How is this year group organised?
The year group is divided into 3 classes.
The Class teachers are:
The teaching assistants based in Year 1 this year are:
Transition from Reception to Year One
In Year One we understand the importance of ensuring a smooth and positive transition from Reception. During the Autumn term we gradually move children from play-based learning to more structured lessons where children will have the opportunity to work independently as well as receiving regular adult support. Children will continue to have opportunities for child initiated learning throughout the year.
General Expectations/Rewards & Sanctions
As with other year groups, we expect all children to try their best and work hard in the classroom and in lessons. We always encourage the children to treat each other, and all adults with respect and kindness. In accordance with the rest of the school, we follow the behaviour policy whereby positive behaviours are rewarded and negative behaviours sanctioned in a way appropriate to Key Stage One (i.e. loss of My Time minutes). Please see the on-line behaviour policy for further details.
You will already be familiar with the Stars of the Week, House Points and whole class Marble Rewards. Additionally in Year 1, children can be rewarded by taking home Kenco the tiger (Platypuses), Calvin the bear (Wallabies) or Coco the dog (Koalas) for the weekend.
We will be studying some exciting topics this year:
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 to hear children read and to help with some of our more practical topic work. We will let you know in advance when you can come and join us. Your support is always appreciated.
The children will be taught following the guidance from the new National Curriculum. Areas which will be taught include: word reading (phonic skills and decoding), comprehension, transcription (spelling), cursive handwriting, composition, vocabulary, grammar and punctuation. In addition to this, they will also undertake activities involving spoken language and drama.
The children will be taught following the guidance from the new National Curriculum. Areas which will be taught include: number and place value, addition and subtraction, multiplication and division, fractions, measurement, properties of shape, position and directions.
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 discretely in block weeks. The children will have weekly Music lessons with our specialist music teacher. Personal, Social, Health and Citizenship Education (PSHCE) will also take place weekly, which includes SRE (Sex and Relationships Education) appropriate to the age of the children. In Year 1, this will only cover naming of the body parts, the differences between boys and girls and knowing which parts of the body are private. Parents have the right to withdraw their children if they wish to do so. We would urge anyone considering this, however, to discuss the matter with the class teacher.
Physical Education (PE)
Please ensure that all PE kit and clothing is clearly named, especially when replacing any items mid-year. PE kit must be in school all week so that children can participate in PE and other activities. Tracksuit bottoms may be worn for outdoor lessons in colder months. Please ensure your child’s plimsolls fit properly so that they are able to run in them. Children should not wear jewellery in school and EARRINGS MUST BE REMOVED on PE days. Children with earrings will not be allowed to take part in PE lessons for health and safety reasons.
May we also remind you that hair MUST be fastened back for school to ensure safety and to minimise the risk of catching and/or passing on head lice. Please check your child’s hair regularly!
In Year 1, we provide all of the pencils and crayons for pupils so pencil cases are not needed. Toys and card games must not be brought into school as this generally leads to lots of fiddling and lost items. Should any of these items inadvertently appear in school, the teacher will look after them until the end of the day. Those children who ‘scoot’ to school may store their scooters in their class storage box. Please can you ensure that they are folded and stored away tidily and that children do not ride scooters on the school grounds.
Children's home learning activity will be sent home in their books on Thursdays to be handed in to the class teacher the following Tuesday.
This half term, a spelling list will be sent home every Thursday in the children's home learning books. These spellings will be based upon either the high frequency word lists or the phonics work being taught in class. Please help your child to practise their spellings at least three times a week. We will have a spelling test every Wednesday.
Reading (Home Books & Guided Reading)
Please listen to your child read as frequently as possible. As a way of encouraging their independence skills, the children may now change their school reading book as often as they wish and they will be shown how to do this. Although they will be reminded every day, please let the class teacher or teaching assistant know if your child is coming home with either the wrong book band or is forgetting to change their book! Children who have read at least 3 times a week will receive a raffle ticket to put in the ‘regular readers box’.
You may have heard the children talking about ‘Guided Reading’. The class teacher works with a different reading group every day and will determine when it is time for a child to move up to the next reading level. There are many objectives to meet within each level (i.e. relating to phonics, decoding, comprehension, extracting information, making comparisons, talking about text features) and it is vital that the children are not rushed through the reading levels. We thank you in advance for all your support with your child’s learning at home.
Home/School Link Booklets
As the teachers and teaching assistants are very busy in the mornings, messages should be passed on through the Home/School link booklets. From Year 1, we do not check book bags so please ensure that you or your child places the message in the ‘link booklet wallet’ attached to the classroom door. If you wish to meet with the teacher personally, please book an appointment through the office. Similarly, if your child is due to attend a medical appointment or be absent from school for any reason, please inform the office.
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. More information will follow in our Phonics Parent Workshops later this term.
Dropping off / Collecting Your Children
Please ensure your child arrives on time each morning. The classroom doors will be unlocked from 8:40 when children will be able to come into the classroom to settle for the day. Your child should come into the classroom on their own as this will allow a smooth start to the school day. We register the class at 8:55 so if your child arrives after this time, please make sure they come in through the office so that they can be signed in.
At the end of the day, children from Wallabies and Koalas are to be collected one at a time from the door of their classroom. Children from Platypuses will be taken to the playground for collection and dismissed one at a time from the line. Please do not collect your child from their class line as the teacher will not know who that child has gone home with. Please inform the class teacher, via the home/school link booklet, if someone different will be collecting your child. All children who attend clubs will be seen to the correct place by a Teaching Assistant. Any children who have not been collected by 3.25pm will be sent to the front entrance to await collection.
Please do not hesitate to contact us about any aspect of your child’s work or behaviour, or if you have any questions. We also appreciate feedback to help us inform our planning and to help us know what is especially helpful, useful or enjoyable.
Year One is an exciting and fun filled year where your child will experience and learn many new things. We encourage greater independence, while still giving appropriate support, and would like to thank you in advance for helping us to achieve this.
Information for Parents
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