Class Teacher: Miss Allardice
Teaching Assistant: Mrs Broadhurst
Forest School Leader: Mrs Bromley
Phonics Support: Mrs Morris
Hello and welcome to Year 1
Over the coming year, your children’s learning will be guided and supported by a number of significant people. You will hear many names mentioned as we work closely as a team to ensure that we meet the needs of your children. From time to time, children will learn with members of staff that are not their regular class teacher, this is particularly likely as we practise for productions, share phase assemblies, support your children in the playground and during our phonics sessions.
Phonics sessions are set across the phases to ensure we meet the needs of the children. All children need to be challenged at a level suitable to them to ensure that their learning is at the highest level. To enable us to do this most effectively, we group children according to their learning needs. For all other lessons, children remain in their class teams and the work is differentiated accordingly to meet the learning needs of the children. Initially, all children will be taught using the Ruth Miskin Read, Write Inc scheme.
Home Learning/Reading Diary
Children will regularly receive a Maths Game to consolidate what they have been learning in class. This will be sent home each Friday and should be returned the following Thursday to enable us to redistribute the games on a Friday. Children are expected to read their independent reading book at home a minimum of 3 times a week, if it is possible to read for a few minutes every day, this will obviously have a positive impact on their reading ability. In addition to this, your child’s phonics teacher may set home reading tasks and spellings linked to the Read Write Inc scheme that we follow. Please remember to sign in your child’s reading record to indicate what reading materials have been read and note any comments or messages for us. If you would like to come in and help with reading please let us know.
For all PE lessons, children will need PE kit. This consists of a white t-shirt, black shorts and pumps. Please ensure that all items are clearly named and that their pumps fit correctly. Long hair needs to be tied back and all jewellery removed. As we will be taking part in outdoor PE throughout the year, you may wish to send your child with a black, navy or grey jumper and jogging bottoms. Our PE days are usually Monday and Thursday but please ensure that PE kit is in school at all times.
Our Forest School afternoon is on a Tuesday. Children should come dressed for Forest School and will then put on waterproofs and wellies after their lunch break.
Attendance and Punctuality
Punctuality has improved and only a few pupils are regularly late. This is recorded in the register and monitored by the EWO (Education Welfare Officer). Attendance, however, is still an issue. Authorised leave is no longer provided for holidays.
Target Setting/Parent’s Evening
This will take place during October. You will need to book your own appointment and booking forms will be available nearer the time.
Water and Fruit
Water is necessary for the brain to function correctly and children have access to their water bottles during lesson time. Please send in a water bottle for your child this can be re-filled in school daily. There is an opportunity for your child to have a piece of fruit prior to playtime. This is provided by the school as we are anxious to promote healthy eating.
Milk, Fruit Juice
If you would like your child to have milk with their fruit, please speak to Jan Porter in the office. Otherwise, named cartons of fruit juice can be sent in for your child to enjoy.
In Year 1, we encourage the children to be as independent as possible. It would be greatly appreciated if you encouraged them to pack their own school bag and organise themselves at the start of the school day. We do not check book bags and so ask the children to place all letters etc inside their reading records with their books as these are checked daily.
Phonics Screening Checks
At the end of year 1 schools formally assess phonic skills to measure your child’s attainment. These are completed individually with the child’s class teacher. The children enjoy the challenges and the format is practised throughout the year. Children sound out and blend real and nonsense words. The testing period this year is June 13th – June 24th. Please ensure no holidays are booked during this period.
As the year progresses your children will get to know the team well. If you have any concerns or wish to celebrate successes with us please do not hesitate to come in and talk to us. We are always available for a brief discussion after school or alternatively appointments can be made for more lengthy issues.
Amy Allardice and Ruth Broadhurst.