Welcome to Year 1!
The teachers in year 1 are:
Miss Ponter (1P)
Miss Seager (1S)
Also working in Year 1 is Mrs Ackary
Welcome to Year 1’s class page
Here you will find an overview of what we’ve been learning about over the past half term and the exciting topics that we still have to come! Now that we are almost half way through the Summer term, we are consolidating our learning and beginning to prepare our classes for the next academic year!
Our topic this half term is called, ‘From Easter to Pentecost.’ We are focussing on the story of Pentecost from Acts 2:1-13. We will also study Pope Francis and learn who he is, what he does and why he is so important to us as Catholics.
We started the term by looking at Fantasy Stories about Superheroes. We read the books ‘Traction Man is Here’ and ‘Supertato’ to compare the characters and themes. We then role-played our ideas for a new mission and wrote our own stories in the style of a comic strip.
During London History Week, we will write a recount in role as Samuel Pepys to conclude our History topic, ‘The Great Fire of London.’
For our Power of Reading topic in Summer term 1, the children have been reading the book ‘The Jolly Postman’ which includes a range of characters from traditional fairy tales. We have retold traditional stories and innovated them to include new characters and storylines. We also studied some of the main characters in detail, writing character descriptions about them.
In Summer term 2 we will be learning some new genres of poetry and writing our own nature haikus. We will also study the narrative poem ‘The Snail and The Whale’ in our Power of Reading lessons.
Phonics Screening Check
The Phonics Screening Check will take place throughout the week beginning the 12th of June 2017. Your children have been preparing for this throughout the year and are confident with their sounds. Remember that your child will only be asked to read 40 words (20 real and 20 pseudo words) to their class teacher so there is nothing to worry about and they’ve had lots of practise! Please see our website for more information about how to help your child with phonics at home or speak to your child’s teacher.
In Maths, we have been revising concepts learnt in the Spring term and now we are pressing on with learning about the importance of place value with 2-digit and even 3-digit numbers and being able to apply these numbers to calculations with the four operations. We have been transferring our number skills to other subjects like Science in order to tally and count how many plants grow around our school. At the end of this term, we will be learning about measuring time, weight and capacity. After half term, we will be covering patterns of movement, fractions and working out calculations on a number line. As always we have been counting forwards and backwards in steps of 1,2,5 and 10 to 100 and beyond which is an important skill and linking this to our times tables.
Geography, History and Art
This half term in History we will be learning about famous people from the past like Samuel Pepys and the account written in his diary about the Great fire of London. We will be learning about the differences between modern day life and life in 1666 and finding out about the unfolding events in the Great fire of London. In Geography, we will be looking at the topic ‘Sun Hats or Umbrellas’. We will be discovering how the location of a country/continent in relation to the equator changes the weather. We will be able to name some hot/cold/wet/dry places and suggest clothing that is suitable for the weather there.
We have been exploring the months and seasons of the year in our topic, ‘Seasonal Change’ all about the weather, this will continue throughout Year 1 as we observe how it changes across the four seasons. This term, we will also be looking at the topic ‘Plants’ in order to identify different types of plants and find out what they need to be able to grow.
At St Michael and St Martin’s School we have extremely high standards for behaviour that we expect the children to demonstrate at all times, both in class and whilst playing in the playground.
The children in Year 1 are all aware of our school and class rules. On the first day in Year 1, we all contributed in order to write our ‘Golden Rules’. We know that by following the rules our school will be a happy place to learn.
Working together with parents and guardians plays a large part in ensuring there are good relationships and standards of behaviour in school.
Please refer closely to the letter sent home about changes to the Reading policy at St Michael and St Martin’s School.
Book bags are now to be in school and sent home daily. The children will have a free choice book to be shared with an adult every night (perfect for bedtime stories). You do not need to comment on their free choice book unless you wish to do so.
On Tuesdays and Thursdays the children will take home their reading scheme book. From now on, the children are expected to be independent when choosing their scheme book therefore there may be times when they choose the same book that they have already read. Please be aware that this is actually an important part of the Year 1 Reading Curriculum:
‘To be able to re-read books to build up fluency and confidence in word reading’.
Please ensure that your child’s book bag is in school on these days and that their reading records are signed each time they read a reading scheme book at home.
Homework is set every Friday and must be completed and returned by the following Friday. Super Sentences are still due in on Mondays and Spellings for Thursday. We really appreciate your support when helping children with their homework. The task set is related to what we have covered in class that week and provides a chance for them to consolidate their learning.
Spellings are set on Friday and tested every Thursday.
Arithmetic and Multiplications are tested every Thursday.
PE takes place every Thursday afternoon. Please ensure that your child has a full PE kit in school on this day. All items of uniform must also be named.
Please ensure that your child brings in a named bottle of water every day.
Please ensure that your child’s uniform is clearly named. The children must take responsibility for their own items.