Elson Road, Ellesmere, Shropshire, SY12 9EU

Welcome back to our new Year 1 classes. We have had a wonderful first week back in school and all of the children have settled into their new classes well.

During the week the children have had time to get to explore their new classrooms. Throughout the week children have been showing us their number and phonics understanding through child initiated learning and teacher tasks. We have also had our first swimming and PE lessons as year 1 children.

In English next week we will be starting a unit of work on the book ‘My Brother’ by Anthony Browne. As part of our unit of work we will be looking at labels and captions. Our main focus throughout the Autumn term will be to use fingers spaces, handwriting lines and phonics whilst writing. Children will start the unit by labelling a picture of themselves. The skills that they learn will then be transferred to labelling other family members, pets and pictures.

In Maths, the children have been showing off their understanding of numbers 0-20 by counting, reading and writing these numbers. We will be continuing with numbers 0-20 next week with writing teen numbers being our focus. We will also be working on number formation throughout the week.

PE lessons will be on a Monday and Thursday this term, however it would be beneficial for PE kits to be in school all week in case we change the day due to the weather. Until October half term we will be playing football and netball. In football we will be working on accurate passing, dribbling and transferring these skills into a small game. In netball we will be working on throwing and catching, different passes and moving into a space.

On Monday Madrid class had their first Forest School session. We had a lovely time with Mrs Griffiths in the forest. Paris class will start Forest School on Monday.

Well done Year 1 on a fantastic first week and a half back in school!