Welcome to Year 1
Year 1 is the first year that children are introduced to the National Curriculum. It is very different to the Early Years but we still have lots of fun and really enjoy our learning.
We encourage the children throughout the year to become independent workers and thinkers, taking responsibility for their own belongings and their own learning.
The class teachers at Somers Park are Miss Rowney and Mrs Rendall. At the Malvern Vale site, the class teacher is Mrs Cullerne. Our TA’s are Mrs Preece and Miss Sparrey at Somers Park and at Malvern Vale our TA is Mr Dudley. Once, every two weeks, 1ER will be covered by Miss Sparrey, 1JR will be covered by Mrs Abusahmen and Elm class will be covered by Mr Dudley for the teachers' PPA time.
Year 1 Team
Please read with your child every night and record it in their reading record. Ideally reading should last for about 20 minutes but please make the session suit you and your child’s needs. Feel free to read other books as well as the ones sent home from school and try to make it an enjoyable and relaxing time for you both.
Spellings will be sent home each Friday and will be tested on the following Friday. They will be specific to your child’s phonics group and will reflect the sounds that the children have been learning that week. Please spend a few minutes each day helping your child to learn their spellings. Two or three a day works well so that the children don’t get confused. It is especially important that they learn to distinguish between the different versions of each sound (such as ay and ai) and learning spellings at home can support this. Your child will need to bring in their yellow “Home Spelling” book on a Friday so that their new spellings can be glued in
Throughout the year, children will learn to count in 2’s, 5’s and 10’s. They will then learn how this translates into their times tables. Children will be given access to the Times Tables RockStars website and app at the start of the year which they can use to practise what they have learned as the year progresses. Please contact your child’s teacher if you need a copy of their username and password.
Book Change and Reading
We will endeavour to read with the children one to one or in a small group when we have extra adults available. It is helpful if the children keep their reading books in their book bags so that we can read with them on any given day.
In 1JR children will change their reading books on Tuesdays and Fridays.
In Elm class and 1ER, books will be changed on Mondays and Thursdays.
At Somers Park, Read Write Inc phonics books will be changed on Wednesdays. Please make sure that your child has the books they need on the relevant days.
PE takes place in 1JR on Mondays and in Elm Class and 1ER on Wednesdays. Please keep your child's PE kit in school all week as lesson days can be subject to change depending on the availability of the hall and equipment. It is also useful to keep in school as a spare set of clothes in case of accidents. If you wish to take them home to be washed, please do so at the weekend or during the holidays and return them the next day that your child is in school.