A very warm welcome to another brand new school year. I hope you and your child have had a wonderful summer break! Along with myself, Mrs Brooke’s and Miss Haseldin will support the children, by way of small group and in-class support, as well as specific interventions where needed. Miss Smith will also be coming into class one afternoon each week to cover my PPA time.
Our first topic of the year will be "All About Me". This a lovely topic as we get to catch up on what we have all been up to over the summer holidays. We will be incorporating this topic into our English, Maths and Science work. We will be writing about what we have done over the summer holidays, recording our age and unique properties (e.g. eye colour) and exploring the organs and structure of the human body.
Phonics Screening Check
This year your child will complete their Phonics Screening check in June. The children are expected to read 40 real and nonsense words. As we progress through the year I will send more information and material for your child to practise at home. Please like our Facebook page if you haven’t already, as I will post regular updates and pictures of what we have been doing in class. In June the children will have to take the Phonics Screen check. As the Year goes on we update with more information and resources will be sent for you to help your child at home. More information can be found here.
Reading Books and Spellings
Please listen to your child read at home every night, even if it just 10 minutes before bed. Reading books will be changed by Wednesday and sent home with spelling packs. If you have any questions and issues regarding reading books, please speak to a member of Y1 staff. Please encourage your child to read for pleasure at home as it will have a positive impact not only on their reading and comprehension skills but also their writing.
As you are aware we no longer send written homework but children continue to have homework in the form of the basic skills, of reading, learning spellings and practising Maths facts. However, following on from Reception, I will continue to be sending home Year 1 common exception words each Wednesday in a “Spelling Pack”. These are words that, by the end of Year 1, your child should be able to read and spell correctly! Please practise these words as much as possible with your child. For extra games and activities, please visit the Pupil Zone on the school’s website!
During our first term, will be exploring numbers to 20 and then to 100. We ask that you help your child to count forwards and backwards to whatever number they can challenge themselves to reach! We also ask for you to practise counting up in 2s and 10s with your child whenever possible.
The children will have PE on a Tuesday. Please can you ensure that children have their full PE kit in school for their PE sessions. If your child wears earrings they will need to ensure that earrings are removed or covered please.
It is important that children stay hydrated throughout the school day to help aid concentration. Please could you ensure that your child’s water bottle has a sports cap and has their name clearly labelled.
In Year 1, we have Mr Jenkins as Class Teacher, Mrs Brookes as Teaching Assistant (Monday to Tuesday), Miss Haseldin as Teaching Assistant (Wednesday to Friday) and our Class Mascot, Buster Bear! Miss Smith will also be in class every Friday afternoon to cover my PPA time.
I am so excited for what is sure to be a fantastic year! Remember to keep checking our school Facebook page for news on what we have been up to. If there are any problems or queries, please do not hesitate to come and see me or one of the team – our door is always open for a chat, perhaps even accompanied with a biscuit! Here at St Mary’s we believe communication between home and school is an essential factor for a wonderful learning experience.
We hope that you have fun listening to the children telling you all about the fun we have in Year 1!
Mr Jenkins and Team