Spain class is made up of 25 wonderful Year 1 children who love learning and who strive to be the very best they can be. Our Class teacher is Miss Bestwick and throughout the year she will be helping us adopt an ‘I can do it’ attitude so we believe anything is possible and we reach our goals.
In our Class we are very fortunate to have a range of adults who love to help us learn. Every other Monday when Miss Bestwick has her planning, preparation and assessment (PPA) time we are taught by Mrs Norton. Mrs Henson will be working closely alongside Spain and Greece class but we are very lucky to have her the majority of the time. We are also supported by Miss Austen on a Tuesday and Friday morning - she loves to help us with all aspects of our learning, especially our reading!
Alongside the children in our class, there is also our class bear who we named 'Cookie.' Cookie bear helps us every day with our learning and makes sure we are all following our school rules. Every day a lucky member of the class is chosen as the 'Star of the Day' and gets to take Cookie home. We are all super excited for our turn as we get to look after him at home for the night.
Spain's learning journey:
Autumn term weekly blog:
It was lovely to meet some of you at the meet the teacher event last week and finally put a few names to faces. Over the summer I will be updated our class webpage with our weekly timetable and any important dates and information you may need so keep checking. I hope you all have the a wonderful summer and the sun shines for you all. I look forward to hearing all about what your children have been up to when they return in September. Happy holidays!
Our topic question for Autumn term is:
Miss Bestwick and Miss Hardaker are currently working hard to finalise our topics for Year 1. We are trying to base these around the children's interests to ensure they are engaged and enthusiastic with their learning. Keep your eyes peeled on this blog for further updates on our overarching theme.
During the autumn term the children will be consolidating their basic skills in English and Maths and building upon the areas they learnt in Reception. In English we will be exploring sentence structure to enable the children to write short narratives. This process will be built up using Talk 4 Writing which the children are familiar with from last year. Each time we learn a new story we will follow the same process; listening to the story told by an adult, adding actions and role-playing the story, sequencing the story, creating story maps and story boards before using all of these skills to rewrite the story.
In Maths we follow the White Rose scheme of work which blocks concepts into units. For Autumn term 1 the focus in Maths will be based around number and place value. The children will continue to work on their counting skills however this will now extend passed 10 and the children will learn to count forwards and backwards to 20, then 50 and finally 100. The children will familiarize themselves with counting by using language such as; more than, less than, equal to, most and least and will eventually progress onto finding 1 more or 1 less than any given number.
In PSHE the children will engage with a unit called 'being healthy.' This unit of work focuses on the importance of keeping both the body and mind healthy. Over the term we will explore what being healthy means and practice a variety of ways through eating healthily, keeping active, yoga/meditation and mindfulness techniques.
In RE we will be looking at each child's likes and dislikes and making the link that we are all different and unique. Following on from this we will explore children's individual beliefs and begin to explore a few religions. We will be asking the questions: Who is a Christian and what do they believe? and Who is Jewish and what do they believe? Once we have touched upon both religions we will refer back to our initial lessons by comparing similarities and differences.
In our computing sessions we will touch upon basic computing skills before exploring the importance of e-safety. This will link well to our PSCHE unit on keeping ourselves healthy.
I will update our Topic (Geography/History), Art and Music focus over the summer once our topic theme is set in stone.
Reading books are changed on a weekly basis. If your child is reading regularly at home, I am very happy to change their book more often. The children will need to leave their reading book and reading diary on my desk first thing in the morning. This will give me enough time to change their book during the day. Please could you write a little note in their diary asking for books to be changed so I know they have definitely finished and remind them in a morning to hand their diary and book in.
This year, spellings will run similarly to the tests in reception. In Year 1 the spellings are linked to the high frequency and tricky words to aid them with their spelling during independent writes. Each week we will choose ten words at random to test your child on. To support you with your learning at home, we would suggest you chose a few words each week to perfect rather than tackling the whole list. Although we cannot guarantee those words will come up, it is likely that some or most will. Spelling tests will take place on a Tuesday afternoon and will be completed informally as part of our daily classroom learning. If you think your child is struggling with this format then please speak to me and we can arrange something together.
During the Autumn Term our focus on homework will involve regular reading of the child's reading book as well as learning any high frequency words. If your child has received any new high frequency words these will be written in the teacher comments section of your child’s reading diary. Your child will also benefit from practising a few spellings per week from the spelling booklet we provide. Once the children have settled in to Year 1 life we will introduce MyMaths homework which can be completed on a laptop or computer. Each child will be given a login for this website but please feel free to ask for another if this is ever misplaced!
This year we will have two P.E lessons a week. Our Outdoor P.E session is on a Tuesday afternoon and our Indoor P.E is on a Friday afternoon. Please could you make sure your child returns their PE kit after the summer break. It would be helpful if all PE kit could be labelled to prevent any confusion between children. PE bags will be sent home at the end of every half term
Dates for your diary:
Tuesday 2nd September & Wednesday 3rd September - INSET days - school closed to pupils
Thursday 4th September - return to school
Thursday 24th October - break up for half term
Friday 25th October - INSET day - school closed to pupils
Monday 4th November - return to school
In Spain Class we are always trying to be the very best versions of ourselves. We love working hard and dreaming big. The children below have impressed Miss Bestwick and any other adults in our class and have received recognition during our ‘well done’ assemblies.
A huge congratulations to:
The following children have received their awards for: