We hope that you and your children had a fantastic summer break and we would like to welcome everyone back to the start of an exciting new term.
The autumn term is always a busy time for children in Year 1. In English, we will be concentrating on sentence construction, the use of simple punctuation (capital letters and full stops) and using phonic knowledge to spell words. Children will be encouraged throughout the year to verbally rehearse their ideas before writing them. In Maths, we will start by building on their experiences in Reception and children will begin to understand the place value of numbers. They will solve additions using apparatus, mental strategies, number tracks and number lines. Later on in the term, we will use the same skills to solve subtraction. In Science, children will learn about themselves and their senses as well as sorting and classifying common animal groups.
This year, children will be taught History, Geography, DT and Art in a thematic/topic based approach. This term’s theme/topic is ‘Paddington’s Passport’ where children will learn about London, England, the UK (with the help of Paddington Bear) and make comparisons between past and present Queens. This is an exciting new topic for children and teachers and we can’t wait to get started!
More information can be found by clicking on the Autumn Term Curriculum Overview.
The children will continue to have a weekly spelling test. This will be on a Friday and new spellings will also be given out on a Friday The spellings will be made up of both common exception words and words using phonemes they have been taught so far.
Creative homework books for Year 1 have proved very successful and we will be continuing with these this year, with weekly English and Maths. We aim to set creative homework twice every half term. Just like in Reception, reading is a massive focus on Year 1 therefore please continue to support your child’s reading at home as much as possible by reading their school books but also by sharing books from home too. We remind you that children’s books need to be in school every day and children are still expected to complete their reading comprehension homework (Stage 2+). Questions are usually found inside the front cover of their reading book and children should complete at least one comprehension each week. We would also encourage you to write a comment in their home/school diary, building their confidence and the link between home and school.
Year 1 children have a busy term ahead in phonics. There are some great links and tips for parents at Oxford Owl
Please CLICK HERE
Class 1 will enjoy PE including Dance, Gym and Multi-sports. Please ensure that children have the correct PE kit in school at all times. In the interests of safety, no jewellery, including earrings, should be worn on PE days. It would also be appreciated if all uniform (including PE kit and pumps) could be labelled with your child’s full name and class – there was a lot of lost property left in school at the end of the summer term and we are aware how expensive it is!
PE days are:
Autumn Term 1:
Monday - Dance
Thursday - Multi-skills
Autumn Term 2:
Thursday - Multi-skills
Friday - Gym
Should you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact your class teacher, who will usually be available at the end of each day. Thank you in anticipation of your continued support.
We have much to be excited about for the Autumn Term and we look forward to a term packed full of learning and progress.
Mrs D Williams
Children in Year 1 showing their counting skills using different objects.
In science we went for a nature walk to look for signs of Summer and Autumn noticing that Summer was ending and Autumn was beginning to show.
Class 1 had a lovely day learning all about Road Safety and how we can keep ourselves safe when crossing the road. We learnt what a Lollypop person would do to help us, how we can hold hands with a grown up when crossing the road and we even learnt a song to help us remember what to do when we cross the road.
Remembrance day was a lovely day for Class 1. We were all very excited to make our poppies to display outside of school ready for our Remembrance day in school. On the day we made beautiful Flanders fields pictures using masking tape, paint and poppies. We also wrote our own instructions about how to make a poppy biscuit and then in the afternoon followed them to make our own biscuits. Yummy! It was a lovely day to remember those who gave their lives for us. Thank you!
In science we have been exploring our senses including our sense of touch to see if we can figure out what something is by feeling items and not looking at them. This helped us understand that our sense of touch helps us understand the world around us.
Congratulations to our newly elected school councillors!
In our English we have been learning all about instructions. We spent some time following written instructions to make different craft items such as a paper plate fish.
Year 1 were taken back in time and visited a Victorian school where they were taught by a Victorian teacher, in a Victorian classroom, whilst wearing Victorian clothes. They were given a short Maths and English lesson and were even required to write on a slate board. The children were then able to explore the Victorian town and experience what life was like for a Victorian child.
One of Wolverhampton's Lollipop Ladies volunteered to help show children in Reception and Year 1 how to cross the road safely. The children then took it in turns to show each other how to cross the road.
Children In Need
In science we have also been looking at materials and their properties. This week we have sorted materials according to their properties. When discussing the properties we have been using our scientific language. Angel- 'this glass is see through. We can call it transparent'.
In year 1 our homework project this half term was to build a waterproof boat to rescue Grandpa pig. Everybody has been very busy building and testing their creations.
In DT we have been learning how to prepare food safely and hygienically. This week we prepared salads and chopped the vegetables using taught grips such as 'the claw' and 'the bridge'. We really enjoyed tasting what we made, all our hard work made it taste even more delicious.
As part of our learning about black history month we learnt about great sportsmen. We then painted a portrait of Muhammed Ali using skills from our art topic.
As part of remembrance day we created poppies using different drawing techniques. we found that 'dotting' was a really effective method.