|Miss Smith & Mrs Boyle||
Mrs Roberts (Team Leader)& Mrs Romeril
Welcome to the Year one class page.
We hope you have had a wonderful summer and that the children are as excited as we are to be starting the new term!
Your class teachers this year are:
Mrs T Roberts (Butterflies class, Year 1 Team Leader)
Miss C Smith (Bumblebees class)
Mr J James (Dragonflies class)
In addition, Mrs S Boyle will teach Bumblebees on Wednesdays and Mrs L Romeril will teach Butterflies on Fridays.
Our School Day
Our day starts at 8.55 and finishes at 3.00pm. Please ensure your child is on the Key Stage 1 playground near their classroom door in time for the morning whistle. Being on time ensures a good start to the day for your child and helps them to feel settled and ready to learn.
We will be teaching Phonics, Maths, English and Guided Reading every day in Year 1. In addition to these daily subjects, the children will be learning Science, Geography, History, PSHE, Music, Computing, RE, Art and PE. We will also have a weekly spelling test every Friday that we will be introducing in week four of the first half of Autumn term. Please do look at our half-termly Topic Webs for a detailed breakdown of all the subjects being taught.
What Do I Need?
Please send you child in every day with a water bottle, a packed lunch if they do not have school dinners, a fruit snack if you would like in a NAMED plastic tub and, most importantly their book bag and reading record. Your child will also need a PE kit in school, with trainers to wear outside. If you have any queries regarding PE kit, please do get in touch with your class teacher or the class TA.
Reading in Year One
Reading with your child for at least ten minutes a day will help them to progress at a much faster rate and will help their learning enormously. Reading is key to all subjects: the more they read, the better they will understand the Year 1 curriculum. If you find reading time a squeeze at home, why not try getting your child to read to you whilst you are cooking dinner? Any reading you can manage will benefit your child. We will be sending your child home with coloured book band books during the second week of term; please do read these through at least twice for fluency before asking for them to be changed, and please record any reading you do at home in their reading records, so we know what they have read.
We will start to give the Year 1 children homework in week 4 of term, on a Friday. Please ensure any homework is then handed back in to school by the morning of the following Wednesday, so that it can be marked and the next piece readied to be sent out.
Homework will consist of spellings every week and the children will be tested on these the following Friday. The children will also receive another piece of homework each week, which could be Maths, English or Topic related. Whilst we would like your child to try their best with their homework, please do not spend more than half an hour a week on it: that is plenty for their young age.
Appeal For Helpers
Do you think you could give up some of your free time every week for half a term or longer to come and help with reading in Year 1? If the answer is ‘Yes’, we’d love to hear from you! We are always in need of support with reading and we would like to have parents/carers coming in to help accelerate children’s learning. If you are interested in helping us regularly one afternoon a week, please do contact one of the teaching staff either before or after school. Many thanks.
Lastly, please do not hesitate to come and talk to us if you have any queries or concerns you would like to discuss; we are here to help!
Mrs Roberts, Mr James and Miss Smith.