St. Joseph's Catholic Primary School - Wetherby

Welcome to Year 1

In Year 1 we continue the Early Years Curriculum to ensure that the transition between Reception and Year 1 is smooth. In Year 1 we follow the New National Curriculum. We continue to learn through what the children are interested in and weave this into all areas of the curriculum to make lessons as creative and engaging as possible.

 

“Today is a great day to learn something new”

Miss MacGillivray

Miss MacGillivray

Class Teacher

Year 1 Curriculum Newsletter

Find out what we are learning every half term by reading the curriculum newsletters:

Autumn-1- Year-1-2017-2018 newsletter

 

Year 1 Autumn 2 trip

Please find attached the letter for our school trip on Friday 1st December.

Stockeld Park trip

 

Welcome back to all the children in Year 1. I’m so excited to be teaching at St Joseph’s and look forward to the year ahead. My priority in the first couple of weeks is to get the children settled, comfortable and confident in their new classroom, and used to the new routines which are a little different to what they’ve been used to in FS2.

The day in Year 1 starts to become more structured as children go through the first half term. In the morning we have collective worship or assembly, phonics, Maths and English. The afternoons are more flexible and based around provision areas.  The children have the opportunity to complete challenges in the different provision areas linked to the National Curriculum and following the children’s interests. During the afternoon sessions we also have our guided reading or handwriting time, RE lessons, science lessons, PE lessons and topic lessons. Sometimes we swap these lessons to the mornings depending on our objectives.

In Year 1 the children prepare throughout the year for their phonics screening test which is in June. Children continue to build on the phonics they learnt in Reception (Phase 2, 3 and 4) and continue to consolidate these sounds in year 1 as well as completing Phase 5.

We like to have lots of fun in Year 1 and we make learning as fun and creative as possible.I hope you enjoy our webpage and following our learning journey throughout the year. Watch this space…

Miss Mac

We have had a fantastic start to year 1! All the children are settling in beautifully and embracing the changes in Year 1! We have been learning all about the new subjects we do in Year 1 such as Geography, Science and Art and the children are very excited to begin to dig deeper into the content.

I would like to take this opportunity to say how proud I am of each member of our class. They are settling into Year 1 wonderfully and engaging well with the content and structure of the year. I am so happy to be working with such a resilient, enthusiastic group.

Please can you send in with your child some empty food packaging e.g. cereal boxes, empty yoghurt pots, empty packaging of food or anything safe. This is for our role play area which has transformed into Morrisons and Sant’ Angelo Ice Cream Shop in line with our Wetherby topic!

RE

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In RE, our topic for the first term is God’s Great Plan. This week, we have been discussing why did God create such a beautiful world and what are we thankful for in his creation. The children had some lovely ideas for what they are thankful for in our world and show a good understanding of the topic. Stay tuned for more about our learning in RE!

Week 2

This week we have been learning about the 7 days of creation. We made some great posters of each of the days and could write sentences about what God created on each day. The children applied there learning to create beautiful pictures of each of the days.

Week 3

In year 1, we have been looking at God’s love for us all and how we are shown love. The children devised some great role play scenes of family members displaying love for one another. We certainly have some budding actors/actresses in Year 1! We managed to come up with some fantastic suggestions of how we show love for people and how a special family member shows love for us.

English

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We have has a brilliant start to our English this term! The children were so excited to share what they got up too in the school holidays! It sounds like lots of you had a lovely time spent together. We have been writing recounts of a special activity we did in the holidays and the children have been fantastic at writing their sentences and sharing their ideas with each other. From next week, we will be looking at Fiction and classic stories. I am looking forward to working with the children to see what fantastic writing and reading we can do!

Week 2

Our focus for our English this week was The Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle. This book is always a popular choice and by the end of the week the children were able to sequence the story in the correct order. We also did some role play of the story and Year 1 definitely has some budding actors/actresses! We could talk about the book and create book reviews explaining why we liked/didn’t like the book. Come back next week to read about what book we will be focusing on next…

Week 3

We’re going on a bear hunt! We are NOT scared. This week we have got really stuck in with our book for the week and the children can now recite it with actions beautifully! Reading this book has enabled us to develop our writing skills, creating story maps, thought bubbles and captions. Some of the children even created a puppet show of the story and it was brilliant! I look forward to working with the children next week on our next book!

Maths

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In Maths, we have been looking at basic number formation, counting, addition/subtraction and shape recognition! (We have been very busy!) The children have amazed me with their superb counting skills! On Thursday, we went on a shape hunt around the school playground, looking for as many different 2D shapes we could find. The children managed to find so many shapes in the environment and they thoroughly enjoyed working together in teams and identifying the shapes. Maybe you could look for some shapes around your house with your child?

Week 2

In maths this week we have been working really hard on reading and writing numbers from 0-100! We began most maths sessions with a song which involves lots of jumping around counting all the way to 100 (It’s a favourite of mine and definitely is a favourite of lots of the children too!) Also this week, we have been learning how to count on a number line forwards and backwards! We have been practicing our KIRFS too and the children are doing incredibly! Please keep practicing number formation and rotation with your child at home.

Week 3 

This week the children have shown massive progress in their number recognition and writing! We have been learning all about the mean teens and we are not being tricked by them again! We have been doing lots of ordering practice of numbers from 1-100 and its great to work with such a hardworking group of people! Also this week, we have started looking at our 2x table and they are doing brilliantly!

Science

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During the transition day back in July, the children told me how excited they were to learn about Science so you can imagine their excitement when the subject was introduced this week! We are beginning our learning with an Animals including Humans topic. We started by playing silly games to identify body parts such as Simon Says and singing songs such as Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes (some of the boys wanted to see how fast we could sing the song, which proved tricky!!) Our task was to label the human body and the children were fantastic at naming and using their phonics to write labels. We are all looking forward to our science lesson next week!

Week 2

During our Science topic this week, we have been focusing on both body parts you can see, and body parts that we can’t see that help us to survive! We had a really fun time drawing around each other and labelling the human body; both with external body parts and internal body parts. We have been looking at the function of some of our organs such as the lungs and heart and the children can tell you where they are in their bodies. Our next Science lesson will be equally as fun!

Week 3

Science this week has been super fun! We have been learning about our 5 senses and we were given some creative stations to explore each of the senses. There was a feely bag to use the touch sense, the hearing sense to listen to instructions, the taste sense to taste some foods whilst we shut our eyes, the smell sense to smell different items without looking and the sight sense to label a diagram of the 5 senses. The children had so much fun and seem to be enjoying Science lots!

 

Topic

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Our topic for this term is Wetherby. We will be turning our classroom into our town for the children to explore! In Geography, we are looking at our local area. We will be focusing on what we can do in Wetherby, what human and physical features there are and the history of Wetherby. I look forward to hearing the children’s experiences of Wetherby and could maybe teach me something about the lovely town!

Week 2

This week our provision areas have been transformed into Sant’ Angelos Ice cream shop, Morrisons and there is even the River Wharfe running down the middle! The children have loved shopping in Morrisons, working in the ice cream stall and building bridges to go over the river. During our Geography, Travel Ted asked us what he could do in Wetherby if he visited, and the children produced postcards to send to him encouraging him to come and visit and telling him all the exciting things on offer in Wetherby! We are all waiting to see what Travel Ted says back!

Week 3

This week we have been super lucky in Year 1. We had a visitor come in to talk to us all about Wetherby! He told us all about the history of Wetherby, how it has changed and where different places are. The children were brilliant listeners and demonstrated their beautiful manners. They asked great questions. Our special visitor also left us a lovely gift of a book all about Wetherby which he was kind enough to make for us, so the children can read all about it in the reading corner whenever they like!

Thank you so much to our special guest from everyone in Year 1, you were brilliant!

 

PE

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The children love their PE sessions with the total sports coach. We enjoy 2 sessions per week. In 1 of our sessions, we are doing dance and the children are loving learning how to move like an animal! The children had some great ideas on how to move like a crocodile around the room to the music!

Week 2

This week we have continued to have our PE on a Tuesday morning, playing games and having fun with the coaches. We have also continued on a Friday morning to continue creating dance moves for in the jungle. This week, the children were moving around like monkeys, doing lots of jumping and swinging through the tree’s! I wonder what animal we will focus on next week?

Week 3

This week in PE the children kept me very entertained! Whilst continuing with our jungle theme, there was a focus on timing. Some of the children were brilliant at keeping in time with the music and following instructions. The highlight of the lesson was the children walking down the catwalk in time with the music and doing a pose at the end of the catwalk! Ask your child to show you their pose!