We have had a busy week preparing for the Christmas fair and showing you all our wonderful performance of Christmas Recipe. Thank you to all of you who came to watch Year 1 and 2 this week. We heard some lovely comments about the performances and we are sure you all agree how fantastic all the children were.
In Science this week we have been looking at animals during winter. We have found out that some animals migrate to warmer countries. Some animals adapt by changing the colour of their fur and some hibernate. We have created animals collages for our new Science display.
Thank you to everyone who bought poppies, pencils, badges, bracelets and wristbands for the Poppy Appeal. We have been working on our cutting skills and have made our own poppies to remember those who have fought in the war.
We have enjoyed reading Traction Man by Mini Grey this week. The children have been investigating the foamy waters of the sink and have used props to retell their favourite part of the story. Lots of super adjectives were used to describe what the children could see and feel. Great work Year 1
Welcome to Year 1
Welcome back and we hope you all had a lovely summer.
We hope that your child enjoys the new challenges and approaches to learning that Year 1 has to offer. Miss Tarbit will teach the children all day Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday morning. Mrs Rickerby will teach the children on a Wednesday afternoon, all day Thursday and Friday. Throughout the week the children will also work with Miss Mossop who is the senior teaching assistant in Year 1.
The Year 1 curriculum builds upon and extends the experiences that children have had in Reception. The children will have a more formal learning environment in Year 1 but they will continue to learn through play, alongside being involved in exciting topics so that they remain motivated, enthused and eager learners. Phonics will be taught every day to help with reading, writing and spelling. The children are expected to become more independent readers and writers as the year advances.
We will listen to your child read regularly in school to assess their progress. The children will also have lots of opportunities to read and enjoy books throughout the week at school independently. Reading is essential to progress so please try and hear your child read as often as possible. Your child will not initially bring home a reading book so please don’t worry if they don’t have one in their bags. We are starting a new programme linked to phonics called Read, Write, Inc. The books your child will being home are linked to their learning in phonics. As the programme starts we will provide you with more information. In the meantime please encourage your child to read books you have at home and record these in their home school log book.
We are currently reviewing our homework policy so we will share more information about this with you in the near future. We will be introducing ‘Talk Homework’ throughout the whole school this year. It is a chance for your child to have a conversation with someone at home about a topic we are writing about in class. We will give detailed guidance about the topic and the kinds of questions you may want to discuss with your child.
The children will be doing PE on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Please ensure your child has their correct PE kit in school and that all items are clearly labelled. We will be outside for one of our PE sessions so a pair of joggers/tracksuit bottoms and a jumper would be useful as the weather turns colder. All kits will remain in school for the half-term. If your child wears earrings please can you either remove them on P.E. days or provide tape to cover them. The children need to have a water bottle to keep in school. Please remember that we are a NUT FREE school.
Please use the home school log book as a communication between home and school. There is space for each day for you to write any notes or questions for us. We have provided space for you to let us know the end of the day arrangements. Please initial the boxes if your child is on the bus or going to after school club and also let us know as soon as you can if someone different will be picking them up. Each week we will attach a note in the log book which will explain what we have been working on during the week.
If you have any questions or queries about your child’s progress, please don’t hesitate to contact us. We look forward to a fun, happy and productive year with your children.
Mrs Rickerby, Miss Tarbit and Miss Mossop