Welcome to class 1R! We are enthusiastic learners who are inquisitive and love to ask questions about the world around us. We work hard and have high expectations of our peers and ourselves. We are good friends and always try to put a smile of people’s faces. Our classroom is bright and stimulating. We use displays around the classroom to help us when completing work such as our vocabulary board, writing prompts and our giant number line (which is our favourite)! We love exploring our role-play area, which is currently a toy shop, and we loving diving into a good book in our ocean themed reading corner. We have had a fantastic start to our learning in year 1 and we are excited about the rest of the year.
We worked together as a class to agree on how we can make our classroom a great place to be and came up with our class rules. These are
- Be kind
- Listen to others
- Work hard
- Be sensible
- Be happy
Memory Box – As historians, we will discover what life was like at the time when we were born. We will also find out how babies change and grow over time. Thinking about our childhoods, we will use photos and objects from the past to help us remember special times including weddings and christenings. We will talk about our families and share happy memories of people or pets who are no longer alive. Learning about the days, weeks and months of the year will help us to work out how long we will have to wait for our birthdays to arrive! We will decide how objects from the past were used and have fun learning games, songs and dances from bygone days.
Bright Lights, Big City – We will be learning about our local area as well as cities around the UK and the world. We will be comparing different cities and looking at features of cities compared to small villages.
We will also be looking at maps as well as aerial view maps and even draw our own aerial map of the classroom.
We will be learning all about our capital city, London and some the main landmarks and tourist attractions such as Big Ben and The London Eye. We will also get to learn about some famous people that live in London such as The Royal family and the Prime minister.
There will be the opportunity to share all of our knowledge with the year band about cities that we have visited around the UK and the world too.
Dinosaur Planet – We will be learning all about the different types of dinosaurs that lived a long time ago. We will be looking at the differences between carnivores, herbivores and omnivores and grouping them according to what they eat.
We will be comparing the life of dinosaurs with modern life, thinking about what they ate, how they moved, how big they were and why they became extinct.
Superheroes – During this topic, we learn about real life superheroes, both in the past and the present. We learn how Florence Nightingale changed the treatment of soldiers in hospitals. Then we compare the hospital conditions of that time to hospitals today. The role of firefighters, nurses, doctors, vets and numerous other real life superheroes are explored. The idea of how we can be a superhero by ensuring we try and follow our MASTER values is also explored.
Our first text is ‘The Bear and the Piano’ which is a lovely story looking at belonging. A young bear stumbles upon something he has never seen before in the forest and he teaches himself how to play the strange instrument. In time, he is heard by a young girl who asks him to go to New York! He becomes a huge star but misses his friends and family in the forest.
Next, we will read ‘Goldilocks and the Three Bears’. This is a well-loved story which should be familiar to the children. This will then allow for the teaching focus to be on writing skills as well as developing our reading skills to include developing fluency.
‘Harry and His Bucketful of Dinosaurs’ is another text we read, which links with our Dinosaur Planet topic. We will be participating in discussions about the book and using the colourful images to improve our descriptive writing. We will be answering questions about what we have read and completing some inference and retrieval style comprehension questions.
What we are looking forward to this year:
“I enjoy maths!” – Bobby N
“I love reading with my reading buddy!” – Josh W
“I like playing in the toy shop.” – Ava B
“I love learning about the world!” – Daisy
“I loved learning about autumn. We went on an autumn hunt. It was fun!” – Nina
“I enjoy reading books. I liked our English lesson where we put The Bear and the Piano story in order.” Bobby J
Early in the term we voted for many different roles for the children to undertake. These are: class ambassadors, school council member, well-being warrior, playground warrior, class librarian, maths champion and science ambassador. We are very excited to begin these roles and take on a responsibility. We are very keen to be able to help each other.
Important information about life in Year 1
To begin to develop independent learning behaviours, we do ask that you encourage your child to pack their own school bag and remember to bring their reading book in every day. It is important that your child returns their maths homework on a Friday.
Phonics in year 1 has a high priority and we encourage children to use their ‘robot arms’ alongside their phonic knowledge, to read unfamiliar words. We also begin to develop our fluency skills through the rereading of texts so that they become familiar. To support this, we need to read at least three times a week; this can be a mixture of our home reading book and Bug Club. It is also very helpful for us to discuss the book we are reading.
We need to practise our spellings every day ready for our test on a Monday afternoon. We then need to use these words spelled correctly in our writing. So, when you support your child to write at home please encourage them to use accurate spellings. It is important that we access Bug Club and Spelling Shed at home as this is an engaging way for us to develop our knowledge.
Enrichment is a fabulous opportunity for us to try something new and develop life skills. Each term, we complete different activities. Our activities this term are: making fruit skewers and decorating cakes.
We look forward to having a fabulous year in year one!
Useful learning links:
Dorling Kindersley – Find Out!