Dear parents and
Welcome to Year 1
and a warm welcome to any new parents in the school. We hope you all had a
great summer and are ready for first term of Year 1. There are many differences
between Reception and Year 1 but we ensure that the transition is smooth so
that the children feel comfortable. The days are structured and follow a daily
routine, a timetable will be available on the school’s website very soon. Below
you will find information about the topics that will be taught and important information
about the daily classroom routines.
Autumn Term Topic: All About Me!
In Literacy our Power
of Reading books are Funny Bones, Old MacDonald Had a Farm and The Princess and
the White Bear King.
The children will
be learning how to label objects, parts of houses and parts of the body and
learn about using captions to describe what the picture is about. They will be
reading, and learning about stories through role-playing, retelling and
writing. They will use their 5 senses to write poems and to help describe
things in our writing. They will write information about animals, houses and
In Maths the
children will be using place value and number facts to solve problems. They
will focus on the place value to at least 20 through counting, reading,
representing and writing and will learn the numbers 1 more and 1 less. They
will begin to learn the number bonds within 20, eg 5+5=10, 15+5=20). They will
also learn about measurement through comparisons and practical measuring.
Science: Ourselves – The children will learn about
the human body, with a focus on the main external and internal body parts and
their functions, the 5 senses and the body parts that relate to them. They will
learn about different types of animals and their offspring, with a main focus
on UK based animals.
History: Homes and houses from the past – The
children will compare old and new houses, looking at how homes have changed
over time. There will be a major focus on castles throughout this unit.
R.E/PSHE: Ourselves & Celebrations - Find out
about how people celebrate events, like a new baby, religious festivals and
They will learn
how to respect others and their differences and recognise our rights and
responsibilities as part of a school and class community.
They will find out
about different places, the people who work and use these places as well as
knowing the people who help us.
P.E: P.E classes will be taken by Sarah this
term. She will be focussing on the children’s fitness, basic sporting skills
Art: Art classes will be taken by Peter. He
will teach the children a variety of artistic skills using different materials.
P.E Kit. Please can all children wear a white t-shirt,
blue shorts and trainers (if outside). Please make sure that these are all named.
These need to be brought every week as P.E. is part of the curriculum and children
should be changing for P.E for hygienic reasons.
Emerald will have P.E on Thursday.
Sapphire will have P.E on Wednesday.
Swimming will be on Thursday
taught by a qualified swimming teacher. All children are expected to swim as it
is part of the curriculum. If they are not well enough to swim they are not
well enough to be in school. Make sure that they bring a towel, swimming cap
and swimming costume each week. There are spare swimming kits for those who do
not bring their own to school.
Clothing: Make sure all clothing is labelled. This
includes jumpers, trousers, skirts, dresses, t-shirts, hats and gloves. Permanent
marker on the collar or inside the bottom of the jumper is easiest to
recognise.Home-School Book: This needs to be brought to school
everyday. Parents should be signing the book once you have read with the child.
The book also has a list of frequently used words, phonics, number bonds and
other useful pages. Use this book as a way to communicate with the class
Library: Year 1 will visit the local library every two
weeks. If you already have a Wandsworth library card in your child’s name could
you please send it to school so that the library can create a temporary school
card before returning the card to you. If you don’t have a library card a form
will be sent home following the class’ visit to the library.
Homework. Homework will be given out on a Friday, please can all children bring their homework books
back on a Wednesday.
include a maths, literacy and topic based task and a set of spellings.
There will be a spelling test every Thursday
Pact Folders/Home Reading: Please bring your pact folder every day.
Reading books will
be changed once the book has been read and signed in the diary. You should be
reading with your child each night. If the book is too hard please write a note
in the diary. The books are given at the reading level your child is reading at
school. Help your child sound out the words they are struggling with and ensure
that you are asking lots of questions about the book they are reading to check
if they understand it.
Lateness to School/Absences: Please make sure that you bring your child
to school on time each day so they are not marked as absent in the register. If
they are late please take them to the office first to sign in. The bell rings
at 8.55am each morning. It is important that your child is at school on time to
get the most out of their learning. Phonics is usually taught first thing in
the morning and is a vital element of Year 1 learning.
If your child is
going to be absent you need to let the office know so that their teacher is
aware. Any term time absences besides sickness need to be signed off by Amy
Roberts (Head teacher) otherwise it will be recorded as an unauthorised
Behaviour In Year One we believe in lots of positive
praise and encouragement. Children are required to follow the class rules that
they agreed on. Both classes have their own behaviour management system to
support their children in achieving their best.
Parent /Teacher Relationship: If you have any issues/concerns/praise that
needs to be spoken about please write it in the Home School Diary or request an
appointment through the Home School Diary to see the teacher. We are usually
available after school each day to speak to you.
We both look
forward to working with you and your children and together we will have a fantastic
James & Sami