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Year 1 Curriculum – Autumn 2017
Welcome to Team Spurrier and the NEW school!
Thank you for your support with the children’s morning routine. The children are transitioning in to their new Year 1 routines brilliantly and although there may still be a few forgotten jumpers and book changes forgotten, they are really developing their independence and have settled in wonderfully. Just as a reminder, the children are expected to change their own reading book first thing in the morning before settling down to their early morning work. To make sure children are safe and settled it would be great if goodbyes could be said before children come into the classroom to help with a smooth, safe start to the day. Thanks again.
In Year 1 the children’s books are allocated on their reading ability and will be down to the children to put their book in the reading basket once they have read it. We do not check the book bags so please ensure it is in the basket otherwise it will not be changed. They have the opportunity to change their book everyday if it needs changing. Once they have brought it home, please can you write down the name of the new book in their record and write FINISHED when they have read it. We will keep a record of the books they have read in school. If they don’t need their book changed they should still keep it in their book bag. To reward regular reading at home, children will receive a certificate if they have read the most out of the class. This year we have also introduced the ‘race to 100’ which means that if the children have read over on hundred books then they will receive a special prize from Mr Budge.
RWI has had a huge impact on the reading and writing of children in Year 1. Thank you for your continued support with this at home. As well as RWI, the children are given many opportunities to write during their topic learning. This can be in many different genres, from writing recipes to retelling stories. Children will have handwriting support daily from the start of term 2 and cursive writing will be introduced to children when they are able to correctly form all lower case letters. Any practise at home with capital letter formation would be greatly appreciated!
In Term 1 the children secured their number knowledge and began to add and subtract. All children begin learning with resources, until their understanding is fully secure and they can be challenged with more abstract methods and reasoning. In Term 2 the children will be learning about money, shape and statistics. They will continue to add and subtract practically and mentally and will also explore measurement with length. Maths lessons always begin with a quick mental oral starter, and our focus this term will be counting in steps of 2, 5 and 10. We will make sure number formation is accurate and continue to help children to count to 100. Children begin each lesson with a focus question where they are
encouraged to think for themselves and explore maths before the teacher input. Children are then working with their partner to practise new skills taught before their ‘challenge’ where they use new knowledge or skills independently.
We are using the International Primary Curriculum at RAPS which is “an engaging, rigorous and internationally minded thematic approach to learning”. This is an exciting change and will allow children to learn with real purpose and to make clear links between subjects. A number of different units will be studied throughout the year and these will last for different amounts of time (and will therefore not last the entire term as in previous years). We will be updating you with an outline of a unit as we begin a new one, so please check home learning letters for the information! Using the IPC means that children will not study every subject, every week. Areas of learning are blocked, so one block of lessons may focus on science before moving on to a block on geography and then art etc.
This term we will continue our learning in the topic, ‘A Day in the Life’ before we move on to learning about the Seasons. More information on new topics will be in our weekly newsletters.
Team Spurrier will have PE Indoor/Outdoor on Mondays.
It is important that children have a full PE kit in school at all times in a named bag. This includes black or blue shorts and white t-shirt for indoor PE and black or blue jogging bottoms, sweatshirt or tracksuit top and suitable trainers or plimsolls for outdoor lessons. Children will be expected to change their footwear for all PE lessons. The weather has to be severely inclement for lessons not to go ahead so please ensure that your child is well equipped! To reduce the likelihood of items going missing, please label everything with your child’s name.
Home Learning and weekly news will now be communicated through the Year 1 blog on the website throughout the week and IPC information will also appear in these when relevant. All home learning should be completed and returned to school as advised on the blog.
Home learning will change as the children progress through the school so that it is both suitable for their age and also prepares them for the next steps in their school life. In KS1 children will receive a ‘Love to Learn’ challenge every three weeks. This will be based on something they have been learning at school and should be used to reinforce this learning at home with you. Please let this be the child’s learning.
Our school uniform exists both for health and safety reasons and to develop a sense of pride and responsibility in being a member of the Ramsgate Arts community. The uniform policy includes the expectation that all children will wear black school shoes (trainers are not acceptable footwear), that long hair should be tied back at all times and that, with the exception of a watch and a pair of small stud earrings, NO jewellery may be worn by children. Please also be aware that JoJo bows are also not aloud. We also ask you to remember that children should not be wearing make-up or nail varnish to school and hair styles should not be extreme – this includes unnatural hair colours. The school’s uniform policy is listed in the school’s prospectus and if you would like another copy, please ask at the school office. Please ensure your child is dressed according to this policy and that all items of clothing are clearly named.
Sipping water throughout the day aids concentration and learning. Please provide your child with a water bottle which they may keep with them throughout the day.
Please ensure that your child has a labelled book bag in school at all times.
It is vital that pupils arrive at school on time and that absence is kept to a minimum. Frequent lateness and absences can have a huge negative impact on a child’s learning so please try to have your child in school by 8:20am every day.
I am very excited for the next term and the build up to Christmas!
Year 1 teacher