Welcome to Year 1! Elephant Class is taught by Miss Kilvington (Monday to Thursday) and Mrs Dove (Friday), and supported by Mrs Webb, Mrs Rushton and Mrs Hull. We hope that your child’s time in Elephant class will be fun, exciting and successful!
Please do feel free to speak to us if you ever have any concerns or questions. Please could you also let us know if someone else is picking your child up from school.
P.E. days are Mondays (with our P.E. specialist teacher) and Thursdays. No earrings on those days please. Girls who wear tights to school will need socks in their P.E. bags to wear with their plimsolls.
Library books are changed on Thursdays. Please make sure that books are returned in a named bag to protect the book and help us to change them quickly.
Reading – Please read with your child every day, as this is crucial at this stage of development and it will make such a difference to their progress.
Reading books will be changed once a week, but please don’t think you have to read the same books over and over again! We love to see that you are reading a variety of texts with your child, and it is so valuable for them to see that ‘reading’ does not just mean the school reading scheme! Even if it is just reading a magazine or a menu!
You can record any reading in the reading record. Do also spend time talking about the books with your child, looking for punctuation, encouraging expression, using phonics to sound out words, predicting or making up new endings, etc.
Phonics – Year 1 are working towards the phonic screening assessment in June. They will be required by the government to read a variety of words, both real and made up (‘alien’ words) using their phonic skills. Any practice at home would really help your child in becoming more confident in recognising sounds and reading words.
Spelling - We are working very hard on getting the children to spell common, familiar words correctly. For example, was, saw, come, some, play, played. Every week we will focus on a group of tricky words to spell.
Handwriting – We are learning to form all of our letters correctly, mainly starting at the top of the letter and going down (except 'e').
Elephant Class – Autumn Term
Literacy – This term we are looking at The Snail and the Whale by Julia Donaldson. Whilst looking at these texts, we will focus on how to use punctuation and form coherent sentences.
Maths - This term we are focusing on counting and learning to add and subtract numbers.
Counting in 2s, 5s and 10s
Addition and subtraction up to 20.
Number and place value (tens and ones).
Geography (Term 1) – Weather around the UK and the impact this has on farming.
History (Term 2) – Famous People - Florence Nightingale and Guy Fawkes.
R.E. - Christianity.
Science - Seasonal Change (Autumn).