Welcome to Mallard class
Teacher: Mrs Hancock
TA: Miss Iemboli.
Our PE slots will be on
Thursday – Gymnastics (indoor)
Please ensure PE kit is in school everyday as we may use it for other outside sporting activities when the opportunity arises.
During Year 1, children move from following the EYFS (Early Years Foundation Stage) curriculum to the National Curriculum for Key Stage One. At Kingsway, we recognise that for children entering year 1, learning through play and practical activities are still a vital part of their development and and we have structured our learning environments to ensure the needs of all our learners are met. The children have a timetable which includes short whole class sessions, small group work and times where children can choose their own learning in ‘continuous provision’. As the children move through the year, the formal sessions do become longer but we still ensure that their is time for less structured activities. We always have adults planned to work with the children during their continuous provision so that they can challenge and move the children’s learning forward.
The learning environment.
The year 1 learning environments are planned so that children are given the opportunities to access a wide range of resources and activities to develop their knowledge and skills within the year 1 curriculum both inside and outside. These may be enhanced weekly to further develop focus areas of learning.
The areas include:
- A creative area.
- Writing area – writing opportunities are also available throughout the provision.
- Maths area both inside and out – maths equipment is also available throughout the provision.
- Role play areas both inside and out.
- Construction and small world play.
- Computers, tablets and beebots.
- Reading areas both inside and out.
- Messy play including a mud kitchen, sand, digging areas and water.
- Large scale construction.
- Science areas based on current areas of learning.
Recording children’s Learning
With so much learning going on throughout the day, it is impossible to capture every moment. However, we use the Tapestry app to document key moments in each child’s learning. This is linked to the curriculum and shared with parents who are able to comment on this if they wish to.
Theme Homework will be given out on the Friday of the start of each small term. There will be 6 activities to choose from and we would like you to complete 4 of them. They will be due back in the last week of term.
Your support with reading is much appreciated and 15 minutes reading every night will make a real difference to their progress. As children come into school we would like them to hand their reading books into the class tray so that they can be checked and changed if necessary. You may like to initially help your child with this by reminding them as they enter the class.
We will also set a short maths task to support their learning in class.
We are also sending home 5 spellings weekly for the children to practise these will come home separately on a Friday to be tested the following Friday morning.
The children are exploring some wonderful places around the world, such as the Brazilian Rainforest, chilly Antarctica, Australia’s Great Barrier Reef and the warm plains of Africa. They are learning map reading and using these skills to explore these different regions. They are also learning how to classify animals and identify where animals are found in the world.
The children are becoming great explorers themselves.