Term 1 2018-19
Our learning this term
The children have thoroughly enjoyed their first term in Year 1 and are getting used to their new and busy timetable.
We start each day with a phonics session. These are done in small groups and focus on teaching a new sound which the children have to say, read and write. These sessions follow the same format every day so the children know exactly what is expected of them. It is always great to see them applying their phonics to their reading and writing.
After phonics is Maths fluency, a short, pacey session which aims to really get the children thinking about Maths. We have covered a wide range of skills including counting in 2s, naming and describing flat and solid shapes, 1 more and 1 less, number bonds to 10, odd and even numbers, using a tens frame and comparing numbers using the vocabulary tens and units. This is new learning for many of the children and we have been delighted with the way they have embraced it. Our Maths lesson follows Maths fluency. A new skill is taught each day which the children apply either with a teacher or independently.
After break is guided reading, an opportunity for the children to read their banded book, read with their teacher or TA. English follows and this term we have really been focusing on sentence writing. The children know that they have to remember a capital letter, fingers spaces and a full stop. They also know that we expect them to be an editor and to check their work! The progress that they are making has been wonderful to see.
Improving the children’s oracy skills has been another focus for year 1. You may have heard your children reciting nursery rhymes at home. This is because in our English lessons, the children have to learn, add actions, recite and then write a nursery rhyme. We have some wonderful little orators in year one; watching them grow in confidence has been lovely to see!
In the afternoons we cover handwriting and topic work. Our topic for this term has been “I have a body”. We have had lots of fun naming our body parts, learning about healthy eating and our senses, to name just a few things!
Some of the many highlights of this term have included Muffins for Mums, Doughnuts for Dads and Grandparents morning. It was wonderful to have so many of you come to visit and we hope you enjoyed the activities we had prepared for you. Poetry Day was also met with much enthusiasm and the writing the children produced was fantastic. We certainly have a year of very talented little poets! As part of our learning about healthy eating, the children made cheese and salad sandwiches. They enjoyed designing their sandwich and were even more keen to eat it!
We hope you have a lovely half term holiday and we look forward to continuing our learning journey together.