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Year 1M

Welcome to Year 1M 2021-2022

 

We would like to offer you and your child a very warm welcome to Year 1 and back to school. 

 

Since returning to school, all the children have begun to forge friendships, set learning goals and create lasting memories. We are excited to be teaching and guiding each child through the next stage of their learning adventure. It is an exciting year for your children as they begin their journey in Key Stage One. We are pleased to have Mrs Dodd in Year 1 helping us this year. 

 

We have high expectations of all the children and ask that they come to school with a positive attitude to learning. Our classroom is a caring and positive environment where praise and encouragements are used to help every child thrive. As a school, we have the 3 Bs for behaviour, which are ‘Be Safe’, ‘Be a Learner’, ‘Be Kind and Respectful’. 

 

Throughout the year, lots of new and exciting learning will take place. As always, we value the support you give your child at home and wish to continue this positive partnership throughout the year. Now more than ever, 'a little and often' approach to practising phonics and reading will have a powerful and prolonged impact on making long lasting connections and developing your child’s fundamental learning skills. 

 

As you can appreciate, the start and end of the school day can be very busy. Therefore, if you have any concerns please email or make an appointment. This will allow me to give you my undivided attention.

 

Throughout the year we will continue to update this page, sharing details of the exciting learning and any useful links. We work hard but have lots of fun in class 1M and look forward to sharing our photographs with you.

 

Please do not hesitate to speak to us if you have any questions throughout the year,

 

Miss Mounsey

New to our school September 2021

From the beginning of the year, our school implemented a new Behaviour Policy which is built upon the ‘5 pillars of Pivotal Practice’ (‘When Adults Change, Everything Changes’, Paul Dix):

  • Consistent, calm adult behaviour,

  • Relentless Routines,

  • First attention to best conduct,

  • Scripting difficult conversations,

  • Restorative Follow-up.

 

We have three simple goals: Be safe, Be a Learner, Be Kind and Respectful.

Year 1 Curriculum Overview 2021-2021

Year 1 text overview

Recommended Reading Books

We have selected these recommended reading lists from Peters Education to ensure that our children have access to a wide range of books.  These books are all available in school and form our 'core' texts in our class libraries.  These lists are chosen because they:

  • link with our curriculum for each year group
  • represent different cultures
  • introduce children to new authors and expand their knowledge of familiar authors
  • ensure progression 
  • match topics of interests for our children
  • tackle current themes

Year 1 Maths Curriculum

Meet the Teacher PowerPoint

Useful Information

Our P.E. lessons will  be on Thursday and a Friday. Your child's full PE kit should be brought into school at the start of each term. Children may wear blue or black sports pants and trainers for outdoor PE. No jewellery is to be worn. 

 

Children will have weekly homework set through Sumdog; Grammar, Spellings and Maths.

Weekly spellings will also be sent home. The spelling test will be every Friday.

We expect our children to be reading daily. Reading books will be issued on a Monday.

 

Contact information

Please message me via the Dojo class messenger. 

Alternatively, you may prefer to email me by using the class email, if you feel you need to include more detail to your message. 

Email: y1m@ourlady-st-gerards.lancs.sch.uk

 

Autumn 1 

In the first term of year 1 we get up to lots of exciting learning and adventures. During the Autumn Term, we did lots exciting learning about animals.  We wrote information texts about a penguin and we learnt about the of different animal grouping in science.  We read and wrote our own version of ‘Lost and Found’. In Maths, we learnt our numbers to 10 and learning how to calculate single digit numbers using our addition and subtraction methods. We used lots of practical resources and there was always opportunities for collaborative learning. We really enjoyed the visit to Blackpool Zoo. 

Autumn 2

 

During the Autumn 2 Term, we loved learning about The Great Fire of London. We created freeze frames based on extracts of Samuel Pepys diary and some children created 3D models of a Tudor house which would have been in London during 1666.  We enjoyed reading and writing our own versions of ‘Zog’ and writing firework poems. In Maths, we worked hard making sure we knew our numbers to 20 and we could calculate single digit numbers using our addition and subtraction methods. We had lots of fun learning about positional language. We really enjoyed learning about seasonal changes. The children can use scientific vocabulary to identify weather patterns and explain why we have day and night. During the Christmas period, we designed and made our moving Christmas cards. The children did a super job at making their cards move by using levers and pivots. 

Phonics Workshop

Spring 1

Goodbye winter, so long snow. It's time to watch the flowers go. 

Spring 1 is such an exciting term for the children. We enjoyed reading and writing our own versions of ‘Dogger’ and writing instructions for our very own toys. The children have used their scientific enquiry skills to explore different materials and exploring toys from the past and present. 

 

 

Our Class Reading Journey

Our Class Read 

 

We are currently reading James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl. 

 

 

We have just finished Burping Bertha by Michael Rosen

What did we think? 

 

Sophie: I loved the story because I thought it was silly when Bertha burped. 

Daisy-Mae: I did not like the book because it is disgusting and rude. 

Joshua: I loved the book because I liked it when Bertha blew the teachers glasses off. 

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