Welcome to Year 1
Year 1 Information Booklet
Spring 1 News
Welcome back to school for a new term. We hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas holiday and we all wish you a very Happy New Year!
Spring 1 topic overview
To end our unit of work on Traditional Tales, Year 1 are planning a 'WOW Day' on Friday 8th February.
To make the day more memorable, we would like the children to dress up as a FAIRYTALE/TRADITIONAL TALE CHARACTER or dress in smart clothes ready for a ball! (No football kits or action heros please).
We hope to have an enjoyable day by doing a range of different activities.
TEMPORARY CHANGE OF EXIT FOR ASH AND HAZEL CLASSES.
On THURSDAYS ONLY, from 31st January, your children will be exiting at the end of the day from the following doors:
ASH will be exiting from WILLOW classroom.
HAZEL will be exiting from BEECH classroom.
This is a temporary arrangement for 6 weeks only - 31st January until 14th March.
To support part of our Geography and Science teaching at various points during the year we plan to hold a ‘Season Day’. We aim to hold our ‘Winter Day’ on Friday 11th January where children will take part in various activities within the school grounds as well as the classroom.
Funky Phonics club
We hope those who were able to join us last half term from Oak and Maple found the club useful and fun. It is now the opportunity for parents and carers with children in Ash & Hazel to sign up via the parentmail you will have received. The club runs on Tuesdays from 3:30 - 4:10pm, beginning Tuesday 22nd January – 26th February (5 sessions).
Week beginning 21st January.
January – Independence
February - Empathy
The children will have brought home a letter containing a personal log on and information about an online maths program to support learning. They also have access to Purple Mash to support their learning.
Please continue to hear your child read at home and sign the reading record so we can then change their books on a Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Any comments you make are appreciated.
Remember the ongoing ‘Reading Champions’ challenge! Please sign the sheet in your childs reading record when they have read/shared one of the books.
Please check that all items are clearly named and return any that don’t belong to your child.
Please send in a water bottle daily.
SEND HOME DATE: RETURN DATE:
Tuesday 8/1/19 Wednesday 16/1/19
Monday 21/1/19 Wednesday 30/1/19
Monday 4/2/19 Wednesday 13/2/19
Please continue to support us by ensuring the Learning Logs are completed and in school on time.
We focus on different genres during our literacy units of work. We begin the term exploring some different traditional tales and then focus on Cinderella and Jack and the Beanstalk, producing a range of written work including character profiles, invitations, wanted posters as well as story writing. We are planning on holding a Traditional Tale Dress up Day during this topic (more details to follow nearer the time). We end the term looking at rhymes and poems.
We will continue to follow the Year 1 programme of study which builds on previous work and mathematical skills. This will include work on number and place value (tens and ones), multiplication, division, addition, subtraction, and weight/mass. We apply much of our numeracy work to real life situations and simple problem solving to give work meaning to the children. A lot of our work is practical as well as developing mental calculation strategies. Talking to your child about numbers in everyday life helps them to understand how numeracy fits into their lives. For example, when shopping, ask children to count how many items are in the trolley, how many items would be left if some were removed, how many more/less do you need of something. The ability to recognise coins, add coins to 20p and give change can be a challenge to children but is another area that you can practise at home.
Our topics are ‘Materials and Caring for the Earth’ this half term. Please see overview for further details.
Thank you Year 1 for your contributions to Luton Foodbank!
Sound Pronunciation Guide
Information about the different phonics phases
Here are some ideas to help your child with Phonics at home. Below are some games we play at school and some useful website links.
Have a bowl and a spoon. Ask children to make your soup yummy by putting objects or pictures with your selected sound in the soup. Any items that don't start with your initial sound will make the sound disgusting. As you mix the soup, sing;
We're making lots of silly soup,
We're making soup that's silly.
We're going to put it in the fridge,
To make it nice and chilly.
Cross the river
'Can we cross the river Mr Crocodile?' 'Only if your item starts with...'
Children to have a picture card or an item. If their picture starts with the initial sound you have called, they can attempt to cross the river. The adult is the crocodile who is very hungry and attempts to catch the children.
Have a grid with four or six words. Children to cross the words as they are called. When all the words off, children call 'bingo'. This game can also be played with sounds or tricky words.
Have a selection of words or sounds in the middle. When a sound or word is called, it's a race to splat it as quick as possible. The first player to splat the word or sound is the winner.
Tricky words are words which we can not use our phonics to decode. We must learn them by sight. At school we learn these by playing games, such as bingo, splat and snap.
Useful website links
Colgate's 'Bright Smiles, Bright Futures' Compaign
Anti bullying week
This week we have thought about 'good choices' and showing respect to others. Year 4 wrote comics for us which we loved hearing them read! They also taught us some playground games which could involve everyone.
Our outside area
We have been busy planting bulbs. Thank you if you donated.
An extra special thank you to Charlotte who has been busy brightening up our outdoor area and Mrs Cockfield who has been weeding!
Funky Phonics after school club
The Funky phonics club begins Tuesday 6th November for children and parents in 1 Maple and 1 Oak who have signed up. At the end of the day the children will come out to meet you as normal, please then wait until all the children have left and we will then direct you to the right place. The club finishes at 4:10pm.
After Christmas 1 Ash and 1 Hazel children will have the same opportunity.
The children have really enjoyed exploring Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths this week and finding out about the jobs linked to these.
We have had lots of practical experiences, investigations and experiments!
Following on from the information you were sent about 'Reading champions' the children all now have a 'Reading champion' sheet in the front of their reading records. Please could you tick off and initial if they have read a book on the list to help us keep a record. We may read some in class and a teacher will then initial these.
Roald Dahl Day - 13th September 2018
We had lots of fun exploring the work of Roald Dahl, thank you to Miss Begum for her creative ideas!
‘Drop in evening’ on Monday 10th September 3:30 – 4:30pm, an opportunity to meet your child’s teacher and see their classroom. We look forward to meeting you!
Welcome to Year 1 at Bushmead Primary School. We hope you all had a lovely summer. The Year 1 team are all looking forward to helping the children ensure a smooth and happy transition from Foundation stage to Key Stage 1.
The first few days and weeks back are always busy but we have been very pleased at how quickly the children have already settled into life and routines in Year 1. I had the pleasure of visiting each of the classes on Friday and it was hard to believe it was only the first week back, all the children were calm and engaged with smiles on their faces. They certainly seemed very grown up and should feel proud of themselves!
Although the Year 1 rooms, timetable and curriculum may appear quite different to aspects of Foundation Stage our lessons build on the work the children have previously done. We incorporate whole class teaching, independent, small group activities and teacher directed tasks, and we certainly don’t expect the children to all be sitting doing one task for a whole lesson! We include lots of practical, first hand, experiences and games with opportunities still to 'learn through play' to help maintain interest, develop language skills and understanding of topics.
Mrs Anderson, Year 1 Leader
All children in Year 1 will have PE on a Monday & Thursday.
All children in Year 1 will go to the school library on a Thursday. Please ensure they bring their library book so they can change it.
Show and tell
Children will have the opportunity, once a week, to bring in something they would like to show to the rest of the class. Only one item please, which ideally fits inside their red bag. Each class will organise this with a table group having a turn each day.
Ash - Monday – Sharks, Tuesday - Whales, Wednesday – Crabs, Thursday – no group, Friday – Seahorses & Starfish
Hazel – Monday - Simba, Tuesday - Pluto, Wednesday - Baloo, Thursday - Nemo, Friday – Bambi
Maple – Monday - Red, Tuesday - Green, Wednesday - Orange, Thursday – no group, Friday – Blue & Yellow
Oak - Monday - Lions, Tuesday - Tigers, Wednesday – Giraffes, Thursday - Kangaroos, Friday – Zebras
Developing a range of reading skills is a key aspect of the Year 1 curriculum and children will read a variety of texts during lessons, We strive to hear each child read their book once a week and will change books three times a week. We will only allow children to change their reading books if you have signed the reading record books. These records are checked on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. To encourage reading at home, when records are checked and it has been signed, your child will receive a ‘stamp’ in their book. I am sure you can appreciate that individual reading takes approximately 10 minutes per child and if you multiply this by 30 you can see that this one activity alone could occupy us for five hours! Any reading which the children do at home will benefit them greatly. It is very evident those children who share and discuss books at home and not just their school reading books. A list of example questions has been sent home in the back of reading records to help you support your child further.
Please reference the Key Stage 1 booklet, Year group newsletter & topic overview as they all contain key information and hopefully will answer any questions you may still have!
Newsletters and Topic Sheets
Summer 'Seaside' Day
Summer Seaside Day was a success and as you can see, fun was had by all! The children enjoyed dressing in their shorts and t-shirts, playing games, making seaside crafts, playing volley ball, eating ice lollies and sharing a year group picnic on the field. Special thanks go to Mrs. Duckworth for teaching the children all about Punch and Judy and putting on a wonderful show.
Year 1 International Day
On Tuesday 3rd July, Year 1 held an International Day to celebrate what we had been learning during our 'Magical Mystery Tour' topic. We came dressed wearing clothes from other cultures/countries or in the colours of different flags. There was singing, dancing and food making from around the world. Some of the children did an amazing job in teaching others new languages and facts about different ways of life.
We all enjoyed a lovely day!