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 every Monday afternoon to cover my PPA.
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.
Our mornings will be very busy with Phonics, English, Maths and Guided Reading. We will also continue to input continuous provision; to help the children with their transition from The Early Years Foundation Stage to Key Stage 1. There is a lot more work to cover in the Year 1 curriculum so I will be sending things home for you to help and support your child’s learning.
Class Teacher - Mr L Jenkins
Teaching Assistant (Monday - Tuesday) - Mrs S Brookes
Teaching Assistant (Wednesday - Friday) - Miss S Haseldin
PPA Cover Teacher (Monday PM) - Miss L Smith
and finally our class mascot, Buster Bear!
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 using their phonological knowledge and understanding. As we progress through the year I will send more information and materials for your child to practise at home. 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.
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.
Reading Books and Spellings
Please listen to your child read at home every night, even if it is just for 10 minutes before bed. We encourage you to practise your child's spellings with them as much as possible. Please find below the dates regarding Reading Books and Spelling Packs.
Reading Books - Returned to school on Monday. Sent home on the same day.
Spellings - Spelling practise sheets will be sent home on a Wednesday and need to be returned to school on the following Tuesday, ready for our spelling test the next day.
If you have any questions and issues regarding reading books or spellings, please speak to a member of the Year 1 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 on 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.
Our PE focus this half term will be Gymnastics. The children will have PE on a Tuesday afternoon. 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.
I am so excited to be teaching Year 1 again this year! Year 1 is a very exciting year and I have many fun activities planned. I am also very excited to have some returning faces coming to Year 1, having taught some of your children in Nursery two years ago. I am also looking forward to meeting some brand new faces!
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