Welcome to Year 1!
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Thank you for your continued support. We are looking forward to working with you as your children move through Year 1, and will do our best to see that it is a happy, enjoyable and successful year for them all. If you need any other information, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Doors open at 8.50am and the register is taken at 8.55. Please ensure your child arrives before 8.55 to avoid missing his/her mark in the register. Y1 children enter and exit school via the door to the Y1 classroom unless being collected early for an appointment. In this instance, please collect your child via the school office. The school day ends at 3.20pm for Y1. On the occasion that you have arranged for another parent or family member to collect your child, please notify us of the arrangement by writing a note in his/her reading diary or in the case of short notice, by leaving a message at the office. If you have a more regular arrangement, this can be noted in the back of your child’s reading diary so that members of staff who are dismissing the children can quickly turn to it and check. We are not able to release children without having received written or verbal permission from a parent or guardian. Thank you in advance for your support with this.If you need to pass on a message to the teacher, it may be possible to have a brief word with the person on the door in the morning or you can leave a message at the office. The message will be passed on both ways. Alternatively, you can write a note in your child’s reading diary as these are checked every morning. If you would like to meet with the teachers, an after-school appointment can be arranged via the office or a note in the diary.
In Y1 the emphasis is placed on sounding out the phonemes in words, the understanding of a text, increasing fluency and most importantly enjoyment of reading! Children should be encouraged to read a variety of texts with a considerable degree of understanding which is developed through discussion. Reading skills will be taught to the whole class and to guided groups and the children will practise these skills at home with you, using their chosen reading book. Please read with your child every night, or as often as you can prioritise it. Reading at home has an invaluable impact on progress and your child will benefit immeasurably.
Reading: When reading with your child, please write the date, title of book and page you are up to (if incomplete) and sign the reading diary. Signing the diary indicates the book has been read and is ready for changing. We are able to remind children to change their book if we have this information. Maths: In addition to daily reading, your child will normally bring home one piece of maths work on a Friday to consolidate our learning in class. The maths homework will be a game or activity that can be kept at home for regular practice, RWI: Children who are on the Phonics programme may bring home sheets to practise reading certain sounds, as new ones are covered, or bring these sounds home to spell words.We cannot emphasise enough the importance of reading with your child daily and discussing the text. Your child is encouraged to change his/her reading book first thing every morning.
Please ensure your child has a P.E. kit in school during term time. In the event of not having a kit, your child will not take part in P.E and a text will be sent home to request that a kit be sent in. Our P.E. lessons will be on Monday and Wednesday afternoons this year, although may sometimes change at short notice. Your child will need black shorts, a white T-shirt and pumps or trainers in school, in a drawstring bag.If the weather is very cold your child may wear track suit bottoms and a sweat shirt over his/her kit for outdoor P.E. Children who wear earrings must be able to either remove them or cover them with plasters independently when preparing for P.E. Please also ensue children with long hair have their hair tied up for these days.As cloakroom space is very limited, we request that only drawstring bags or carrier bags be brought to school. This is simply because larger bags cause other people’s coats and bags to fall off the pegs and onto the floor.
If your child has asthma please ensure an inhaler has been sent into school to be kept in the classroom. Please also keep us up to date with any allergies.
In Y1 children are encouraged to drink regularly from their bottles to remain hydrated throughout the day. Please ensure these are filled with water and not juice as juice is only permitted at lunch time. Bottles will be kept outside on the shelf to protect our books from spillages. Cups are also available for the children to use if a bottle is not brought into school.
Other Useful Information
Appointment dates or absence letters etc. can be sent in to school in your child’s reading bag. Please ensure that your child brings a coat to school every day and does not bring toys to school. For morning break, children may bring a labelled snack pot containing fruit. Alternatively toast is available on the playground, limited to 2 half slices per child at 10p each. Children are responsible for looking after their own toast money. Fresh fruit is provided for all KS1 children during afternoon break and milk can be ordered directly from Cool Milk at www.coolmilk.com.Finally, please ensure all items of clothing are clearly labelled as these do get mixed up frequently and it is always a shame when lovely new jumpers are unidentifiable!