Year One curriculum information

We believe that children have a right to expect a curriculum which is fun, motivating, interesting and most importantly purposeful. We strive to develop imagination through a stimulating, creative environment where every child has the opportunity to shine.

At Gillshill Primary School we aim to deliver all subjects thoughtfully and to make links that are relevant, appropriate and purposeful to the area of learning.




Year 1 Curriculum information for Autumn 2017

THEMEThe theme for this first Autumn Term is The Enchanted Woodland. Each subject will be linked into this theme. In Art we will be using pencil techniques to draw a self portrait. We will use natural materials to create leaf rubbings, tree boggarts and decorations. The Science focus this term is The Woodland and Seasonal Changes. The theme in Year 1 for the second half term is Me, Myself and I where the children will learn about the human
body including their senses and will begin to add labels to the body parts. In History, the
children will begin to think about their own past and how changes have already occurred in
their lives.

EDUCATIONAL VISITS Over the next academic year we have planned a number of engaging and curriculum based visits for the pupils, developing and enhancing their learning. These include: visits in the local community, a woodland area and Yorkshire Wildlife Park.

PE Indoor P.E. is on a Friday and outdoor P.E. is on a Wednesday. Pupils must wear the recommended Gillshill t-shirt or a plain white, black or yellow t-shirt and a plain pair of black shorts. (No football or rugby kits are to be worn) Please ensure plain warm clothes are provided for outdoor PE as the weather becomes cooler. Trainers or suitable foot wear needs to be provided for outdoor P.E lessons. No jewellery is to be worn. so if earrings are not removed micro pore tape/plasters must be provided. Can we please ask that all belongings are clearly labelled and PE kits are kept in school in labelled PE bags.

HOMEWORK Homework will be given out on a Friday in the children’s homework books. It will be linked to our classwork and theme. Please support your child with their homework encouraging them to think independently. Homework must be completed in pencil. It is to be returned the following Wednesday for marking please. The children are familiar with where their homework books should be placed when they are completed so please encourage them to take their book out of their bags and place it in the tray independently.

READING Please read school scheme books but also share a range of books with your child as much as possible. Please record this in the Home Record Log. School reading books will be changed weekly, or as required, after they have read with a member of staff or an adult volunteer. Bug Club is also a fantastic reading resource with e-books and questions to support reading development—more details are to follow. If your child has finished their book before it is changed please continue to read a variety of different books at home or see the teacher.

SPELLING Children will receive weekly spellings to learn in a home spelling book. In addition to learning their spellings, pupils are required to explore the word meanings and practise writing these in simple sentences. Spellings are to be tested on the following Monday. Please help your child to practise their spellings on a separate piece of paper developing recall of letter order and an understanding of the spelling patterns been focused on.

Behaviour We follow the School’s Behaviour Policy using a range of rewards and sanctions appropriate
to the children’s age. In Year One we have the following in place:

Children are awarded merits for good work, effort and behaviour. At the beginning of each
day the children start on the ‘sunshine’ and have the chance to move up to the ‘super star’
throughout the day, as a reward for their hard work. In Year One we also celebrate Star of the Week. In addition, a child is also chosen for the weekly achievement assembly. Verbal and written praise is used constantly throughout the school day from all members of the Year One team as well as the Senior Leadership Team. Marvellous Me will also be used to communicate with parents and provide praise.

Unfortunately when a child does not follow the rules they will be given a verbal warning. If
this behaviour continues the child will be moved down from the ‘sunshine’ onto the ‘rainbow’
or ‘raincloud’. If a child is on the ‘raincloud’ they will miss some of their playtime, during
which they will reflect on their behaviour. However, serious behaviour incidents are noted
in the red behaviour book and the child will be sent to a member of the Senior Leadership
Team. In this case parents will be informed and sanctions such as missed playtime or golden
time will be enforced. The class rules are created with pupils at the start of the year so
they can take ownership for them and work hard towards achieving them.

HEALTHY SNACKS & DRINKS We do provide fruit for pupils at playtime within Key Stage One. Pupils are able to bring a healthy snack for break time, such as a piece of fruit or cereal bar but this must not contain chocolate. This should be separate from any packed lunch items. Please provide a named water bottle, which is taken home daily to be washed and refilled. Pupils can refill their bottles during the school day.

STAFF COMMUNICATION Can we ask parents to speak to staff at home time rather than a morning, unless it is an emergency. As you will appreciate, it is very busy getting the children into school and their safety is paramount. We do not want to keep them waiting to start the school day.

Appointments can also be made at the office for meetings before or after the school day
at a mutually convenient time. If you have any questions or queries we would be delighted
to answer them; do not hesitate to call in, see us or email.

We would also appreciate any support in the classroom, especially assistance with hearing
the children read, completing admin duties and making props etc. Please let us know if you
are available and an induction will be organised for you.

We look forward to a happy and successful term sharing many exciting educational
experiences with the pupils and watching them develop on their Year One journey. Thank
you for your continued support.

Mrs J Rozenbroek (Deputy Head/Phase Leader)
Miss H Taylor – Class Teacher
Miss C Dawson – Class Teacher