Welcome to Year 1
I am Mrs Oliver and I will be the class teacher in Year 1 this year. We will be supported by Mr Davy and Miss Wood.
We are looking forward to getting to know our new Year 1 children and starting on an exciting year of learning.
Try not to worry if your child feels a little anxious about the move into Year 1. We will spend lots of time listening, nurturing and offering lots of reassurance to help your child to settle in and feel at ease. The first few days will be spent getting to know children and encouraging them to get to know us, and will plan those transition activities that weren't able to take place during the summer term last year.
Reading at home plays an important part in developing the skills of a young reader and we encourage you to help in the progression of your child's reading skills by hearing them read at home daily if possible, but if not at least three times a week. We aim to change books in class on a Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Occasionally there may be changes to our routine that makes it difficult for that to happen; don't worry about this as it builds up fluency to reread books at this age.
When you have listened to your child read, if you could record it in the reading record book, along with any comments on how they read, this will help us when changing reading books. Reading books should be brought into school daily in a school book bag or school back pack (other bags are not allowed in school).
Children receive extra smilies, stickers and prizes as incentives for their home reading.
Homework will be given on a Friday to be completed by the following Wednesday. It will be just one piece of Maths or Literacy work, practicing skills learned that week, or a simple piece of research. We encourage you to become involved in supporting your child with their homework, while at the same time allowing them to complete it.
P.E. will be taught on a Tuesday afternoon by Mr Ellison. Children can come to school in their PE t-shirt and shorts with plain black or grey joggers and hoodie if needed in the colder weather. Children can come in black trainers or school shoes and change into their pumps in school. Named pumps should be kept in school in named PE bags.
Your child will swim at Johnsons on alternate Wednesday mornings. One half of the class will swim on the first week, and the other half on the second week. Your child will need appropriate swimwear and a towel. If your child has long hair he / she will also need a swimming hat. They need to be brought into school on the morning that your child swims (we don't have much corridor space so we can't keep them in the days running up to your child's swimming session).
Year 1 children really enjoy the swimming sessions. It would really help them if they can practice fully drying and dressing themselves at home, in order to make the process as easy as possible for them after swimming.
Please don't worry if your child hasn't had much experience in the water. They will quickly be grouped according to their experience and competence and will be supported accordingly.
Outdoor learning will take place on alternate Monday afternoons for Year 1 children. They will need to bring appropriate outdoor clothing on these afternoons, including a coat with a hood and wellies.
Just a reminder at the start of the school year, that all items of uniform must be labelled with your child's full name in order to avoid misplaced items. Children do, at times, need to take their jumpers off in class, and clothing can quickly become lost or mixed up if it isn't labelled.
We will continue to use Class Dojo in Year 1 this year. Your child's Dojo account has now been passed up from Reception to Year 1. We will communicate predominantly through Dojo, and will also add photographs of your child's work throughout the year. If you haven't already, you will be able to download the app to your digital device, and like and comment on your child's work. If you would like to connect an additional parent to Dojo, please let me know, however, we are unable to connect anybody other than parents.
Please note that Dojo messages will only be received during the hours of 8am and 5pm, so please don't worry if you don't receive an immediate response.
We use Purple Mash in school to support learning in computing, and across other areas of the curriculum. Your child will bring home their Purple Mash login details in their reading record and homework books. They can access Purple Mash at home by following the link bellow and using their individual login details.