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All the info you need about Year 1…

We have two Year 1 classes; 1H and 1B.

1H’s class teacher is Phaedra Herbert, supported by Sandra Kasenzi.

1B’s class teacher is Sharon Bayliss, supported by Daniel Norbert.

Classroom Location
1H: On the first floor, first classroom on the right after walking through the Hall.
1B: On the first floor, located just off the Middle Hall, to the left as you look with your back to the playground.

Parent-Teacher Times

Phaedra and Sharon hold regular times when they will be available to see or speak to you. Please email the office and let them know when you’d like to catch up, or drop in.

1H – (3:45pm – 4.15pm) on Wednesdays 

1B – (3.45pm – 4.15pm) on Wednesdays

If meeting or speaking at these times is not convenient for you, then please contact the school office to arrange an appointment.

We have two Parents’ Evenings a year, one in Autumn and one in Spring Term. Please read the Weekly Update to find out when these are, and the school will also be in touch so you can book your slots in good time.

Topics

Autumn – Who are we? (1st half) Toys (2nd half)

Spring – Homes and Castles

Summer – Around the World with Barnaby Bear/Market Day

P.E/Dance (Days)

We try to do exercise every day – if not P.E or Dance, then the Daily Mile. Please make sure your child comes to school in suitable footwear and clothing to run in each day as children will not be changing for PE/Daily Mile sessions.

P.E day & Dance day: please refer to the class letter you receive at the beginning of term

School visits – Classes usually organise trips linked to their topics. Please read the Weekly Update

Class assemblies or special events – Each class usually does 3 class or year group events a year which parents are encouraged to attend. Please keep a look out in the Weekly Update for dates

Water bottles/Luncheboxes – 

All children must bring in a water bottle, clearly labelled with their name. These will be used by the children throughout the day, so please try and ensure that they are able to open these independently. These will be sent home each afternoon for cleaning and refilling for the following day. Please encourage your child to take responsibility for remembering their water bottle every day.

Those children who are bringing a packed lunch should bring this in a small container, ideally a lunch box, as these will be stored within the classroom. Please also ensure your child is able to open the box and any food packages and containers, particularly flasks, independently. We are a healthy eating school, so lunches should be nutritious and balanced, with no junk food items and no fizzy or sugary drinks. Nuts and foods containing nuts are strictly prohibited

Homework

Homework begins after the Autumn half term in Year 1. This will be a short Phonics-based worksheet for your child to complete. The homework sheet is issued on Fridays and should be returned by the following Thursday.

Water bottles and packed lunches:

All children must bring in a water bottle, clearly labelled with their name. These will be used by the children throughout the day, so please try and ensure that they are able to open these independently. These will be sent home each afternoon for cleaning and refilling for the following day. Please encourage your child to take responsibility for remembering their water bottle every day.

Those children who are bringing a packed lunch should bring this in a small container, ideally a lunch box, as these will be stored within the classroom. Please also ensure your child is able to open the box and any food packages and containers, particularly flasks. We are a healthy eating school, so lunches should be nutritious and balanced, with no junk food items. Nuts and foods containing nuts are strictly prohibited

PACT Bags/Show and tell

Please make sure that your child brings in their PACT bag on their reading day every week. We will provide bags for children new to the school. On Fridays, children will take turns having their Show and Tell day where we encourage them to bring in something from home to talk about in front of the class. The rota for Show and Tell will be sent to you each half term.

Maths and English Curriculum Objectives
Click on THIS LINK to learn more about the Maths and English (Speaking, Reading and Writing) Objectives that are taught from Year 1 to Year 6.
Here is a link to a handy TIMES TABLES GRID and advice.

Maths fluency & recall facts – Year1keyrecallfacts

Spelling and Handwriting
You can find a list of spellings and handwriting guidance appropriate to your child’s year-group by clicking HERE.

Year 1 Curriculum Map
CLICK HERE for more information about our curriculum.

Statutory Assessments

Usually, children in Year 1 undergo the Phonics Screening Check in the Summer Term. Children are asked to read 20 real words and 20 ‘pseudo-words’. The children are well prepared through normal English lessons and they are rarely, if ever, aware that the check is taking place.

How You can Help

If you have any knowledge, skill, or artefacts related to what we are learning in school, then please do get in touch with your child’s teacher. We love having our Parents and Carers come in and help us all to learn!

PPA Cover  – All teachers are required by law to have Planning, Preparation and Assessment (PPA) time during the week. This is usually covered by the same person every week to ensure consistency for the children. The PPA cover for this year group will be led by Margaret O’Neill.

Medicines – If your child requires an inhaler, EpiPen, or any other regular medication, please could you ensure the school has two of each medication from day one, as we will require one for the classroom and one for the school medical room.