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Miss Fallon

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Hi, I’m Miss Fallon and I teach Year 1. We have lots of fun in Year 1 and we ‘Let our Light Shine’ in everything that we do. I enjoy learning outdoors, so be ready for lots of outdoor learning opportunities!

I love to teach all subjects at St. Peters and in particular Phonics, Art and Science. When I’m not at school I enjoy going on long walks with my dog, Pippa, and playing netball with my local team. I love to go to the theatre to watch musicals, so always come and tell me about a new show that you have seen!

Mrs Kelly

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My name is Mrs Kelly and I have been a part of the St. Peter’s team for 13 years. My own children came to this school and before joining as a Teaching Assistant I came here as a parent helper, reading and baking with the children. My current position is in Year 1 with Miss Fallon but I have also worked across other year groups within the school over the years. When I am not in school I spend a lot of time in my garden, tending to the plants and seeing what’s going on in the Wildlife Pond.

Overview of Year 1

Both parents and children may feel anxious about the transition from EYFS to Year 1 but we aim to make sure that children are able to transition as smoothly as possible and quickly feel comfortable in their surroundings. In the first term of Year 1 we still follow a Continuous Provision environment, this is what the children are used to from their EYFS experiences and will help them to settle in to their new classroom and learning environment. In the Summer Term, we move towards a more formal way of learning in preparation for the children's transition into Year 2.

The children in Year 1 are encouraged to become more independent in their learning and build upon what they already know from EYFS. We aim to give the children as many opportunities as possible, ranging from sporting events to outdoor learning to class trips.

At the end of Year 1 the children take part in a Phonics Screening, this is a chance for the children to showcase all of their brilliant phonics skills that they learnt over the past 2 years. You can find out more about the screening on the ‘Reading’ subject page.

Make sure that you keep checking our School twitter page to see what Year 1 are up to!

In Year 1, we place importance on independence and organisation skills. Children are expected to:

  • Be responsible for their own belongings: cardigans, jumpers, water bottles, book bags, etc.
  • Be organised each morning by putting their book bag and bottles away and getting out their reading record.
  • Spend time reading and learning spellings at home.
  • Go to the toilet and get drinks at appropriate times.
  • Use a knife and fork correctly at lunchtimes.
  • If your child comes in wearing lace up trainers, please make sure they are double knotted to minimise the need for staff to retie them during the day.
  • Enjoy their learning. 😊

​Due to the current situation, water bottles need to be filled before the children come to school, as we are trying to minimise movement around school.

Photos of Classroom

Start and End of the Day

Due to the current circumstances, Year 1 children are asked to arrive at school for 9:00 and are to enter school through the gate near Woolston Hall when directed to do so by a member of staff. We ask that only 1 parent drops off/picks up their child and that you try to maintain a distance of 1m between each other where possible when entering and exiting school. Children will finish the school day at 3:15 and are to be collected promptly from the Year 1 classroom door, again, exiting school via the gate near Woolston Hall immediately to minimise contact.

Weekly Timetable

This is an example of a weekly timetable in Year 1, however things can often change from week to week. P.E. in Year 1 usually takes place on a Wednesday and Thursday. Due to the current circumstances, children are asked to come into school in their P.E. kits on the days that they have P.E. If the weather is colder, they may wear tracksuit bottoms.

English

In Year 1 we have daily English lessons. We aim to build on the writing skills that have already been taught in EYFS. We follow the Pathways to Write scheme, where each half term we focus on a new and exciting book, which we base the majority of our writing work around. Children also have time each day to write in their Daily Writing Journal, and this gives the children the opportunity to write about what they wish and let their imaginations run wild, whether this be a story, diary entry, or anything else they like. This is to promote independence and a love for writing.

Each week your child will take home 3 books:

  1. Phonics Phased Book - This book is matched to your child’s individual phonics level. Your child’s teacher makes continuous phonics assessments based on their reading throughout the year, these assessments will inform your child’s phase level. All words contained within this book should be decodable for your child.
  2. Reading Skills Book - This book will contain mostly decodable words for your child, however there will be key words from higher phases. This book will expose children to a wider range of vocabulary and spelling patterns.
  3. Reading for Pleasure Book - This book is chosen by your child from their class library. It is a book for children and parents to share together. The aim of this book is to promote a love of reading.

Reading books will be sent home in your child's Book Bay and will be given out on a Monday and collected in every Friday. Please read at home as often as possible and write in your child’s Reading Record Book. Each child will have at least three Guided Reading sessions per week in school with an adult, where we focus on comprehension, phonics and inference.

Phonics

In Year 1, we focus on phase 4 and 5 of the Letters and Sound scheme. Children entering Year One will already have experience of reading and spelling words with adjacent consonants, such as trap, string and flask. They will also be able to read and spell some polysyllabic words.

In Year One, children will learn more graphemes and phonemes. For example, they already know ai as in rain, but now they will be introduced to -ay as in day and a-e as in make.

Alternative pronunciations for graphemes will also be introduced, e.g. -ea in tea, head and break.

With practice, speed at recognising and blending graphemes will improve. Word and spelling knowledge will be worked on extensively.

In June, the Year 1 children are tested on their Phonics Knowledge in their Phonics Screening Assessment. They will be asked to read real and nonsense words to show their knowledge of the phonemes and graphemes that have been taught in their past two school years.

Please see the video and documents below for an example of Phonics Screening Test and the phonemes and graphemes for each phase.

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Maths

In EYFS, children learn to use numbers 1-20 in their Maths work, In Year 1, we build upon this important skill, learning to use, recognise and write numbers to 100.

The children will learn about topics such as number, place value, adiition subtraction and early division and multiplication.

We use songs and actions to help us to develop these skills. Please see the videos below.

Count to 100Count in 5sCount in 10sDays of the Week

A.R.E. Documents

Homework

In Year 1 homework will be handed out on a Friday and due in the following Wednesday. The subject sent home as homework will differ each week. From Autumn Term 2 children will receive a list of 10 words alongside their homework on a Friday, these spellings are to be learnt over the week and will be tested on the following Friday. Homework should be submitted via a photograph on Seesaw.   

Useful Websites for Learning

Phonics Bloom(2)
Phonics Play(5)
Reading
Letters and Sounds(2)
Yoga
Draw with Rob
Oxford Owl (4)
Maths Frame(4)
Spelling Frame(6)
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