Dear Parents and Carers, I would like to welcome you and your child to Year 1. I am looking forward to getting to know you and working together so that we have a very exciting and productive year. I hope that you enjoy the new challenges and approaches to learning that Year 1 has to offer!
Transition from Reception to Year 1
Our aim is to ensure that the children experience a smooth transition from the Foundation Stage to Key Stage One.
The Year 1 curriculum builds upon and extends the experiences that children have had in Reception.
This term our focus will be on Australia:
- Geography- making art using nature and Aboriginal Art,
- ICT- Graphics
- P.E.- gymnastics and games
- Religious Education- Harvest festival and celebrations
- Science- Properties of Materials
- PSHE- My Class, My School
- Music- Rain, Rain Go Away
Literacy will include work on stories with familiar settings and non-fiction work on labels, lists and captions and we will have regular phonics sessions.
Mathematics will focus on properties of numbers and number sequences, place value and ordering. I enclose a timetable which we will be following once we have made the full transition to our new routine.
Currently we are following our Superhero topic.
I will be teaching the class every day except for Tuesday afternoon when the class will be taught Science and PE by Mrs Gibson. On Monday and Tuesday mornings, Mrs Cannan will be working with a focus group and Mrs Lock will be working with a group on Wednesday mornings.
Children will have one reading day when they will read independently with a Teaching Assistant (Mrs Daisy Watt). They will also have a spelling day when they will be tested on their letter sounds/spellings. Children will have a week to learn their new sounds/spellings and will be able to change their books on their reading day. I will listen to the children read during our guided reading session. We would be very grateful for any parent helpers who can volunteer to listen to Year 1 readers. Please come and see me if you are able to help. If we have several parent helpers then this will enable us to offer extra reading sessions to the class. Every week children should practice their letter sounds/spellings at home. They should also be heard to read as often as possible (at least 10 minutes a night). It does not always have to be a school book.
Spellings will be completed individually with a teaching assistant. Every child will have their own spelling book. New spellings will be written and dated in the front of the spelling book by Mrs Watt. The spelling test will take place at the back. The test will be relaxed and informal. Children are allowed to practice their spellings in the back of their spelling book, on a ‘look, cover, write, check’ sheet or in any other way that works for them! (Sand, paint, letter tiles etc).
Star of the week
Each Friday one child will be chosen to bring home our class teddy and a diary for the weekend. They will be asked to take the teddy on their adventures over the weekend and record what they do in the diary. If your child is not yet able to do this, it is perfectly acceptable for you to write in the diary what your child dictates. Please return this to school on Monday so your child can show and share their weekend news with the class.
- The children will be doing PE on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Please ensure your child has their PE kit in school and that all items are clearly labelled. We encourage children to practise getting dressed at home to help them get changed quickly in school.
- Any letters or reply slips, which need to be returned, can be put in your child’s book bag.
- Children are welcome to bring a named water bottle into the classroom for them to access throughout the day. We would appreciate if you could avoid putting water bottles in book bags as they sometimes leak over the books.
- Show and tell is on a Friday afternoon. We especially encourage the class to show items which are related to one of our topics.
Dates for the diary
- Tuesday 27th September – Henley Literary Festival (Simon James).
- Tuesday 4th October @ 9.15am – Harvest Festival (all classes will be presenting an item).
- Monday 10th October @ 3.20pm – Open classroom (a chance to look around the Year 1 classroom and look at the displays on the wall).
Sorry for the lengthy letter – I just want to make sure you have all the information you need to start the term. Please don’t hesitate to talk to me after school if you have any questions or queries.