In Year 1, we encourage and support children to develop independence and nurture a positive attitude to learning. The children will experience a range of fun and engaging learning activities.
There are three Year 1 classes, each class is supported by teaching assistants. There is an additional teaching assistant that supports children across all three classes.
The children have four Literacy and Mathematics lessons a week. Children are taught phonics four times a week, where we continue to follow the Read Write Inc programme introduced in Reception.
In the afternoons, children are taught History and Geography through the Connected Curriculum and Science, RE, Music and PSHE as separate lessons. One morning per week, the children take part in a carousel which involves computing, art and PE.
The children read weekly with the teaching assistant and once every 2 weeks with the teacher. We encourage you to read 5 times a week with your child. Reading books can be changed first thing in the morning so please remind your child to do this if needed.
Children are provided with a piece of fruit each day at break time as a healthy snack.
Letters to parents
- Miss Skidmore – Beta class teacher
- Mrs Ellis – Delta class teacher
- Mrs Nolan – Gamma class teacher
On a carousel day, pupils will spend half the day doing art, PE and computing. On these days, please send children to school in a PE kit. Children will be asked to tie long hair back and remove all jewellery for PE lessons.
Each week there will be short maths, writing and handwriting activities to complete and spellings to learn. We ask for the homework folders to be kept in the children’s book bags with their reading books and diary in so their diaries can be checked and books changed when needed. . New homework will be ready in their folders on Thursday to be returned by the following Tuesday.
Children can bring a bottle of water each day (no juice please) and can refill them in school when required. Please send separate drinks bottles for the classroom and lunch boxes. Please label the water bottles. Please label the children’s clothes with their name and class so we can return any lost items.
We are happy to talk to you, however, first thing in the morning is not always the best time to catch us. We are always available after school – let us know and we will arrange an appointment.
When sending any money to school, please place it in a sealed envelope labelled with the child’s name, class, amount enclosed and purpose and hand it to the member of staff at the door in the morning. We are not able to take money from you at the end of the day. Alternatively you can take it to the school’s main reception.
If you have any concerns please raise them in the first instance with your child’s teacher or teaching assistant. Should you need to escalate the issue, please call the school to arrange an appointment with Sue Squires (Deputy Head) or Jacqueline McGibney (Headteacher).