Year 1 2019 - 2020

Miss Edwards

Welcome back to Year One!

I hope you all had a restful Christmas break and are ready to learn all about our new Spring topic - The Victorians!

Throughout this topic, we will be investigating how life was different in Victorian times. We will spend time thinking about how it would be different for children in schools and how their toys would differ to the toys we are lucky enough to have now. We will focus on the story of the very famous Queen Victoria (and her knickers!) and how she ruled over 400 million people in the British empire and her impact at the time.  We will also have a look at how hospitals differ now to in Vcitorian times, focusing on Forence Nightingale and why she was famous. 


Reading: Children will be given a set day to change their reading book, this will either be a Monday, Tuesday or a Friday and this will be the same day all year wherever possible. It is really important that children are reading regularly at home (daily if possible), for approximately 10- 15 minutes. It would also be very beneficial to your child if when reading, you could ask them some questions about their book, to see if they have understood what they have just read. Please could I also ask you to sign your child’s home –school diary when you listen to your children read and when they have completed their book? It would be really helpful if you can make sure your child's reading folder is in school every day. All children will complete guided reading in a small group with a teacher each week.

Spelling: Spellings will be given out on a Thursday and the children will then complete a spelling quiz the following Thursday in which they will be tested on their High Frequency Words (HFW). These are the most commonly used words when writing therefore it is key that the children can spell these correctly from an early age. Spellings will be sent home on an ‘autumn term one spelling grid’ and can be practised using the ‘Look, cover, write, check’ method. Please encourage correct letter formation and high quality work from your child when you are practising with them.

Homework: During the first term in Year 1, my main focus is for the children to practise their reading and spellings to ensure they are becoming more confident. I will look to send out a small amount of more formal homework in the spring term.

P.E:  The children should have their P.E kit in school all week as the day we go outside for P.E will often vary dependent on the weather, although we will aim to go outside on a Friday for games and have our indoor gym lesson on a Wednesday. Please could the children have a pair of pumps for indoor P.E and a pair of outdoor trainers.

Water bottles:  The children are encouraged to bring a water bottle each day. Please only fill the bottle with water. Children will be asked to put drinks other than water back in their school bag to drink with their lunch as they have access to the water fountain during the day.

If you ever have any questions, worries or concerns please don't hesitate to come and speak with me and I will be more than happy to help!




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Whirley Primary School

Whirley Road
SK10 3JL

Tel: 01625 383383
Fax: 01625 610248