Year 1 Curriculum
Class Teacher - Mrs N. Ellerington and Miss M. Bowen
Teaching Assistants - Mrs M Bird
- Mrs L Bentley
- Mrs D Extance
Spring Term 2018
The theme for this term is Friend or Foe. We have just started an English unit on Fairy Tales and after half term, we will be looking at poetry and non-fiction writing. In Maths we are currently working on our addition and subtraction skills. We will then start looking at place value and bigger numbers, after half-term we are learning about measurements, such as length, weight and volume. In Science we will be studying Animals then Plants. We will also be looking at Our Country in Geography and studying Kings and Queens in our History lessons. For further information regarding the topics and areas of study please view our curriculum map.
A vital part of your child’s learning is reading every day at home. Please sign your child’s reading record when you have listened to your child read. Your child is expected to read and discuss their book for a recommended time of 15 minutes each day with an adult at home. This includes questioning and predicting what might happen next.
All of the children in Year 1 will be participating in the school reading challenge. We will count the number of times that your child has read both in and out of school and your child will receive a reading reward certificate to celebrate their reading when they have reached a certain milestone e.g. a bronze award for reading 25 times. In addition to this, children will continue to get their mini-certificates to reward reading at home 5 times in a week.
Also please can you indicate clearly in the reading record when your child has finished their book, this includes having a good understanding of the story and fluency or reading key words so it may mean that your child will need to read the book more than once and this is perfectly acceptable. Reading a book more than once improves your child’s understanding and fluency as well as providing personal enjoyment and achievement.
As part of their growing independence we are asking the children in Year 1 to place their reading books and reading record in a special box in the classroom at the start of each day so that it can be checked by an adult. We would really appreciate your help and support by reminding your child to do this.
Examples of questions to ask when reading with your child or after they have read a section of their book independently:
What do you think will happen next? Who is your favourite character? Why?
What is happening in this picture? Did you enjoy this book? Why?
What does this word mean?
Show me where the author has used a full stop/question mark/exclamation mark etc.
Our PE sessions will take place every Friday, but please do ensure that your child has a full P.E. kit (indoor and outdoor) in school every day. On Fridays please ensure that hair is tied back and earrings are taken out. As always, please ensure that all items are clearly labelled!
There is the opportunity for your child to have a snack during the morning break that you will need to provide from home or your child can order a snack and/or a drink from the tuck shop as soon as they come into school. The cost of each item is 30p. If you wish they can order from the tuck shop and have a snack from home during the morning break. Ideally the exact money in a labelled purse or labelled envelope is recommended. In Year 1 we have an afternoon snack at a set time and this snack is provided by the school.
Each day your child will need a bottle of water which is clearly labelled so they can access water regularly throughout the day. Also please ensure that your child has appropriate outdoor clothing for the weather and that your child’s uniform is also clearly labelled to avoid any confusion or loss.
As a reminder, homework is set on a Friday and will include spellings, calculations and an activity related to the work covered in class. It will need to be handed in by the following Wednesday.
A vital part of your child’s learning at home is reading. This will be monitored by regular checking of your child’s reading record. Please sign the reading record when you have listened to your child read. The children are expected to read and discuss their book for at least 15 minutes each day with an adult at home. This will also support and develop your child’s phonics knowledge and reading comprehension. Now that the children are becoming more familiar with decoding words it is important to ask your child questions about what they have read to develop their comprehension. For example:
- What is going on in this picture?
- How is the character feeling?
- What is the character doing?
- What do you think will happen next?
- Can you think of another word for _____?
If you have questions concerning any of the above, or wish to meet with either of us regarding your child, please make an appointment at the office.