Welcome To Year 1
- Lucia Lopez-Maya, Teacher 1L
- Lynn Buttolph
We hope that you and your child had a happy and relaxing Christmas break. We are looking forward to an exciting term ahead in Year One. Thank you for all your support at home last term supporting your child with their reading. Please read this letter carefully as it is designed to give you information about the curriculum this term, some general information and useful dates for your diary.
Attached to this letter is a curriculum map, which provides an overview of our learning focus for this half term. Our topic for Spring 1 is ‘Once Upon a Time’ and in Spring 2 ‘Weather Explorers’.
This term we will be starting Phase 5 (alternative sounds) please see below. We will be continuing to assess them every 6 weeks. We will also be recapping phase 3 and 4 and continuing to learn the tricky words and how to spell them.
Reading books & book bags
- We are really enjoying our reading sessions and have really seen an improvement with all the children’s reading and understanding of their books. We also have been really pleased to read about all the wonderful home-reading that has been going on since September. The comments in the diary are highly valued by the teachers and they form an important part of your child’s reading journey. Remember to feel free to record home and library books or other reading material that your child has read and enjoyed. May we also remind you that the children may remain on their phase book for a longer period of time as we are focusing on phonics, fluency and comprehension and skills. This is also reviewed every 6 weeks in line with their assessments. If you feel you would like more information about books suitable for Year 1 children, feel free to talk to your class teacher who can provide you with some guidance.
School Uniform and P.E Kits
- Please ensure that your child’s uniform is clearly labelled. This is particularly important when they take off their jumpers as they can often get muddled or mislaid. Please also, try to avoid lace up trainers if your child is unable to tie them. It is also a good idea to keep a spare pair of socks in your child’s bags.
Updates & Reminders
Morning Routine – Children will need to be in class by 8:40am as this is our new Register time.
Snacks – We ask that any snack you send in is a piece of fruit or vegetable. There will also be some fruit provided in class for your child.
Medication – Please can you update the class teacher and school office of any changes to your child’s medical needs.
Numbots – Your child’s login is on the back of reading record.
Seesaw – Our weekly newsletter is uploaded every Friday onto Seesaw for you to read about what Year 1 are learning about the following week.
Library books– Please ensure children bring them in every Friday.
Friday 13th January – 1L cake sale
Thursday 2nd March 2022 – World Book Day
Monday 6th and Thursday 8th _Parent meetings
Week 13th -17th March- Science Week (Friday 17th– Dress as a scientist!)
Friday 24th March 1L Assembly 9:30am
We will continue to do our very best to ensure that these dates will go ahead as planned. However, please be aware that things may change at short notice. We appreciate your understanding and continued support.If you have any queries regarding any of the information in this letter please do not hesitate to ask. We look forward to working closely with you to ensure that your child enjoys a happy and successful spring term.
Parent helpers and DBS Clearance
We really appreciate the support that parent helpers can offer in school from parent reading to supervising visits outside of school. As you can appreciate, we are only able to ask parents who have an up-to-date DBS form. Please speak to the office if you need to apply for clearance or if you are unsure whether your DBS form is up to date. Thank you.
Thank you for taking the time to read the information in this letter. We look forward to working closely with you to ensure that your child’s year is a very happy and successful one. Best wishes from the Year 1 team.