In Year One, we make the transition from following the Foundation Stage curriculum to learning in National Curriculum subject areas. We start each day promptly at 8.50, beginning each day with a Letters and Sounds lesson which teaches us the skills to learn to read, spell and write. This also helps us to develop our skills in preparation for the Year One Phonics test in June which gives a pass or fail result. Daily English and Maths lessons take place in the mornings. Assembly takes place each day. Afternoons are when we learn through topic themes. Swimming in our own school pool and using our beautiful school grounds are especially popular and enjoyable sessions. We also love our class mascot, Jigsaw Jack who teaches and inspires us to be the best citizens and learners that we can be.
We start the year by agreeing on the golden class rules which help everyone to understand how to be good learners and how to respect others.
Our golden rules are:
BE HONEST - Tell the truth and help to make things right again.
ENCOURAGE OTHERS - Find ways to help each other learn.
DO YOUR BEST - Work neatly and keep trying with things you cannot yet do confidently.
LISTEN WELL - Take turns to speak and listen.
DO WHAT ADULTS ASK.
BE NICE - Always use kind words and actions.
LOOK AFTER THINGS - Take care to use things carefully and safely.
We elect 2 children to represent our class in School Council Meetings, where our views on different topics are discussed with other children and school leaders. We plan activities to help us have fun and organise events during the school year.
The classroom is organised into different learning areas like Maths, English Construction, Creative and Role play. At the start of the year, the learning looks similar to the way it is organised in the Reception class, with lots of play activities to enable learning and some outdoor activities. We plan our own choice of creative, construction and play activities by showing choices on planning cards.