Hello from Mrs Helmore-Sutton and Mrs Bennett!
Firstly, we want to start by saying we are so excited for you to join Year 1 in September. As you will already know, we are the Year 1 teachers and Miss Hollick, Miss Knight and Miss Levell will be our teaching assistants.
We will be based in the Year 1 classrooms, on the top playground. Staff will be on the playground to greet and guide you on our first day back and we will meet you at our classroom door to welcome you in. In the morning, you will wait on the top playground until the bell rings and you are called in at 8.45am when you can sensibly walk into the classroom.
We have a limited amount of space as our pegs are inside the classroom, so please only bring your lunchbox (if you are not ordering a lunch), a water bottle and your book bag. Please do not bring any other items such as toys. If you know your child occasionally has toileting accidents, please send in a bag with some spare clothes and pants that can stay in school to cater for this.
Our PE lessons will be on Mondays. On this day, you will need to come into school in your proper PE kit (white t-shirt, black or navy shorts/joggers and trainers) as this will reduce the number of items in the classroom. In cold weather ensure you wear your joggers and a fleece.
In these first few weeks we will take great care in ensuring a smooth transition with lots of opportunities for PSHE activities and free-flow learning environment. Our first topic will be “All About Me.” We will be finding out where we live, describing what we look like and who is in our family. We will also be sharing our hobbies and interests. The topic after this will be “Into the Woods” where will enjoy reading traditional tales and learning about plants and trees.
Reading and Phonics are at the heart of the Year 1 curriculum. The children will be taught Phonics daily and at the end of each day we will enjoy a story together. Children will read regularly in school and we ask that you hear your child read at home a minimum of 3 times over the course of the week. Please record this in your child’s reading record.
Mrs Hull will be joining our classes to teach you some of our lessons including RE.
In Reception, you will have used the home-school communication book to record any concerns or questions. Usually in Year 1 we encourage parents to talk to us regarding any concerns/questions at the classroom door at drop off or pick up.
In Year 1 we have a class zone board. Everyone starts the day in the “green zone” and if you work really hard and show positive behaviour you will be moved up to “silver” or “gold”. You will then be rewarded with a sticker at the end of the day. If you are making wrong choices, you may move down the zone board to “orange” or “red” which may result in losing a playtime. Remember to ask your child what zone they were in when you pick them up!
At the end of July some pictures of your new classroom will be uploaded to the Year 1 page on the school website so keep your eyes out for a sneak peek before September!
We're really looking forward to seeing you all in the autumn and can’t wait to hear everything you’ve been up to during the Summer holidays.
We think that covers it all, but if you have any questions for us you can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll try our best to answer them.
Reading book and reading record – Please bring these to school every day. When you have read your book, put in the finished book basket. The teacher or teaching assistant will decide when you need to change your book .
Extra work at home
Please continue to make use of websites which your child has a personalised login for, such as Numbots, TT Rockstars, Activelearn and Education City.
Phonics is key in helping children learn how to read and write. At the end of Year 1 children must take part in
a national phonics screening check to test whether they meet the standard for Year 1 phonics. Please support your children at home by helping them to practise their wordboxes and identify sounds within words when they are reading with you. If you have any questions about phonics please refer to the link below or your teachers.