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Welcome to Year 1

Miss Sweeney and Miss Parr welcome you to our Year 1 page. Our team also consists of Mrs Moulinos, Mrs Wood and Mrs Dhillon.

Here you will find useful information about how Year 1 runs, how you can further support your child at home and all about the exciting topics we will cover.

In year 1, we try to develop the children’s self-organisation skills and we encourage them to be responsible for their own belongings. Children are encouraged to change their own reading books from the beginning of their Year 1 journey.

A big change for our children is that they need to bring their own snack from home for morning break. This must be in line with the school’s health snack policy. Suggestions include: breadsticks, cheese, fruit, plain rice cakes and plain crackers. They will also need a water bottle with a sports top, we also encourage the children not to put their water bottle in their book bag (to avoid spillages). The bottle must only be filled with fresh water and must be clearly named.

In Year 1, we appreciate the help we receive from parents as there are numerous jobs to be done at the beginning of each day, including gluing and sticking, supporting individual readers and assisting the Forest School leader. Forest School is on alternate Fridays. Letters are sent home with the dates at the beginning of each term and will run throughout both autumn and spring terms. Please let us or the office know if you would like to be a helper and we can arrange a DBS check.

Outdoor learning has many holistic benefits for children’s learning and well-being. The children’s love for Forest School is evident in their enthusiasm and excitement for their turn in the forest, come rain or shine! We work closely with the Forest School leaders to ensure our curriculum objectives thread throughout the activities the children take part in. These include; building dens, stories and toasted marshmallows around the campfire, creating an array of interesting objects out of natural materials and learning how to stay safe and respect nature.

Over the year we plan some exciting trips and these link to our cross-curricular topics. Topics that have inspired children’s learning recently have been; learning about a variety of animals from different parts of the world and our study of space. The children love finding out about Neil Armstrong and Tim Peake!

Homework is as follows:

Reading: at least three times a week and please note it in the planner. Please bring your planner and book every day, even if it does not need changing.

Spellings: are given out on Tuesdays to be returned for a spelling test on Monday. Discussing the meaning of words or putting each word in a verbal sentence when testing, will help your child to both understand and remember the words.

Maths and English: is sent home on alternate Tuesdays to be returned the following Mondays. Maths follows a scheme involving fluency, reasoning and problem-solving. It will help your child’s progress in English if you encourage them to sound out each word themselves, using the sounds they have already learned in phonics.



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