Welcome to Year 1!
Scarlet Class is a Year 1 class of 30 fabulous children with two lovely teachers: Ms Mutter (Monday through Thursday) and Ms Kowalska (Friday). Crimson Class is a Year 1 class of 30 equally fabulous children with Ms Del Corso as their class teacher. We have a great team of teaching assistants in Year 1: Ms Wilding, Mrs Ruiz, Ms Chapman and Mrs Graham. We work hard to be kind to each other, respecting our differences and sharing a great learning journey together!
Our Spring term topic is ‘Wonderful World’ which has a geographical focus. Children learn about the countries of the United Kingdom their capital cities and some famous landmarks. They use age-appropriate atlases to learn about basic features of maps, and to locate places in the UK. Later in the term we focus on our local area and begin to find out about what it is to be part of a community. In English our texts also have a geographical theme from architecture to the postal service, with Iggy Peck, Architect to Mr Postmouse, via Katie Morag and seasonal and weather-related poetry! In Science children learn about how the weather changes throughout the seasons (and we know how important the weather is in the UK!), keep a weather diary and join in some exciting activities during Science Week.
Our Maths focuses on practising number facts and fluency, developing confidence with numbers to 50, understanding place value and models such as number lines, whole-part diagrams and increasing our understanding of addition and subtraction. We also explore measuring length, mass and capacity with non-standard and standard units. So there is lots to keep us busy this term – as well as preparing for the Summer, when we will be learning about materials around us, how plants grow and what they need, and delving into the distant past…
In Year 1 we love reading and try to read as much as possible. We encourage parents to read regularly with children and to record this in their reading record book. Children are expected to change their own reading book regularly from the colour banded selection in class as often as necessary, so please remember to bring your book bag every day. Children will also bring home a school library book, which will be changed weekly.
Our PE days are Tuesday (indoor) and Friday (outdoor). Please keep PE kits in school so we can take advantage of opportunities on other days too. PE kit consists of: navy blue shorts, white t-shirt, navy blue tracksuit, trainers or plimsolls and spare socks in a draw string bag – remember to name all clothing and bag clearly!
Please provide your child with their own water bottle daily. This is especially important for outdoor PE days, so that we stay healthy and hydrated! This should be named and brought home daily for cleaning.
If you have any questions about school, please contact the Office by phone, email or in person, or come and find us!