Year One (5 - 6 years)
Class Teacher: Claire Vian Cert. Ed. BA (Ed.) Hons.
A typical day:-
8.20am - School starts
8.50am - Registration
9.10am - Assembly
9.30am - Literacy
10.30am - A healthy snack: - brown bread & butter, various fruits, with a drink of milk or water followed by outside playtime.
11.00am - French
11.30am - Numeracy
12.40pm - A healthy cooked lunch followed by outside playtime
2 4pm - Afternoon activities include Geography or History topics, Science, R.E., P.S.H.E., Art and Design, P.E., Design Technology and Story time.
4 6pm - Late Service available
Children practice reading every day in a variety of ways. They may read aloud to an adult, read as a whole class from an enlarged text (e.g. a Big Book), take part in a Guided Reading group session with an adult, or take part in a 1-1 session with the teacher to develop specific reading skills.
The children continue to use the Sounds~Write scheme of phonics to develop their reading and spelling skills.
We hold weekly spelling tests after Autumn half-term. We encourage a clear handwriting style and children use a joined cursive script. We use a wide selection of literature and poetry as a stimulus for our own writing; from Traditional Stories and rhymes to modern children’s authors.
Lessons start with a mental and oral warm up for the whole class. The main topic of the lesson is usually practical and interactive with children using a range of responses; small whiteboards, number fans, cards, etc. to demonstrate what they are learning. Small group work may include practical activities or recording work in books. Class One uses the new Abacus Evolve Scheme as the main structure with a range of extension activities for the more able.
We follow the programme of study from the National Curriculum for our Science work. Much of the work covered is practical, but children are increasingly expected to develop scientific skills, to carry out experiments and record their findings using drawings, charts and simple writing. The Topics we cover include, Ourselves, Forces, Light and Dark, Sounds and Hearing, Plants, Materials and the Solar System.
We cover our Key Stage One History and Geography work through cross-curricular projects on Maps and Globes, Rainforests, our Own History, Life in Polar Regions, Celts and Romans, Weather and Castles.
The children benefit from lessons in French, Music and P.E. taught to a high level by subject specialists.
We encourage the children to practice their reading aloud skill with their parents every day. We use a home reading record book to record progress, and change books regularly. Children can also practice their spellings at home in preparation for the weekly test. On Fridays, we send home a short piece of text which relates to work covered during the week in class (Reading Homework). Children can read this aloud at home, in addition to their reading book, and may draw a picture which can be returned for marking each Monday.
Children have a half-termly spelling assessment to assess spelling age. We assess Maths informally with regular “quizzes” throughout the year, and carry out a formal Maths and Reading Age assessment at the end of Year One. We work closely with our Learning Support department and will recommend extra support for children with specific learning needs. This can be flexible to suit the needs of each individual and may either be in class or on a 1:1 basis where the child has very focused teaching with a specialist.
We hold a formal ”Parent Interview” each term to give parents the opportunity to discuss
their child’s progress with the class teacher.
We hold a short weekly Parents Classroom Visit session where parents and carers are invited to view recent class work and displays with their child, and to give an informal opportunity to speak with the class teacher about any minor concerns or issues and well as hear about the weeks’ successes and achievements.
Claire Vian. Year One Teacher