Year 1

Welcome to Allan Ahlberg Class!

A collage of Allan Ahlberg's portrait in the middle surrounded by examples of his books (The Pencil, Funnybones, Heard it in the playground, Please Mrs Butler and The Jolly Postman Or other people's letters).

Allan Ahlberg is an English children’s author. His books are known for their gentle humor and are enjoyed by both children and adults. He has written more than 140 children’s books. His wife, Janet Ahlberg, illustrated many of the books.

Throughout the year, we will be using Tapestry to support us in documenting the learning journey of the children. Whilst the children are continuing to explore enhanced provision within the classroom, practical activities that they complete will be photographed and uploaded and shared with you on Tapestry to support us in evidencing them working towards the National Curriculum.

This module, homework was sent out to you physically, but from next module homework will be uploaded to Tapestry where you will be able to explore the homework tasks, as well as uploading homework that is completed with your child.

Phonics

At the end of Year 1, children will be completing the Year 1 Phonics Screening. https://www.phonicsplay.co.uk/ is a fantastic website which can be used to support your children with their Phonics learning at home. As the Module progresses, I will begin to send some additional homework activities home to support you and your child with the Phonics that they have been learning with us in school. If you need any support with Phonics learning at home, please do not hesitate to contact us within school.

Along with Phonics, reading is incredibly important to develop our Phonetic understanding. Ideally, children should be reading a short amount each day, but at least three times a week.

PYP

Across the school we follow the PYP, and within the Year 1 classroom a Learner Profile Attribute display is available for children to reference. We encourage children to recognise times when they have shown the characteristics, and support them in reflecting on the learning and the choices that they have made.

Within the PYP, we explore the National Curriculum through the transdisciplinary themes of the International Baccalaureate. These are:

  • Who we are
  • Where we are in place and time
  • How we express ourselves
  • How the world works
  • How we organise ourselves
  • Sharing the planet
The International Baccalaureate learner profile

Modules 1 & 2: Who We Are

This module, we will be considering ways in which we are the same and different to those around us. We will explore the parts of the human body, and the uniqueness of each of our individual families. From here, we will explore different celebrations that we celebrate here, as well as celebrations that are respected across different countries and religions.

Module 3: How The World Works

In this module, we will be exploring how materials have different properties, and can be used to make a range of objects with different roles. We will use this knowledge, alongside the story of the Three Little Pigs to investigate the best materials that could be used to create a building/shelter. Continuing with our knowledge of materials, we will explore the story ‘Window’, where the environment in the story changes each year.

Module 4 & 5: How we organise ourselves

During this module, we will explore the different aspects of healthy living, including the importance of healthy eating and exercise. We will link this understanding to how Olympic athletes eat and train to allow them to participate in the Olympic activities. From this, children will consider the different sports that make up the Olympic games, and will produce a piece of artwork using water colours and photography. Moving in to Module 5, we will explore the different places that the Olympics have taken place, and the history behind them.