Welcome To Year 1
- Amy Bond, Teacher 1B
- Lucia Lopez-Maya, Teacher 1L
- Debbie Faircloth
- Amanda Gaughan
- Karema El-Hawary
- Georgina de Wet Steyn
- Loraine Smith
- Nita Shah
- Shireen Baker
- Ashifa Sumar
- Carolina Carrera
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 to be 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
A ‘Get to Know You’ meeting will take place for parents on Thursday 19th September from 3.30 pm.
- This will be held in the studio. During this meeting, you will be given information about class routines, the curriculum and teaching strategies.
- You will also have the opportunity to ask any questions you may have. It would be great to see you there!
- Further information meetings will be held later in the term focusing on literacy and numeracy.
- You will receive more information on these nearer the date.
In Year 1 we aim to ensure that your child’s curriculum develops key skills, encourages their creativity and embeds a joy of learning. Our teaching will follow the requirements of the curriculum and the agreed syllabus for Religious Education.
Start of the Day Routines
The school day begins between 8.45 am and 9 am. 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
The end of the day is at 3.05 pm.
- 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.
- A meeting with a member of the Leadership Team will be arranged later this term.
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 with 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 keyword 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.
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 whiteboard at the pedestrian entrance.
- Children will be eating school dinners or packed lunch in the hall. Please ensure this is nut-free.
- All children should have a piece of fruit at morning playtime. A school fruit basket is available for all children.
- 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.
- The children will be given weekly phonics homework, this will include spellings. Good times challenge homework will start later in the year. Other homework will be related to topics taught throughout the year.
French in Year 1
- Children will have 15 minutes each week learning basic French through singing.
- This term all children in Year 1 will work in small groups to make delicious and healthy creations which they will bring home at the end of the day.
- Children need a t-shirt, shorts, socks and correct sized trainers with Velcro which should be kept in a PE bag on their peg. Please name all the items and check that trainers fit.
- P.E will be on Mondays and Thursdays.
Some General Reminders
- 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 a 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.
We will have an opportunity to expand on this information further in the ‘Get to Know You’ meeting. We look forward to working closely with you to ensure that your child’s year is a very happy and successful one.