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 Fridays. 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 will be sending home spellings every Thursday containing sounds learnt during the week and some tricky words. Please can you ask your child to practice writing these at home, then bring them back to school the following Thursday to receive their reward!
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 – Term 2
Literacy – This term we are looking at Pattan's Pumpkin - An Indian Flood Story by Chitra Soundar and Frane Lessac. Whilst looking at these texts, we will focus on how to write in full sentences, use punctuation correctly (so far we have learnt full stops, capital letters and question marks), and how to use descriptive words to uplevel our work.
Maths - This term we are focusing on:
Place value (partitioning two digit numbers into tens and ones i.e. 34 = 30 and 4)
Counting in 2s, 5s and 10s to 100.
Ordering numbers over 20 and matching numerals to number names.
Adding and subtracting (using missing number questions).
Number bonds to 20.
Less than and greater than using < and > and = symbols.
Comparing numbers and objects.
Geography - N/A
History (Term 2) – Famous People - Florence Nightingale and Guy Fawkes.
R.E. - Christianity.
Science - Materials.
P.E - gymnastics.