Welcome to our class!
The Year 1 Team
Our class teacher is Mrs Peet and our teaching assistant is Mrs Malbon. They are always there to ensure we are safe and happy at school. In Year 1 learning and play go hand-in-hand as the continuous provision from Reception weaves into our Key Stage 1 Curriculum ensuring a smooth transition. Our curriculum is practical and interactive with lots of opportunities for independent learning and discovery.
We use the White Rose Maths Scheme to develop our knowledge and understanding of Number and Place Value, Addition and Subtraction, Multiplication and Division, Fractions, Measurement, Shapes and Position & Direction. We are encouraged to use a variety of manipulatives to take our understanding of numbers and calculation from concrete through to visual and finally to abstract learning. In Year 1, we are beginning to develop our reasoning and problem solving skills also. Maths skills are embedded through continuous and enhanced provision during Discovery Time.
Phonics plays a key part in the Year 1 curriculum, as we continue to learn alternative graphemes to the phonemes learnt in Reception. To encourage an engaging and visually stimulating learning experience, we use the Monster Phonics scheme which has links to the Letters and Sounds Phonics programme and KS1 Spelling Curriculum. Reading is FUN! It is also so important to us and we value our reading resources and environment; we develop our reading skills with VIPERS. We have a full and varied selection of library books in our inviting reading areas both inside and outside the classroom. We are given many opportunities to build our confidence and fluency in reading, including reading signs, labels and captions, shared, guided and individual reading. In writing, visual prompts help remind us how to develop sentences and make our writing more interesting. We develop our English skills through our exciting curriculum projects.
We use Cornerstones projects to follow the National Curriculum for English, Science and the foundation subjects. In Year 1 our projects include:
Autumn Term 1: Memory Box
Autumn Term 2: The Enchanted Woodland
Spring Term 1: Moon Zoom!
Spring Term 2: Bright Lights, Big City!
Summer Term 1: Paws, Claws and Whiskers
Summer Term 2: School Days
We experience a 'hook' at the start of each Project which engage and inspire us to find out more. We then progress through the 'developing' stages which are very knowledge rich and allow us to learn in a cross-curricular way, for example completing a sculpture during a history lesson. This keeps every lesson exciting and provides lots of different opportunities in which to learn. Towards the end of our Project, we have the chance to 'express' how much we have learnt over the past few weeks through completing specific creative activities.
Core concepts and key vocabulary are taught and referred to regularly throughout each Project.
We also have weekly lessons in PE, RE, Music and PSHE.
Click below to see the exciting learning we have planned for this half term: