Welcome to Year 1! The curriculum for this half term is based on the theme ‘Africa’. We are adopting a topic based approach where we will be trying to link all areas of learning together.
It is now expected that children can begin to produce a cursive style of writing from the beginning of Year 1. Please encourage your child to use this style when completing writing at home and homework. A pencil is the best tool for this.
It is essential to read on a regular basis with your child. When you have completed a book with your child, please sign their reading record and comment on their reading (any words they found difficult, and vocabulary they didn’t understand etc.). Children need to bring a book bag and their book everyday as we read with the children in school. Books will be changed on a Monday and a Friday. If reading records have not been signed, we will not know to change the book and therefore it will not be changed.
Your child will receive homework every Tuesday, this will include spellings which will be tested on a Monday. The terms spellings are given broken down into weeks at the beginning of each new half-term. Please return homework on Mondays. Your support in this will be a great help.
P.E. lessons take place on Mondays and Thursdays. Kit consists of the school t-shirt, black/navy shorts and trainers (not plimsolls). Football shirts are not appropriate. As some of the work will be outdoor, children will also need a jumper and jogging bottoms as the weather becomes colder. Due to health and safety reasons, children with no PE kit will not be able to take part. To avoid this this we’d like to keep all kits in school and return them at holiday time for washing. If children cannot remove their own earrings, please provide plasters to cover them for safety in PE lessons. It is the expectation that children can dress themselves quickly and independently.
After School Clubs
As usual there will be many ‘After School Clubs’ starting up. It is important that your child attends any club they have signed up for each week. If they cannot attend for a particular reason please inform school by phone or a written note. Please make sure your child is collected on time. All dates for each club are on the timetable provided at the beginning of each half term. Please double check the start and finish dates for the clubs. Places at clubs are awarded on a first come, first served basis. Please contact Mrs Hardy with any questions about clubs.
As we are a ‘Healthy School’ children are encouraged to bring a named water bottle to school to keep in the classroom so that they can have a drink when they need one. This is cleaned and filled with fresh water only on a daily basis for your child. As your child is in Key Stage 1 they also get a free piece of fruit each day, the fruit is available for your child to help themselves to at morning break.
As always, we will be closely monitoring the progress your child is making and there will be termly assessments. There is one extremely important assessment which you need to be aware of. Year 1 complete a phonics screening check which is a national test. Your support in helping your child with phonetical awareness would be very beneficial. Due to this being a national statutory test, it is especially important that your child attends school at this time.
In the colder months, please ensure your child comes to school with jumpers, hats, scarves, gloves and a thick, warm coat. As the weather improves, girls are permitted to wear summer dresses or shorts and boys are permitted to wear shorts. If the weather is hot and sunny please ensure you apply sun-cream to your child before school and ideally come to school with a cap or sunhat.
Show & Tell
We love showing items related to our topic so would be grateful of anything you have which would promote learning. We also like to celebrate achievements outside of school for example swimming certificates, horse riding ribbons etc.
We sometimes feel that some extracts of certain films would help our children to develop their imagination or give them an experience of things that we couldn’t possibly do in real life. Some of these films are rated PG. Before showing anything which is not rated U, we will inform you in the notes section of the homework sheet so that you can give us any feedback on this. Rest assured, we will not show anything of an unsuitable nature.
Arriving and Leaving School
In Key Stage One we teach your child to be independent. Part of this includes lining up on the yard with their friends in the correct class line (which is numbered on the playground) and coming into school without a parent/carer. Please do not follow your child into school. If you need to speak to a teacher, a quick message is welcomed but please book an appointment through the office if a longer time is required. If you’d like to speak with us at the end of the day, please ensure you wait until all the children have been dismissed. All children must stay in their class line and will be sent to you one at a time. The teacher knows who has permission to collect your child so please wait patiently away from the line.
We look forward to having your continued support for this exciting and fun year!
Miss Essex and Miss McNally