Welcome To Year 1
- Lucia Lopez-Maya, Teacher 1L
- Lynn Buttolph
Dear Year One parents and carers,
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.
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
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.
Start of The Day Routines & End Of the Day Collections
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.
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.
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 or rucksack. 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.
We will be using Seesaw as an online journal where teachers and children will document and reflect what we are learning in class. This will include photos, videos, voice recordings…More information to come.
Children will come to school dressed in their PE kit and remain in them throughout the day on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. 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.
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 be eating school dinners or a packed lunch in the hall. Please ensure this is nut free.
A fruit/vegetable snack is provided by school; however, you may wish to provide your child with their own snack. In keeping with the wider healthy eating policy of the school, please only send a fruit or vegetable snack. We feel that this not only helps promote a positive attitude to healthy eating but also encourages good eating habits 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. Water bottles should not be inside bookbags to avoid leakage.
Medication Please ensure that the office has up-to-date information regarding medication for children to be administered at school.
Contact Address and Telephone Numbers If you have moved recently or changed your home or mobile telephone number, please let the office staff know. It is important that we can contact you quickly if your child is unwell.
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.