“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.
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.
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 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 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.
- 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…
- Computer science
We have been looking at parts of a computer as part of our ICT this week. We went on a computer treasure hunt outside, we played a game using the IPads where we had to collect parts of a computer and we even built our own computers outside using the construction area.
- Learning About Shabbat.
This term the year one children are learning all about Jewish beliefs and practices. Today they learnt about the Jewish day of rest; Shabbat. Shabbat is a time when Jewish families come together for a special day each week. The children all enjoyed as they were able taste the bread and enjoy some refreshing cranberry […]
- Football First
The children thoroughly enjoyed the Beat Box assembly today to promote our fundraising event. Sponsorship forms will be sent home today for the fun football day on June 7th.
- Balance bikes
After our training sessions last term, Year 1 put their balance bike skills to the test…
- Sea exploration
We have been learning about some of the creatures that live under the sea this week.
- 🤸♀️ Gymnastic 💎 Gems
The children, Reception to Year 4, thoroughly enjoyed their first gymnastic after school session.
- Eggcellent Easter
We finished off the term with lots of Easter fun this afternoon, from games to an egg hunt. Have a lovely Easter all.
- Interesting India
We have been learning about different countries and one of the children asked to learn about India. One of our pupils kindly brought in lots of her own special items from India and helped us to learn more about this fascinating place. A huge thank you to this pupil, it was lovely to see the […]
- Weather vanes
As part of our weather topic, we designed and made our own weather vanes. We then took them outside to see whether they worked and considered how we would improve them.
- Fun with Weststreet.
Foundation Phase have had a fun filled morning developing their gymnastic skills with the coaches from Weststreet Gymnastics Centre.
- Year 1 and The Big Pedal
Year 1 enjoyed taking part in the Big Pedal this week.
- Wacky weather
We have been observing the weather this week. We have measured rainfall (using the gauges we made in class!) and temperature as well as investigating wind strength using windmills. Think we chose the right week to investigate given the range of weather we’ve had…
- Counting money in Year 1
Year 1 have been exploring money this week…
- The Big Pedal
The morning began with a young lady arriving to school on a horse…. then there were some scooters and bikes… finally the ‘walking bus’ came into sight! Thank you to all those who helped to support the initiative, if you did you have helped the school get 1 step closer to our ‘Green Flag’ status. […]
- Easter Service
Our assembly today was to remember Jesus who died on the cross. Thank you to Mr Davies for delivering the assembly.
- Bikes at the ready…
This week marks the start of The Big Pedal. Why not call in to school today join us for our cyclethon.
- Manor Park
What a lovely, action-packed day we have had at Manor Park. We saw lots of animals from countries we have studied this term and we had lots of fun in the different areas around the park. What a super day!
- Safety Soldiers Discuss Stranger Danger
This morning our Safety Soldiers pupil voice group discussed ways that we can teach everybody about Stranger Danger. This is the next focus for the group, following on from their work improving road safety.
- African necklaces
We have been making our own African necklaces, using our understanding of pattern and colour.
- How to make a rain gauge
We have been making our own rain gauges in Year 1, ready to measure rainfall as part of our weather topic.