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The Spinney Primary School

Teaching and Learning Together

The Spinney Primary School

Teaching and Learning Together

Year 1

Welcome to Year 1!

The Year One Team

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A warm welcome to our Year 1 page! If your child is in Year 1 please familiarise yourself with this page as it will let you know the various activities the class are currently involved in. Note that this page doesn't replace the school newsletters - those can be accessed here: 

Classroom code of conduct

 

We feel it is very important that the children feel happy and safe in the classroom and have therefore discussed how we can all work together to promote this. We have had lots of discussion about what makes a 'good listener' and how we can look after ourselves, our classroom and each other.

 

Sharing responsibility and working as a team is also a big focus in Year 1, both in class and across the school. We also work together to become more independent and responsible for our own learning and development as individuals.

 

Curriculum

 

Our theme for this term is "Around The World". This theme will be taught across a number of different curriculum areas, particularly in History and Geography. For the curriculum information sheet for this term, please click Curriculum map for more details.

We will continue to think about, discuss and share our experiences of 'Random Acts of Kindness' throughout the term. The children will become familiar with many different types of kindness and will develop their understanding of how being kind can have a positive impact not only on others, but on themselves too.

The children will take part in regular Brain Breaks which are designed to encourage mindfulness.

 

Handwriting

The children will continue to work on their letter formation and will rehearse their joined up handwriting following the "Letter Join" scheme.

 

Maths No Problem

We teach maths using the Maths No Problem scheme of work. There are videos created for parents by the Maths No Problem team to help explain their teaching techniques.

Homework

 

Each week the children are given around 3-4 reading books to read at home. We aim to change the books every Thursday, although this may be flexible. It is important that you rehearse reading skills with your child regularly. Please try to hear your children read daily, recording it in their reading record book. Also practise the main phonics sounds from the book with your child at home as we are always learning more complex and alternative phonemes. Some children are beginning to read longer books and can develop their skill by discussing the book afterwards. Things to discuss can include the characters, setting and main events. Please ensure your child brings their book bag into school every day.

 

Each Friday you should be sent get a list of words to learn for spelling, please check your ParentMail. The children will have a spelling test each Friday where the words they have learnt will be put into a sentence.

 

Homework is due back by Thursday, although please feel free to return your homework book earlier if you can! If you have any questions regarding homework, please do not hesitate to contact us.

 

The children will also be given a Half Term Home Learning Grid. This is linked to our half termly theme. It gives families the opportunity to spend quality time together participating in a variety of activities linked to the theme. Please pick three different activities from the table to complete together at home. These can be recorded in the children's homework books or the children may decide to bring in their models or anything they may have cooked or baked to show the class.

 

Activities outside the classroom

 

We are very passionate about giving children plenty of opportunities to learn outside the classroom. We will be visiting the Wild Wood at regular intervals throughout the year and will also be going on educational visits in order to broaden our experiences and understanding of the topic we are covering.

 

We have PE every Monday (indoor) and Wednesday (outdoor) afternoon. Please remember to bring your PE kit each week and ensure everything is named!

 

Classroom activities

 

Our topic this term is "Around The World".

We will be learning about how people travel around the world and will be following Barnaby Bear on his adventures to a variety of different countries. After half term the children will be learning about life in Ancient Egypt and will experience being archaeologists as well as making their own miniature pyramids and mummys!

 

We have some exciting Science topics to investigate this term from the Hamilton Trust curriculum that will focus on our Scientific and technological understanding of the world around us.

 

Open classroom

 

Every Friday afternoon we have an 'Open Classroom' where you are most welcome to come into the classroom and look at our displays and look at your child's workbooks. This is also a great opportunity for you to ask any questions you may have about any aspect of school life. If you ever have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact of the Year One TEAM!

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