Hello from Mrs Bennett and Mrs Waters!
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. You will also meet Mrs Heath who will be teaching in both classes at points throughout the week. Mrs Hull, Miss Levell and Mrs Rowberry 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 will be 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 (book bags are preferred to rucksacks as these fit neatly in trays). 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. If your child has their ears pierced, please remove earrings for this day or cover them in tape.
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.
In Reception, you will have used the home-school communication book to record any concerns or questions. In Year 1 we encourage parents to talk to us or pass on any quick messages at the classroom door/drop off. Alternatively please feel free to book in for a longer chat or to email us at: email@example.com .
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 missing some golden time or some play time. Remember to ask your child what zone they were in when you pick them up!
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.
Year 1 Team
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.