Year 1 is a fun and exciting year group! We enter Year 1 as happy, confident learners. Our teachers help us enter this new Key Stage by carrying on with some of the routines we had in Reception Class. We learn about how we can become more independent and think carefully about our own learning.

Throughout the year, we learn skills in the Foundation subjects through our topics, for example ‘Houses and Homes’ and ‘Caring for Others and our World’. Topic lessons teach us about History, Geography, Art, DT, Music and Computing. Science is taught each week, as is PE and RE. Daily Maths and English sessions follow the new National Curriculum.

Each day, we have Phonics or Guided Reading sessions where we learn how to read in lively, interactive ways. We love learning to read, and enjoy taking home reading books from our classroom and our school library.

We really enjoy learning outside the classroom and we use our outdoor areas as often as we can. Our teachers plan events and trips throughout the year to enrich our topics and make our learning fun!

We love taking part in different lunch-time and after-school clubs.

We love coming to school and impress our teachers with all of our hard work.

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Literacy This half term we will be reading and writing stories. Pupils will revise how to use speech marks and explore a wider, richer vocabulary that promotes mood and reader engagement. Read stories with your child and try to highlight interesting phrases; possibly creating a book of favourite words and phrases.
Numeracy Pupils will revise doubling and halving up to 100 using partitioning and this will interlink to understanding and working with fractions. We will revise using the correct notation, place value, and adding and subtracting money. Additionally, children will learn about choosing appropriate instruments to estimate and measure length. Test your child on their mental calculation strategies and try to encourage the use of efficient mental methods. Ask children questions related to the topic we are studying, and if possible provide opportunities where children can apply their mathematical knowledge and put it into a practical context.
Islamic Studies/RE This half term we will learn about the importance of Surah Al-Fatihah and revealed books. We will be looking at the different types of prayer: sunnahs, Eid prayer, juma’. In R.E. children will be focussing on learning about unity and harmony. Children will study about how Muslims encourage unity through Salah, and learn various religious stories in order to make comparisons and understand how the concept is considered important in each religion. Test your child on their Salah, ensuring they have memorised the Arabic and the different positions. Regularly pray with your child so they become accustomed to the adaab of Salah. Get children to pray Salah with you or in a congregation and discuss how this can encourage unity and harmony. Talk about why this is important. Try to make links with other religions and cultures especially where unity is considered important.
IPC Our Topic for this half term is ‘Gateways to the world’. We will be exploring airports and looking at how air travel helps to connect people around the world. Additionally, children will learn about the types of jobs that you can do at the airport or on the airplane. Children will also have the opportunity to be creative as they will create their own airline logos and flight sculptures. Talk about your connections with different parts of the world and any visits made to different countries so that children can bring this experience into the classroom. Inform children about the importance of travelling and how airplanes allow people to travel at ease.
Physical Education Throughout the terms we will be undertaking ….. Allow time for your child practise team games and encourage healthy eating.
Computing Pupils will be taught basic word processing skills and will be given opportunities to present their work on the computer. This will allow pupils to improve on their computing skills and understand the importance of presentation. Additionally, children will learn about ‘Kodu’ and how they can programme their own game. Encourage and allow children to present their homework on computer as this will create more interest and allow children to practise the skills learnt in school.