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Church Of England School

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Year 1

Welcome to Year 1!



Firstly I want to start by saying a massive Hello and Welcome to Year 1! I am so excited to be joining you all at Great Kimble and look forward to getting to know you and your children over the coming weeks.


I hope you all had a lovely summer break and are looking forward to getting back to school. We have a really exciting year ahead. I would like to invite you all to our Meet the Teacher Evening on Wednesday, 12th September at 7.00 p.m. This will give us a chance to get to know each other and for me to share with you how we will be working in Year 1.


Our topic for our first term will be 'All Kinds of People'.  Each term the children will be exploring an inquiry based question which we aim to answer at the end of the topic. Our inquiry question this term is 'What makes us different?' We will be enjoying a rich, cross-curricular approach to the topic.


In English we will be...

Focusing on the well-loved 'Elmer' and 'Funnybones' stories, looking at sequencing stories, sentence structure and writing our own scenes. We will also be sharing a range of non-fiction texts surrounding 'Our Bodies' and 'All Kinds of People', looking at what makes a non-fiction text and how we find out information.


Reading, Phonics and Spellings

The most beneficial way in which you can support your child's learning is by hearing them read every day. Please try to encourage comprehension skills as well as de-coding skills in the books you share together. The children will be working on Phase 4 and Phase 5 Phonics. They will be reading and writing words using their phonic knowledge but also reading and writing 'Tricky Words' which don't follow the rules. 


Year 1 Common Exception Words:
the, a, do, to, today, of, said, says, are, were, was, is, his, has, I, you, your, they, put, push, pull, full, be, he, she, we, no, go, so, by, my, come, some, here, there, where, love, one, once, ask, friend, school, house and our.


The children will have a spelling list sent home each week on a Friday, which will reflect the phonics they have learned, and they will be tested on these the following Friday.


In Maths we will be...

Challenging ourselves with numbers and place value, counting to 20 and beyond in different ways, looking at more and less than, Investigating addition and subtraction including number bonds and also identifying 2D and 3D shapes.


In Science we will be...

Looking at the parts of the body and how they work, our senses and we will also be carrying out a class investigation.


In addition we will be looking at where our families come from - do we have any family from a different country?  - and we shall be writing family trees. We will be using 'Elmer' to explore colour and Van Gogh’s 'Sunflowers' to explore colour mixing and tints. Please have a read of our Topic Web to see all the other things we will be learning.


General Information

  • Our school day starts at 8.50 a.m. Please ensure that your child is in the classroom by this time for registration. Children arriving after this time will be marked as late.
  • P.E. is on a Monday and Friday afternoon and P.E. kits need to be in school at all times, please.
  • We will be visiting Smokey Row on Thursday afternoons.
  • Learning logs will be going home on a Thursday and should be back in school for the following Wednesday. I will explain this further during the meeting next week.
  • Our Christian value this half-term is 'RESPECT'.


I hope that you find this information useful but please do not hesitate to pop in and see me at the end of the day if there is anything else you would like to know. I hope to see you all at the Meet the Teacher Evening next week.


Best wishes

Mrs Hunt

Ofsted outstanding since 2011 SIAMS outstanding since 2016


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Great Kimble Church of England School - 2018 OPEN MORNINGS ON WEDNESDAY 10TH OCTOBER & WEDNESDAY 7TH NOVEMBER, 9.30 AM - 12.00 NOON