Year 1

Year 1 is a busy but fun year! It marks your child’s transition from the continuous provision environment of reception, where children learn mostly through play, to a more academic environment. Children will be expected to sustain concentration for longer periods of time and to take part in formal lessons.

Please Click HERE for more information on what will be taught throughout the year.

SATS & End of Year Assessments

There are SATS tests in English and Maths. The statutory SATS take place in Year 2 and Year 6 and these results are reported to the government. In Year 3 – 5 the children complete the optional SATS and these results, along with teacher assessments throughout the year inform the final judgement. In Year 1, the children complete a statutory phonics screening test in June and are assessed in Reading, Writing and Maths through teacher assessment.

Homework

As you can see, we have a packed curriculum. In order to meet all the requirements of the National Curriculum, homework plays a vital part in our year. The children will need a quiet place to complete their work, away from distractions. As a rule, they will have between 10-20 minutes of homework to be completed daily. In year 1 this is mainly English or Hebrew reading along with a weekly spelling test. As the year goes on the children will be introduced to weekly pieces of literacy or maths homework as well as their usual daily reading and weekly spellings.
If the children need support with their homework it is important that we all support them with it. The children should ALWAYS attempt homework by themselves but should they be struggling or becoming confused please do help them with it and leave a note in their home work diary so the teacher is aware of the problems encountered. Once again, if there are any problems, please let me know.

Usual Weekly Homework

  • Monday -Reading with an adult
  • Tuesday – Reading with an adult
  • Wednesday – Reading with an adult
  • Thursday – Reading with an adult
  • Friday – Reading with an adult
  • Spellings
  • Literacy/Numeracy (Term 2)

Reading

At BWJPS, reading for pleasure is extremely important. To encourage this, we have a reading for pleasure slot every day where we encourage children to read a variety of books. If you wish to help us provide these by generously donating a book to our Y1 classroom, you will find our Amazon Wishlist here. 

Equipment

It is really important that children have all the required equipment in school all the time and that all uniform and PE kit is clearly labelled. It is also important that kit is checked each term to ensure that it still fits and is still suitable for PE lessons.

PE Kit

Outdoor – Navy blue tracksuit, white t-shirt and trainers
Indoor – Navy blue shorts, white t-shirt and black pumps

Other Equipment
 – Once again please label all equipment and replace it when required.
  • Clear plastic water bottle
  • Homework folder
  • Pencil Case
  • H.B. Pencils (at least 2)
  • Rubber
  • Pencil sharpener
  • Set of coloured pencils
  • Set of felt tip pens
  • 2 small glue sticks
  • Small roll of sellotape
  • 30 cm ruler, which measures in both cm. and mm.
Please remember that if there is anything you need, do come and see me – lets work together to make your child’s year a very happy, rewarding and successful one!

Mrs Southward

Latest from Year 1

Chanukah Week.

Date: 04/01/2021

This week we have had lots of Chanukah fun. On Monday and Thursday we lit the menorah outside, which proved a little tricky because it was quite windy!

We did some lovely Chanukah crafts. We made fabulous dreidel cushions out of felt, we  even added arms and legs and googly eyes. Year 1 also made some brilliant candle Chanukah crowns to remind us of the miracle of the light that burned for 8 days and nights.

Later in the week, we joined the ‘Unite with light’ virtual menorah, lighting via Zoom. Lots of schools joined the conference call and lit their menorahs too, and hundreds of children from across the country joined in with the fun. We watched some magic tricks, sang lots of Chanukah songs, danced and lit our menorahs.

Year 1 really enjoyed joining in with the PTA ‘Chanukah Madness’ fancy dress extravaganza, there were some really fantastic costumes on each day. We particularly enjoyed all the elaborate hairstyles and Wacky Wednesday costumes! Every day we also had a prize raffle for lighting the menorah, to enter you had to have a signed slip from your parents, and you could win Lego kits, art sets or spinning dreidels.

British Values

Date: 04/01/2021

L.O. To begin to understand the British Value of Tolerence.

Today we have been learning all about tolerance in PSHE. Our school councillors asked that we look at the British value and discuss it. First, we watched a Ted talk by a boy called Coby XXX who liked wearing different coloured socks!! He told us that it was good to be tolerant with people who were different like his Mum’s friend Steven.

 

Then we watched read an ebook about tolerance. It told us that people are all different they have different likes and dislikes, they eat different food and they follow different religions. People can look different too, some have light skin and some have dark skin, some people have birthmarks or freckles, some people use wheel chairs or they can’t hear properly.

We also had lots of fun learning the Mr Stanley song about tolerence.

Whatever people are like it does not matter as long as we are friends and we are tolerent.

Mindfulness

Date: 04/01/2021

18th December 2020

L.O. To increase wellbeing by using mindfulness

Year 1 and Year 2 have been working on mindfulness in PSHE.  We listened to a story all about mindfulness and meditation called The Lemonade Hurricane.

These are the techniques Mrs Southward taught us:

  • Palm breathing
  • Finger breathing Om Ma So Ta
  • Relaxation by tensing and relaxing different parts of your body. Then we did some animal picture mindfulness colouring using lots of different colours and colouring calmly and carefully.

Computing and PSHE

Date: 28/10/2020

This week Year 1 and Year 2 have been learning to use Microsoft word. We teamed up with a partner to write sentences about how we keep our bodies healthy! We have been reading Oliver’s Vegetables at the moment and learning all about healthy eating in PSHE so we knew what to write! Well done !

Date: 02/10/2020

October 2020

Year 1 have settled well into their new class and Mrs Southward is really proud of us! Here are some of the things we have been doing.

Autumn Walk

Year 1 went for a walk around the school grounds to look for the signs of autumn. We found that the leaves were turning red, gold and brown and falling of the trees. Some of the trees now had berries and fruit like apples or pears where the flowers had been in summer. We really enjoyed playing with the spinners from the sycamore tree and found out that these were really seeds!

Dental hygienist

Year 1 (along with Year 2) had a Zoom call with Lucy the dental hygienist. We wrote questions to ask her and she answered them. She demonstrated how to clean our teeth using a big toothbrush and an enormous set of teeth!

Lucy also told us that we get 22 baby teeth and 28 adult ones. It is really important that we brush our teeth and our gums and tongue to keep our mouths healthy.

Another tip, Lucy gave us,  is to only eat sugar at mealtimes and only drink water and milk between meals because they do not contain sugar.

Wizards and witches

We pretended to be witches and wizards and made a spell to make a fabulous new toy of our choosing. We read lots of stories to inspire us like Room on the Broom, Winnie the Witch and Meg and Mog and then we acted out how we made the spell.

We added all sorts of creepy ingredients such as slimy toads, fidget spinners, fluffy squirrels and a grizzly grasshoppers to the cauldron. Then we uttered the magic phrase, “Abracadabra, alakazam, make a great toy as fast as you can!”

BWJPS Flags

Date: 04/05/2020

Thank you to everyone who sent a flag to capture all your feelings about school. They are absolutely brilliant!! 

The flags have now been put together (as you can see below) and we have also made them the banner for our Facebook page.

When we get back to school, we will print them out and display them around school. Thank you again, we LOVED seeing them!

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