Autumn term – Toys Through Time
During the Autumn term, Year 1’s learning will be based around the topic ‘Toys through Time’. We have started the year by looking at a short story called ‘My Favourite Game’ by Harriet Muncaster, which has been published on the National Literacy Trust’s website in ‘The Book of Hopes’. The children have become fully invested in it already and have thoroughly enjoyed making their own bear or doll. They’ve even created a birth certificate for them! The next step… an adventure!
As the term progresses, we will continue to enjoy a range of books about toys and even make our own mode of transport. We will travel back in time to research toys of the past and discuss how they were suited for the time. Through our research, we will see how toys are adapted to lifestyles and we will look into the future to predict where our timeline of toys will go next.
Year 1 information
Year 1 is an exciting time for all the children as they come back from their summer holidays looking taller and wiser and ready for the challenges they will face. This is their first year of the National Curriculum rather than the EYFS in Foundation. Within Year 1, children will develop the skills that they will need throughout their school life and they will do this in a fun and engaging way. Children will continue to learn through play, drama and hands on activities.
Every morning the children will have their maths, English and phonics lessons. Phonics plays an integral part of Year 1 and nearing the end of the year all children will take part in the National Phonics Screening Check. Within the phonics lesson, we start introducing alternative spellings for sounds and learn a range of new graphemes including the split diagraphs. The children will develop their speed at blending words and start to choose the right graphemes when spelling.
Every Friday a new set of spellings will be posted on the school website. The children will be tested on their previous spellings in the morning of that Friday. As much as it is a spellings ‘test’ we don’t put pressure on the children but simply encourage them to do the best they can do.
Learning Logs and MyMaths
After October half term, children will begin to take home their new Learning Log books. This is their homework task book. Each week there will be home learning to complete. It will generally alternate between a topic homework or a ‘MyMaths’ homework. On the weeks that it is a ‘MyMaths’ homework the Learning logs will remain at school. The Learning Logs are used at home but still follow the expectations of work completed within the classroom e.g. ensuring they use a pencil to write with and that their work is done neatly and carefully. We want the children to feel proud of the work they do at home.
Reading with your children is one of the most important ways of supporting them throughout all subjects. The benefits of reading are fundamental to their learning now and for the future. We really encourage you to read with your child at home every day, discuss any new vocabulary and talk about the book they have read.
Every Friday the children will receive three new books that they will take home for a week. This mean that all books must be brought back by the Friday in order to get new ones on that day. Children will choose their own books, and this may be one that they have already read and wish to read again. This is OK for them to re-read books that they have enjoyed. Please note that there will be no reading record going home with the three reading books.
The children will have PE lessons on a Thursday and Friday afternoon, and we do ask that all PE clothes are named. It is amazing how many unnamed items of clothing we collect!
In Year 1 the children are introduced to the ‘peg system’ for behaviour management. This is a system where all children have their name on a peg which is placed on a seven-tiered table. The children’s names can move up or down throughout the day depending on their behaviour. At the end of the day any children who have moved their names up receive credits and any that have moved down lose minutes from their Golden Time (Golden Time is on a Friday afternoon).