Year 1

Welcome to the Year 1 webpage.

This page aims is to keep you informed about what we are doing in class, give reminders, share information and use the page as a means of communication between school and home.

In Year 1 at St Anne’s we strongly believe that children need to continue to explore and learn through play and exploration but to also start to become more focused and take responsibility for their own learning. We will be encouraging your child to use their thinking skills and initiate their own ideas on how to learn.

We will still have set topics throughout the year ie seasons, Harvest, Bonfire Night, Christmas, Easter etc  and work will be based on special events that come along. In addition to these we will be encouraging the children to think of topics they would like to learn about or to explore. This engages the children more as their learning is through topics that interest them.

For example this half term we started by looking at our own homes and autumn as our topics. This led to the children wanting to explore animal homes and we set up a” Hibernation Hole “in our role play area. This led to lots of research on animals in autumn, fact files, writing as if we were the animal. We made graphs in maths using autumn objects and learnt how to read the information on them. We explored autumn colours in art and created our own autumn scenes. We experimented with pine cones to learn how the weather effects objects in nature. We looked at the effect the changing seasons has on animals. This has led to the children being curious about hibernation and nocturnal animals so out next topic of work will be centred around Day and Night/Light and Dark.

Homework set is always to do with something we have been looking at in class during the week and it is really important that you help your child with this to reinforce concepts and topics. It also helps your child to see that we are working in partnership to help their learning.

I will try my best to update the page regularly with examples of what we are doing photographs of your children and reminders and information.

I look forward to the following year and working with you and your child throughout Year 1. I have an open door policy and encourage you to come and ask questions about your child’s learning or to discuss any concerns you have about your child.

Many thanks for your continued support

Mrs Stephens.