Welcome to Year 1!
Our topic for the Spring term is 'Explorers!'
During this topic, we will find out about famous explorers from around the world. As part of our history work, we will look at significant individuals why they are important and in geography we will look at the countries that make up the UK and the features of hot and cold places. As part of our science work, this topic will include work on investigating different materials and their properties. We will also create our own printing blocks and dioramas in art and design modes of transport as part of our Design & Technology work.
In PSHE, we will explore how we can achieve our goals and how we can keep ourselves healthy.
Our PE will cover bat and ball skills, gymnastics and dance (basic body movements).
Please download and view the topic web at the bottom of the page for more information.
As you are aware, the government has asked parents and carers to keep their children at home, wherever possible, and asked school to remain open only for those children who absolutely need to attend. The government’s guidance states, ‘We encourage parents to consider the spirit of the lockdown when making their decision … and Key Worker parents and carers should keep their children at home if they can.”
As a result, Walford Nursery & Primary School remains open for all those children who have had their attendance confirmed by Ms George.
The times of the school day have changed to 8.30am – 3.00pm.
All children must use the double gates on to the playground to be dropped off and picked up each day.
For those children attending school, Breakfast Club (7.45am – 8.30am) and After School Activity Club (3.00pm – 5.30pm) are still available but you must book at least 24 hours in advance.
For those children at home, there is a comprehensive Remote Learning plan in place.
We will continue to utilise Showbie to share work and provide feedback. Alongside this, there will be daily live lessons on Zoom and we will deliver the Year 1 curriculum. Miss Weyman will send an email each evening with a detailed plan for the day ahead, including timings for live lessons and all activities on offer.
The Government has stated that children in KS1 should be provided with at least 3 hours remote education each day, including live lessons, recorded lessons and time to complete tasks. The timetable below ensures that Walford have met this expectation, however, we are more than aware of the demands of remote learning at home so please continue to do as much or as little as you wish – there is no pressure to complete everything! We would, however, really appreciate all children joining the live lessons where possible, as this provides the daily teaching and the opportunity for the children to stay connected as a class.
The timetable for Remote Learning in Class 1 looks like this (but can change if appropriate):
9.00am - 10.00am: Lesson 1: English/Phonics Zoom
Time to complete independent reading (15 mins) / handwriting activities (15mins)
Phonics Live Lesson at 9:30am
10.30am - 10.45am: Story Time with Miss Weyman Zoom
Maths Task Discussion
10.45am - 11.15am: Lesson 2: Maths
Time to complete independent Maths activities
11:15am-11:45am: PE / Physical Activity
12:45pm – 1:45pm: Lesson 3: Topic Time Zoom
Topic Task Introduction 12:45pm on Zoom
Time to complete topic activities independently
'Choose your learning' challenges
2:30pm: Celebration of Learning Zoom
Showbie is a program which allows children to upload, save and share their work in class and at home whilst also receiving interactive feedback from their teacher. Everyone will be given a Showbie username and password and it is available on iPads, tablets and computers. We will be using this regularly within lessons and for homework each week.
Showbie has proven to be a valuable communication tool during the enforced school closure in order for children, parents/carers and teachers to keep in touch. The Showbie App includes a range of features which have been utilisied by all:
From September, Walford will continue to use Showbie as a clear channel of communication between home and school.
I will continue to set and mark homework via the Showbie App on a weekly basis. Extra (optional) learning activities will be provided where appropriate in order to consolidate learning in school. Showbie will be used as the new home-school link for reading. Every child will have a reading folder in their assignments where all reading and comments can be recorded on a nightly basis.
There will also be a general communication folder where any important messages can be shared with class teachers. Class teachers will endeavour to respond to these messages as soon as possible. It is important to remember that children will also be able to see this, so anything of a sensitive nature should be dealt with via telephone or email.
As a result of these changes, your child will no longer bring home a Communication Green Book (KS1).
Showbie will be used for you to record any learning that you complete at home, including:
I will check Showbie every day to see what you have been doing. Our aim is to be paperless, therefore most written communication will be via Showbie or the school email system.
Reading books will be changed weekly. Please could you aim to read with your child every day, even for just 5 to 10 minutes! Every little bit of reading practise will help your child develop their reading skills- not just word recognition or sound blending techniques, but their comprehension of the text they are reading. The children will be given a level for their comprehension skills so, as well as hearing them read every day, asking questions to check their understanding of the text is really helpful too! The children will be heard read weekly in their guided reading groups with Miss Weyman or their RWI group leader, as well as individually. Some information about early-reading is available at the bottom of the page.
RWI / Grammar Hammer / Big Write:
In Year 1, RWI phonics sessions will run alongside English lessons where children will be taught about different text types and genres as well as spelling and grammar rules. Some PowerPoints of all the ‘Green and Red Words’ are contained at the bottom of the page to help your child build their confidence in essential High Frequency Words should you wish to do a little extra practice.
The English focus for the Spring term is fantasy stories (fiction), instructions and recounts (non-fiction) and patterned poems (poetry).
In Maths we will be revising our number bonds and looking at the symbols +, - and = (10+5=15, 15=10+5), working on multiplies of 2, 5 and 10, understanding the place value of numbers to 50 as well as investigating measurement (length, height, weight and volume). The children will continue to use representations such as the part, part whole model and bar model. We will be working on our rapid recall of number facts and consolidating our number formation.
In the Spring term, we will cover the topics 'materials and their properties' and we will continue to work on 'seasonal changes' - focusing Winter.
Please make sure you have your PE kit in school for the whole week. It is recommended that you have your indoor and outdoor kit, including joggers and a jumper so we can go outside as much as possible.
Homework will be set each week. This will be set via Showbie on Thursday every week and should be completed by following Monday morning. Paper copies will be provided where necessary and a pack containing useful resources such as a sound chart, number line and word mats with be given to your child at the start of the year for use at home. Also, please remember that for anyone wishing to do a little extra homework, Education City is accessible via the Internet.
Follow this link to find out about using Education City on your iPad.
The children also have list of spellings appropriate to the level they are working which they can work on at home as well as in school. As part of their writing assessment, children will be tested on their spelling of the Year 1 common words. The ‘word of the week’ will be on the bottom of each homework page.
For photographs of class and school activities, please click on 'CHILDREN' and then 'GALLERY'. There are also lots of videos on Walford TV. Also, remember to keep checking Twitter: @WalfordSchool for regular updates too.
Please feel free to come and see me about anything you may need help with. I am happy to meet with you and discuss any comments, questions or concerns you may have about our topic, the work covered in class or your child's progress. Please let the office know if you are not receiving updates from the website and would like them. Email updates and newsletters will remind you of useful information and future events such as class assemblies, trips and parents’ evenings etc. if you provide your email address.
Tuesday, 5th January - Return to School
Tuesday, 9th February - Safer Internet Day
Monday 15th February to Friday 19th February - Half term
Wednesday 31st March - End of Term