Year 1 at Heron Hill School
Welcome to Year 1 - we are passionate about creating a welcoming, safe and stimulating teaching environment
Arrival at School
Children should meet and wait in the playground on arrival at school. When the whistle blows at 8.50 am they should line up in their appropriate places and stand quietly until the teacher asks them to walk into class. Please help your children to become independent by encouraging them to line up with their classes and to carry their own bags into school without you.
If it is raining heavily the doors will be open for the children to go to their classes from 8.45 am.
Snacks for Morning Break
Fresh fruit is provided for all infant children through the ‘Fruit for Schools’ scheme. There is no need to bring any other snack.
School milk is available on a daily basis at a cost of approximately 22p per day. If your child is not already registered in this scheme and would like to have milk please ask the office for further details. Children drink their milk during afternoon playtime.
Please label lunch boxes clearly to avoid confusion! Small plastic boxes are preferred due to space limitations in the cloakrooms. In warmer weather it is advisable to put a cool pack in the lunch box.
We are always pleased if parents/grandparents would like to help and be involved in classroom activities. If you are able to offer your help, please fill in and return the school helper’s form or see your child’s class teacher.
We encourage children to play well together, consider others and share equipment fairly. As they move through the school we support children in being able to resolve minor conflicts independently, whenever they can.
Skipping ropes may be brought to school for use at playtime. They should be kept in your child’s own tray and are their responsibility. No balls or other toys please.
Children need to bring a water bottle to school in addition to their lunchtime drink. These will be kept in the classroom to allow children to access a drink hygienically and regularly, and then sent home each night to be cleaned and refilled. Only WATER please. Please name the bottle clearly.
Jumpers and Clothing
Please ensure ALL of your children’s clothing is clearly and permanently labelled (pen often washes out).
Please use the home-school book to comment on reading experiences with your child at home and to pass on any messages if you are not able to see the teacher personally. For reading please record the date, title of book, the page your child has read to and any comment you feel is relevant. Please ensure your child tells us when there is an important message in this book as we do not check home-school books every day. Your child’s teacher will also use the book to communicate other information. We would be really pleased to hear of any comments your child makes about things they have enjoyed at school and about any specific progress you notice. Please use the book for this purpose too. On occasions, children may have a small homework task relating to a current topic in school and they may bring home a list of key words that they are learning to read and spell.
Y1J Indoor PE session is on Tuesday, outdoor PE on Friday
Y1K Indoor PE session is on Wednesday, outdoor PE on Friday
Please can you ensure that your child brings the correct PE kit (with every item named!) in a suitable bag. Please note that children are not allowed to wear any jewellery. If children already have pierced ears, they should remove earrings on PE days as staff are not allowed to remove these. The school’s policy on jewellery is in accordance with Cumbria County Council’s policy which is that no jewellery should be worn in school apart from simple, working watches. If you are planning to have your child’s ears pierced please do so at the beginning of the summer holidays so that the earrings are able to be removed before returning to school in September.
YEAR 1’S MAIN TOPICS
AUTUMN TERM (TERM 1)
Ourselves (Science, History and Geography)
We will be covering work on our bodies, healthy eating and the senses.
SPRING TERM (TERM 2)
Homes and Houses (Science, Geography and History)
We will be covering work on building materials, the properties of materials, our homes and homes around the world.
SUMMER TERM (TERM 3)
Transport (History, Geography and Science)
Animals (Science and Geography)
The development of transport, mainly bicycles, through the ages.
Throughout the year, children in Year 1 will be learning about seasonal changes (Science). Other subjects, such as English, Art, Design and Technology and Music will often be linked with these main topics.
Your child will experience a wide range of books in school, both fiction and non-fiction. They will bring home two or more reading scheme books and a book/books of their own choice from the same colour band each week. These are of a similar reading or interest level to their reading scheme books. Encourage your child to read their scheme book to you and discuss the storyline, pictures and their enjoyment of what they have read. They should read school scheme books two or three times each to gain fluency and full understanding. It is just as important to read books to your child and discuss the stories or content or to share the reading, letting the child join in with repeated phrases or parts of the book they can manage. The choosing books may be ideal for this purpose. Encourage your child to read different types of text at home and visit the local library.
Please record in the home-school book when you hear your child read, with comments on fluency, understanding, intonation and expression, if appropriate.
Teachers hear all children read each week during a focused small group guided reading session. In addition to this, the children will read individually to teachers, teaching assistants and other adult helpers in school over two weeks (half a class will be heard individually each week). Your child will be given new books at some point each week. It is very important that teachers and parents work together so that our children become enthusiastic, confident readers by the end of Year 1.
Reading at Home
Please try to put aside a regular period of about 10 minutes a day to read with your child. The following are guidelines to help your child read at home:
- read stories together
- talk about the story together, discussing characters, key events, etc
- let your children see you reading
- make shopping lists together
- help them to read signs and labels when out together
- visit the library together and help them to choose suitable books
- share songs and rhymes
- listen to CDs of books and songs
- discuss films or television programmes with them.
When children are reading encourage them to:
- use initial sounds
- sound out whole words
- use picture clues
- make a sensible guess
- re-read a sentence for sense, or if mistakes have been made.
If your child is struggling, join in and read together. Always remain positive, patient and relaxed. If your child is reading with some fluency look for:
- correct phrasing ¸ taking note of punctuation
- change of pace ¸ use of speaking voices
- use of expression/intonation ¸ full comprehension of the text
It is vital that children not only read fluently but have a clear understanding of the text. They will need to be able to extract information, discuss preferences and underlying meanings of what they have read by the end of Year 2. So please do not just ask them to retell the story but ask specific questions.
eg What is happening here?
What might happen next?
Give help with new words.
Can you think of a different ending?
Discuss the characters.
What did you like about this book?
Why did the character say that?
How do you think that character is feeling?
As the books become longer it may not be possible or desirable for your child to read all the book in one night. Last, not least, enjoy yourselves! Always give praise and encouragement, and do not be afraid to stop if you or your child are tired or anxious.
The following high frequency words will be taught during Year 1 and 2:
a an as at if in is
it of off on can dad had
back and get big him his not
got up mum but put the to
I no go will that this then
them with see for now down look
too he she we me be was
you they all are my her went
it’s from children just help said have
like so do some come were there
little one when out what don’t old
I’m by time house about your day
made came make here saw very oh
their people Mr Mrs looked called asked
Plus: days of the week; months of the year; numbers to twenty; common colour words; pupil’s name and address; name and address of school.
Children will be taught to read and spell these words.
WAYS TO SUPPORT YOUR CHILD WITH WRITING IN YEAR 1
These are some of the writing skills we focus on throughout Year 1, though it is important to remember that children progress at different rates and every child is different.
The most crucial thing is to encourage and praise all of children’s attempts at writing and to involve them in enjoying writing lists, party invitations, Christmas cards etc at home.
We encourage the children in Year 1 to:
- Write their full name with upper and lower case letters used appropriately.
- Use finger spaces in between each word.
- Write cvc words independently, e.g. cat, cup, sit.
- Say and stretch words to hear their sounds to help spelling them.
- Start each sentence with a capital letter and end it with a full stop.
- Form upper and lower case letters correctly and use them appropriately within sentences, eg not use capitals within words: cHeeSe, BrEaD.
- Form digits 0-9.
- Begin to read back their own writing to check that it makes sense.
Once children are confident, they will progress to:
- Begin to use sentence connectives such as next, then, later, after that.
- Begin to use connectives and conjunctions such as and, but, because, so, to, etc. to extend their sentences.
- Begin to use ! and ? sentence punctuation.
- Use adjectives to enhance their writing.
This year we are refining target setting and will no longer send home target stickers in diaries. Children will work on class and personal targets and should be able to tell you their current targets, which are recorded in their writing books.
To become successful mathematicians children need to develop their thinking skills, their ability to use mental strategies and be able to apply mathematical knowledge. Ideally, we are also trying to encourage children to enjoy maths – to have fun with numbers.
Numbers all around us:
- Look at numbers around you eg house numbers, prices, car number plates, temperatures on the weather forecast. Talk about them, look at hundreds, tens, and units, pounds and pence. Add the numbers on car number plates together, who can find the biggest number or biggest total?
- Play board games and card games that require a die, counting on or back, totalling scores, logical thinking etc eg ludo, snakes and ladders, Uno, Giant Dice game, Shut the Box, draughts.
- Allow your child to use real money to buy a comic or sweets, look at the coins with them and explain that they have different values. Play shop at home and exchange coins for the items you ‘buy’. Start at the beginning of Y1 with just 1p coins and gradually introduce others.
- Use mathematical language. Talk about the size of objects, compare sizes, talk about the position of objects including left and right.
- Telling the time is often something which children find difficult. Spend some time helping your child to understand when the hands on the clock are first at ‘o’clock’ then half past, quarter past, quarter to and so on. Calculate – how long until bedtime? How many minutes does it take to walk to school? If we set off at 8.30 what time should we arrive? etc. Also look at digital clocks and compare then with analogue, again starting at ‘o’clock’.
- Find shapes in the environment and in the home. What can your child tell you about them? How many sides, corners (vertices)? Are the sides straight or curved? Do they know any other properties of that shape?
- Practical activities such as baking provide excellent opportunities to use maths in an everyday situation – weighing ingredients, selecting the correct weights, finding the correct size tin, etc. Talk about measures generally – shoe size, height, weight of each child, compare with birth measurements, how much taller now? etc.
These are just some ideas of things that can be done at home to help your child increase their understanding and ability in Maths. If you are concerned about any specific areas or would like any further ideas please see your child’s class teacher or Mrs Knipe (Infant Department Team Leader).
Most importantly, enjoy the activities you choose to do. Do not feel you have to set aside a regular time, use opportunities as they arise.
Spread the message:
MATHS IS FUN!!
These are available to buy (£4.00) from the school office and will enable parents to support their children’s Maths development at home. Once your child has a toolkit, they will use it throughout their time at Heron Hill and it can be added to each year.
In Year 1 we will consolidate the Reception Learn Its. We will also learn the Year 1 Learn Its.
Key Stage 1 classes operate the Sun/Thundercloud system and Golden/ Reward Time treats. Every child starts each new day on the sun. If a child has behaved in a way that means their name has been moved onto the thundercloud at any time during the week, they will lose some of their Golden Time (an extra five minutes play on Wednesday afternoon). Classes can also earn an extra Golden Time afternoon reward by collecting 50 marbles in a jar for collaborative teamwork towards meeting general school expectations, e.g. lining up quietly, listening attentively in assemblies.. Children earn stickers or house points for making an extra effort with their class work, for showing consideration to others or for being extra helpful. We will cover aspects of behaviour, social and co-operative skills as an integral part of our teaching and in weekly assemblies.
Spoken Language (Speaking and Listening)
This is a vital part of English and Maths. A child cannot be expected to write about something unless they are able to talk about it. We give the children lots of opportunities to share their experiences throughout the whole curriculum – through paired, group and whole class speaking. We also give the children opportunities to listen both to us and to one another. Listening can be the hardest thing to learn for many children!
Ways in which you can help:
- News Writing: on the way to school on Monday morning, go over what you have done at home to prepare your child for this activity.
- Achievements: please tell us about special events or achievements so that we can share and celebrate them in school too!
Family Points System
All children at Heron Hill are put into one of four ‘family groups’ which are named after Kendal’s bridges – Miller, Nether, Romney and Victoria. The children stay in this family group through their Heron Hill years and will be in the same family group as their brothers and/or sisters. Once a term we will have a family day, when the children will work on a special topic with other children from their family group, who will be from years Reception to Year 6. When children are rewarded for good work or behaviour, the point will go towards their family group and at a half-termly assembly the family group with the most points is celebrated. Points from sports days and other activities also go towards the family group.