“You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose.”

 

Dear Parents / Annwyl Rhieni,

Welcome to Year 1!
Here is some general information about our class.

Teachers

Year 1 Class teacher: Mrs Davis
PPA Teacher: Mrs Richardson General Information

In Year 1, we will be encouraging the children to become more independent and show more responsibility for their belongings. During registration, the children are expected to organise themselves, i.e. put their coat and bag on their hook, place their reading book in the reading book box, remove any money, homework or letters and place in the correct tray.

Dinnertime & Playtime

Your child has the option of having school dinners or sandwiches. School dinners cost £2.25 per day. From September there will be an online payment system for school dinners and further information will be sent home when it is available. If your child has sandwiches, please ensure that his/her lunchbox is also clearly marked with their name.
Please ensure that your child has a healthy snack and drink for morning playtime. Alternatively, we also provide a variety of fruit for the children to buy at play time. This can be paid for on a daily basis at 20p or a weekly basis at £1.00. Should you wish for your child to have fruit, please can you send in the money in an envelope marked clearly with your child’s name.

Themes

Throughout the year we will plan activities based on particular themes. We will provide fun, hands-on activities within a safe and stimulating learning environment which will promote your child’s learning. Our topic for this year will be ‘Superheroes’, ‘Countries and Cultures’ and ‘Commotion in the Ocean.’ Supporting Learning at Home & Homework

Language, Literacy & Communication

Reading Books

Reading books need to be brought to school every day, in order for us to help your child develop his/ her early reading skills whenever possible. Please note that your comments in your child’s reading diary are important and help us to support you with helping your child’s reading development at home as well as in school.

Spelling

Spelling words are sent out on a Friday in preparation for the following weeks spelling activities. It would be beneficial if you could spend some time helping your child to identify and learn their spelling words in readiness for the lessons. The planned sessions involve practical, fun games which are designed to help your child learn the focus spelling pattern.

Mathematics & Numeracy

Your child will have homework allocated to them via the Active Learn website. HWB
Your child will be issues with a log in and password so that they can access HWB at home, as well as in school.

PE and outdoor activities

Your children will have lots of opportunities for physical development, during our P.E. sessions and during our outdoor activities.
Our P.E. sessions will be every Wednesday and Friday. Please can you ensure that your child wears appropriate P.E. kit to school on these days. Suggested clothing for P.E. is navy jogging bottoms, white polo shirt, trainers and school sweatshirt. All jewellery needs to be removed and long hair should be tied back.
We will also be working outdoors on a regular basis; therefore it is important that your child brings items relevant to the weather every day, such as a coat, sun hat or sun lotion etc.
Please remember to label your child’s school uniform and PE kit.

And finally… Thank you for your continued support. If you have any questions please pop and see us. We hope your child enjoys his/her time in Year 1.

What's been happening in Year 1?
  • Digital Superhero design

    We have been busy using the computers and Ipads to create our own superhero characters…

  • Superhero handprints

    Year 1 have been using their creative skills to create their own superhero handprint art.

  • Safety Soldiers Pupil Voice Group

    The Safety Soldiers pupil voice group met for the first time this academic year. The children voted for our chairperson, vice chairs, secretary and treasurer. In our next meeting we will set our aims for the year and discuss our plans for ensuring the safety of everyone in and around our school. We look forward […]

  • Aldi’s Kit for School

    Aldi’s Kit for Schools promotion is giving 20 primary schools the chance to win £20,000 to kick-start a health legacy for their school. What’s more, every school who enters by completing their Aldi’s Kit for Schools poster will also receive an exclusive school sports kit! Collect a sticker with every £30 spent in store and […]

  • Cool counting in Year 1

    We have been practising our number skills in maths this week. We have been counting lots of different superheroes and we even counted cheerios in order to find out how tall some of our superheroes are. We have also been reading and recognising different numbers and ordering numbers too.

  • A super start to Superheroes…

    We have been busy activating our prior knowledge about our topic of Superheroes. We took part in a variety of different games and activities that encouraged us to think and talk about what we already know about Superheroes…

  • Our Final 🌟

    Congratulations to our stars this week. We would all like to wish you a happy and safe Summer

  • Happy, sunny days…

    Year 1 had a treat today for winning the attendance award. We went to the shop, bought ice creams and had a great time in the park. What a fun-filled afternoon!

  • Ser Yr Wythnos

    Llongyfarchiadau to our stars this week.

  • Sea turtle Skype

    We had the opportunity to connect with an animal centre in Virginia, USA today, where we learnt all about the important work they do to look after different animals. We then had the chance to meet Wilson, their resident turtle. We learnt all about turtles that live on land and ones that live in the […]

  • Fun at Forest Schools

    We had a fantastic time at the Forest School site this week. We used the mud kitchen, practised our digging skills and made clay sculptures. We used up our energy levels in the willow maze and then relaxed in the hammock. We finished off with some popcorn which was heated using the outdoor fire. What a […]

  • Water safety

    We have been learning about water safety in Year 1.

  • Super sharks

    It’s been ‘shark week’ in Year 1 and we have done lots of different activities. We have been investigating why sharks don’t sink and we made our own ‘Shark Academy’ videos, using the green screen, to explain this. We have also been finding out about the different types of sharks and have been sorting them, […]

  • Bont’s Best Books Cluster Event

    Some of the children from Years 1-6 enjoyed representing their classes today in this year’s Bont’s Best Books afternoon in Pontarddulais Comprehensive School. They spoke confidently about the winning books in their classes, and enjoyed presenting some of the work they had done based on the books. Thank you to our class representatives, and a […]

  • Titanic

    We have been learning all about the Titanic. First, the children used HWB to write their own reports about the Titanic. The children then had the task of designing and creating their own ships. They thought of names for their ships, created posters to advertise and persuade others to go on them, presented their ships […]

  • Tennis Taster in Year 1

    For our P.E. today, Year 1 had a tennis taster. We enjoyed learning new skills…

  • Oil spillage in Year 1…

    We have been learning about water pollution and how we can help the planet. We read two books ‘I can save the Ocean’ and Oil Spill’. We were shocked at how difficult it is to clean up oil, so we put it to the test by having our own ‘oil spillage’ in class. We investigated […]

  • Under the Sea art

    We have been getting creative in Year 1 by making our own underwater scenes…

  • Ser Yr Wythnos

    Congratulations to our stars this week!

  • Throwing And Catching.

    The year one children have been busy developing their throwing and catching skills. They learnt a range of different throwing techniques and how to throw with increasing accuracy. Excellent effort year one!

  • Book Fair

    Thank you to everybody who came along to our book fair this week. We are very grateful for your support, and the commission earned will be used to purchase books for our classes and libraries. A special thank you to our Year 6 book fair helpers for spending their time helping to set up and […]

  • Mental Health Week in Year 1

    As part of Mental Health Week, Year 1 have been taking part in exercises designed to help us think about own emotions…

  • Beth wyt ti’n hoffi?

    We have been using our Welsh skills and the pictogram function on JIT to find out which sea creature is the most popular in our class….

  • Super subtraction

    We have been learning about ‘taking away’ in our maths this week. We played a very competitive game of skittles where we used our subtraction skills to work out our scores. We also played bingo, used the IPads to pay a subtraction game and have taken part in lots of subtraction challenges together.

  • Guided reading in Year 1

    As well as individual reading in class, we also do guided reading sessions. We made the most of the sunny weather this week and took our guided reading session outside…