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Welcome to team Toucans – Year 1

Staff in our class are

  • Mr Stevens – Teacher
  • Mrs van der Borgh – TA
  • Mrs Rennie – TA

During the week with have the following activities…

  • PE on a Monday and a Wednesday.
  • Mental maths practice everyday
  • Daily phonic sessions.
  • Computing lessons on Chromebooks every Friday. 
  • Learning Challenge lessons focusing on a different topic each term, on a Monday, and Science every Tuesday. 
  • Daily 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 ‘What Makes York Great!’ We are currently exploring historical places in York, important events that have happened in the city, significant people and how life has changed, how chocolate came to York and the railway history of York. We will be finding out what the children already know and what questions they want to learn about our amazing city.

Reading – Children take part in guided reading every day, where they focus on their reading fluency. In these sessions the children also complete a number of challenges which include phonics games and spelling activities. We look at class text three times a week where we take part in ‘reading for real’ as a whole team. We enjoy spending time discussing the themes of the story, digging deeper into the text and drawing out inferences and opinions about what is happening. 

Home reading books are sent home on a Monday and return on a Friday. We really encourage reading at home every day and celebrate home reading by handing out certificates on a weekly basis. 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 planner to show they have read to you. 


Class Newsletters

KS1 Autumn Term Newsletter

KS1 Summer Term Newsletter 


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