Year 1

Mrs Cornley

Year 1 teacher

Hello, I’m Mrs Cornley and I am so excited to be teaching Year 1 at King Street. I have been teaching for a long time and have taught from Reception to Year 5 and have absolutely loved every year group that I have been in. When I am not at work I love to spend time with my family and my dog. We love walking and exploring and generally being outside. I also like listening to music and dancing and so am looking forward to our music and movement sessions in Year 1. I am really looking forward to getting to know you and the children and we are going to have lots of fun learning new things. Our topics over the year will develop with the children’s interests, starting with thinking about themselves, their families and the local area, to finding out about the wider world. The children will also have opportunities to complete their own tasks and activities in the different areas of our classroom.

Miss Brown

Teaching Assistant

Miss Brown is the teaching assistant in Year 1.

At King Street, we are developing an exciting, enquiry-based curriculum which is based around our pupils' interests.
 
We have developed a 'transition class' to help support pupils moving from the Early Years into Key Stage 1. Our aim is for our children to become motivated, creative, independent learners. Children have access to continuous provision all day every day, which includes a creative workshop, a small world and blocks area, construction area, reading area and an enquiry area. This allows them to follow their own interests and ideas alongside adult directed tasks, developing key skills from the National Curriculum. 
Spring Term
This term our topic is called  'Adventures Around the World'. We will be finding out about creatures from Britain and across the world. We are going to be using our enquiry skills to find out about different types of animals - mammals, amphibians, reptiles, birds, insects, fish, carnivores, herbivores and omnivores. Once we have completed our research, we will be producing information texts and riddles about our chosen animals. 
 
We are also going to be learning about people who have explored the world.  We will relate this to our Geography work and will use maps to look at different places, including the countries that make up the United Kingdom and the seven world continents. 
 
In History, we will find out about the development of transport and will learn about important journeys in the past.  Some of the children are very interested in the Titanic, so we will be finding out some facts about it, as well as about exploration of Antarctica and the Americas. 
 
During this topic, some of the texts we will be reading include Meerkat Mail, Pongo, Chimp and Zee, Mr. Gumpy's Outing and Walking Through the Jungle.  
P.E and Outdoor Education 
During the Spring term, our P.E lesson will be on a Tuesday afternoon. 
 
This term, we will be accessing exciting outdoor education opportunities with the Real Adventure Through Sport team on Wednesday mornings. These sessions will help us develop our fine and gross motor skills, communication and social skills and it will be linked into our science topics about plants and animals. 
 
For these sessions, children need to wear appropriate clothing and footwear (which you don't mind getting a bit muddy). Also, they will need a coat or waterproof jacket, waterproof trousers, hat and gloves depending on the weather. 
 
Phonics in Year 1 
At King Street, we follow the Letters and Sound guidance which is split into phases from 1 to 6 and has lots of engaging games and activities. We have just finished Phase 3 and will be covering Phase 4 and Phase 5 during the remainder of Year 1. 
 
The National Phonics Screening Test will take place in the summer term. During the test, the children read 40 words 1:1 with Mrs Cornley. These words are a mixture of 20 real words and 20 nonsense or 'alien' words. The nonsense words check their ability to blend sounds into unfamiliar words. Reading real and nonsense words is a part of our daily phonics lessons, so it is an activity the children are familiar with. 

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