Welcome to Class 1 (Year 1)
We currently have 30 pupils in Class 1. With support from Mrs Squire and Mrs Ambrose, pupils will develop into independent and resilient workers. Our morning session concentrates on building English and Maths skills, along with developing reading skills. Afternoon sessions are dedicated to the remainder of the curriculum, which is generally delivered using a termly topic from our creative curriculum. Our topics for this year include: Toys and Homes, Dinosaurs, Africa & Antarctica and ‘What is great about where you live?’
Our Year 1 Curriculum Overview
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What should a Year 1 child be able to do?
The 2014 National Curriculum outlines the expected standards that children should reach by the end of each year in primary school. These are outlined below.
There will be two hour PE lessons every week as well as a daily fitness session. At times, there may well be additional sessions when external coaches are in school. Children are advised to bring in a PE kit on a Monday morning and to leave it in school for a half – term. The kit will then be returned home for cleaning. If you would prefer to wash it more regularly then please inform staff, who will send the kit home as and when requested by parents.
Please note no jewellery is allowed to be worn during PE for safety reasons and will need to be removed during PE and sporting activities.
At VLA, we operate an effective and consistent whole school approach to homework. Every child, from Year 1 – Year 6 is issued with their very own VLA Homework Book. Our Homework book will also be used as a reading diary and should be brought into school every day. The homework children receive in school will vary depending on the year group they are in. The table below shows the homework children should complete.
The homework with the * should be completed at least 3 times per week. (Ideally more)
Maths homework: will be set once a week. It will either be calculations to complete in the book or a task given on a separate sheet.
Spellings: Please practise the spellings with your child as much as possible using the spelling strategies within this booklet.
Sentence and spelling task: For this section, the children need to choose 6 of their spelling words and use them accurately in sentences. When writing these sentences the children MUST apply their English skills e.g. use of a range of sentence openers and punctuation, conjunctions, effective vocabulary, etc. They should also complete the sentences in their NEATEST handwriting!
Rewards: Children are positively rewarded for regular completion of homework and will receive termly rewards. Rewards including time on a bouncy castle and ice creams will be given for reading and the completion of maths and sentence activities.
All homework books will be given out, with new homework, on a Friday and homework will be checked the following Thursday. Children are encouraged to ask for help should they encounter difficulties with any homework given.
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