Welcome to Year One – we are a class of 30, 16 boys and 14 girls. Our class teacher is Mrs Ellison and our teaching assistant is called Mrs Allan. During the Autumn Term we will have PE on a Tuesday afternoon. Our homework comes home on Friday and needs to be handed in the following Thursday. We will usually bring a numeracy and a literacy or phonics task home.  We will also have some optional topic based tasks that we might enjoy exploring and creating at home – more details are in our homework book. Finally,  it would be brilliant if we could read with an adult at home every day for ten minutes. In our class planners we have a special bookmark that will get a sticker stuck on at the end of the week, if we have read at least three times at home, and when we fill our book mark we will get a special reward.

In our class we also have King and Queen, every week two children will be chosen for something special that they have done, it could be always being: ready and willing to work, independent and resourceful, inquisitive and curious, determined and resilient, team player or simply being a kind friend. When you are King and Queen you get a special card, your picture under the crowns on display and sitting on a special throne all week – we were very excited about this and we’re all very keen to rise to the challenge.

Before we finished for the summer we had the chance to work with Mrs Ellison and Mrs Allan – we got to show off a lot of what we can do! One of the tasks we were given was to draw an alien from a description. We had to use our listening skills because he was green, had four red legs, five blue eyes, brown spikey hair and one giant blue ear – what a funny looking character! Please look below and see some of our efforts. We also started some self portraits, we had mirrors and had to mix colours to get our skin tone just right. The completed portraits will be on the cover of our topic books.

In the Autumn Term our topic is ‘Into the Woods’. We have a very exciting day planned on Friday 8th September to launch our topic. We will be working in our school grounds all day to: Build dens, search for hidden animals, make stick men (this will link to our first literacy text ‘Stick Man by Julia Donaldson’), tell stories around a campfire and toast marshmallows to name just a few of our activities. We will have excellent outside survival skills in the woods and we will be replicating and improving our skills through our role play area in our classroom. If you would like to see how our topic will be woven into our curriculum, please look out below for the overview of our topic which will be added after we have generated some questions about what we would like to learn in our topic.

Finally, for now we will share with you the philosophy that will underpin all our learning this year.

Our adults really believe this and we will too. Year One is a great place to be, a place where there will always be a buzz of learning and a place where we will learn a lot through play, hard work and being part of the team. Keep checking in with us so you can see what we have been up to.
Bye for now!