Welcome to Year 1!

The curriculum for this half term is based on the theme ‘Spring Watch’. We are adopting a topic based approach where we will be trying to link all areas of learning together.


Handwriting

It is now expected that children can begin to produce a cursive style of writing from the beginning of Year 1. Please encourage your child to use this style when completing writing at home. A pencil is the best tool for this.

Reading

It is essential to read on a regular basis with your child. When you have completed a book with your child, please sign complete the form on Marvellous Me once a week and comment on their reading (any words they found difficult, and vocabulary they didn’t understand etc.). Children need to bring their book once they have completed it with their coloured bookmark inside it. Books will be changed as often as possible in Year 1. Many thanks with your support with reading at home.

Homework

Your child will receive homework once a half term, this will include spellings which will be tested on a Wednesday. It will include a topic grid for your child can choose a project to complete and show in the final week of the half term. The spellings are tested weekly, based on the phonics taught the previous week in school. Your support in this will be a great help.

P.E.

PE days for Miss McNally: Tuesday and Friday

PE days for Mrs Farman: Wednesday and Friday

Please come to school in your PE kit. Please wear suitable footwear and dress appropriately for the weather.

After School Clubs

As usual there will be many ‘After School Clubs’ starting up. It is important that your child attends any club they have signed up for each week. If they cannot attend for a particular reason please inform school by phone or a written note. Please make sure your child is collected on time. All dates for each club are on the timetable provided at the beginning of each half term. Please double check the start and finish dates for the clubs. Places at clubs are awarded on a first come, first served basis. If your child has an active club, they can come to school dressed in their PE kits.

Please contact Mrs Hardy with any questions about clubs.

Playtime Snack

As we are a ‘Healthy School’ children are encouraged to bring a named water bottle to school to keep in the classroom so that they can have a drink when they need one. As your child is in Key Stage 1 they also get a free piece of fruit each day, the fruit is available for your child to help themselves to at morning break. You are also welcome to bring your own healthy snack.

Assessments

As always, we will be closely monitoring the progress your child is making and there will be termly assessments. There is one extremely important assessment which you need to be aware of. Year 1 complete a phonics screening check which is a national test. Your support in helping your child with phonetical awareness would be very beneficial. Due to this being a national statutory test, it is especially important that your child attends school at this time. We will host a phonics workshop for parents in the year.

Weather

In the colder months, please ensure your child comes to school with jumpers, hats, scarves, gloves and a thick, warm coat. As the weather improves, girls are permitted to wear summer dresses or shorts and boys are permitted to wear shorts. If the weather is hot and sunny please ensure you apply sun-cream to your child before school and ideally come to school with a cap or sunhat.

Show & Tell

We love showing items related to our topic so would be grateful of anything you have which would promote learning. We also like to celebrate achievements outside of school for example swimming certificates, horse riding ribbons etc.

Arriving and Leaving School

KS1 start time: 8.50am. End of school 3.10pm.

Please note that your child will be classed as late if they arrive after 9am. Please drop your child off at the classroom door.

We look forward to having your continued support for this exciting and fun year!

Mrs Farman and Miss McNally