“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.
- Ser Yr Wythnos
Congratulations to our stars this week. Llongyfatchiadau.
- Year 1 Christmas Party
Year 1 had a great time in our class Christmas party today. We played games and ate lots of party food! We are all certainly feeling festive and looking forward to more fun over the next few days.
- Christmas Story Workshop
Blwyddyn 6 have been busy drafting and editing their Christmas stories in order to share their work with Blwyddyn 1. All pupils thoroughly enjoyed the experience. Keep posted for our next stage in the process… making and producing animations using clay and IPads.
- Safety Soldiers Meeting
This week the Safety Soldiers pupil voice group worked on gathering ideas for improving road safety outside our school. The children discussed the issues and how unsafe parking affects different people. They came up with some fantastic ways to improve road safety, and will be working on them in the coming weeks.
- Magical Maths Team!
Congratulations to our ‘Maths Magic’ team, who took part in our cluster Maths event in Pontardulais Comprehensive. Each team played their heart out, and showed that Pontlliw has great Mathematical skills. All of our year groups showed great team spirit and encouraged each other to do best they could. Our Year 5/6 team got though […]
- Year 1 Enterprise
The Year 1 enterprise stall is up and ready to go for tonight’s Christmas fair. Come along and support the children. Their decorations are all hand made and will be on sale for just £1!
- Fantastic firefighters!
We had a very special visitor in class today. Mr Godwin came in to tell us more about his role as a firefighter. We found out what a typical day would be like in the fire service and we also learnt some very important information regarding fire safety. A huge thank you to Mr Godwin […]
- Year 1 support Children In Need
Year 1 have taken part in a variety of fun activities for Children In Need. What a great day for a fantastic cause!
- P.C. Parry visit
P.C. Parry visited Year 1 today to help us learn more about the role of the emergency services. We found out about the important and essential roles that they play and even got to try on some of the uniform. Thank you P.C Parry.
- Remembrance Day
Year 1 have been using a range of skills to learn more about Remembrance Day. In pairs, we developed our oracy skills by asking each other questions and we then used the Green Screen to record our responses. We continued to develop our ICT skills by creating poppy pictures using JIT paint. We also used […]
- Super Skype
Year 1 used Skype this week to speak with a lady in America and her very important companion….Molly the Firedog. We learnt about how dogs are used to support the fire service and Molly even showed us some of her tricks. Thank you to Danya for an informative and interesting Skype session.
- Following instructions…
We are learning about instructions in Year 1 this term. We followed some oral instructions to create our own Poppy biscuits. We then read, discussed and followed written instructions to make our own medals.
- RSPB visit to Year 1
The wet weather didn’t dampen the spirits of the Year 1 children as they enjoyed our Wild Words session with the RSPB. The children loved exploring our outdoor environment and used a range of equipment to heighten their senses further. We discussed and used lots of different vocabulary and adjectives to describe what was around […]
- Having Fun in ‘Fun Club’.
We have been having lots of fun in ‘Fun Club’. Our activities include: cooking, painting, crafts, football, iPads and Crome books, board games, and music and dancing. Just have a look at the photos to see how much fun we have.
- Super Spy Spelling
We have been super spies this week. We have been practising our spelling words by writing invisible messages to each other and using our special laser pens to read and check the spelling.
- Save Ioan!
What a traumatic week we have had in Year 1. The Evil Pea, from the story Supertato has been causing chaos in our classroom. He has now kidnapped our class mascot Ioan the Sheep. This morning, we have been busy using the persuasive skills that we have been developing in our language sessions to try […]
- Book Fair Success!
A huge ‘Thank You’ to everybody who supported our Scholastic book fair this week. The total spent was £789.30, which means we will receive 60% commission on all purchases! This works out as £473.58 which we can spend on purchasing new reading material for the children. Diolch yn fawr everybody. Your support is greatly appreciated!
- Ser Yr Wythnos
Llongyfarchiadau to our 🤩 this week
- Building with Bing
We have been practising ‘drag and drop’ using the computers this week. The children enjoyed building with Bing Bunny and exploring how different shapes fit together.
- Amazing Addition
We have been practising our number bonds in Year 1. One of our challenges this week was to rescue the superheroes! In order to rescue the superheroes, the children had to make a specific total. Each superhero had been locked up with a padlock containing a number and the children had to find the corresponding […]
- Pants Patterns
Every week, we practise our fine motor skills. This week, we focused on scissor skills and cut out lots of different patterned pants, linked to our story of Charlie’s Superhero Underpants. We then used our maths skills too and had the challenge of making a repeating pattern using the different designs.
- Criw Cymraeg
This morning, our pupil voice group for Criw Cymraeg had their first meeting. We talked about the aims of our group and how we could go about creating a Welsh ethos in our school. They have a challenging year ahead as we drive towards achieving the Silver award for Pontlliw. The children couldn’t wait to […]
- Gingerbread Superheroes
This week, we have been using the story ‘Charlie’s Superhero Underpants’ as a basis for some of our work. One of the children suggested that we create our own underpants designs using gingerbread men. What a fantastic and fun idea! The children enjoyed using the icing and ingredients to create their own design…and I imagine […]
- Safety Soldiers!
Today our pupil voice group for Safety had their first meeting, which was extremely productive! We discussed the aims of our group and why pupil voice is so important. The children came up with lots of fantastic suggestions for improving and maintaining safety within and outside school, and we look forward to working on their […]