“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!
I am really looking forward to teaching your children and I hope that they are excited about the year ahead. I am sure that by working
together, we will make this a fun, happy and productive year.
Here is some general information about our class, however should there be anything you need to know, please do not hesitate to come and see me. I would also appreciate it if you could keep me informed if there are any issues or concerns that I need to be aware of regarding your child.
Year 1 Class teacher: Mrs Davis
Teaching Assistants: Mrs. Sharon Jones, Miss Laura Miles & Mrs Rhian Stonham
PPA Teacher: Mrs Stonham (every Wednesday afternoon).
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 fruit money, homework or letters and place in the correct tray. I will also spend the first few weeks this term getting to know your child and doing some activities that will help me gain a good perspective of his/her needs.
Dinnertime & Playtime
As in reception, school dinners are payable via Squid. Please ensure that your child has a healthy snack and drink for morning playtime. If your child has sandwiches, please ensure that his/her lunchbox is clearly marked with his/her name. Alternatively, we also provide a variety of fruit for the children to buy at play time. This can also be paid for via Squid.
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 topics for this year will be ‘Superheroes’, ‘Countries and Cultures’ and ‘Commotion in the Ocean.’
- Children In Need
Year 1 enjoyed raising money for Children In Need today. Thank you for your support.
- Remembrance Day
Year 1 have been learning about real-life superheroes linked to Remembrance Day this week. They created their own green screen videos explaining what they know about Remembrance day and suggesting something that they are thankful for. They also created their own poppy crafts and biscuits too.
- Remembrance Day medal
We are learning about instructions this term. The children looked at instructions to make a Remembrance Day medal. They had to use the ‘you will need’ list to find the equipment and materials they needed and then they independently followed the instructions to make their own medals.
- Aldi Kit for Schools.
Unfortunately we have 70 spaces left to fill on our poster. We have filled a staggering 830 stickers! Wow, thats an outstanding amound spent in Aldi. The closing date to send the poster, is the 18th of November, to be in with a chance of winning the sports kit and the £20,000 draw. A massivve […]
- Tric a Chlic
We have been using the Tric a Chlic this week, which encourages reading in Welsh…
- Crime scene
We are very lucky that we have been learning about the police in class because we had our very own crime scene to investigate this week. Our prize box has gone missing, so the children (armed with their notebooks to record) took on the challenge of finding out what has happened to it. They wrote […]
- Superhero Day
Year 1 have had lots fun celebrating their Superhero Day today. They undertook some tricky training in order to become fully fledged superheroes. They had to use an alphabet code to find out their superhero name. They created their own superhero shields (using their problem solving skills to make sure they attached a handle). They […]
- Saving Ioan the Sheep
We have had a traumatic week in Year 1. The Evil Pea from Supertato decided to kidnap our class sheep, Ioan. In order to get him back, the children had to use all the persuasive skills that they have learnt as part of our language this term to try and persuade the Evil Pea to […]
- Super spelling
The Evil Peas from Supertato took over our classroom this week and just like in the story, they ended up in some jelly! We had to try and use the tweezers to find letters to spell our spelling words, but we weren’t allowed to touch or disturb the peas! It’s was harder than it looks!!
- Brilliant Biscuits
At the start of our topic, one of the children said that they would like to make superhero biscuits. This fitted in perfectly as we will be learning about instructions after the holiday. The children followed the instructions to make their own biscuits…they couldn’t wait to try them at the end!
- Harvest Service 2019
Today saw the whole school head to Pontlliw Village Hall for our annual Harvest Service. The children performed their individual songs brilliantly, led by the Year 6 pupils. The children made us extremely proud and showed just how talented a school we have. Da iawn!
We have been busy practising our phonics. We have had fun playing different games and using the computers to help us learn too.
- Supertatoes to the rescue!
We had great fun making our Supertatoes! The children used the illustrations in the book to help them identify the colours they needed and they did a fantastic job of making their own supertatoes!
- Scary spuds
As we have been reading Supertato this week, we have been using the computers to create our own scary spuds.
- Super shapes
We have been learning all about shape this week in maths. We have been busy exploring and finding different shapes in our environment. We have played lots of different games and we have tried to make our own 3D shapes using playdough.
- Language learning
We have been practising lots of different language skills this week. We used our superhero pens to write our ‘secret’ spelling words. We also creatively used wool to spell. We have been practising our phonics and spelling by using the magnetic letters and we completed activities on the computers too.
- Superhero Underpants
Year 1 loved designing and creating their own superhero underpants this week.
- Super Spheros
Year 1 have had the opportunity to use Spheros today. They loved using the Ipads to programme and drive them, supported by some of the Digital Dragons and junior children.
- Year 1 Superhero P.E
Year 1 have enjoyed taking part in some Superhero activities as part of their P.E lesson today. We started off with some Captain America warm up games (some which were led by the children). We then played a Heroes and Villians tag game before cooling down with some superhero posed yoga! They were fantastic.
- Criw Cymraeg
The Criw Cymraeg have been working hard to develop the ethos of Welsh in our school. This Year our focus is achieving the 100 targets for our Silver award.
- Healthy Heroes
Our Healthy Heroes had a busy meeting this week. As groups, they discussed what they feel we should focus on this year. They also planned how to take part in a competition to design a mascot for a Swansea Bay Health Charity. Finally, the Year 6 children had to decide between them which events they […]
- Building with Bing Bunny…
We have been practising the ‘drag and drop’ skill in our ICT work this week. Here we are using the computers to create and build our own designs…
- Handy hands
As part of our handwriting session, we have also been developing our fine motor skills. We have been capturing and rescuing the superheroes by threading/unthreading them. We also used our superhero lego to practise fine manipulation skills.
- Pa liw?
We have been practising our Welsh colours and have enjoyed playing some games.
- Brilliant bonds
We have been practising our number bonds in Year 1 this week and we have taken part in a variety of different activities. Our Superheroes needed rescuing and we had to match the correct key to the padlock to unlock them. Each key had a number on it and the corresponding number bond was on […]