Hello from Miss Sutton and Mrs Waters
Firstly, we want to start by saying we hope you are all safe and well in what are definitely strange times for us all. As you will already know, we are the Year 1 teachers and Mrs Preece, Mrs Lewis and Mrs Rowberry will be our teaching assistants. We hope you are looking forward to returning to school in September and getting back to some kind of normality because we certainly are! We have been busy preparing our classrooms and planning lots of exciting things for us to learn.
As our normal transition afternoons have been unable to happen this year, we wanted to share some things with you so that you feel prepared for when we meet. It is quite different to what you are used to in Reception but it is all detailed below.
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 you are called in at 8.30am 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 Wednesdays (Mrs Waters) and Tuesday (Miss Sutton). 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 4 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 Literacy and 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 light of the current circumstances, if there is anything you need to contact us about please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will respond as soon as we can.
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 ‘getting back to normal’ in the autumn and can’t wait to hear everything you’ve been up to whilst you’ve been away. Please don’t worry about anything: we know you have been away from school for a long time and it is our job to help you settle back in and get back on track with school work.
We think that covers it all, but if you have any questions for us you can email us at email@example.com and we’ll try our best to answer them.
Have a lovely summer and we will see you in September!
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 .
Dates for your diary
We look forward to welcoming you back to school on Thursday 3rd September.
Extra work at home
If you would like to complete some extra activities when you;re not at school, visit Twinkl https://www.twinkl.co.uk/offer where you can enter the code CVDTWINKLHELPS to get free access.
The DfE has also created a list of useful websites which can be found at:
Also, 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 ask Mrs Waters who is our school phonics lead.