Dear Parents and Carers,
Welcome to Year One. We hope this provides you with everything you will need to know about Year One. We hope that you find it useful, if you have any further questions then please do not hesitate to contact a member of the Year One team.
In Blackbird class – Miss Wheeler
Teaching Assistant- Mrs Ryrie, Mrs Brown and Mrs Miller
In Robin class – Miss Williams
Teaching Assistant- Mrs Page and Mrs Brown
We aim to make the transition between Reception and Year One a smooth one, by the time your child enters Year One in September they would have had many chances to meet their new teachers and have spent time in their new classes. Children will be exposed to a range of independent learning opportunities.
Curriculum and Topics
Children in Year One follow the National Curriculum, this sets out the objectives for all of the subjects. The key areas in the curriculum are as follows: Maths, English, Science, PE, Computing, History, Geography, Religious Education, PSHCE, Art and Design and Music. Children will use a core text that will lead their learning journey, this will change regularly. Children have daily handwriting, grammar, mental maths and phonics which is taught in ability groups.
Children will be expected to bring their green book bags into school every day. Children will change their books when they have read to an adult and a comment has been by made by the adult in their diary. We believe that reading is an extremely important skill and ask that you support us at home by reading as much as possible with your child and recording it in the reading diary with a comment and signature. We aim to read with every child at least once a week so having their book at school every day is really helpful.
Read Write Inc.
All children will be following the Read, Write, Inc. programme. “This provides a structured and systematic approach to teaching literacy. It is designed to create fluent, readers, confident speakers and willing writers.” (Quote from RWI website) As the year progresses the children will move through the Read, Write, Inc. program to ensure they are ready for the Year One Phonics screening test at the end of the year.
Every week, the class teacher will pick a star of the week. These are children who have worked hard throughout the week in terms of learning, behaviour and upholding the values of our school. Children will receive a certificate in our Celebration Worship to take home with them.
At our school we follow a positive reward system using green cards. Children may be given a green card for effort, displaying our values, showing Building Learning Power skills or great learning. The children add up their total number of green cards over the year and aim to achieve a bronze, silver then gold certificate which again will be given to children in Celebration worship.
Children are also given Dojo points, these have now replaced house points. Like house points these will be collected each week and at the end of each term, the house with the most points will be given a reward. You can follow your child’s progress on Dojo by logging on using the login your child brought home.
Children will be expected to read at home with an adult. Please ensure you write a comment in the reading diary when they have read with an adult.
We will be setting maths homework via Mathletics, a website that combines maths learning and interactive games, as well as handwriting practice. We aim to set this every Thursday to be handed in on the following Monday.
Please ensure that every child has the following equipment named and in school every day:
- A named jumper/cardigan and coat, especially in the cold weather
- A named PE kit
- Water bottle
- Book bag with reading book
Children regularly have an indoor and outdoor PE session therefore it is important that PE kits are in school at all times.
Indoor PE: T-shirt in house colour, shorts and plimsolls
Outdoor PE: T-shirt in house colour, tracksuit, trainers and waterproof coat
The school day starts at 8.50am. In order for the day to begin smoothly we ask that the children line up by their class sign. The school day ends at 3.15pm. We would appreciate it if you would wait until the children are all lined up before coming to collect your child so that we can ensure that every child goes home safely with the correct adult.
Lunch time for Year One is 11.55 – 12.55pm. In Year One children are currently entitled to a free hot meal, they will be asked to state whether they are hot dinners or packed lunch every morning. Choices for school dinners can be found online or on the menu that was sent home. If your child is bringing a packed lunch to school then boxes will need to be clearly labelled with their name and class. We encourage children to have a healthy lunch with fruit or vegetables daily and water to drink.