Welcome to Year 1
We hope that you and the children have had a fantastic break and we welcome you to Year 1.
P.E. is on Mondays and Thursdays.
Please can you check that your child has all the correct P.E. kit and that it is in class asap for this half term.
School P.E kit:
Black shorts and/or jogging bottoms (for indoor and outdoor P.E.)
A white t-shirt
Black pumps or black trainers
Black jumper or hoodie (for outdoor P.E. only)
P.E kits should be in school for the full half term and will be returned for washing at the end of each half term.
It is a HUGE help if names are on ALL items, including P.E bags! Many thanks in advance :)
Homework and Spellings
Homework will be sent home on Fridays to be returned to class on the following Wednesday.
We hope that you enjoy our homework challenges and that these will enhance children’s natural curiosity for learning!
Children will receive a home learning logbook, with a sticker incentive chart at the front. For every piece of homework completed, children will receive a sticker for their chart :)
We expect ALL children to complete at least one of our homework challenges and most children will want to challenge themselves to complete all pieces.
Children will be encouraged to share with the class in show and tell for great efforts and outstanding pieces of homework.
Children will also receive their spellings to practise in a spelling home book on Tuesdays for a practise spelling quiz on the following Monday. Please help and encourage your child to practise their spellings each week, as this has a HUGE impact on their reading and writing progress.
Children in Year 1 are set into reading groups and books will be changed once a week depending on which day they read with a teacher.
Children have levelled book bands that are set according to their current level of decoding words to read and comprehension understanding. When they have read ALL the books in that band colour or we feel they are ready for the next book band they will move up a colour.
Children LOVE to read and share stories and you can help!
Children will move quickly through the book band colours if they are reading at home every day, this will also build their confidence in reading.
It is also great for their understanding if they are sharing different stories with you every day and retelling these stories, even by just looking at the pictures together or acting them out! Puppets and props are great!
If you have any questions or concerns about your child’s reading progress, please come and see me at the end of the day and I will be happy to help.
Year 1 is also the year in which your child will take part in the national phonics screening check; therefore we really encourage you to read with your child as much as possible throughout the year to give them the very best chance in passing this national reading assessment. This assessment will not take place until June 2019 and I will give out further information closer to this date. However if you are interested in learning more sooner please visit gov.uk/education website.
We are very much looking forward to year the ahead and thank you for your continued support in your child’s learning journey :)
Miss R Taylor (Year 1 Teacher)
Miss J Grundy (Year 1 Teaching Assistant)
Miss N Briggs (Year 1 Teaching Assistant)