Year 1

Welcome to Year 1

Staff

Teachers:
Best Practice Manager – Ms Bruynseels (Turquoise Class)
Mr Warburton (Blue Class)
Ms Clenshaw & Ms James (Purple Class)
Mr Cooper (Indigo Class)

Teaching Assistants:
Ms Paul, Ms Hanrahan, Ms Davies & Ms Hayward


We are looking forward to getting to know you and working together to ensure that we have a very happy and productive year. Our aim is that every child in Year 1 is confident, motivated to learn and able to enjoy school life to the full. We hope that you all enjoy the new experiences and challenges that Year 1 has to offer.

The transition from Reception to Year 1

Our aim is to ensure that every child experiences a smooth transition from the Early Years Foundation Stage to Key Stage 1. The Year 1 curriculum builds upon and extends the experiences that children have had in reception. Learning through play will continue and the children will gradually be eased into more formal learning as the term goes on so that they remain motivated, enthused and eager learners. Please don’t hesitate to speak to us if you have any questions or queries.

‘Get to Know You’ Meeting

  • A ‘Get to Know You’ meeting will take place for parents on Thursday 19th September from 9.15 – 9.45 am.
  • This will be held in your child’s classroom. During this meeting, you will be given information about class routines, the curriculum and teaching strategies.
  • You will also have the opportunity to ask any questions you may have. It would be great to see you there!
  • Further information meetings will be held later in the term focusing on phonics and maths. You will receive more information on these nearer the date.

Curriculum

  • In Year 1 we aim to ensure that your child’s curriculum develops key skills, encourages their creativity and embeds a joy of learning. Our teaching will follow the requirements of the curriculum and the agreed syllabus for Religious Education.

Reading in Year 1

  • Year 1 is an exciting year in your child’s reading development during which they are able to become increasingly confident and independent readers.
  • Regular reading at home with an adult is vitally important at this time in order to practise and develop key reading skills. Your support in this area is very appreciated.
  • Each child will be given colour coded reading books, a sharing book and a reading diary for reading at home.
  • Please use the reading diary to record when your child reads with you at home.
  • Each reading record contains information about how to record your child’s reading and suggestions for questions to ask while reading with your child. If your child is given the same book twice, please feel free to come and exchange it at the end of the day.

French in Year 1

  • All Year 1 children will now be given the opportunity to learn French in fortnightly sessions with Madame Moran. These will take place on Thursday afternoons.

Food Technology

  • This term all children in Year 1 will work in small groups to make delicious and healthy creations which they will bring home at the end of the day. If you require any additional information regarding these sessions please ask.

Swimming

  • Swimming lessons for Year 1 children will take place in the Summer term.

P.E.

  • Children need a t-shirt*, shorts*, socks and correct sized plimsolls which should be kept in a PE bag* at school. Please name all items and check that plimsolls fit (*These items are available from the school shop).

Home Learning

  • The children will bring home weekly phonics homework. The weekly phonics homework will link to the sounds your child has been learning that week. This homework is optional but will allow you to keep up-to-date with your child’s progress in phonics.
  • From week three, children will bring home weekly spellings to learn ready for the spelling quiz. These weekly spellings will contain a Year 1 spelling rule. As the year progresses, and the children are ready for a greater level of challenge, the number of words will increase.
  • In Autumn 2, children will have a Home Learning grid – they can choose to complete different activities, which links to their learning at school. Children will get the opportunity to share their home learning with the class!

Start of the Day Routines

  • Children can enter the classroom from 8.50 am and learning starts at 9 am.
  • Please say goodbye to your child in the playground and encourage them to come to the classroom doors independently.
  • This is important to help keep the doorway clear and also to develop increasing independence. If you have any queries for your child’s class teacher, please feel free to arrange a meeting for after school.

End of the Day Collection Arrangements

  • Please come into school and leave via our parents’ waiting area. The gates will be opened shortly before 3.20 pm.
  • Teachers will not permit children to leave their care until a parent or another authorised adult is identified.
  • If you have arranged for your child to be collected by another adult, please write this in the class book (which can be found on the class notice board) and sign it.

Class Representatives

  • Parents who volunteer to be class reps form an important link between the teachers and parents of each class.
  • Please discuss this between yourselves and let your child’s class teacher know if you are interested in supporting us in this role this year.
  • We would like two reps per class. A meeting with Mrs Ritchie will be arranged later this term.

Book and Chair Bags

  • Every child needs a named book bag. These need to come to school every day. These should only contain your child’s reading books, their reading record, their school diary and any home learning. If there are any letters to go home these will usually be put into their book bags so please check regularly.
  • Please ensure your child’s bag fits in their locker if they have one. As in reception, each child needs a named chair bag.

Class Notice Boards

  • Each class has its own notice board for messages. If you wish to post a notice please first show it to the class teacher. Information of immediate interest to all parents is written on the whiteboard at the pedestrian entrance.

Lunch

  • Children will now be eating school dinners and packed lunches in Innovation House.

Snacks

  • Children are able to bring in a healthy snack for morning playtime.
  • Please label their snack.
  • A school fruit basket is available for those children who do not bring in their own snack that day.

Water bottles

  • Children may bring water to school each day in a plastic bottle with a spill-proof top.
  • Please remember to put your child’s name on the bottle, which should be brought home at the end of each day to be washed and refilled.