Year Leader: Miss L Percy (Platypuses)
Teacher: Mrs C Kent (Koalas)
Teacher: Mrs C Franks (Wallabies)
Trainee Teacher: Mrs E Arnold
Teaching Assistants: Miss S Kingshott, Miss K Nicolaides
Essential Tips for Year 1:
· Please read with your child at least 3 times a week and record each read in their Reading Record Book. We have a significant focus on reading in Year 1 and would really value your support with this at home
· Weekly spellings and reading books will be changed, handed out and tested every Friday
· Your child must have their book bag and Reading Record in school every day (please regularly check for letters, etc)
· Please ensure that keyrings are removed from book bags so that they can fit into trays
· All children in Year 1 come into school in PE kit on Fridays (kits will be sent home on Thursdays, please return them on Mondays). Earrings must not be worn on Wednesdays and Fridays for the children’s safety in PE lessons.
· Please ensure that all belongings are clearly labelled, especially jumpers, PE bags, book bags, lunch boxes and water bottles
· We will be sending out weekly ‘Marvellous Me’ notifications to keep in touch about topics, vocabulary and events. Please sign up if you haven’t already (see the school office) and use the notifications to engage with your child about their week at school
· Regularly ask your children how they have shown the school values of being aspirational, resilient and kind
As with all year groups, we expect all children to follow the school rules and try their best in all areas of learning. We always encourage the children to treat each other, and adults, with respect and portray the school values of being aspirational, resilient and kind, with positive behaviours being rewarded with housepoints, marbles, certificates and class mascots. As outlined in the school behaviour policy, pupils who receive either a six minute sanction or engage in a serious misconduct incident understand that their parents will be informed. We appreciate your continued support with this.
Year One Curriculum
We will be studying a number of exciting topics this year, beginning with Rumble in the Jungle. We will let you know about each of our topics before they begin. Please talk to your children about their topics and encourage them to find out even more at home.
We will inform you of any special events or days linked to our topics via a letter in book bags. We will also notify you of any forthcoming trips in due course. We often need parent helpers for trips and to hear children read so please let us know if you would be happy to help with any of these. Your support is always greatly appreciated.
The children will be taught following the guidance from the National Curriculum. Areas taught include: word reading (phonic skills and decoding), comprehension, spelling, cursive handwriting, composition, vocabulary, grammar and punctuation. In addition to this, they will also undertake activities involving spoken language and drama. Please let your child’s teacher know if you would like any advice on how to help them at home.
Please listen to your child read as frequently as possible. Reading is an absolutely essential skill to master early on in a child’s education and we recommend reading a minimum of three times a week at home. We have recently invested in over a thousand new home reading books as part of our new ‘Go Wild for Reading’ scheme. We hope that your child enjoys the fantastic array of texts and being rewarded for their hard work. Further information is available in our home reading guides, which will be sent out shortly.
The children will be taught following the guidance from the National Curriculum. Areas taught include: number and place value, addition and subtraction, multiplication and division, fractions, measurement, properties of shape, position and directions. Again, please speak to your child’s class teacher if you would like any guidance on how to support your child at home. Please continue to engage with Mathletics and look out for Marvellous Me notifications that share what we are doing in class.
Other curriculum areas (Science, History, Geography, Computing, D&T, Art) will be introduced to the children through their topic work and in practical activities taking place within English and Maths lessons. R.E. will be taught weekly, covering Christianity and Judaism. Personal, Social, Health and Citizenship Education (PSHCE/Jigsaw) will also take place weekly, which includes SRE (Sex and Relationships Education) appropriate to the age of the children. The children will have weekly Music lessons with our specialist music teacher and twice weekly PE lessons with both the class teacher and specialist PE teacher. To maximise lesson time, children must come into school in their PE kits on Fridays. No uniform is required. During the winter, we request that children wear tracksuit bottoms, trainers and their school jumper. Hair must always be tied back.
Phonics Screening Tests
It is a national requirement that children take a Phonics Screening Test at the end of Year 1. Phonics will therefore be a key focus throughout the year and it would benefit your child enormously if you could reinforce their phonics learning at home. Further information will follow throughout the year.