Welcome to Primary 1
Welcome to the next step in your child’s learning following Early Years, Primary 1, which includes Year 1 and Year 2.
All stages of a child’s education are important but during Primary 1, many new skills are established. We therefore use a variety of teaching approaches at DIS and aim to make our teaching of core subjects such as Reading, Writing, Spoken Language, Maths and Science rigorous and challenging for all children no matter what their individual stage.
All children follow the ‘Read Write Inc’ phonics program, along with additional reading activities that support individual progress. Children are assessed regularly and helped to become increasingly aware of what they need to do in order to progress to the next stage in their learning.
Alongside rigorous teaching of basic skills a topic based inquiry approach is used to link the various areas of the curriculum together and provide relevance and interest. We believe that this helps children to develop their thinking skills and encourages them to function increasingly independently, preparing them as lifelong learners in a rapidly changing world.
In Primary 1, we encourage the children to be aware of, and develop, good learning behaviour through promotion of the ‘6Rs’. These attitudes to learning are introduced through Phase Assemblies and 6R's Day where children begin to develop an understanding that good learners are; responsible, reflective, resilient, resourceful, reasoning and respectful. These learning attitudes are then valued and embedded into all our classroom practice.
We continue to encourage and value parents as partners and provide frequent opportunities for you to be involved in your child’s learning through sharing of Long and Medium Term planning documents, weekly homework tasks, a Student Led Conference and Parent - Teacher meetings throughout the year. We also hold a Meet the Teacher Evening during which time you will be able to visit your child's new classroom and find out about the curriculum for English and Maths. We hope to be able to answer any questions that you have on these occasions, but are always happy to meet with or arrange telephone appointments to discuss individual concerns that may arise at other times.
We look forward to working with you in helping your child to achieve their potential and be ‘the best they can be’ throughout their years in Primary 1.
Our aim in Year 1 is for the children to make a successful transition from EY 2 to the beginning of Primary 1. We understand that this can be a daunting time for children, therefore we begin by building on the successes of EY2 with regard to phonic capability, letter formation and small group activities.
Once the children are settled into their new environment we then begin to introduce more formalised learning challenges during whole class independent activities. Children will also be introduced to their specialist teachers and the new rooms they will be working in during this time. Over the course of the year, the children will study topics such as; All About Me, Aroung the World and Famous Events. These topics allow the children to develop their investigative skills, learn how to work collaboratively and provide cross curricular opportunities to enrich their English and Maths capabilities.
We also continue to celebrate our achievements through the class VLE, year group assemblies and parent sharing.
Our aim in Year 2 is to provide opportunities for the children to continue developing the core skills necessary for independent learning. They are given the opportunity to apply these skills both in our core curriculum and through a variety of topic-based themes. These themes have a child led inquiry focus that can take any direction, depending on the interests of the children, they include; Passport to the World, Contrasting Locality, Famous People, Living Things and Habitats, Everyday Materials, Plants and Animals.
We provide our children with a context for their learning by offering a variety of visits into the community, including one to ‘Kidzania’ which allows them to discover what it’s like to work in the modern world. Learning is designed to be stimulating, promote curiosity and a desire to find out ‘What happens if…?’ By the end of year, the children will have further developed their skills and independence to assist their smooth transition into Primary 2.
We hope parents will take advantage of our twice yearly parent-teacher meetings and are happy for you to make an appointment to discuss your child’s progress at any time during the year.
Ideas to support your child's learning
Primary 1 RWInc Parent Workshop
Primary 1 Handbook
Student & Teacher Marking Codes
Understanding your child's achievement at DIS
Children's learning at DIS
LETS Learn - using the 6 R's to improve learning
Read Write Inc Parent Presentation
Helping your child to read at home
Tips to improve your child's speaking and listening skills
Handwriting at home
Year 1-6 Vocabulary, grammar and punctuation
Year 1-6 Spelling
DIS calculation policy for addition, subtraction, multiplication and division
Helping with Counting
Helping with Addition
Helping with Times Tables
Helping with Subtraction
Helping with Fractions
Helping with Multiplication
Helping with Division
To ensure we deliver a seamless transition between EY2 and Year 1 we aim to provide a curriculum that allows students to build on their interests, whilst also ensuring that learning is tailored to their individual needs. By working closely with the Early Years teachers, transition activities at the start of Term 1 reflect the rotational learning style of an Early Years classroom while focused group teaching ensures that children are appropriately exposed to the more formalised learning style of a Primary classroom that is introduced following the mid-term break. This approach not only takes into account what the children already know, understand and can do but also encourages creativity by inspiring in them a commitment to learning that will last a lifetime.
The following areas of our transitional curriculum ensure that it continues to cover the seven aspects of learning and demonstrates how subjects are linked through a theme based approach:
1. Transition books are completed in a similar style to the Early Years Learning Journeys to help share your child’s experiences with you and also to introduce the children to the idea of using work books to record their learning.
2. Word books are continued into Year 1 as the children work towards reading and spelling the expected High Frequency Words introduced in Early Years 2.
3. A gradual introduction to Phase assemblies enables children to build confidence in a new environment before sharing in the celebration of good work and reflecting on relevant topics or events across the department.
At the end of Term 1, an Open House session is held to provide further opportunities to share the successes of your child’s transition into Primary 1 where both social and academic progression is supported between these key phases of their educational journey.
School Timings 2016-17
Our school day timings for the new academic year 2016-2017 are as follows:
Primary: 7:50am to 2:50pm; Sunday to Thursday
14:40 – 14:50