“You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose.”

Dear Parents / Annwyl Rhieni,

Welcome to Year 1!
We are really looking forward to teaching your children and we hope that they are excited about the year ahead. We are sure that by working together, we will make this a fun, happy and productive year.
Here is some general information about our class, however should there be anything you need to know, please do not hesitate to come and see us. We would also appreciate it if you could keep us informed if there are any issues or concerns that we need to be aware of regarding your child.

 Teachers

Year 1 Class teacher: Mrs Davis & Mrs Bennett
Teaching Assistants: Mrs Jones, Mrs Besley, Mrs Lewis & Mrs Stonham

 General Information

In Year 1, we will be encouraging the children to become more independent and show more responsibility for their belongings. During registration, the children are expected to organise themselves, i.e. put their coat and bag on their hook, place their reading book in the reading book box and place homework or letters in the correct tray. We will also spend the first few weeks this term getting to know your child and doing some activities that will help me gain a good perspective of his/her needs.

Physical Development and Outdoor Learning

Your children will have lots of opportunities for physical development, during our P.E. sessions and during our outdoor activities.
Our P.E. sessions will be every Friday. Please can you ensure that your child wears appropriate P.E. kit to school on these days. Suggested clothing for P.E. is navy jogging bottoms, white polo shirt, trainers and school sweatshirt. All jewellery needs to be removed and long hair should be tied back.

Please remember to label your child’s school uniform and PE kit.

We also have our outdoor day on ‘Welly Wednesday’. Please can you ensure that your child brings wellies and into school every Wednesday or alternatively he/she can leave them in school permanently.  He/she will also need to bring a coat.

It is important that your child brings items relevant to the weather to school every day, such as a coat, sun hat or sun lotion etc.

Dinnertime & Playtime

As in reception, school dinners are payable via Squid. Please ensure that your child has a healthy snack and drink for morning playtime. If your child has sandwiches, please ensure that his/her lunchbox is clearly marked with his/her name. 

Big Questions

Throughout the year we will plan activities based on our big questions. We will provide fun, hands-on activities within a safe and stimulating learning environment which will promote your child’s learning.

Our big questions for this year will be:

Autumn Term- Do all Superheroes wear capes?

Spring Term- Where in the world am I?

Summer Term- What is causing the Commotion in the Ocean?

 

Homework and supporting learning at home. 

Homework is allocated weekly. Your child will have an activity allocated on Active learn linked to a concept that we have been learning about in class. Your child will also bring spelling words home. Please help your child to practise the words in preparation for the spelling activities being undertaken in class. We will be doing practical, fun games which are designed to help your child learn the focus spelling pattern.

Reading books need to be brought to school every day, in order for us to help your child develop his/ her early reading skills whenever possible. Please note that your comments in your child’s reading diary are important and help us to support you with helping your child’s reading development at home as well as in school.