Welcome to Year 1!
Welcome to Year 1! This is an exciting and important year for you and your child as you move from Reception into a more formal school based approach. We aim to provide a smooth transition between year groups, as it is of great importance to us that the children are supported in the best way possible, to ensure they feel safe and happy to learn.
Spellings from the year 1 curriculum evening
During the initial part of Autumn term, each area of the curriculum is based around small, focused teaching and learning time with a teacher or adult, as well as some ‘choiceboard time’ in that specific curriculum area which is where the children can select activities linked to our whole class learning. Gradually, as the term progresses, the learning will take on a more structured approach to suit the National Curriculum requirements for Year 1.
We build on the length of time children can sit for a teaching input, as well as working independently and in groups on a specific task where more focus is placed on your child working in their exercise book. Wherever possible, we take on a thematic approach to your child’s learning. This allows them to become immersed in the theme regardless of its specific subject. Ultimately we want your child to enjoy learning and explore their interests further.
By the time we reach our Spring term , structured whole class curriculum lessons are in place and the Choiceboard sessions are reduced to one per day which are based around a mixture of the curriculum areas.
We intersperse our learning with brain breaks to keep our lessons active and fun and know that every child is an individual. We work hard to ensure our planning suits different learning styles so that all the children can succeed and love learning.
On a final note, we would welcome any parents into our year group to help in class on a regular basis or for a specific purpose. If you are able to offer your time, and have or are willing to be DBS checked, please get in touch with your child’s class teacher to arrange a suitable time.
Thank you for your support,
The Year 1 Team
The staff working in the Year 1 team this year are:
Miss. Gemma Poland (Apple Class)
Ms. Abbie Saunders (Cherry Class)
Mrs. Jodie Le Page
Mrs. Laura Mercer
Mrs. Georgina De La Rue
Premier Sports and Mrs Jo Underwood