We are writing to share some information about life in Year 1.
Our two classes are Wrens with Miss Byrom and Robins with Mrs Ellis. Our teaching assistants are Mrs Etisham, Mrs Rogers and Mrs Cornwall (Robins).
We are so excited to start our year with our BIG question, ‘Who Should Look After Our World?’ We begin the term thinking firstly about who Christians believe created the world. We will discuss the story of creation and link this closely to the Harvest festival. This will support our children’s understanding of the concepts and skills of RE. Texts we will be using this term include ‘10 Things I Can Do To Help My World’ by Melanie Walsh and ‘Dinosaurs and All That Rubbish’ by Michael Foreman. Through these texts we will be developing reading and writing skills and thinking about simple changes to help make our world cleaner and healthier. After this we will look at recycling and the impact our waste has on the world. Finally we will look at how the weather can be used to create sustainable energy through the use of wind turbines and solar panels. Our driver subjects for this term are DT and Science. An overview of the curriculum can be found on the website.
Homework and Reading at home
Children will continue to change their colour band reading books on a Monday, and we will remind you of Read, Write Inc book change days in our weekly review. Children should be reading for 10 minutes every day and please fill in their home school book each time you read at home, filling in the title and page numbers. If you would like to write a brief comment about how your child got on that is always helpful. The children will again be taking part in the reading challenge where they will be earning certificates for reading 20, 50, 100 times and beyond and these will be awarded to the children during worship times.
Homework will continue to be set each Friday and needs to be handed in by the following Wednesday. This will be linked to the learning that we have been doing in class. If you have any questions about your child’s homework please come and ask.
PE in Year 1 will now be on a Monday and a Wednesday. Please send your child dressed in suitable PE kit on the relevant day. If there is any reason why your child cannot participate in a PE session, please let the class teacher know via the year group email. PE is only cancelled in the event of heavy rain, icy or extremely cold conditions. Therefore, a pair of jogging bottoms and a sweatshirt (ideally navy) are useful. Children with pierced ears must be able to remove their own earrings or cover these with tape provided from home. Long hair should also be tied back.
Water bottles and Snacks
A gentle reminder to please ensure your child has a named water bottle in school every day. The government provides one piece of fruit/vegetable for each child daily, however we welcome you providing extra snacks for your child but please ensure these are healthy e.g. fruit, vegetables, dry crackers, breadsticks or similar. These snacks must be also be nut free and egg free.
Please ensure your child has a waterproof coat in school every day and with the weather getting warmer it is advisable to apply sun protection cream before the children come to school. All clothing, including PE kit, should be labelled with your child’s name. Lost property is located in the first aid area, which can be found near the infant toilets.
As always, our door is always open and we are happy to answer any questions or discuss concerns. Please do contact us on the Year 1 email: Year1@stwilfrids-hh.school if you have any questions.
Mrs Ellis and Miss Byrom