Year 1 Termly Letter



Year 1 – Information for September 2018

Welcome back to the new school year.  We are really looking forward to getting to know all your children and helping them to settle into Year 1 so they can have an enjoyable year full of learning and fun! Some of you already know us and we hope the rest of you will introduce yourselves to us in the next few weeks.

Just to clarify the teaching arrangements for this year: Mrs Pinkerton will be in school all day Monday and Tuesday; Mrs Barnard will be in school all day Thursday and Friday; we will alternate teaching every Wednesday morning.  Our Teaching Assistant this year is Mrs Humphrey and she will be in class each morning.  She will be teaching RE or Art or Design and Technology every Wednesday afternoon to cover our PPA (preparation, planning and assessment time).

Our initial aim is to ensure a smooth transition from the Foundation Stage to Key Stage One.  Although the children will be following a more structured timetable than last year, they will continue to do much of their learning through small group activities whilst being gradually introduced to the more formal aspects of education in the key areas of reading, writing and maths.

From now on the children will be following the National Curriculum for Key Stage One. 

PE kits need to be in school at all times, with each item named.  The children need trainers or pumps.  PE is on Tuesday and Friday, so please make sure long hair is tied back and earrings are removed (or send in named tape if they cannot be removed) on these days.

There are just a few more things you need to know about Year 1!

Reading: Each child will read to an adult at least once a week and books will be changed weekly, usually on Monday or Thursday. The reading diaries have more information about the books your child will bring home.

Homework: An email is sent home on Friday each week to let you know what you can practise at home to support the English and Maths we are doing in school. 

Water bottles: We encourage the children to drink water at appropriate times during the day, so please make sure they have a fresh bottle of water in school each day.  Bottles need to be clearly named and have a sports top to avoid spillages.

Helping in class:  extra adult help is always appreciated, particularly with reading, so if you are able to help, either on a regular or one-off basis, please let us know.  Anyone helping in school does need full CRB clearance. 

Finally, if you have any concerns or questions, please contact us to arrange a time for us to meet.  You can talk to us after school any evening apart from Wednesday or put a note in the postbag.