Spruce Class (Year 1)

Spruce Class (Year 1)

Spruce Class Curriculum Map – 2018/2019

Welcome to Year One!

Dear Parents and Carers,

Welcome to Year 1. I am really enjoying getting to know your children and we are all looking forward to the year ahead.

As you are aware, your children will be taught as a Year 1 group for mornings this academic year. Every morning, we have English and maths lessons and we also have Letters and Sounds (phonics) sessions. In the first half of the term, our main English focus will be lists, labels and captions. In maths, we will be working on place value followed by addition and subtraction (which will continue after half term). For at least this first term, we will be doing lots of group working and the children who are not working in a group with an adult will have time to explore the classroom and participate in focussed tasks. Having a play-based aspect to learning is still very important to the children at this age and we aim to deliver this while meeting the objectives of the Year 1 curriculum.

We are very lucky to have either Mrs. Bannister or Mrs. Hall supporting our class and they will help the children in their learning as well as the community, student and parent volunteers who will listen to the children read. We are always grateful of any parents who might be able to come and help listen to readers during the week, whether this is a ‘one off’ or on an occasional basis. Please let me know if you can help.

We aim to change reading books daily and it would be brilliant if the children could please enjoy some time reading to an adult at home at least 4 times each week. Even if your child’s reading book does not need changing, it is important they bring their reading books in to school every day. Enjoying reading is so very important at this age and the more practise they have, the more skilled they will become! If you find your child is a reluctant reader, little and often might be a good idea. Letting your child re-read their reading books can be a good idea for the language to really sink in, however, to ensure this does not become boring for them perhaps ask them to read the book backwards or in a silly voice! In addition to the ‘scheme’ reading books, your child will bring a book home that they have chosen from the class library. This is meant to be shared and enjoyed together, with the adult reading for the most part.

We request that all belongings are named, including water bottles, and please make sure that PE kits remain in school and we will send them home at the end of every half term.

Please don’t hesitate to come and see if me you or your child have any concerns or questions at any point during the remainder of the school year – I am available most mornings before school.

Our aim is to make Year One as enjoyable and memorable as possible and I am really looking forward to the school year and working with you and your children.

Kind Regards,

Mrs. Stephenson