Year One - Classes Mercury and Venus
Hello and welcome to year 1. Year 1 consists of classes Mercury and Venus. Mercury is the smallest and innermost planet in the Solar System. Its orbital period around the Sun is the shortest of all the planets. Venus is the second planet from the Sun. It has the longest rotation period of any planet in the Solar System and rotates in the opposite direction to most other planets.
Adults working in Year 1 are:
- Miss Waza- Class Teacher Mercury
- Miss Tabassam- Class Teacher Venus
- Mrs Gora- ETA
- Miss Cowdell- SEN support
- Miss Jasat- SEN support
- Mrs Gora- HLTA
- Mrs Arshad- HLTA
In Year 1, we enjoy working and learning together as one big friendly and enthusiastic team. In our classroom we like to make learning fun. We all have a growth mindset and are active learners and are always eager to try new things.
Information for Parents
- PE for Year 1 is on Thursday please ensure your child has a labelled PE kit in school for this day. It is important that your child does not come to school wearing jewellery or earrings on this day as they will not be able to participate.
- Spelling lists are sent out every half term. Children are encouraged to practise these spellings and will be tested on these on a weekly basis.
- Homework is sent out on a Wednesday. Homework will usually have a phonics and a maths focus. Children are expected to complete and return this for the following Monday.
- Reading Books for Year 1 are sent out on Monday and Wednesdays. Children will receive two banded books on a Monday which are appropriate to your child's reading attainment. On a Wednesday, your child will bring home a book of their choosing. Please ensure you read with your child at home and leave a comment in their reading record.
Our class rules and rewards
As well as following our school, year 1 have a set of class rules which we expect all children to follow. These include:
- Always concentrate during lessons.
- Always listen to adults and other children in the classroom.
- No shouting out- raise your hand.
- Keep hands and feet to yourselves.
- Smile and have fun!
We also have our very own class treasure chest. When class targets are met children receive treasures. We add them up at the end of every half term and if we achieve 100 treasures we receive a class treat.
Our class targets
- To ensure rapid progress is made in reading with children’s attainment at national or above by the end of the school year.
- To ensure children achieve 85% in the phonics screening test at the end of year 1.
- To ensure rapid improvements in children’s spelling.
Upcoming and exciting events
We have a number of exciting experiences for the children to be involved in this year. These include;
- Cusan Theatre Production (Princess of the Rainforest show)- For our Rio De Vida topic the children will have an exciting opportunity to watch a fabulous rainforest show. The show will transport the children to the magical world of a princess and show the different colours, creatures and the sounds that inhabit her world.
- Royal Tea Party- For our Bright Light, Big City topic we will have a royal tea party in school and we might even have a special guest visit our class.
- Legoland- For our ‘Superheroes’ topic children will have an opportunity to visit LegoLand in Manchester. Children will able to participate in educational activities, explore the play zone and watch a movie in the 4D cinema. For this topic, some real life heroes will be visiting our class and talking about how they help people in the community.
How parents can help at home
There are many ways you can support your child at home. Here are some suggestions about how could help:
- Encourage your child to talk about what they have learnt at school.
- Link learning to real life experiences- encourage them to write shopping lists, read signs around the environment, count out money etc.
- Listen to your child reading – Please try to read on a daily basis with your child and ask them questions about what they have read.
- Encourage your child to practise and learn their spellings – discuss spelling patterns or rules.
- Talk about your child’s homework – discuss the work, and ask your child to explain it to you.
You may find some of these websites useful to support your child: