Welcome to Mrs Kay's Class!
Year 1 - "Owls" class
The Owls class is made up of the youngest Year 1 children, some of whom have only just turned 5 when they join us in September, and so our year together always starts as a gentle journey, whilst the children are nurtured into a more formal way of learning. We very much concentrate on building independence skills and developing resilience for learning by fostering a 'have a go' attitude in everything we do.
We take a huge pride in each and every achievement, no matter how small, as they are all steps on our learning journey.
In whatever we do, we encourage a growth mindset and that’s why we have as our class motto ‘I can’t do it…yet!’ We want our children to become creative thinkers and problem solvers who are ready to face the fresh challenges each subsequent year group will bring with enthusiasm and excitement.
Finally love and learning... We’re all about these in The Owls!
Love - of each other, through kindness, acceptance and being a good friend; but also love of our world, our school and the wider environment.
Learning - how to become confident readers, writers and mathematicians, whilst also getting excited by finding out new things about the world around us.
When we add these two things together our aim is to instill and develop a lifelong love of learning in our youngest children.
We hope you enjoy seeing some of the things we have been up to recently...
As we have three classes in Key Stage 1 including a split Year 1/2 class, we plan our Key Stage 1 curriculum using a two year rolling programme of topics. This year we will be following our Cycle B curriculum. Take a look!
You will see that our timetable is quite packed in Year 1! During our first autumn half term we work up gradually to including all subjects and topics and we do lots of whole class activities to support the children as they make the transition from Reception.
Reading at Home
It is important that children continue to practise their reading skills at home on a daily basis. With this in mind you may find the following website useful as a source of colour banded books to supplement the books they are bringing home from school. Simply select books from the same colour band which your child is sent home then encourage them to read the book aloud and practise their recall and comprehension skills as you would normally.
Reading for Pleasure
If you are looking for suggestions of appropriate books to read for pleasure with your Year 1 child, check out the recommendations on the Books for Topic website - www.bookfortopics.com/year-1
Additional Apps to support Learning in Y1
PHONICS, READING AND LANGUAGE
Twinkl Phonic Suite -British Phonics by Twinkl Ltd
Jolly Phonics by Jolly Learning
Teach Your Monster to Read by Teach Monster Games
PP Phase 2 by Phonics Play
Mr Thorne Does Phonics
Squeebles Spelling Test by Keystage Fun
Puppet Pals 2 by Polished Play
Motion Maths Hungry Fish
Squeebles addition and subtraction by Keystage Fun
Finger numbers by Multitouch Maths
Maths Facts: number bonds by Rob Clarke
Bee Bot by TTS group
HANDWRITING, LETTER AND NUMBER FORMATION
Sand Draw: beach creativity by Kalrom Systems Ltd