Class Teacher - Mrs N. Ellerington and Miss M. Bowen
- Mrs M Bird
- Mrs L Bentley
- Mrs D Extance
Autumn Term 2017
We hope that you had a great summer break and are ready to start another exciting year. We are really looking forward to working with your child during the forthcoming academic year.
We feel that as the children are now that little bit older and familiar with the school routines, we can give them more independence to help them move forward with their learning. For the first part of this term, our Year 1 classroom is a mixture of the Foundation Stage and the more formal structure that is required as your child is now starting the National Curriculum. Our aim is to support your child through their transitional phase into Year 1 by offering activities that support and challenge them. We will be promoting independence and challenges are provided at the right level for your child in line with the whole school ethos.
This term our topic is ‘Superheroes’ and we will be linking our subjects to superheroes where appropriate. We have a ‘Superhero Headquarters’ in our class for role play activities. Please visit the school website for a detailed map of the Year 1 curriculum which will provide you with an overview of the areas that your child will be studying in each subject.
A vital part of your child’s learning is reading every day at home. Please sign your child’s reading record when you have listened to your child read. Your child is expected to read and discuss their book for a recommended time of 15 minutes each day with an adult at home. This includes questioning and predicting what might happen next.
All of the children in Year 1 will be participating in the school reading challenge. We will count the number of times that your child has read both in and out of school and your child will receive a reading reward certificate to celebrate their reading when they have reached a certain milestone e.g. a bronze award for reading 25 times. In addition to this, children will continue to get their mini-certificates to reward reading at home 5 times in a week.
Also please can you indicate clearly in the reading record when your child has finished their book, this includes having a good understanding of the story and fluency or reading key words so it may mean that your child will need to read the book more than once and this is perfectly acceptable. Reading a book more than once improves your child’s understanding and fluency as well as providing personal enjoyment and achievement.
As part of their growing independence we are asking the children in Year 1 to place their reading books and reading record in a special box in the classroom at the start of each day so that it can be checked by an adult. We would really appreciate your help and support by reminding your child to do this.
Examples of questions to ask when reading with your child or after they have read a section of their book independently:
What do you think will happen next?
Who is your favourite character? Why?
What is happening in this picture?
Did you enjoy this book? Why?
What does this word mean?
Show me where the author has used a full stop/question mark/exclamation mark etc.
Our PE sessions are on Mondays and Fridays, so please ensure that your child has a full PE kit (including a dark coloured tracksuit) in school on both of those days, that long hair is tied back and earrings are taken out. If they do not have their PE kit a letter will be sent home to inform you that they have not participated in the session. Information will follow regarding swimming.
There is the opportunity for your child to have a snack during the morning break that you will need to provide from home or your child can order a snack and/or a drink from the tuck shop as soon as they come into school. The cost of each item is 30p. If you wish they can order from the tuck shop and have a snack from home during the morning break. Ideally the exact money in a labelled purse or labelled envelope is recommended. In Year 1 we have an afternoon snack at a set time and this snack is provided by the school.
Each day your child will need a bottle of water which is clearly labelled so they can access water regularly throughout the day. Also please ensure that your child has appropriate outdoor clothing for the weather and that your child’s uniform is also clearly labelled to avoid any confusion or loss.
Homework will be given on a Friday and will usually be related to the work covered in English or Maths during the week, it will include spellings and four calculations. The homework will need to be handed in by the following Wednesday.
Details regarding our educational visit will be sent to you once we have secured a venue.
If you have questions concerning any of the above, or wish to meet with either of us regarding your child, please drop in and see us or make an appointment at the office.