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Welcome to Year 1 - Seahorses

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Welcome to Seahorse Class Year 1!

I hope you have had a lovely time over the summer and enjoyed the sunny weather and are ready for some fun learning back at school, so welcome to Year 1! We certainly have an exciting year ahead of us!

I am Miss Kay the class teacher and Mrs Muckett is the class teaching assistant.

I am so excited to be working in Seahorse Class and looking forward to working with your child.


Transition from Reception to Year 1

Our aim is to ensure that the children experience a smooth transition from the Foundation Stage to Key Stage One. The Year 1 curriculum builds upon and extends the experiences that the children have had in Reception. Learning through play will continue to be an important part of the school day to begin with, and the children will, over the course of this first term, be eased into more formal learning so that they remain motivated, enthused and eager learners. In year 1 the classroom starts to look like a more ‘standard classroom’. Each day, we will have structured lessons to develop their skills. In year 1, we also work on encouraging the children to become independent learners. Just to let you know we start to encourage more independence in Year 1 and so we do not check book bags on a daily basis. This is something we encourage the children to do for themselves. If something is of importance, please either hand it in to the office or remind your child to hand it in as they come into class.

Term 1 - Toy Time Travellers.

In English this term, our main focus will be on learning basic sentence skills. We will begin to retell stories with familiar settings, finding out about how writers use language to describe events and characters. We will be using the text ‘Dogger’ to help us write our own stories set in a familiar setting. We shall also read and enjoy a range of stories with predictable and patterned language and use them as a model for our own writing. We shall go on to work with non-fiction texts, we will be writing recounts of our experiences and learning about lists, labels and captions.

Phonics and Reading:

Progression in Phonics forms an important part of the year, as the children come to grips with trickier reading texts and producing longer pieces of writing. Additionally, all children of this age group will be assessed across the country in June 2020 for their Phonics skills. The children will therefore be in a small phonics group on most days (on the days they are not, they will be working on their spelling). Seahorse Class will also receive a daily burst of

Phonics in class. Regular reading continues to be an important part of your child’s learning journey and our whole school RED TED scheme will continue. Your child will no longer have a set reading day but will read with an adult at least twice a week (once individually and once in a guided group session). In order to facilitate this please could you ensure your child has their reading book(s) in school every day. We will go through the reading record books and award RED TED stamps. Please could you also give your child a gentle reminder each morning as to whether they need to change their reading book.

In Maths, we hope to encourage the children to gain a strong and secure knowledge of number and place value.  We will be counting, comparing and ordering numbers; while developing important independent working and reasoning skills.  We will be developing our understanding of place value as the children spend time looking at numbers up to 30 and introducing the concept of tens and ones (or ‘units’). We shall be developing strategies for addition and subtraction using practical and informal methods. 

Our topic for this term will be toys. We will be learning about toys and how toys were different in the past. Children will learn how to decide if a toy is new or old. We will be comparing toys from the past and looking at the materials that were used to make them. We will invite children to bring in their favourite toy in order to discuss the differences between old and new. Children are encouraged to talk to their families about the toys and games they played as children.

During our first term, we will be focusing on ball games in PE. This will involve practicing ball control techniques and catching and throwing skills.

PE will be on a Thursday afternoon so please ensure that your child has their PE kit in school on that day and that all items are clearly labelled. We encourage children to practise getting dressed at home to help them get changed quickly in school! Stud earrings must be covered for P.E, and parents are to supply micropore medical tape for this which can be left in their P.E bag.

Home Learning will be given out every Friday. It will be in the form of a grid of activities which the children can complete at their own pace and then bring in to show to the teacher. We will also send home phonics or spelling homework every week. All children should read for 5-10 minutes a day. Please remember to write in your child's Reading Diary as each read will count towards their Red Ted.




Thank you for your support,

Miss Kay & Mrs Muckett