Class 1

Class 1 Year 1
Welcome to Class 1 Year 1. In Year 1 we are pleased to be able to provide a large classroom setting both inside and out. This effectively mirrors the way of working and playing which the children have been used to in their Reception class. The children learn through a mix of engaging 'hands-on' activities and teacher directed group and individual work. In working this way we can more accurately tailor the experiences directly to meet the needs of each unique child.
We try to provide an open, welcoming environment where we hope that parents and carers feel able to come and have a chat or ask any questions that may arise. In Class 1 we want to get to know our parents and carers in order that we can all work together for the children to achieve their full potential as learners and well-rounded, self confident individuals.
Reading in Year 1
In Class 1 we teach Reading in small groups, through 'Guided Reading' The children all have a copy of the same book and alongside reading it they will ask and answer prepared questions about the text with a teacher. This is a very effective way of developing children's vocabulary and comprehension skills. Also,the children really enjoy the chance to read alongside their peers and learn themselves how to support each other in learning to read, giving each other lots of encouragement and praise as they go along. Your child will have their Guided Reading session once a week. Our regular reading helpers will hear the children read individually on a Monday and we are in the process of buddying up with Class 5, who will come and hear the children read individually every Friday. Reading is the cornerstone of a child's education and you can support your child by hearing them read regularly at home. Reading to and with your child for at least ten minutes on a regular basis can make a dramatic difference to a child's achievement within school. A report from the Oxford University Press highlighted the importance of parents reading with their children. 'Children who read outside of class are 13 times more likely to read above the expected level for their age'.

The report also offers six tips for reading with your child at home, including:

1. Make time to read- even ten minutes a day

2. Choose different types of books

3. Take turns to read

4. Talk about the book- asking your child questions, especially the pictures.

5. Pay attention to the language

6. Enjoy reading! (Our favourite tip!)

In order to support parents we have created bookmarks with questions and ideas you can talk about with your child. These are also found in your child's reading diary.

We are always looking for more Reading helpers so please do come and see us if you'd like to give it a try. You really will make a difference!