Dear Parents and Carers,
Welcome to Year 1! We hope that you had a good summer and are well rested for the busy year ahead at West Hampstead Primary School.
In year 1 this year children will be learning within an integrated curriculum. The curriculum is designed to provide a rich, stimulating learning experience which incorporates the child centred practice of the Early Years Foundation stage. The children will be working towards Year One outcomes but the new curriculum will provide opportunities for children to work both independently on set tasks as well as with guided groups with adult support.
Our Topics this term are ‘Earth and Moon’ which is based around our class text ‘Beegu’ and ‘We are builders’ which is based around the story of ‘The Three Little Pigs.’ The children will have plenty of opportunities to extend their geographical knowledge and develop their skills in historical enquiry as well as learning through art and design technology. At the end of the term, we will find a way of sharing our work with you.
English and Maths
In English we will be developing reading and writing skills, supporting children to spell words using their knowledge of letter sounds, and introducing the children to a wide range of texts. There will be lots of speaking and listening opportunities to help develop vocabulary and grammar. The children will have daily reading activities and read to us during guided reading sessions. We will also do daily phonics lessons. We will be focusing on developing fine motor skills as this will support their handwriting. We would appreciate your support with handwriting practice.
In Maths, learning will be developed through the use of equipment and picture representations as well as numbers. We appreciate your support in practising counting to 100, pairs of numbers that add to 10 and 20 (eg 5 and 5 make 10) as well as exploring real life examples of maths at home such as money and time.
The children’s home reading books will be changed once a week on a Thursday afternoon where children will be provided with 1-2 books that can be read across the week. Please support their progress in reading by listening to them at home every night and asking questions about what they have read. You might ask about what happened, what they think will happen next, and how characters are feeling/behaving. Each child has a Reading Record for you or the children to make comments.
PE this year will take place on Monday mornings. Children need to wear their P.E. kit to school as they will be starting P.E directly after guided reading. The school P.E. kit consists of a white t-shirt, green shorts and trainers. No jewellery, apart from ear studs, should be worn.
We would like to take this opportunity to remind you that school is open from 8.50am and lessons start at 9:05. Thank you for your support in ensuring school uniform is worn consistently. Jewellery, with the exception of stud earrings, is not allowed for safety reasons. As a Healthy School, packed lunches should promote healthy eating habits and not include sweets, chocolate bars or fizzy drinks. All children at Beckford now celebrate their birthday at school with a song and a sticker. Please note that we do not accept cakes, party bags or any sort of ‘treats’ for the class.
Show and Tell
In year one the children will have a set day to present something to the class. Show and tell is very important in developing the children’s speaking and listening skills. Children can bring small items to school in their bags and they can be left on pegs until the end of the day when show and tell takes place. Please make sure that items that are brought in are not easily breakable or expensive. You can support your child by helping them to practice their presentation at home.
If you have any further questions, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Aran Huseyin, Abigail Wells, Louise Emery, Maxine Johnson and Munevver Demir
Year One team