Welcome to Year One. It is an exciting year to be in as we start lots of new topics and we build on what we have learned in Reception. The class is taught by Miss Bishop and she is helped by the wonderful Mrs Wilkes, who has been at Hanbury forever!
There are 19 children in Year One and we work hard to be a team. We try to always remember the school's Core Christian Values (friendship, respect, forgiveness, kindness and compassion, trust and endurance) and show these in all that we do. We have close links to the church and we enjoy visiting it for services and celebrations. Religious Education is taught once a week but the messages and themes are incorporated throughout the timetable.
Reading is still incredibly important in Year One, the more we read the more effective our writing will be. Each child will take part in two guided reading sessions in a normal week and we have volunteers who come to listen to us too. We develop our understanding of phonics and spelling through Letters and Sounds and by the end of the year we are whizzing away! Alongside this, we work hard to develop our writing skills and we try to imagine ourselves as authors. We cover a wide range of writing styles and we try to write for different reasons. Hopefully we will be ready to start joining our letters soon as well.
We work just as hard in Numeracy and we follow a mastery system that enables us to gain an in depth knowledge of different mathematical ideas. We learn to apply our skills and problem solve. Miss Bishop loves to ask the question 'why?'...
Our topic for the Spring Term is Plants and Animals and this covers a wide range of subjects, including Science, Geography and History. We also develop our computing skills. At the moment we are honing our word processing skills.
As you can see, Year One is a busy year but you will be amazed at how much the children achieve by July.