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Welcome to team Toucan – Year 1

Staff in our class are

  • Miss Tunstall – Teacher
  • Mrs Ward – TA
  • Mrs Law – TA

During the week with have the following activities…

  • PE on a Wednesday and a Friday. 
  • Mental maths practice everyday
  • Daily phonic sessions.
  • Computing lessons on Chromebooks every Thursday. 
  • Learning Challenge lessons focusing on a different topic each term, on a Monday and Tuesday.
  • Twice a week circle time where we share our thoughts and feelings, giving everyone a voice. 
  • Star of the week is on a Friday afternoon.

Learning Challenge Curriculum – This term, the Learning Challenge for our key stage is ‘Out of the Window.’ We are currently exploring our local community and learning about the people and places who support us. We will then explore important historical places in York City centre and think about why they are special to our city. 

After half term we will  be thinking about the life of Mary Seacole, the importance of what she did and the impact that she had on our lives today. 

Reading – Children take part in guided reading every day, where they focus on their reading fluency and applying phonics to longer pieces of text. In these sessions the children also complete a number of challenges which include phonics games and spelling activities. 

We take part in whole-class reading three times a week where we enjoy spending time discussing the themes of stories, poems and non-fiction texts, digging deeper into the text and drawing out inferences and opinions about what is happening. 

Home reading books are sent home every Wednesday and Friday. We really encourage reading at home every day and celebrate home reading by handing out certificates on a weekly basis. Our ‘Good Work’ assembly will take place every other Tuesday and reading certificates will be given out as part of our assembly. Reading is part of your child’s homework and they have a challenge to read at least five times a week. Please do spend time listening to your child read and discussing their reading with them to help them improve their understanding and fluency.  We would be grateful if you could then write a note and sign their reading record to show they have read to you. Children also have access to ‘Bug Club’ – an online reading platform where the children can read a range of phonic-based books and other games and activities linked to phonics. If you are unsure of how to access this, please ask a member of staff. 

Class/Phase Newsletters:

KS1 Phase Newsletter Autumn 2021

KS1 Spring Term Newsletter 2022

KS1 Summer Term Newsletter 2022


Key Stage 1 Autumn Medium Term Planning


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