“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.’
- Year 1 Counting in steps of 2
We have been counting in steps of 2 this week. There has been lots of jumping (counting in 2s as our feet hit the floor) as well as other fun activities. We finished the week by counting the animals on to Noah’s Ark. A super effort by everyone!
- Year 1 Postio llythyr
The children had the opportunity to show off their welsh skills today by role playing “postio llythyr”. We turned our classroom into a post office where we had a parcel wrapping station, a postcard writing station, the cashier with the stamps and the post box. The children thoroughly enjoyed and all had a go at […]
- Year 1 A taste of China
What a fantastic afternoon we have had! The children have had the opportunity to taste a variety of Chinese food and the majority of them enjoyed everything. I am so proud of them all for trying. They tried different types of noodles, rice, prawn crackers, soy sauce, vegetable spring rolls and prawn toast. The discussion […]
- Year 1 Countries and Cultures
The children are excited about our new topic “Countries and Cultures” and have provided lots of interesting ideas that will be included in the planning. It’s lovely to see their enthusiasm – especially when their ideas have been used in lessons. Our first destination is China! Keep up the good work boys and girls!
- Year 1 Christmas Party
The children have had a lovely day, first going to the cinema in the morning and then having fun in their class party this afternoon. They enjoyed eating their party food, playing pass the parcel, musical statues and having a good dance around to some Christmas music. What a busy day!
- Year 1Trip to the Fire Station
This week year 1 have been on a trip to Parc Tawe Fire Station. We learned lots about firefighters and their jobs. The children had lots of fun.
- Fireman Visit 👨🏼🚒
This week year 1 have been learning about firemen and women. We had a visit from Mr Godwin to tell us about the uniform, smoke alarms and the dangers of hot items in the home.
- Sêr Yr Wythnos
Llongyfarchiadau to our stars this week.
- Road Safety Assembly
This week is Road Safety week. Our Safety Soldiers pupil voice group contacted Charlie from the road safety team and he very kindly came in to take assembly for us today. We discussed possible dangers for pedestrians and drivers, and Charlie showed us how many accidents gave happened recently in our local area. The children […]
- 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.