Faith in Everyone to Shine Brightly
College Road, Purton, Swindon, Wiltshire, SN5 4AR
Class Teacher - Mrs Campbell
Class Teaching Assistants - Mrs Bounds and Mrs Hargreaves.
Wednesday afternoon PPA will be taken by Mrs Bounds.
WELCOME TO THE AUTUMN TERM!
The children have settled in very well and are exploring the classroom with enthusiasm! Our 'Big Question' this term is:
'Is Peter Rabbit really a thief?'
We will be basing lots of our writing on 'The Tale of Peter Rabbit'.
We will also be finding out about Harvest festival.
To read our parent overview then click here.
What is it like being in Year 1?
Research and our school experience tells us that young children learn best through play and exploration, this is why we have built on the excellent practice found in Reception. We have found our approach gives the children time to think and explore, create a strong sense of well-being as well as greater levels of enthusiasm for learning. The curriculum is exciting, creative and dynamic enabling skills and knowledge to be applied so that children can purposefully build on what has already been learnt as well as identifying what the children need to learn next to ensure they are all successful learners.
. Carefully planned experiences inspire the children to consolidate their skills, knowledge and understanding enabling them to be independent, resilient learners who motivate themselves to take on the next challenge and push themselves to their limits.
Our PE days are every Wednesday and Friday. Please ensure that your child has appropriate PE kit in school.
Reading We are continuing to help your child develop their reading skills at school, endeavouring to hear them read individually at least twice a week. It would be very beneficial for your child if they are heard to read daily at home. Please remember to record any home reading, along with any comments in their individual reading records. We are in the process of updating and changing our book band system; please do not panic if the colour stickers appear to be different to the system used when your child was in EYFS.
To further promote reading at Year 1, every time a child completes 1 page in their reading diary, they will be awarded a house point token.
We are no longer in pursuit of 5 complete pages by the end of each term and instead have a new challenge. In the classroom, you will see a display entitled '50 Books to read before Year 2!'. We are setting the children a challenge to read (or have read to them) each title by the end of July. The children may read these at home, in school or any other favourite place to read.
A full list of all 50 books can be found at https://www.booksfortopics.com/year-1 A printed copy will come home this week.
Phonics at Year 1
We will be teaching phonics daily in Year 1. We will begin by consolidating phases taught in EYFS then build on this by introducing new sounds that children can apply in their reading and writing.
A couple of useful phonics and reading websites are:
(Phase 2-4 Games will consolidate learning from EYFS, Phase 5 games will embed current Year 1 learning.)
(You have to register to access the above site... however it is free and has access to over 250 ebooks which are tablet friendly!)
When supporting your child with reading and phonics, please remember to...
This term we will be counting forwards and backwards as well as reading and writing numbers. We will also read, write and interpret mathematical statements involving addition, subtraction and equal signs. Methods and strategies taught in school today are different from those that many parents learnt when they were at school. This can cause confusion when parents are trying to support their child at home. In order to help, the document below shows the main methods taught (in specific year groups) for addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. Each child’s progress is different; however, most children will acquire the listed methods by the end of the school year.
An overview of calculation strategies and methods - Key Stage 1
If you are interested in volunteering in school please come in and see us; we love having helpers in!
(You will need to be DBS
With many thanks for your continued support. Mrs Campbell and team.