Year 1 has two classes, Mrs Ryall's class and Mrs Paxton's class.
We are also very lucky to have Miss Sleem, who works across both classes on a Thursday and Friday.
Year 1 is so much fun! Children are provided opportunities to explore and build on the work already completed in Reception.
The children start to learn subjects through our motivating cross curricular Mantle stories. Children learn to use their growing skills as independent learners to ask questions, take risks and above all think big!
At first, we apply these skills through continuous provision, embedding our skills independently or through adult directed sessions. Our learning will become more formal throughout the year, but we still offer lots of opportunities to learn through play.
Both classes will have outdoor P.E. on a Tuesday and Dance (indoors) on a Thursday.
The children should come to school in their PE kit.
(PE kit - School joggers and hoody or black joggers/leggings, white T-shirt, jumper and pumps or trainers. If it is warm the children can come in their black shorts.)
In Year 1 children take part in a high quality phonics lesson each day for 30 minutes. Phonics is a vital part to teaching children to read. Our phonics sessions enable our children to learn new words independently and read more confidently. It gives children a foundation for learning new words, adding to the words they already know.
Children nationally take the Year 1 phonics assessment in June each year and results are reported to parents in their child’s Annual Report. The phonics test is a short, light-touch assessment to confirm whether individual children have learnt phonic decoding to an appropriate standard.
We are developing our writing techniques with a wide range of skills, that allows our children to create their own master pieces, in a modelled and well constructed way. Using a simple narrative structure, focusing on who, what, where and when, our children can successfully create sequenced sentences to form short narratives. Already in Year 1, the children are starting to produce some great pieces of writing!
We also need to look at the small parts of our writing too – such as common exception words, capital letters, finger spaces and full stops. It is important for us to recognise it in the world around us, as well as learn WHY we need to use them and what happens to our work if we don’t!
In our Mantle this term we are a team guardians who protect an Enchanted forest. We ensure that all that inhabit or enter the forest are environmentally friendly so that we can achieve and maintain equilibrium.
COOL Time stands for: Continuing Our Own Learning. These sessions are available to the children throughout the week, using our outdoor quad area. It is a time where the children are provided with activities and tasks that develop new skills and knowledge on an on-going basis.
COOL Time promotes self-initiative activities and encourages our children to take on challenges and risks in a safe environment. Through active exploration and investigation children independently participate in the process of learning. This process motivates the children and enhances their personal, social, physical and intellectual development.