encouraged to re-read a book for enjoyment. Please see attached information about reading with your child.
After half term your child will be given spellings to learn. These will be given on a Monday and tested on a Friday.
The children will have P.E. sessions each week on a Wednesday, which will be gymnastics for this half term. They will need a labelled Park Brow kit which can stay in school. Please ensure children with long hair have it tied back for these lessons. Please allow your child to dress and undress themselves at home in order to encourage independence when getting changed in school. For health and safety reasons children should only wear stud earrings when in school.
This half term our Literacy lessons will be based around the book Augustus and his Smile by Catherine Rayner. During this we will be completing various activities relating to this book through speaking & listening, role play, writing, drawing, predictions and discovering facts through non-fiction texts. Please support your child in discovering together about different kinds of tigers. We are hoping to organise a trip to Knowsley Safari Park to see real tigers.
Our main focus for this term will be different aspects of number. Your child will be working on counting forwards & backwards within the range 1-100, working on number bonds up to 20, addition & subtraction and finding one more & one less than a given number. We will learn how to spell the words relating to each number to 20, as well as learn vocabulary such as greater than, less than and equals. We will be counting in twos, fives and tens. We will also use all of these skills in reasoning and problem solving.
This term we will study the topics Animals Including Humans and we will learn fascinating facts about animal life, about being healthy, about the senses, about carnivores, herbivores and omnivores and about animal groups such as insects, mammals, reptiles and amphibians. If you have any appropriate books at home, please feel free to bring in science topic books to school for us to share. Throughout the year children will learn about seasonal changes.
To link in with our Humans and Other Animals Science topic, we are learning about how humans develop from babies to adults. We will also be learning about Guy Fawkes and the significance he had in British history.
To link in with our Christmas Around the World topic, we will be looking at how Christmas is celebrated around the world and we will plan our own route for Father Christmas around our local area.
Throughout this term we will be learning about beliefs and preparing for a special baby which will ensure great excitement as we approach Christmas.
Knowsley Safari Park
Year 1 enjoyed a fantastic day trip to Knowsley Safari Park! We enjoyed meeting lots of exciting animals including tigers, lions, giraffes and many more. The sea lion show was great fun and we watched the sea lions perform lots of tricks and stunts. After that we went to see the birds of prey show and watched them fly high in the sky. Finally we enjoyed a safari drive to see lots of interesting animals in their habitats.