* Welcome curriculum meeting - Wednesday 25th September at 6pm
* Year 1 School trip to Beeston Castle - Wednesday 9th October
A warm welcome to our new year 1 children and your parents! We hope you had a fantastic summer break together and we look forward to working alongside you all.
A few things to note:
* Mrs Cridland teaches Mondays- Wednesdays and Mrs Heffernan teaches Wednesdays- Fridays. We work really hard to ensure messages are passed on and work together Wednesday afternoons to ensure we plan and assess effectively for our class.
*Wednesday afternoons- Mrs Norbury covers our PPA (Planning, Preparation and Assessment time) and sees the children out at the end of the day.
*Our PE days are Tuesday and Friday - please ensure children have their PE Kit in school at all times and every item is clearly labelled.
*Likewise once reading books are given out please ensure they are brought in every day too (even if its not their specific day to read). We encourage children to read 3x a week at home or a little bit every night- please sign the children's reading records when you do this.
Or first topic this term is KINGS AND QUEENS where we will be inviting children to join us in the magical adventure of fairy tales and traditional stories. We will learning about Kings and Queens and castles and will be exploring some of these elements within our environment. We will also be focusing on some great books- Starting with The Princess and The Pea!
We have our Rainbow Challenges set up which the children will be familiar with from working with Miss Brash last year. This means they will collect a brightly coloured Lolly pop stick as they complete a challenge within the provision, aiming to get a whole rainbow by the end of the week!
We are really excited to see you all again and look forward to the new school year.
In Year 1, the children participate in daily Numeracy, Phonics and Literacy lessons and the children begin to take more responsibility for their own learning, working independently and in groups. Much of our learning takes place through creative activities and planned play opportunities. As the year progresses, the children will begin working in a more and more structured way, in preparation for Yr 2. We try hard to ensure the move from Reception into Key Stage 1 is as smooth as possible.
Later in the year, the children will take part in a Phonics Screening Check. It is very important that school and home work closely together to support your child with their early reading skills. Please listen to your child read as often as possible and help them to learn their spellings each week. A pack of sound cards will be sent home with your child. Please use these cards on a regular basis and help your child look out for these sounds when they are reading and encourage them to use them in their writing. (Should your child wish to spell adventurous words, then they should use their sounds as a staring point i.e. 'j-igh-n-or-m-a-s' instead of 'ginormous', 'b-i-y-oo-t-i-f-u-ll' instead of 'beautiful'. At this stage in your child's learning, these spelling attempts are perfectly acceptable and you do not need to correct all of their efforts. Your child will learn alternative spellings for such words as the year progresses). To be in the best position possible, when taking the Phonics Screening Test, your child will need to recognise each sound quickly and confidently so regular reinforcement at home will prove invaluable. If you have any questions about the Phonics Screening Check, please speak with us at any time.
Mrs Heffernan, Mrs Cridland and Miss Limbert