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Welcome to Year 1 at Chalfont Valley!
My name is Mrs Howes and I am your class teacher.
We have so much fun in Year 1, building on the work already completed in Reception.
Our children learn to use their growing skills as independent learners to ask questions, take risks and above all think big!
In Year 1, we enjoy a lot of hands-on activities and learn through song and exploration. Each week, we build upon our knowledge and understanding and challenge ourselves in new areas. We work hard to produce work to the best of our abilities and are guided and supported in a number of ways to take our learning to the next level. We reward students when they display strong character skills such as perseverance and concentration and the students strive each lesson to become a strong leader and a resilient learner.
In Year 1, children are happy, helpful and show a love for learning and we try to foster this during their Year 1 journey!
In Year 1 we cover a variety of subjects such as English, Mathematics, Science, History, Geography, Art and Design, Music, PSHE and Physical Education.
English comprises of reading, writing, speaking and listening as well as SPaG (Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar).
We follow the Talk 4 Writing, Power of Reading and Maths Mastery approaches, which not only provide the children with a wide range of skills, but also allow them to create their own master pieces, in a modelled and well constructed way. Already in Year 1, the children are starting to produce some great pieces of writing!
In Year 1, we need to look at the small parts of our writing too – such as high frequency words, sight words, full stops and capital letters. It is important for us to recognise it in the world around us, as well as learn WHY we need to use them and what happens to our work if we don’t!!!!
Maths in Year 1 is very exciting. Using visual resources, we are able to build up our NUMBER SENSE and use it to explain, describe and explore our maths work. We use Numicon, fans and number cards to help us to learn that numbers are amounts as well as written shapes. We learn our number bonds so that we know that if we have 6, we need to find 4 more to make 10, and apply this in lots of different ways.
I feel that it is important for the children to also know about the World about them, and their importance in it. Science, History, Geography and Art and Design are explored through a different topic each half-term which allows the children to have many enriching experiences, and to learn more about themselves.
I enjoy teaching Year 1 and am very happy to share the children’s work with you.
Year 1 teacher