Welcome to Year 1
Our class project for this half term is People Who Help Us.
During our project the children will be given the opportunity to choose what they would like to learn and how they would like to develop their project. We will share some of the exciting things we learn with you as our project develops through regular class updates (see below). Throughout our project the children will be developing as:
- ambitious, capable learners, ready to learn throughout their lives
- enterprising, creative contributors, ready to play a full part in life and work
- ethical, informed citizens of Wales and the world
- healthy, confident individuals, ready to lead fulfilling lives as valued members of society.
If you would like to get involved in our project and have expertise in any aspect of our project that you would like to bring into school, please contact the school office.
We’re going to be busy this term! You can follow some of our progress on the Glasllwch Twitter page: @GlasllwchP
In addition, please see your child’s individual link to their SeeSaw page which was sent home at the start of the year.
The following information about Year 1 may be helpful. Any unexpected changes or updates to the following information will be communicated through SeeSaw or Twitter.
Thank you for your continued support with your child’s reading. The key to success in reading is to read as often as possible and it is so important that your child reads at home as well as in school.
In Year 1, your child will read in school twice a week as part of a small group. These sessions will include questioning of the text, practising of decoding skills and embedding phonological knowledge. Please send your child’s reading folder in each day with them so we can record when they have read with us in their diaries. We recommend that children read daily at home for ten minutes and we would love them to write a few sentences or something more elaborate such as a book review to show their understanding of a book when they have finished it. The children also have opportunity to read for pleasure and the Year 1 library is stocked with lots of reading materials, but if your child would like to bring in a book or magazine from home to read during at school, then they are more than welcome to! We encourage children to read what they enjoy!
Spellings will be sent out on a Friday ready for testing the following Friday. In some cases, spellings may be targeted to groups or individuals, depending on what we feel is the most beneficial. Accurate spelling is important for children’s writing development and practising spellings at home makes a big difference to children’s writing within the classroom! We encourage the “look-cover-write-check” method for learning spellings.
We are determined to be times table experts in Year 1! As with reading, it is really important to rehearse these at home as well.
We will begin working on fast recall of 2, 5 and 10 times tables. We will then move onto the 3x tables as the year progresses. In the autumn term we will be focusing on our place value knowledge to 50 and will gradually move onto 100.
P.E. lessons are on a Monday afternoon (mostly inside for the autumn term). We are lucky to be having many of our sessions with Mrs Williams (a secondary P.E teacher) this year. Please ensure that the children have appropriate kit on at all times. The children will be reminded of the school health and safety policy of no jewellery being worn during these lessons and hair will need to be tied up. If your child is unable to take out their earrings, please provide plasters in their PE bag.
Thank you – we are looking forward to a great year!
Miss Reynolds & the Year One team!
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