Welcome to Year One! We are looking forward to working together with you to ensure a happy and productive year for your children. This letter contains some information to familiarise you with the new routines and expectations of Year One pupils. Our aim is for a smooth transition from Foundation Stage to Key Stage One. The Year One curriculum builds on the experiences that children have had in Reception. Learning through play continues alongside more formal learning in a structured environment. We hope that the new challenges of Year One ensure that your child remains motivated and enthused.
The Year One team is as follows:
- Mrs Allen – teacher Monday Tuesday and Wednesday
- Mrs Kindon – teacher Thursday and Friday
- Mrs Burton and Mrs Walsh are teaching assistants
- Miss Turnbull is a teaching assistant that works in Y1 and Y2
- Mrs Smith – midday supervisor
- Mrs Neshad – teaches Religious Education on a Monday afternoon
- Miss Marland-teaches computing on a Friday afternoon
- Mr Jackson – teaches PE on a Monday afternoon (please make sure and indoor and outdoor PE kit is in school every Monday)
Your child should bring their reading book and reading record to school every day. They will read once a week but the day may vary. Please read with them as often as possible and sign the reading record each time. We encourage the children to read their books more than once to build on their word recognition and help develop their fluency skills. In addition to this the children will participate in a guided reading lesson every day where they read in a group (often with adult support). This provides lots of opportunities for discussion and builds on their comprehension and understanding of texts which is a key skill in order for the children to achieve the end of Year One Standard. There is additional information on the sheet at the front of the record.
Spelling lists will be given as a written list on Friday. The words will be based on the sounds the children have learnt that week in their phonics lessons. They will be tested on the following Friday. Please investigate the way the words are spelt and how they are used in sentences. Spelling test books will be kept in children’s book bags so you can see how they have performed. Please do not practise the spelling in this books – it is for the tests only.
Activities will be also be set on the Mathletics website. A card detailing your child’s user name and password will be sent home as soon as possible.
On our half-termly plan, which is on our website, there are ideas for what else to do to support learning in year 1.
Mrs Allen and Mrs Kindon