Welcome To Year 1
- Matt Bloom, Teacher 1B
- Lucia Lopez-Maya, Teacher 1L
- Debbie Faircloth
- Lynn Buttolph
- Carolina Carrera
We hope you have all had a great time over the summer and that you are now looking forward to the exciting new school year ahead. 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.
‘Getting to Know You’ Information
Transition from Reception to Year 1
Our aim is to ensure that every child experiences a smooth transition from the Foundation Stage to Key Stage One. The Year 1 curriculum builds upon and extends the experiences that children have had in Reception. Learning through play will continue as much as possible using our outdoor area and by cleaning the resources regularly. This is an important part of the school day and the children will gradually be eased into more formal learning as the year 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
Sadly the ‘Get to Know You’ meeting will not take place for parents in person this year due to the current situation. We will send you this information soon. You will be given information about class routines, the curriculum and teaching strategies.
In Year 1 we aim to ensure that your child’s curriculum develops key skills, encourages their creativity and embeds a joy of learning. Attached to this letter is a curriculum map, which provides an overview for this term. 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 practice and develop key reading skills and your continued support in this area is greatly appreciated.
Each child will be given colour coded reading books, 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. A comment may be about your child’s ability to decode the text, strategies they used or their comments on what they have read. Whilst your child has been provided a colour-levelled reading book from school, please feel free to encourage them to also read any other reading material that interests them such as books from home, books from the library, magazines, menus, road signs…the list goes on!
Books will be changed weekly. If your child is given the same book twice, please feel free to come and exchange it at the end of the day.
Every child needs a named book bag. These need to come into school every day. These should only contain your child’s reading books, their reading diary and any key word sheets they may be given. If there are any letters to go home these will usually be put into their book bags so, please check and empty bags.
The children will be given weekly phonics homework, this will include spellings. Good times challenge homework later in the year. Other homework will be related to topics taught throughout the year.
The Year 1 gate and one-way system is located on Runnymede Close.
Start of the Day Routines
The school day begins at 9am, however the school gates will open at 8.40am to avoid congestion. Please say good-bye to your child 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. It is difficult for your child’s class teacher to discuss matters with you at this time. However, please feel free to pass a note at the door or arrange a meeting for after school.
End of the Day Collection Arrangements
Please come in to school and leave via our parents’ waiting area. The end of the day is at 3.05pm, but the gates will open at 3.00pm. The 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 let the teacher/office know via phone or diary.
Parents who volunteer to be class reps form an important link between the teachers and parents. 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. Thank you!
Children will be eating school dinners or a packed lunch in the hall. Please ensure this is nut free.
All children should have a piece of fruit at morning playtime. Please ensure your child brings the fruit in a named and sealed container.
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.
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 white board at the pedestrian entrance.
Children will come to school dressed in their PE kit and remain in them throughout the day on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Children need a t-shirt*, shorts or blue/black tracksuit bottoms*, socks and correct sized trainers with Velcro. Please name all items and check that trainers fit.
P.E will be on Tuesdays and Thursdays.