One Family.Little People, Big Dreams
In Year 1 we reach for the stars!
Welcome to Year 1…
This year is crucial for transition. This is the year the children move on from the Early Years profile and onto the national curriculum. We are passionate about ensuring children receive the diet they need to be successful. We understand that many children will still need time to transition, therefore the Reception and Year 1 team work very closely to ensure information is shared and plans are put into place to support the children moving into Year 1. Learning through play continues to be valued, with carefully planned provision to challenge and interest the children. Teaching and learning is mindful of the Early Years profile and we spend time nurturing the prime areas of learning. Speaking and listening is key within our lessons and creativity can be found within our whole curriculum. Children become sportsmen, singers and actors, keen historians and scientists just to name a few! Our curriculum is full, rich and varied and children love to learn!
In year one we teach children to reach for the stars! We encourage children to try new things, take chances and persevere. We have created a positive growth mindset where children are happy to share their ‘marvellous mistakes’ with others to drive forward learning. Our teachers believe we are all stars and we believe it too!
In Year 1 we believe that high quality phonics teaching is the key to creating confident, fluid readers. We use Read, Write, Inc as a base for our phonics teaching, but have adapted it to suit the needs of our own children at Kader. We operate our phonics lessons in small groups so that children are receiving the phonetic diet that they really need. We send home books that are carefully matched to children’s confidence in phonics and complete regular phonic assessments to keep a handle on progress and children’s needs. We have seen fantastic progress in phonics and children within year 1 leave us with firm foundations ready for their next step in their reading journey!
Here is one of our Year 1 teachers delivering an ‘Alien words’ section within one of our phonics lessons…
See below a link to a teacher completing set 2 and 3 phonics lessons. Speak to your child’s class teacher if you are unsure what sound your child is up to.
Year 1 is the year the children take part in the statuary phonics screening tests. You can find more information about the tests here…
Time to play!
We still value play within our Year 1 classrooms and areas are set up to create curiosity and engagement. Children enjoy exploring the different areas and learning in the moment. Teachers regularly change the provision to keep interest high and maximise learning.
Maths, Literacy and Science
As children enter the national curriculum, we hook children in with engaging topics and ideas. Teachers make learning fun and children enjoy all of the different subjects we cover.
Take a look at our assessment grids for these subjects… it will help you see the level of expectation we have for our children.
Our first formal year of education sees us learning to write longer and longer pieces of text. We love using Talk for Writing to help us memorise stories which we can then change and adapt to create our own versions. This really helps to develop our confidence as writers because we have so much to juggle all at once: writing beautifully, using our phonics to spell new words AND our ideas! Year1 writing is all about building stamina and writing increasingly lengthy texts while constantly using the rule of 3- full stops, capital letters, finger spaces. Our daily phonics sessions help to embed our phonic knowledge which means we are confident at tackling the writing of the really tricky vocabulary we meet in our class texts.
Bright Lights Big City
Paws, Claws and Whiskers
The Enchanted Woodland
Latest Year 1 News
English This week in English, we were introduced to the poem ‘Dinosaurs in London’. We began our talk for write and learned lots of different actions to help us remember the story. We then used our retrieval skills to answer questions based on a verse of the poem....
English This week in English, we were introduced to our new book The Queen’s hat. This developed our knowledge of London as we revisited landmarks and learnt all about the Queen. We also wrote about which is our favourite London landmark and why. We used lots of...
English This week in English we were introduced to our new focus story ‘Katie in London’. We made a prediction on Tuesday, then read the book to see if our predictions were close! Maths In Maths, we have been counting in 2’s, 5’s and 10’s. We even moved onto word...