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 Owl Class class – Mrs Butcher (M, Tu) and Mrs Salmon (W, Th, F)
Teaching Assistant- Mrs Ryrie, Mrs Bradwell and Mrs Stolton
In Robin class – Miss Williams
Teaching Assistant- 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.
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.