Hello Pear, Pineapple and Plum Classes
Members of Staff:
Pineapple class- Ms Taylor/Mrs Moores & Miss Wright
Pear class- Miss Stroud & Miss Deria
Plum class- Miss Schulz (Head of Year) & Miss Hall
Welcome to Year One!
We hope you have had a wonderful summer holiday and are looking forward to a brand new start in Year 1! We are very excited to get to know you and our new children. Please take some time to read the following information.
In the morning, teachers or teaching assistants will meet the children at the door and pupils will be asked to use antibacterial gel and then hang up their coats/bags. Parents must stay and supervise their children outside until greeted by staff and do not enter the school. The register is taken at 8:55am and we begin our lessons straight away. If the children are late or absent they miss vital information and learning time. If your child’s door is closed, please take them to the office to be signed in. Children will be dismissed through the same door at the end of the day. Please note that we will not send Year One children home with anyone other than a parent/carer unless the school is notified. Year One children are also not allowed to be collected by older siblings that attend our school as a safety measure.
Children will be provided with fresh fruit as a morning snack. Please send your child in with a water bottle (no fizzy drinks) and drink bottles will be topped up as needed. Milk can be ordered at www.coolmilk.com. You can also send in a healthy snack (no nuts or chocolate please!) for afternoon play.
We will provide dates for trips, special events, and parent’s evenings on the school website and through ParentMail as and when they are applicable. We will also send out a termly newsletter to tell you about our new topics! You can find links to games and resources on our class pages on the school website.
If you need to speak to your class teacher, please be mindful that the mornings and straight after school are always busy as we greet/dismiss the children. Feel free to wait around until there is a break or you can email your questions or concerns to our Year 1 email address including your child’s name and class in the subject line and main body of the email so it can be directed to the appropriate teacher. Thank you so much for your co-operation and we aim to respond to all emails within 48 hours.
Curriculum Information for Autumn Term:
In Phonics the children will continue with the Read Write Inc. program. This is where they will learn to use sounds to improve their reading and writing. We learn new sounds daily and apply these sounds to spell new words! Once children are confident, we move on to learning alternative spellings. The weekly spellings we send home for homework will be based on the Read Write Inc. sound order and will get progressively harder over the year. Challenge words will be provided once children are used to the format of our spelling tests.
In English the children will work on developing a love of reading through a variety of exciting books, poems, and rhymes! Every child will be working hard to use the sounds they know to make phonetic spellings, write on the line, use finger spaces, and start using capital letters and full stops. This term we will also be introducing our school handwriting style in an unjoined style. Please do not encourage your child to join (even if they have older siblings that do!) as this skill is taught in Year 2. Please encourage them to write using these skills when completing homework or writing at home for fun.
In Maths we will be focusing on Number for the first few weeks. The children will be developing their knowledge of numbers to 15 through a variety of number facts (addition, subtraction, doubles, number bonds to 10), and much more! The homework we send will match what do in school each week.
In Geography and we will be learning about our Local Area and in History our first topic is “Toys and Games of the Past.” You can help your child look at some non-fiction books and show them some of your favourite toys that you had when you were their age!
In Science we will be learning about the Season: Autumn and materials. We will investigate sights, sounds, and weather of the new season. In materials, we will learn how to sort items into groups (fabric, wood, etc.), describe what they feel like, what we can build or make with the materials, etc. Ask your child how many different kinds of materials you can see around your house!
Other Key Information:
PE kits need to be brought into school ASAP. If your child does not have a full kit then they will be unable to participate. We will send kits home to be washed every half term or as needed. It is a good idea to keep shorts and full length bottoms in your child’s PE kit so they are prepared for the outdoor sessions. Please ensure that each piece of kit (including shoes) is labelled with your child’s name as they are easily mixed up when the uniform looks the same!
Pear- Tuesday & Friday
Pineapple- Tuesday & Wednesday
Plum- Monday & Thursday
Homework will be posted every Friday after school on Google Classroom. Your teachers will soon be giving your child their log in details so please keep these safe. It is important that your child completes the homework each week. Homework will consist of a weekly spelling list that will be tested on the following Friday, some maths relating to our topic, and occasionally a piece of science, history or geography. Spelling results will be recorded on Google Classroom for you to see and incorrect words will be noted in the comment section for extra practice at home. You may assist your child with typing but please be aware that we always know which children have done the work using their own ideas.
Reading books are required to be in school daily. It is expected that the children practice reading daily at home for a minimum of 10 minutes. Please note that we encourage reading in many different formats including independent reading done by the child, shared reading between the child and another person (sibling, parent, carer, family friend, etc.), and listening to reading! Reading a variety of other books to your children is also important so they can hear how words flow together to form sentences, and develop a greater range of vocabulary.
When your child has done independent or shared reading, please record this in the reading record books. You may also include non-school books in your child’s reading record. If it is a book you are reading together, please write “shared reading”. We will be checking reading records throughout the week to monitor reading. It is part of the whole school’s reading policy that children that are not reading at home at least 3 times weekly will be required to read at playtime at the end of the week.
At home, please encourage the children to sound out (not guess) the words and ask your child questions to make sure they have understood what they have read. It is very important that you assist your child’s learning at home by allowing them to use their new sounds, increase confidence over time and develop a love of reading!
Please could you also have a spare set of clothes (underwear, tights/leggings/trousers) in your child’s bag in case of any unexpected accidents.
To help us teach our autumn term activities, we are looking for:
- Old adult sized shirts (button up or inoffensive t-shirts) that we can use for painting!
- Conkers, large smooth stones, pinecones
Thank you and we look forward to a fantastic year!
The Year One Team