Welcome to Class 1.
Welcome back to a brand-new year at St James. I hope the children are feeling rested and recharged, ready for lots of new learning that will be taking place in year 1. I will be your child’s teacher (Miss Preedy) and the teaching assistants are Mrs Morse and Miss Wall. Moving into a new class can be a daunting prospect, especially after such a long time away from school, so it is our aim to make the transition from Reception to Year 1 as smooth and positive as possible. I hope you find comfort in the fact that the children have settled in beautifully already and have made such a fantastic start to the term.
In Literacy, we will be looking at ‘Little Red Riding Hood’. We will be working hard on our letter formation and we will be writing lists, labels and captions. We will then be moving on to writing simple sentences remembering capital letters and full stops.
Please read with your child at home as much as possible. It really does make a difference to their progress in class and will help your child to develop a love of reading. Please remember to send reading books/diaries into school with your child every day. The reading books will be changed by Mrs Morse on Tuesdays and Fridays. If you could tick the books your child has read (on the sheet in the front of the yellow diary) that would be a great help.
In maths we will be working hard on place value. This involves counting, ordering/comparing numbers and knowing one more/one less than a given number. It is important that children can count and recognise numbers to 20 as we will be introducing larger numbers as the year progresses.
Phonics is a very important part of year 1 and your child will have a phonics lesson every day. We will learn new sounds, we will practise how to blend them when reading words and also how to spell words correctly. You can support your child by encouraging them to ‘sound out’ words when they are reading to you.
Science – Senses.
Looking at animals.
RE – What does it mean to belong to a faith community?
What do Christians believe God is like?
Art – Shape, line and colour.
DT – Fruit and vegetables.
Geography – Hot and cold places.
History – Let’s Remember.
Computing – Getting started.
Music – Timbre and rhythmic patterns.
You will receive a login for Microsoft Teams. This is a platform where we can communicate and upload photos/videos etc.
Your child will be given a ‘Talk Homework’ each week. We will send home a picture stimulus and ask that you talk to your child about the picture. The picture will then be used for an independent writing task the following day in school. The idea behind this is that talking about the picture beforehand should give the children more ideas and confidence for writing.
Dressing for the Weather
In Class 1, we are lucky enough to have an outdoor learning area. We aim to make use of the space as much as possible so please ensure your child has a coat in school every day in case it is needed.
If your child is being collected by someone other than you, please make sure you contact the office or let one of the adults in class 1 know for safeguarding reasons.
If you have any queries about anything that we are doing in class 1 or need support with anything, please don’t hesitate to come and speak to me.
Miss K Preedy.