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Autumn Curriculum Newsletter 2023

                                                                          Welcome to Year 1 


Year One begins the children's journey into Key Stage One, so it's a very important year!

We offer Continuous Provision and enhanced learning opportunities alongside precision group teaching, there is plenty of hands on learning through our inspiring and creative curriculum.


Meet the Team 

Mrs Kirkham (Class Teacher)

Mrs Robinson (Teaching Assistant)

Mrs Kay (Teaching Assistant)

Mrs S Wyn (PPA teacher)


Our class page is an area where you will find out about learning this term, also our fantastic Facebook page and Class Dojo's if you are already a parent/carer. 

Please read our autumn newsletter at the top of this page to find out more!




PE will take place on Tuesday and Friday. Please ensure your child comes to school in a full PE kit on those days . This consists of  a white T shirt ,black plain shorts and black or white trainers. Please ensure earrings/jewellery is removed. 



Things you can do to help at home : 

Counting to 100 and beyond forwards and backwards 

Counting in 2s,5s and 10s.

Spotting numbers when you are out and about .

Reading the words and sounds which your child will bring home each week. 

Reading and enjoying your child's chosen library book with them.

Reading your Collins e-reader



                                      Our door is always open.

              Do not hesitate to ask if there is anything else you need.


Thank you for your support

Mrs S Kirkham and the Year 1 Team







Writing in Year 1

To enable our children to write effectively and coherently we teach Writing using 'The Write Stuff' approach by Jane Considine. This approach is used in Year 1 and Year 2 and allows children to apply basic skills, vocabulary and grammar knowledge to write effective sentences, which are full of impact and keep the reader interested. 'The Write Stuff' brings clarity to the mechanics of teaching writing. It is introduced though the 'Writing Rainbow', using the three zones of writing.


From 'The Writing Rainbow', symbols are used to support children within their writing journey and to ensure that all children can use them in context as they move through KS1.


As part of the teaching sequence, teachers plan experience days; sentence stacking lessons and independent writing sequences. Experience days immerse children in experiences linked to their writing and drench them in vocabulary linked to the lenses in 'The Writing Rainbow'. From the experience days, children take part in the sentence stacking lessons. Sentence stacking lessons include effective demonstration writing from the teacher and the writing of three high-quality sentences with focuses on lenses of the rainbow. Children are also given the opportunity to 'Deepen The Moment' and add more to their writing using a lense of their choice. Independent writing sequences give children the opportunity to showcase everything they've learnt in their experience days and sentence stacking lessons.


Over their time at Holme Slack, children will write a range of genres focused on high-quality texts. The chosen texts and genres cover a wide range of themes, including cultural, social and physical diversity.  All fiction texts are explored through a central character, where the children put themselves in their position and focus on the highs and lows of story events and discuss the range of emotions from plot point to plot point.

Handwriting in Year 1 (age 5–6)

In Year 1, your child will learn to:
    • sit correctly and use the right pencil grip
    • form lowercase letters in the correct way: starting in the right place, moving the pencil in the correct direction and finishing in the right place
    • form capital letters in the correct way
    • forming the digits 0–9
    • understand which letters are formed in similar ways
    • to leave a space between words.


Phase 4 Tricky words

Tricky words are common words which are not able to be segmented, these are sometimes tricky for the children to read and write.

Phase 4 Tricky Words Song Sight Words Song for said, have, like, come, some, what, when

Geography Local Area Walk - out and about

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What a fabulous afternoon we had on Thursday 28th September, the weather was kind to us!
All the children were brilliantly behaved, enthusiastic, respectful and inquisitive πŸπŸ‚πŸƒπŸŒΏβ˜˜οΈπŸŒ³
We came across a fallen tree across our path, watched the water meander down Eaves Brook and we inspected the United Utilities Water Pump House πŸ₯°
We planned our route on Digi Maps prior to setting off, we studied the weather forecast, predicted what we might see amd took the trundle wheel for measuring distance πŸ‘

Thank you πŸ™πŸ» a great afternoon πŸ‘