Star and Pride Awards - 3rd November - Charles Noble (star) Tillie Fields (pride) 20th October - Ciaran Trevino (star) Amelia Hunt (pride) 13th October - Connie Brown (star) Freya Gladwell (pride) 6th October - Arthur Sammut (star) Adrian Bara Perez (pride) 29th September - Lois Holland (star) Riley Lynn (pride) 22nd September - Blake Cramer (star) Olivia Ward (pride) 15th September - Alexa Hanson (star) Cieran Trevino (pride) 8th September - Ethan Sharp (star) Emily Yates (pride)
Welcome to Year 1. Mrs Carter, Miss Bell and Mrs Williamson are looking forward to working with you.
Our themes this year are: Our themes last year were:
Term 1: Important People Term 1: Long, Long Ago
Term 2: Light It Up Term 2: Winter Wonderland
Term 3: Tell me a story Term 3: Now and Then
Term 4: Green Fingers Term 4: Eco Warriors
Term 5: Around the world in 80 days Term 5: Our Village
Term 6: Splish Splash Term 6: Animal Kingdom
Please visit the curriculum page for links to these themes.
Spellings will be collected in to school on a Monday (please make sure they are in children's book bags) and will come home on a Wednesday. They will be checked between these days in school and new spellings will be given if they are correct but if any need further consolidation they will be sent home again for another week.
Key Spellings for Year 1 are days of the week, months of the year and written numbers to 20. Please support your child in learning these and consolidating them throughout the year.
Your child will have a guided reading session each week.
Reading and Phonic books will be changed at least once a week. Please continue to read at home with your child as much as possible. This does not have to be an onerous task, reading with your child little and often with have a huge impact on their attitude to reading, their confidence when reading aloud and support them in their ability to read more challenging texts.
Reading in Unusual Places Activity -
To inspire enjoyment for reading we are encouraging children throughout the school to send in a photograph of them reading in unusual places. These photographs will be displayed in each classes reading area and a competition will be held to see which is the first class to have a photograph from each child.
Please send your photograph to firstname.lastname@example.org
We look forward to seeing your photographs... here are some that we have had already from Year 1!
Year 1 Recommended Reading List
As well as being an enjoyable pastime, reading impacts hugely on children’s writing ability and general learning. Therefore, we encourage children to read as much as possible, both at home and in school. To assist with the difficult task of choosing a new book, we have put together a recommended reading list for each year group. A lot of these books are available within the classroom, or the shared school library; we are gradually stocking up to build on the range of books available to children. Thisis not an exhaustive list, but represents a cross-section of books suitable for your child’s year group. Some of the texts are more difficult to read than others and care should be taken when choosing those which your child might enjoy. Please discuss the books your child reads with him/her and remember that it is also important to continue to read stories to your child as he /she moves through the school.
Please note – some of these books, due to their challenging nature, are also on the Y2 reading list
The Very Hungry Caterpillar – Eric Carle
We’re Going on a Bear Hunt - Michael Rosen
Peace at Last – Jill Murphy
A First Book of Nature – Nicola Davies
Avocado Baby – John Burningham
Black Dog and The Django – Levi Pinfold
Cops and Robbers, The Jolly Postman and Funnybones – Allan Ahlberg
I Am Henry Finch – Alexis Deacon, Viviane Schwarz
Journey – Aaron Becker
Little Red and the Very Hungry Lion – Alex T Smith
Mister Magnolia – Quentin Blake
My Big Barefoot Book of Wonderful Words - Sophie Fatus
Out for the Count – Anne Fine
See Inside the World of Shakespeare – Rob Lloyd Jones
The Cat in the Hat – Dr Suess
The Dark – Lemony Snicket
Emperor of Absurdia – Chris Riddell
The Girl with the Parrot on Her Head – Daisy Hirst
Man on the Moon – Simon Bartram
The Owl Who was Afraid of the Dark – Jill Tomlinson
The Paper Dolls – Julia Donaldson
Three By the Sea – Mini Grey
The Gruffalo – Julia Donaldson
Beegu – Alexis Deacon
The Day the Crayons Quit – Drew Daywalt
Tiny Seed and The Bad-Tempered Ladybird – Eric Carle
The Gigantic Turnip – Alexei Tolstoy
The Trouble with Jack – Shirley Hughes
Mister Magnolia – Quentin Blake
Frog and Toad Are Friends – Arnold Lobel
Amazing Grace – Mary Hoffman
Where the Wild Things Are – Maurice Sendak
Traction Man series – Mini Grey
Dogger – Shirley Hughes
When the children take part in Outdoor Learning they will go out in all weathers so please can you make sure your child has a pair of Wellington Boots in school - Thank you.
Star of the Week and Pride of the week
Our Star of the Week and Pride of the week are two important awards that we give out each week! Each week we look for something different for the Pride of the week which we decide as a class and the star of the week is for a stand-out super star of the week! I know everyone is working hard to win these prestigious awards!
Well done everyone!
For the next couple of weeks we will be learning about Samuel Pepys and the Great Fire of London. Thank you for all the boxes you have sent in ready for our Tudor house designing and building.
The children enjoyed creating their own Tudor houses using their cardboard boxes and used black paper to create the features. We looked at a range of materials and their properties to see if they would burn and tested our predictions using the fire pit!!
We took our Tudor houses onto the playground and the children were very excited to recreate the Great Fire of London. They emphasised with the people of London in 1666 and felt very sad that their houses had burned down.
Tell me a story
This term the children have been listening to and taking part in activities linked to a variety of Traditional Tales.
We have measured Giants footprints and beanstalks, bought a variety of objects from the Giants Castle using different coins and grown our very own beanstalks. We created our own bean diary and made observational drawings each week of our beans to see the changes that have happened. We have looked at an alternative plot line for the Three Little Pigs by listening to the story The Three Little Wolves and the Big Bad Pig and used fantastic adjectives such as sly, vicious and delicate to describe the differences between the wolves in the two tales. We retold the story of Goldilocks and the three bears, made different porridge for Daddy Bear, Mummy Bear and Baby Bear and thought about which flavour we liked the best.