Year 1

To see what we did last year in Year 1 please click here.

September 2016

We are super excited to welcome our fantastic Year 1 children!

EYFS have done an incredible job with them all, as they have settled in beautifully and are all really keen to learn and raring to go. We are looking forward to giving your child for another wonderful year at Sylvan, where I have no doubt that they will flourish and grow even more.

We will keep you updated regularly with what we are learning but in the meantime should you have any questions about anything at all, your class teacher will happily chat to you before/after school. We would like to invite you to attend our Meet the Team meeting on Thursday 15th September at 2.30pm.

October Update

The children are really wowing us with their writing! We've been doing lots of work around Julia Donaldson and are really enjoying it, particularly 'The Smartest Giant in Town' and 'The Gruffalo'. The children are currently learning a short version of the story to retell orally to parents very soon! You'll be impressed. This week we've been making our own 'terrible creature' puppets and the creations are quite a marvel! They will be bringing their puppets home soon!

To continue to improve the children's reading and writing we encourage you to visit the Reading Room as often as possible; 10 minutes a night of reading makes a huge difference to the children's confidence when reading and writing in school. If you're unsure of where the Reading Room is or what colour books your child should be reading, then please do not hesitate to ask your class teacher as they'd be keen to help.
We are really having a wonderful time with all of our classes and thank you all for your on-going support.


November Update

We have been looking forward to our new project “Toy Story” so much and are now excited it has begun. The children absolutely loved coming in with their favourite toy on Monday and were excited about the ‘old toys’ we managed to borrow from Poole Museum, comparing them to their own. Our toy hospital role plays are a real hit and the children are having lots of fun mending and looking after our poorly toys!

We are particularly excited about the project rolling into the Christmas weeks where the role plays will be transformed into an ‘elves toy workshop’ and the children will begin rehearsals for our grand year 1 performances during the last week of term. The children are currently learning a poem ‘In My Toy Box’ and will soon be using this to create their own poem that they will have opportunity to perform and write in class.
Again, we thank you for your ongoing support.
Year 1 team.


December Update

This half term we have working hard on our upcoming Christmas production ‘Baubles’.  The children have worked hard to learn the songs and their lines.  You are in for a real treat! We are so proud of their dedication and enthusiasm.  Bring along the tissues! If you have not yet handed in your reply slip for tickets, please do this asap.  Also thank you to the parents who have sent in costumes.  Please feel free to send these in as soon as possible. 

 We will be assessing the children’s Year 1 tricky words (that were previously sent home as homework) this coming week, after which we will identify which words your child still needs to learn and will be sending home personalised spelling sheets for your child to work on.  Please do help them to learn to read and spell these words so that are on track to meet the Year 1 goals. If you have any questions about how to help your child learn to spell these words, then please do speak to your class teacher.

 We thank you so much for your ongoing support and wish you all a wonderful winter holiday.

 Year 1 team


January 2017


January Update

What a fantastic project we have had this half term!  The children have learnt so much about the wonderful continent of Africa.  We have explored many different African animals, classifying what they eat, where they live and what animal group they fall into.  We’ve also learnt our own class story “The Cheetah Hunt” (based on the famous story “We are going on a Bear Hunt”), off by heart and have written these stories to help us practise story language, tricky word spelling and accurate sentence writing. In addition to this we have made our very own clay African animals, djembe drums, masks and necklaces and learnt what the significance of these are! We’ve learnt all about the Maasai Mara and many other tribal groups.  We’ve learnt about school life in Africa and considered the differences for children living in the UK compared to many other countries in Africa.  Overall, this project, we think, has been the children’s favourite so far.  We’ve been amazed by the children’s homework and the children have loved sharing their artwork, writing, stories etc, that they’ve made at home with you, with their teacher and friends.  Thank you to all parents/carers who have supported their children with this.


Next week your child will be sent home with new spellings that they need to be able to read and spell for the week after half term. If you have any concerns about this, please speak to your class teacher.  Since the introduction of the new curriculum, spellings have become a key part of children reaching ARE (Age Related Expectations) by the end of the year, so we really need your help to support your child to learn these at home.


We cannot believe that the children are now half way through Year 1; the time seems to be going quickly!  We are very proud of all the children and their hard work so far this year.


Many thanks to you all. 


February 2017

June 2017

We are super excited this half term as we prepare for our Sylvan’s Got Talent Show!

The children will be able to choose from a variety of workshops and learn a new skill, such as funky art, drumming, singing/dancing, sports and much more. After the children have experienced these workshops, we will be working hard to put together a show for you to come and watch on Wednesday 12th July at 9am. All children will be allowed to bring two guests to watch the performance. We won’t be issuing tickets, we will just get you to sign in, next to your child’s name, upon arrival. It’s going to be great!

Alongside this we will still be working hard with our reading, writing and maths. A reminder that our phonics screening tests are next week. Please be assured that this is not done in a formal way; the children simply think they are playing a game/taking part in a quiz. The tests will be carried out by your child’s class teacher, so they will feel safe and relaxed.

Thank you as always for your wonderful support; we are so proud of the children and how far they have come. The last 6 weeks left with them will be full of educational fun as we continue to prepare our lovely Year 1s for their next chapter in Year 2.