Year 1 (Class 4)
Welcome to Class 4!
Miss Haigh and Ms Trayer
Miss O’Connell and Miss Murphy
We would like to wish everyone a warm welcome to our class page.
Class 4 is made up of 30 fantastic children. There are 19 girls and 11 boys.
We look forward to all the fun activities, adventures and learning we will be exploring together in the coming months.
If you need to speak to one of us or have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact school.
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Please ensure that you try to cover some Maths, Phonics and English each day.
The other subjects may only have one or two activities to cover each week.
Here is a copy of the Common Exception Words for Year 1. Please try to practise reading them each day.
You should aim to practise reading and spelling common exception words on a daily basis for 5 minutes to build up their recognition of these tricky words. Children will need help to read these words at first, but will build up their recognition. You may like to focus on reading one or two new CEW each day. You could write them on pieces of paper or cards. Then each day add a new word or two to your pile.
Monday 23rd November
Basic Skills Monday
For today we would like you to concentrate on using capital letters and full stops.
Listen to the song and watch the video.
- Remember, you need a capital letter at the beginning of names.
Your first task is to write your first and last name beautifully 5 times. You need to write your letters sitting neatly on the line with finger spaces between you first and last name. Use the letter formation card below to help you form your letters correctly.
2. Activity 2 – Writing Super Sentences worksheet.
Input the capital letters and full stops in the first activity. Then rearrange the words to make the sentence make sense.
Your sentences need:
- a capital letter to begin the sentence
- capital letters to begin each name
- finger spaces between each word
- a full stop at the end of your sentence
Below is a worksheet (Senses investigation) to carry out a little investigation using your senses.
Hearing – ask children to close their eyes while you drop coins into a tin or cup. Ask them to listen carefully and count how many. Can they use their hearing to count the correct amount of coins. Then ask them to draw the amount of coins in the box.
Seeing – play ‘I Spy’ and children have to look around to find the object. You can also give adjectives to describe the object as clues. Draw the object in the ‘see’ box.
Touching – children close their eyes and you place a shape or a small object in front of your child and they have to feel which shape or object it is. For example, it could be a circle, a cube, a book, a rubber, a ruler, a pencil, a teddy bear. Once they have guessed correctly, they draw the item in the ‘touch’ box.
Smelling – put some toothpaste, coffee or something that has a strong distinctive smell in a cup and waft it close to your child while they have their eyes closed. Can they guess what it is?
Taste – Let your child taste something blindfolded. Can they guess what it is by just using their sense of taste? Some children might not like eating something without seeing it first. If not, you can give clues instead. For example, show them the pictures of different foods attached below (tastes) and describe them. For example, you could describe them as fruity, fresh, minty, sweet, sour, tangy, makes your face screw up! Can they guess which food you are describing?
Five senses scavenger hunt – The other sheet attached below is an extra activity that you can use if you would like your child to get up and active. They need to explore the house and the garden for items that match each description. They are having to use their senses for each, for example, you need to use your sense of touch to find something that is smooth.
Please learn at least one sound a day. Go through the flash through sound clips each day also. Have some paper at the ready. The sounds are separated into Set 1 and Set 2. Your child should know which ones they are learning. Set 1 are mostly single letter sounds. If you are unsure, contact school and we will advise you.
Set 1 sounds flash through
Set 1 sound lessons
Green words Set 1
Set 2 sounds
ay ‘may I play?’
ee ‘what can you see?’
igh ‘fly high’
ow ‘blow the snow’
oo ‘poo at the zoo’
ir ‘whirl and twirl’
or ‘shut the door’
ar ‘start the car’
oo ‘look at the book’
Set 2 speed sounds flash through
Please try to ready daily for 10 – 15 minutes. This will help your child to apply their phonic knowledge to decoding and blending sounds to read words.
Please register for free with Oxford Owl to access Read Write Inc e-books plus many others. Read Write Inc books are levelled so if your child is working on Set 1 sounds, access the sound blending books up to purple and for those children working on Set 2 sounds, pink books onwards. If you need any advice, please contact school.
Carry on flashing through Set 1 and Set 2 sounds.
Can you remember the sounds you learnt last week? If not, repeat the lesson again and see if it helps you remember.
Set 1 sounds flash through
Set 2 speed sounds flash through
Set 1 sounds
Set 2 sounds
‘air’ – ‘that’s not fair’
‘oy’ – ‘toy for a boy’
‘ou’ – ‘shout it out’
or ‘shut the door’
ar ‘start the car’
Remember to log onto oxford owl to read some e-books. Register first to create a parent login.
This week we will be carrying on with addition and adding more, using number bonds and finding parts to complete a part-whole model. Watch the clips and complete the activity sheet. You might find it helpful to have cubes, pebbles or buttons to count. Anything safe will do.
Monday – adding together
Tuesday – adding more (part 1)
Wednesday – adding more (part 2)
Thursday- adding using bonds
Friday – finding a part
This week we will be learning about our 5 senses.
Can you name your 5 senses?
Watch the video lesson from the National Academy website on the link below. Then complete the work sheet related to this learning.
Work sheet – match senses
For our PE lesson we are going to explore different animal movements.
Join in with the clip below then try the Gymnastics Animal Activities attached.
We are beginning our new RE topic this week, and it is all about waiting.
We would like you to prepare a box with something nice inside (but what is inside has to be a secret.) Show the unopened box to your child and tell them that it cannot be opened until a whole minute has passed; they will have to sit and wait. After a minute has passed ask these key questions and discuss the answers given. This will help the children understand how it feels to wait and sets the foundation for the rest of topic.
How did you feel whilst you were waiting for the box to be opened? Make a list of all the different words (excited, worried, anxious, nervous, tingly, giddy etc).
Talk about the times in our lives when it is necessary to wait and how we have used that time. Share with the children an experience/personal story from your own experience of waiting.
Can you think of a time in your life when you have had to wait? (At home or at school. e.g. waiting for a birthday or a holiday.)
Can you think of a time that as a family you have had to wait for something?
How did you feel?
Was there anything special you did whilst you were waiting? Were other people involved? If so, who and how?
The word Advent means ‘coming’ or ‘arrival’. It is a time of waiting for the birthday of Jesus.
Discuss with your child how you prepare whilst waiting for Christmas. Look online at some different religious Advent calendars and explain how we use them during this time of waiting; we open a different door each day as we wait.
Discuss how the colour purple is used by the Church in Advent. Purple is a sign of penance as God’s people patiently await the arrival of Jesus.
- What can we do during Advent to prepare for the birthday of Jesus?
- What are the signs of Advent?
- How does an Advent calendar help us understand that Advent is a time of waiting?
We would now like you to design a door for a class advent calendar and write underneath different ways you can show love during Advent.
This half term the children have been learning about the concept of money.
This week we would like you discuss the different ways you can earn money.
Think about all of the different jobs you can do to earn money.
Choose one job and write down all of the responsibilities you have within that job.
Please complete the sheet below to demonstrate your understanding.
This week the children in school will be taking part in different activities for Anti-Bullying Week.
We would like you to watch the clip below and discuss how important it is to make a stand against bullying.
Then complete the jigsaw piece task underneath, telling us how you will make a change.
School Mission Statement
At St Michael and All Angels School we are a Christian Community where everybody is valued and recognised for their unique contribution. We provide a child-centred education in a positive learning environment in which all children may reach their full potential. The Gospel values of love and respect are at the heart of our partnership with parents and carers, Governors, the parish and wider community.
In Class 4, we gather together to say our daily prayers.
We plan and take part in daily Collective Worship.
We explore RE through Come and See by listening to scripture, singing songs and talking about stories from the Bible.
We love and care for one another.
Valued and Recognised for our Unique Contributions
We recognise that we are valued by celebrating our achievements together in class and as a school community through the Gold Award.
We cherish each other’s unique talents and strengths.
Child – Centred Education
Through our topics, we discuss what we think, know and wonder about. We talk about and plan our learning journey.
We take part in WOW events to bring our curriculum to life.
Positive Learning Environment
We have a wonderful classroom where we can learn, share and have fun!
We love to display work that we are proud of.
Gospel Values of Love and Respect
We follow our class and school rules by recognising good and bad choices.
We live in the light of Jesus by loving and caring for everything God created.
Partnership with Parents, Carers, Governors, the Parish and Wider Community.
We enjoy sharing our celebrations with Parents and Carers.
We celebrate at church with our Parish Family.
We help others in the Wider Community and support local charities.
What are we learning about this half term?
Yr 1 Curriculum Map
Autumn term topics are,
Morning offering, prayers before lunch and before hometime. We also say the prayers, ‘Hail Mary’ and ‘Our Father’.
You will find below an example of our school’s handwriting style. Please encourage your child to practice their handwriting, and to start and end the formation of each letter in the correct place.
Throughout this year we will be learning to read and write the following words. We will be beginning with Year 1 Common exception words and then as the year progresses some children will be able to move on to the Year 2 words.
Phonics is a very important part of Year 1. As we go through the year your child will be learning Set 1, Set 2 and Set 3 sounds to help them with their reading. Below you will find all of the sounds your child needs to learn, as well as how to pronounce them.
As well as learning these sounds, our main aim is for your child to enjoy listening to and talking about stories.
When reading with/to your child you could:
- get them to tell you what is happening in the story,
- ask them questions about the story,
- talk about the characters,
- talk about what happens next,
- ask them to retell the story,
- discuss with them what part of the book they liked best.
Your help with this is greatly appreciated, and we look forward to working with you to help your child’s reading develop.
Our PE day is Tuesday. On PE days, the children can come to school dressed in their PE kits ready for their lesson,
Kits to be worn to school:
- Yellow T shirt;
- Royal Blue shorts;
- Black pumps
Children can wear black joggers worn over their PE kit on cold days.
Snack and Water
Your child can bring in water daily in a reusable bottle with a sports cap top. We are a healthy school so we do encourage water only.
In key stage one, children are provided with a daily snack of fresh fruit.
In key stage one, children are eligible for a free school meal. We are currently providing sandwiches for the children with fish and chips each Friday.
Our Class Representatives
School Councillors: Joseph and Rose
Worship Warrior: Elias
Eco Warrior: Lacie
Reading Ambassador: Isaac
Well Being Champion: Maddison
Digital Leader: Myles
Homework and Home reading
Homework will be given out every Friday.
Home readers will be changed and also given out every Friday. Your child will need to bring their book back to school before the end of each week so that it can be changed. It would be helpful for us if you write a comment. Also, we expect your child to draw a picture about the story and write a sentence if possible
Self help Skills.
Self – help skills are very important in Year 1. Please help your child to:-
- Dress themselves,
- Fasten buttons and zips,
- Use a knife and fork to eat their food,
- Practise cutting skills.
- Put their shoes on
- Tie shoe laces
- Turn an inside out item of clothing the right way
- Open a packet and peel a banana/tangerine etc.
- Put things in their school bag themselves
All of these activities build fine motor skills and organisation skills which are very important for your child’s development. It takes time and patience but the hard work is well worth it to build their independence.
Throughout the year the following web pages are always available for some extra practice.
We really appreciate your support and look forward to working with you and your child as the year progresses.