Welcome to Year 1

Welcome back after what we hope has been a good holiday for you and your family. We feel like we had a good break and are now ready to get to know you and your children really well. Of course, you are already the experts on your children so if there is anything you feel we should know about them please do not hesitate to send me a note via the home/ school diary or make an appointment with myself ( Miss Yeoman class teacher ) or one of the team.

We are especially excited about the term ahead and the curriculum we have planned. Please refer to the attached curriculum map to find out a little more about what your children will be covering for this term.

Our day beings at 8:50am when the door to our classroom will open. Please ensure your children arrives promptly as lessons begin at 9am. The school day finishes at 3:30pm.

We are a year 1 team. Miss Yeoman is the class teacher, Miss Hopton, Mrs Bannister and Mrs Cooling we will continue to support the class throughout the week. Please feel free to speak to any of us about your children. Can we ask that you don’t wait to do so if you have any concerns? It is vitally important to us that your children are first and foremost happy at school.

Please ensure your child comes prepared for the day. We have PE every Tuesday and Wednesday afternoons. Please make sure that your children come with the appropriate full kit for every session. It can be so disruptive to everyone’s learning when children come without. We assume if your child is well enough to attend school, they are well enough to do PE, unless you tell us otherwise.

Now your child is in Year One they will be going out to play with the rest of the school at playtimes. Toast and drinks are sold at this time for your child to purchase. If your child would like this then they need to bring their money in at the beginning of the day. The price for toast is 10p and a small drink of juice is 20p. Do not feel you have to do this as we provide water throughout the day and fruit at morning play free of charge.

We have a new behaviour system in school, which looks at the children’s attitude to learning. For example: Do they bring everything they need for school every day? Are they listening and following instructions? Are they maintaining the school rules? Every day your child will start off on green on a chart, this means they are having a perfect day. It is totally acceptable for a child to stay on green all day, every day. However, there will be times when your child will have an amazing day or even better. This means your child will move their name up to blue, purple or even Gold. They will receive different awards accordingly. If you child breaks a school rule or is not doing the right thing then their name will move down the chart accordingly. This may result in them being sent to another class for 10 minutes, missing a play time or being sent to the Deputy Headteacher. If they are sent to the Deputy Headteacher you will be notified by a phone call. All children have the ability to rectify behaviour and move back to green throughout the day.

One of the most influential ways that you can support your child is to read with them. Please remind them to bring their reading folders to school every day. We would like to encourage your child to read every day. If they manage this for the half term then they will be rewarded with a treat during the last week of the term. Please record when you have read with your child in their school diary. We will record when we read with your child there too.

Your child has already received their reading diary for this year. It would be helpful to spend a bit of time looking through this for yourselves. It includes lots of useful information both at the front and the back. Please make particular time to read through the home school agreement and to sign the appropriate sections together with your child by the end of this week.

As you can see there is a lot to do already. It’s going to be a busy, busy, busy term!

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