Welcome to our class!
The Year 1 Team
Our class teacher is Miss Sharratt and our teaching assistants are Mrs Malbon, Mrs Blanchard and Mrs Wells. They are always there to ensure we are safe and happy at school. We have a smooth transition from Reception as we continue to learn through play alongside a more formal type of learning.
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.
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 is strongly linked to the Letters and Sounds Phonics programme and KS1 Spelling Curriculum. In Year 1 reading comes in many forms. We are encouraged to read signs, labels and captions daily, shared and guided reading takes place as well as individual and 1:1 reading with our adults. There are many opportunities given to help build up our confidence and fluency in reading. Our stimulating and inviting reading area makes reading fun and pleasurable. In writing, visual prompts help remind us how to develop sentences and make our writing more interesting. We develop our Literacy skills through our exciting curriculum projects.
We follow Cornerstones Curriculum and our projects include:
Autumn Term 1: Will you read me a story?
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: Memory Box
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.
Click below to see the exciting learning we have planned for this half term: