Welcome to Year 1 Class website page.
Our Lady's School is a caring family, where, with Jesus in our hearts, we value everyone and encourage them to be the best that they can be.
Hello year 1
My name is Mrs Dudding and I am your class teacher this year.
In class with me is Miss Young, Mrs Parker and Miss Entwistle.
On a Thursday afternoon Mr Mussel also teaches in class.
Our P.E. day each week is on a Tuesday and on a Wednesday with a sports coach.
Please come into school on those days wearing an outdoor P.E. kit (trainers, tracksuit or leggings and a jumper/hoodie). You do not need your uniform.
Each day we have a guided reading session with groups and individuals reading with the adults in the class, as well as independent reading activities and free reading time.
Our home reading scheme is based on fully decodable books linked to our phonics programme and includes a range of books from Oxford Reading Tree, Collins Big Cat, Oxford Treetops and Project X. These are also supplemented by sharing books and phonetically decodable Phonics Book Club books.
Home reading books are changed every Friday but please bring your book bag in every day as I will be reading with you throughout the week. You will receive a decodable book, which will be introduced in our phonics sessions, and a share book.
You will also be sent home a yellow reading record. Please keep these in your book bag with your reading book and send in every day. Comments (or even a tick or signature) should also be written in the book when you read at home so that I know you have read. If you read at least 3 times in the week you will receive a sticker on our class reading chart and at the end of each term our 'Star Readers' will receive a certificate and an Amazon gift voucher.
On Friday you can also choose a library book to take home.
Each day we have a phonics session based on a validated and systematic phonics programme called Essential Letters and Sounds (ELS). In phonics we learn sounds and graphemes and practise blending them together to read words and segmenting the graphemes to write words. We also learn about harder to read and spell (HRS) words and develop skills in reading and writing sentences.
Homework is set on the online site - Seesaw. Homework tasks are based around phonics and number practise - such as the times tables. You can also practise your letter sounds and maths skills by playing online games (please see the links below).
Please bring in a water bottle each day - these will be sent home at the end of each day. This must be water but you can have juice in your lunchbox.
School starts each day at 8:55 - I will be waiting on the playground for you.
Morning break time is 10:30-10:45.
Lunch time is 12-1 - we eat dinner in the school hall first and then go out to play.
Afternoon break time is 2-2:10.
School finishes at 3:20.
At Our Lady's we are always pleased to meet and talk to our parents and carers. I will be available to speak briefly before and straight after school (for example to pass on a message). If you would like me to ring you please call the school office and leave me a message.
Our topic this half term is The Great Outdoors.
Our first topic this half term is Pentecost. We will be focusing on holidays and holy days, stories of the ascension and the coming of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost, and symbols of the Holy Spirit. Our second topic is Reconciliation. We will be thinking about making choices, consequences, saying sorry and forgiving others.
1. Stories with a familiar setting. We will be reading Percy the Park Keeper - The Treasure Hunt by Nick Butterworth and will write our own treasure hunt stories. We will also read other Percy the park keeper stories and books written by Nick Butterworth.
2. Information booklets. We will be looking at information texts and writing our own booklet about materials linked to our science topic.
We will also be listening to traditional rhymes and poems.
Our maths topics this half term are numbers and place value, addition and subtraction, capacity and volume, fractions, position and direction, time, and shapes. We will also continue to practise rote counting, counting objects and finding patterns of 2s, 5s and 10s.
We will be exploring objects and the materials that they are made from. We will be identifying, naming and describing the properties of materials, and will group and compare different materials. We will also perform simple tests, and follow trails in the school grounds (links to PE).
We will be exploring our school and its grounds. We will follow routes on a map and draw simple maps and plan views. We will also look for features and landmarks on maps and aerial photos and look for them in the environment. This unit focuses on fieldwork and links to PE where we take part in simple orientation activities and follow short trails.
Outcome: A treasure hunt in the school grounds.
We will also be exploring the seasons and weather and keeping a weather diary.
We will be investigating, designing and building models of bridges to help Percy the Park keeper who needs a new bridge for his park.
Coding: we will be giving and following instructions and using code (instructions) to create computer games.
Relationships and health. We will be learning about special people, how to treat others and say sorry, how to be safe, who can help us, and our neighbours and communities. We will be exploring this through Ten-Ten.
Explorers - we will be going on adventures and moving through different environments and as animals, creating routines and dances as a class and in groups.
We will also be playing games and working as a team whilst developing skills.
Our topic this half term is Family Album.
Our topic this half term is Lent and Easter. We will be focusing on how Lent is a time for change. We will also learn about the stories, actions, signs and symbols of Palm Sunday, Good Friday and Easter Sunday.
1. Recounts: The outcome is to write a recount of 'The Best Birthday Ever!'.
2. Traditional Tales: We will be reading 'Little Red Riding Hood'. The outcome is to write our own traditional tale based on 'Little Red Riding Hood' but with different characters.
We will also be listening to some traditional rhymes.
Length and Mass, Additional and Subtraction, Fractions, Position and Direction, and Time.
Changes in living memory - we will be learning about how we have changed over time and events that have happened in our lifetime. We will also think about who is in our family and make a family tree. We will compare birthdays and toys from now and from in the past, and learn about who is in our Royal family.
We will be learning about where the United Kingdom is and what it looks like on a map. We will learn the names and location of the four countries of the UK - England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland; their capital cities - London, Edinburgh, Cardiff and Belfast; as well as the seas that surround the UK. We will also explore some of the characteristics, landmarks, features and traditions of the four UK countries.
Outcome: A royal tea party.
Self-portraits: drawing in charcoal, chalk and pastels; and painting in watercolours. Outcome: to create a royal portrait stamp.
Ongoing learning about seasonal changes.
1. Lego Builders: computer science - following and creating instructions and algorithms (coding).
Healthy Me - we will be learning about the difference between healthy and unhealthy, and how to stay clean, healthy and safe. We will focus on eating a balanced diet and drinking water, sleep and exercise, keeping clean, how germs cause illness and disease, medicine and what to do when we are poorly, items in the home that are safe and those that might cause harm, and road safety.
1. Fundamental Movement Skills - including catching and bouncing a ball.
2. Zog - developing courage and practising skills based on the story 'Zog'. Skills will include hopping, jumping and landing safely, running, travelling on hands and feet including on apparatus, and throwing overarm.