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Welcome to Year One.
Please continue to adhere to the Year One timings. 1W start at 8.40am and finish at 3.05pm and 1E start at 8.50am and finish at 3.15pm.
Both Year One classes do PE on a Thursday morning.
Organisation of Year 1
The children will be split into 2 registration groups 1E with Mrs Edwards and 1W with Miss Walker. Mrs Crummey and Mrs Wood are very experienced teaching assistants and will work with the two classes.
We will work as two distinct class groups but we collaborate on all aspects of planning, so all children will follow the same lessons, tasks and activities. We work together as a unit on a variety of projects throughout the year including any productions, the Year 1 assembly and educational visits if they go ahead this year.
All children in Year 1 receive some form of English support appropriate to their needs at some point in the year. This does not mean that your child has a specific difficulty so please do not panic. With some children we develop specific comprehension skills in preparation for Year 2, with others we work in small groups to develop confidence while, with others still, we work with phonic and reading skills. We also implement a programme to develop language and communication skills.
Please be aware that the Year 1 team are always happy to discuss your concerns or queries in regard to your child. At this moment in time if you need to speak to us at length please make an appointment and we will contact you by phone. We greatly value being aware of situations at home or in school which may affect your child’s day at school such as changes, worries, events or concerns. This information enables us to provide for your child’s needs more effectively.
Literacy and Maths
Formal literacy and numeracy lessons will generally take place for all children in the morning teaching sessions. Lessons will cover all of the objectives in the Literacy and Maths Framework in the course of the year. Children will be taught other subjects (as much as possible through the exploration of topic areas) mostly in afternoon sessions. They will follow the school scheme of work for each subject area.
As you are already aware, the school reading schemes are Ginn All Aboard and Heinemann Storyworlds. We have some additional books from Alpha Worlds and Alpha Kids and from the PM Nelson schemes. Children will continue to develop their knowledge of phonemes and build up a bank of key words. They will develop a range of reading and decoding strategies and will begin to develop a variety of comprehension skills. These skills will be practised during shared reading (whole class), guided reading (groups) and during specific phonic teaching sessions. While reading in school, children are challenged at a level appropriate to their reading development.
Children have weekly homework consisting of reading books and key word ladders. They will also have Literacy and Numeracy based homework. Your child will also receive spellings each week to learn, which will be tested each Friday. These spellings will also be available on the website under the Spelling heading at the bottom of the page.
The Phonics based books will be appropriate to the phase your child is working in during our Phonics sessions. However, if you have any concerns about your child’s reading, please come and discuss them with us.
Please return homework to school on Tuesdays. Homework will be sent home on Friday. It is very important that you return books on a Tuesday because we need to quarantine the books for 72 hours.
We greatly welcome and value the comments and feedback from parents and invite you all to suggest ways in which we can gather these views effectively. If you do have any ideas, suggestions for educational visits, resources, websites, comments to make in relation to this booklet, comments on any aspect of school life or any other relevant feedback, we are always happy to receive your views.
Thank-you for your support,
The Year One Team