Year 1

Welcome to our Class Page
 Teaching Team:
  • Miss Beck - Teacher 
  • Mrs Murray -  HLTA - Thursday afternoon
  • Mrs Cussano, Mrs Hallebro, Miss Kingman, Mrs Rose and Mrs Sullivan  - TAs throughout the week
 
PE lessons take place on a Thursday - please come to school dressed in your PE kit.
 
Forest School takes place every Friday. Wellies should be kept on the Year 1 welly rack. Please come dressed appropriately for the weather.
 
Reading - Please continue to use Rising Stars to support reading at home. Reading records should be brought into school on Wednesdays.
Phonics
September
We have started Year 1 by revisiting the phonics we were taught in Reception. We have applied our knowledge of phonics to read and write words with adjacent consonants by carefully blending or sounding out words.
October/November
We will be learning lots of new graphemes. You can find out more to support us at home by downloading the sheet below. There will be a new sheet each week.
Autumn Term - Shelford Stars
Helping your child at home
Here are a few suggestions of how you can help your child at home:
Reading with your child - a few minutes every day is more beneficial than one or two longer sessions a week.
Practising letter and number formation.
Counting to 20 (or beyond), forwards and backwards, and reading and writing the numerals.
Naming the days of the week in order.
Number bonds to 10 (4 + 1 = 5, 2 + 5 = 7, 3 + 7 = 10)
Read some of the Year 1 Common Exception Words
Practising the graphemes taught in Reception along with new ones in Year 1. Look out for words that contain these!
 
A few more ideas...
Look at the clock, can you tell the time? (to the hour and half past) - put up and analogue clock in the house if you don't currently have one.
Count in 2s, 5s and 10s.
Practise spelling some of the Year 1 Common Exception Words
Share stories, school books, library books, books from home, stories your child has written - reading should be fun!
Count to 100, forwards and backwards, and read and write the numerals.
Reciting the alphabet - be particularly careful with L M N O
Autumn Term Project Activities for Home
We invite you to choose one or two of the activities below to compliment your topic work in school. There will be time to share your creations in the last week of term.
 
1. Ask questions to find out about life in the past.
In class we will be comparing life today with that of parents, grandparents and great-grandparents. You could think of some questions to ask at home to find out more about what school was like, what they did at the weekends, what games they played etc.
2. Design and make your own healthy snack.
You could draw your design, write instructions and ask your family to tell you what they think about your creation.
3. Create a timeline of your life.
You could make this using photos or drawings. Ask your parents questions about what you were like as a baby and about what some of your favourite things were. Think about how these have changed now that you are 5 or 6.
 
Y1 Maths Summary:
Approximate summaries of maths coverage throughout Y1.
Maths
September
We have begun the year with a focus on place value. We have counted forwards and backwards to 10 (and beyond), worked on accurate counting of objects and represented numbers to ten in different ways, including using counters, tens frames, numerals and number words. The number rap below is a great for helping to remember the spellings of number words. 
We have also used the language 'greater than', 'less than' and 'equal to' to compare numbers as well as using the inequality symbols.
We have also been challenged to use our problem solving and reasoning skills to answer questions, solve problems and explain our thinking.
October/November
Over the next few weeks we will be focusing on addition and subtraction in our Maths lessons. We will share pictures of some of the methods we use.
Forest Friday
During our first Forest Friday session we enjoyed exploring the natural world. We collected natural objects and made rubbings of trees. Once we were back in the classroom we used these things to help us to create maps of the meadow.
We listened to the story of 'Stanley's Stick' and then got imaginative with our own sticks. The following week we recorded our adventures with a story stick.
D+T - Fruit Faces
We had a busy week, planning and making healthy snacks. We started the week by talking about some of our favourite snacks and sorting these into healthy and unhealthy foods. Next we learnt the names of some unfamiliar fruits and found out where in the world they were grown. After this we used our senses to describe the fruits. When we tasted them we recorded which ones we liked and disliked. The following day we created our own designs for healthy snacks, using pictures and words. On Wednesday we were very excited about making and eating our snacks. We all remembered that it is important to wash our hands before handling food, we used knifes safely and were proud of our finished products. They tasted great! Although we did identify some things that we could change to make them even better.
All of this also inspired our writing for the week - we each produced a set of instructions so that someone else could have a go at making a fruit face.
Geography - Where We Live
We have been leanring about Great and Little Shelford. First we shared what we know already about where we live. We identified some familiar places on Google Earth, it was tricky to identify buildings but we all recognised the park! Take a look at some of our work in the picture below.
Science - Our Bodies
In Science we have been learning about our bodies. We began the week by looking at photos of us when we were babies. Some of us were really good at recognising our friends. We found look at eyes, hair and the shapes of faces the most helpful things. There are some things about us that have stayed the same but we also thought of lots of ways that our bodies have changed. We decided the biggest change was that we have grown a lot taller!
We have also named body parts, explored skeletons, collected data and investigated the question 'Does the tallest child also have the longest foot?'
RE - Who created the world?
After exploring the natural world on Forest Friday we began to think about what the creator of the world might have been like and some of the things that they created. We listened to the Creation story, from the Bible, sequenced this and thought about what we might say to the creator of the world.
PSHE - Beginning and Belonging
 
Our first week in school had a PSHE focus. During this time we enjoyed being together as a class again. We talked about the things we enjoy most about school - most of us said being with our friends!
 
We spent time becoming familiar with our new classroom and class routines. After thinking about how to keep ourselves safe and happy Year 1 we worked together to create a set of class rules. 
 
In addition to this we played games to help us to explore the similarities and differences between ourselves and other members of the class.