Welcome to Y1 - Rabbit!
Welcome to Year 1! We are looking forward to an exciting year with lots of learning and also lots of fun. We hope you and your children have had a lovely time over the summer and are now ready to start the new school year.
We are fortunate to have Mrs Josefina Alcolea and Mr Fred Lake in class. We are looking forward to getting to know you and working together so that your children may have an exciting, memorable and productive year.
The School Day
The children’s day will be a little different from that in Reception. Here is a brief outline of what it is like. After registration we start each day with guided reading. Guided Reading will be new to your child and happens in a small group. I will read with a different group of children each day, while the other groups work either independently or with small group support on reading-based activities. This is followed by assembly. After assembly you child will have either maths or English. This means that following play you child will again have either maths of English. We alternate these based on tiredness levels, freshness and what would suit best for the rest of the day and its activities. The afternoons are more varied with all other learning taking place. Please be aware that your child will be introduced to a much more formal learning day and that initially they will find it very tiring. For this reason there will be a transition period at the start of the year with free flow activities to ease the transition.
We ask that you send your child in with their reading folder every day so we can put letters and such in them. Even though most letters come by Parentmail, please check your child's folder each evening for communication and then take them out of the folders. The folders can quickly become full of pieces of paper. It is best if they just contain reading books, reading records and their homework book when needed. The children’s reading books will be changed on a Monday and Thursday each week. The children must have their reading folders with them on those days otherwise they will not get new books. Where reading happened on an individual basis in Nursery and Reception, your child will now be read with by parents and sometimes, when determining books bands, by staff. Reading with myself will be in the guided reading session where the focus now moves to not only word reading, but also to comprehension of more complex texts.
When completing reading records, please could you write the names of the books into the reading record and sign it to indicate that your child has read the schoolbook each time. Please could you also add a comment, especially if you want to celebrate success or highlight an issue. These comments are very useful both to the teacher and to the person changing the child’s books. We recommend that your child should be sharing a school or home/library book with you each evening.
Children’s writing during Year 1 will generally develop at a slower pace than their reading. This is because they need to encode the sounds they hear in words (spelling skills), develop the physical skill needed for handwriting, and learn how to organise their ideas in writing. Children will continue to be taught the cursive handwriting style they have been learning in Reception with the aim that by the end of the year most children should be correctly joining all their letters in a fully cursive style. Pencil grip will be continually monitored in lesson and you support with this will be greatly appreciated.
Each week the children will be given homework related to the previous or next week’s work. The book will be sent home on Friday each week. Please can it be returned by the following Wednesday at the latest, in order for the book to be marked and new work to be stuck in.
We teach foundation subjects through topic work. Our topic changes every half-term. Please see the curriculum map for every term as published on the website.
Could you please make sure that your child brings a named water bottle with them each day. It really is important that the children have the opportunity to drink during the day. Bottles must be clear and have a sports cap. School bottles are available from the school office. We encourage children to not drink water as they walk into the class after play or lunch as we need to start a lesson; we expect them to have had a drink in playtime. As soon as the input part of the lesson is completed, children are allowed to freely drink from their bottles. We will never restrict access to water or the loo.
The children will have two PE sessions a week; one outdoor games session (Thursdays) and one indoor dance or gymnastics session (Mondays). Please ensure that the children have the correct PE kit (with every item clearly labelled!) in school throughout the week. The children will have a weekly swimming lesson on a Thursday in the Summer Term.
Home Time Arrangements
Please can you provide written collection arrangements. You can alternatively email or phone the school office with collection arrangements. We will not release a child to another parent without your personal instruction.
If you wish to see us about anything else, then please speak to the school office or see me after school and we can book and appointment.