Archive – 2013/2014 – Year 1

Autumn Term Topic ‘We’re off on a journey!’

Year 1 Curriculum-Map

Look what we are Learning! w/b 16/9/13

Maths – We have been practising adding, focusing on putting the bigger number in our head then counting on using our fingers or a number track to help.



Literacy – We have been practising writing sentences about transport. We are learning to: Think it, say it, write it, check it!


Topic – Water colour mixing to create pictures of our favourite transport.


Child-initiated Learning as part of the transition from

Reception to Year 1!


Year 1 elected Matty and Jasmine to be our

School Council Representatives!

Year 1 Wow sharing day is on:

Thursday 28th November 2013 at 2:00pm – 3:15pm.

Everyone is welcome!

Exciting new Home Learning!

Sharing dates: w/b 21.10.13, w/b 18.11.13, w/b 9.12.13

Year 1 Autumn Term Home Learning 2013

Year 1 and 2 Literacy Festival Trip


‘Just Imagine’  Wow, we have arranged a fantastic trip for Years 1 and 2 to visit The Cheltenham Literature festival!  They will be meeting Nick Sharratt, the author of Just Imagine and many more!  The children will be experiencing the text from the inside out, gaining an insight into the possibilities of writing and reading.  This is the first time we have had this opportunity and are all very excited!

When: Friday 11th October 2013

9am coach departs

Cost £5: Please pay on parentpay.

Helpers for trip: if you are able to come along, please let us know.

All children will need a packed lunch and a water bottle.  Uniforms will be required with comfortable footwear.



A great first week for the Year 1’s at Berkeley Primary School, hope you all enjoyed it! Have a great weekend, see you Monday!



Let’s get reading!

“The more you read, the better you get, the more better you get, the more you like it; and the more you like it, the more you do it.” ―    Jim Trelease,    The Read-Aloud Handbook

Year 1 Book changing rota

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Mitchell, Riley SCallumSummerMasonBrandenRiley W MattyFloraCrystalErin TDanielErin E AliceBettyJames SAnnyaLolaOliver Watson IsaacJames TJasmineSamuelImogenDarcyEsther RubyAlexNorahFinlayOlly YOliver Wade



Dear Parents,

Welcome back to an exciting new term.  I hope you have all had a fantastic time over the holidays; the children have been full of all the fun they have had. This is an exciting time for your children as they are no longer the youngest class in the school! They start the next phase of their learning journey, Year 1! Year 1 very much builds on the EYFS teaching and learning and this term, we focus on the transition from Reception into Year 1.  We do this by ensuring children continue to learn through play-based learning experiences in an environment set out very much like Reception, with familiar learning zones in order for children to find the transition smooth and less daunting.  Later in the year, the children will progress to more formal learning, whilst still maintaining an element of play, with hands on, experiential and most importantly, fun learning!

We will kick start Year 1 with a Gromit topic. Please send any Gromit Home Learning ASAP so we can share what you have been up to, so far it has been fabulous! We will then move on to our chosen topic ‘We’re off on a journey’ which was decided by the children during their transition day last term. Please see the curriculum map and the home learning grid for more information regarding the learning opportunities (will be posted next week).

In Year 1, there are 3 members of staff.  I am the class teacher, Mrs Laura Baker will be covering my PPA time on a TuesdayMrs Nash is our class teaching assistant, she will be working in Year 1 every morning and most afternoons with your children.  We are all very approachable and will be happy to talk to you about your children’s needs.

Some general information about life in Year 1:


In year 1, we will change the children’s books in rotated groups daily.  I will post the groups at the end of the first week.

We look through the reading records and comment and give house points for reading that has been done. We assess children’s reading progress all the time, having daily teaching sessions on reading.  When we feel children are ready to progress to the next level, I will write this in their records for you.  I very much encourage and welcome communication from yourselves in their reading records.  You are not expected to write every day, but just a general comment on their progress at home (even if it’s not directly about reading) is very helpful.  I will use this record to keep you informed on their ongoing progress in school also. Please hear your child read as often as you can. Everyday is perfect but a minimum of three times per week is really important. Remember that Reading Eggs is a great way to encourage the children.


Please check book bags for a Phonics book as of next week. All children will have phonic activities in their books each Monday, they will practice what we have been learning in class each week. Please make sure their books are back in school each Monday for me to check and provide the new activity. If you could let me know how your child got on with the phonics activity with a comment that would be helpful.


No Maths home learning will be set. We will be introducing the 2, 5 and 10 times tables in Year 1. Please practice these multiplication facts as often as possible, good old fashioned chanting is best! Also, I will update the website to say what we are learning in Maths and how you can support your child at home.

Other information…

Book Bags

It would be very much appreciated if all children have a book bag for their belongings that will fit in their tray.

Show and Tell

This is always hugely popular, and plays an important part in developing confidence and communication. On Wednesday’s children will be given the opportunity to bring or talk about something of interest. Please see the dates below for when your child has show and tell.

Show and tell timetable

11/9/13 18/9/13 25/9/13 2/10/13 9/10/13 16/10/13 23/10/13
Ruby    Crystal   Betty    Isaac   James T Imogen Summer Mason    Riley W     James S Jasmine    Erin E   Mattie   Oliver W  Norah Erin T Riley S Oliver Wade   Olly Y Samuel Alex Branden Finlay Esther Lola Callum Darcy

Wow vouchers

These will continue in Year 1 (sent home in bookbags). The children will have a post box in the class room to post their vouchers; these will then be shared with the class on Friday afternoons.

Berkeley Primary Bear visitors to your home!

Two Bears (names to be decided by the children!) will be visiting the children at weekends to share what your child enjoys doing at home. Please can the children write, draw or stick pictures of their weekend in the bears’ diary. The children will show the class what they have been doing with the bears. This learning activity is loved by children.

Bear visits timetable 







James S

Olly Y

Riley W

Oliver W












Oliver Wade

James T




Erin T



Erin E








Riley S













Please ensure that your child has the following items in school every day:

Spare wellies: to be kept in a bag on their pegs for spontaneous outdoor learning.

Water bottle:  it is so important children can keep hydrated throughout the school day.

PE kit to include: t-shirt; shorts; jogging bottoms; socks; trainers (not daps).  Please also be mindful that children’s feet grow at an increasing rate, so don’t forget to change their trainers when they need new school shoes!  Thank you.


WOW day!

You are very welcome to come into the class room and celebrate your child’s learning and will be particularly welcome on our wow day in Autumn 2. Date and time will be posted next week.

We are always very grateful to any parents who wish to spend any time within the class, please see me if would like to come into class to help.

I would also like to say a very warm very to our new member of the class James!

I look forward to meeting you all, and to the year ahead! I hope your child has a smooth transition into Year 1 and enjoys their time here! Please feel free to come and see me with any questions you may have.


Many Thanks

Mrs Lanceley





YEAR 1 2013-2014

Welcome to Y1 Letter



Welcome back to school! I hope you all had a fantastic Christmas and New Year!

We are now in the Spring Term and starting a new topic ‘Wild Things!’ chosen by Year 1!

Please see below the Home Learning grid and dates for sharing. See also the topic web of objectives planned so far with opportunities to go with where the children’s learning takes us.

Please let me know if you would like a hard copy of anything posted by me on the website.

Best wishes,

Amy Lanceley

Year 1 Curriculum-Map Spring Term

Year 1 Spring Term Home Learning 2014

Dates for sharing:

Monday 27th January

Monday 10th February

Monday 31st March


Summer term topic for Year 1 is: Once upon a time machine!

We will be learning about the lives of significant individuals in Britain’s past who have contributed to our nation’s achievements. We will also be learning about key events in the past that are commemorated throughout the year and historical events, people and places in the locality.

Please see links for the topic objectives and home learning. This term the home learning is mainly practising  key skills for Year 1. There will be no dates for sharing home learning, the children can just share their achievements as they do them.

Year 1 Summer Term Home Learning 2014

Year 1 Summer Term Topic Web

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