Our Class – Year 1

Here you will find any basic information about life in Year One as well as being able to see what we are up to by looking at the Year One blog (please find and select from the drop down menu above^)

If you have any questions, they may be answered below. However, if you would like to talk about anything further, please feel free to contact me.

Kind Regards

Miss Corkerry


A bit of information for you about who we are:

Year One staff team

Class Teacher – Miss Corkerry

Teaching Assistant – Mrs Atwal

Life in Year One

Year One is a change for the children. We move from the EYFS curriculum to the National Currculum, which comes with some

new learning opportunities by building on their foundational skills. This year it is a little different as the children have missed out on gaining these essential skills so we will work to build these first. The children’s day is more structured with a distinct separation between play and learning. There are opportunities for free play but this will decrease as the term goes on, the day will be timetabled for specific subject areas. Children’s learning is compartmentalised into clear subject areas. Although having an over-arching focus area; children will have separate books and lessons timetabled for these areas.  Learning does move at a quicker pace in Year One, this is not a rushed process but does need the engagement of the children and consistent attendance, where possible. As the curriculum here at All Souls is jam-packed with exciting adventures and learning pursuits it is essential that the children, if well and able, are in school every day ready to learn. There is a decrease in provision for independent, outdoor learning; instead this will be completed in small groups or a class.

A typical day – what does it look like?

The honest answer is there isn’t a typical day in Year One. We change as the children enter and although a general outline and specific objectives are always planned for this does not always happen. This is only an idea of what a day looks like and does not detail, play, outdoor learning, forest school or free choice. It is also subject to changes based on what the children need.

8.45 – 9.00am Children arrive and early morning tasks
9.00 – 09.30am Phonics
09.30 – 09.45  am Fitness
09.45 – 10.10 am Handwriting
10.10 – 10.20 am Alphabet or basic number recognition
 
10.40 – 11.15 am Maths
11.15 – 11.45am Writing/Reading
 
12.40 – 1.00pm Prayer service
1.00 – 1.50 pm RE/ Science/PE/Art and Design/Geography/History
 
2.05 – 2.45pm RE/ Science/PE/Art and Design/Geography/History
2.45 – 3.00pm Story Time
 

 

What can I be doing at home to support my child?

  • Practise reading and writing of the Common Exception words for Year One
  • Counting back and forward to 20 and beyond
  • Finding the amount, how many blue cars are on this road?
  • Reading to your child and hearing them read
  • Practise getting dressed
  • Practise cutting up and eating food independently
  • Questionning them when reading
  • Having conversations and asking why or how

Expectations for Year One
We have high expectations for all of the children in Year 1.

We wish for children to be the very best they can be
We expect all children to respect the Catholic ethos of the school.
We hope that children will take every opportunity given to them to develop to reach their full potential
We expect for behaviour to be of the highest standard, with a consideration for others inside and outside the classroom
We expect all children to come to school ready to learn, this includes having the correct school uniform, including correct footwear, which is to be labelled.
Most of all we expect the children to be willing to learn and grow as individuals, working to better themselves both academically and personally.

Learning in Year One
• Please see Year 1’s newsletter for curriculum and dates for the diary.