Year 1 Teacher: Mrs Balderstone
Teaching Assistant: Mrs Stodart-Hall
This is going to be an amazing year of investigating, exploring, learning and having fun together!
It feels like a big step moving up to Year 1 from Reception but there will be some similarities as there is still the opportunity to learn through play alongside lots of ‘hands on’ and practical activities. There are continuous provision areas, such as a construction area, small world area, role play area, maths, writing and a workshop that your child had in Reception. In Year 1, the continuous provision is enhanced with challenges and their interests, providing opportunities to consolidate learning, secure knowledge as well as building your child’s understanding further.
The Teacher and Teaching Assistant in Year 1 support the children (and the parents!) as they move into their next step of learning. Throughout the year the children are encouraged to try their best, develop and show greater independence and resilience. Children are nurtured to grow in confidence and self -esteem so they believe they can contribute to all aspects of their learning.
As Year 1s, this is will be the first year of the National Curriculum and like all year groups, Year 1 has government statutory schemes of learning to follow. Morning sessions concentrate on building English, Maths, Reading and Phonics. Afternoons sessions cover the remainder of the curriculum (Science, History, Geography, ICT, RSE, PSHE, P.E, Music, Art and DT) and are generally taught as through a topic such as Toys and Amazing Me.
In Year 1 Phonics has a large part to play. There is a daily 20 minute fun, pacy lesson which involves lots of exciting tasks and games. In these sessions they revisit previously taught phonemes as well as learning other phonemes and graphemes needed to sound out and blend, assisting them with their reading and writing. They learn ‘special words’ that can’t always be sounded out and spelling rules. In June your child will take part in the Year 1 Phonics Screening Test. From the test it identifies if your child is secure in sounding out and blending the phonemes they have learnt in Reception and Year 1. It also detects if they can read phonically decodable words. Don’t be worried about the test as your child will have had a lot of phonic sessions before then!
Our aim is to provide a secure, happy environment so your child will blossom and grow! We look forward to working together with you to ensure your child has a positive experience as they progress through Year 1.
We can’t wait to meet you!