Year 1 is a unique year of growth and productivity that transitions your child into key Stage 1. We aim to ensure that within your child’s time spent in Year 1, they have the opportunity to be involved in a range of interesting and collaborative learning opportunities across the curriculum. We will also fully prepare your child for the Phonics Screening Check which normally takes place in June.
Class Teacher – Miss Leah Wilson
Assistant Teachers – Miss Charlotte Bryan
Music Teacher – Mr Rob Benson
PE Teacher – Miss Shona Valentine
A Typical Day in Year 1:
Morning Challenge/Individual Reading: Each morning your child will have the opportunity to complete an activity to consolidate and extend your child’s prior learning across the curriculum, whilst enabling them to enhance their social and personal development through autonomously exploring a range of learning activities alongside their peers.
Phonics: Your children will receive a daily phonics lesson. At Grosvenor Park we follow the Read Write Inc. scheme. Read Write Inc. phonics teaches children to read accurately and fluently with good comprehension. The children learn to form each letter, spell correctly, and compose their ideas step-by-step. The children write every day, rehearsing out loud what they want to say. Before spelling the words using the graphemes and ‘tricky’ words they know. They practice handwriting every day: sitting at a table comfortably, they learn correct letter formation and how to join letters speedily and legibly. Children’s composition (ideas, vocabulary and grammar) is developed by drawing on their own experiences and talking about the stories they read.
Playtime / Snack
Mathematics: Mathematics across the school is supported by White Rose, a learning approach that is carefully crafted to inspire a genuine love of the subject.
Guided Reading: where children will take part in shared reading, then demonstrate their understanding of the text through questioning and discussion within a small group.
Lunch time / playtime
Collective Worhship: an opportunity for the whole school to reflect and prepare for the day ahead rejoicing in cheerful songs and talking to God through prayer.
English: At Grosvenor Park Academy we follow the Read to Write scheme. The scheme delivers detailed units of work which centre on engaging, vocabulary-rich texts, a wealth of writing opportunities within and across the curriculum and they also signpost wider curriculum enrichment. Each half-term we will introduce the children to a new text ensuring your child has the chance to read a range of genres.
Wider Curriculum: Our wider curriculum is taught through our cross-curricular approach to learning. This incorporates History, Geography, Religious Education, Science, Music, Art, Drama, and social, moral, spiritual and cultural learning (SMSC).
Spring Term Overview
As readers… we will be looking at a range of fiction and non-fiction texts of different genres. We will focus on drawing inferences such as characters’ feelings, thoughts and motives from their actions and predicting what might happen next. The children will be practicing these skills in guided reading sessions.
As writers… in our first unit of work, we will be using a book called The Lost Wolf this will lead us to write a Hunting Narrative and a Recipe.
We will be having spelling lessons weekly and the children will be using the vocabulary of the day in school and at home. During year one the children will be expected to use the common exception words in their writing.
As mathematicians… we will be learning about the following areas of maths:
- Place Value
Your child will have the opportunity to apply their skills across a range of mathematical areas and to continue developing their mental maths skills. This will include learning their 2’s, 5’s and 10’s times tables.
As scientists… we will be observing a variety of Minibeasts using simple equipment. We will be able to identify and compare different types of Minibeast.
As artists… we will use a combination of materials from the forest to create a collage.
As computer technicians… we will be perfecting our ability to log on and use a number of programmes used regularly within school.We will also be researching animals and where they live around the world.
As geographers… we will; Ask and answer geographical questions (such as: what is this place like? And what or who will I see in this place?) We will use our mapping skills to learn about the different forests around the world.
As musicians… we will be listening to a wide variety of music related to rain forests. We will start to learn appropriate musical vocabulary and also use and understand our own emotions to appraise compositions.
As sports people… we will spend the term developing skills such as agility, balance, and coordination.
These sessions will be held by Ms Valentine and will always require correct PE kit. All PE kit needs to be clearly labelled with your child’s name PE is timetabled for Monday and Thursday.
In Religious Education,
Year 1 will consider why we pray, we will be reading the lords payer, and discovering different types of prayers.
During this term we will think about:
- Why Zacchaues changed when he met Jesus.
- How the Holy Spirit changed the disciples after the Day of the Pentecost.
- How Adam and Eve spoiled the creation in Genesis.
Homework will be set each Friday on Google classroom. This will need to be submitted for marking and assessment by the following Wednesday.
Please aim to read with your child at least five times a week. It is important that you spend time listening to and reading to your child, asking them questions about what they have read.
We will also take the children to Grosvenor park for outdoor learning experiences and for the weekly Golden Mile.
Pupils should have a named water bottle in school for taking back home each day.
Please ensure all clothing is named.
Children may bring a healthy snack into school for morning playtime although fruit will be provided.
We look forward to working closely with you this year. If you have any queries or questions please do not hesitate to contact the school office to arrange an appointment.