Mrs Tebbitt is the teacher on Wednesday Mornings, Thursday and Friday
Mrs Smith is the teacher on Monday and Tuesday and Wednesday Afternoons
Mrs Edwards is our Teaching Assistant on Monday and Tuesday. Mrs Brown is our Teaching Assistant on a Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. They help support the children during the day.
We aim to change your child’s reading books once a week. The children will be given one reading book and one library book – for ‘reading for pleasure’. Please share these books with your child as often as you can and record this in the reading record book. We have a reading lesson four times a week when the children will be doing class and group reading and reading activities. This is the time when the teachers will be hearing your child read and assessing their progress. Any time you spend sharing books has a big impact on your child’s progress. Please also spend some time practising the sounds and words to read on the card. We also run two reading incentive schemes – one where the children get a raffle ticket if they read 5 times a week and this is recorded by you in their reading record books. When the raffle in drawn the children win a trip to the book shop to choose a book. We also encourage the children to read the books on our 50 books to read list which also earns small prizes. Please hand this in regularly so we can keep up to date with how many the children have read.
The children will have a spelling book in their book bags with words to learn each week. There is guidance in the front of the book. We will be collecting these in on a Thursday and they will be given out with new words to learn for the next week on a Friday.
During Year 1 the children will begin to learn how to join letters in a cursive style. We will be writing words in the spelling books using this style but the children do not need to write using joins straight away. We want them to become familiar with how the style looks and begin to use it when they have learnt the correct formation and when they feel ready to do so. They can still print their words when writing their spellings. A sheet will be put into the reading folder with the correct formation for each letter.
In preparation for the statutory Phonics Screening which takes place in June, your child will be expected to confidently recognise the 40+ graphemes (written sounds). They will be continuing to learn how to use these graphemes to blend (for reading) and segment (for spelling).
Please continue to encourage your child to practise counting and writing their numbers 0-100. Children are assessed termly in maths using a mixture of formal and informal ‘quizzes’. Each term the children work on Key Instant Recall Facts (KIRFS). These are things we expect the children to learn and more information in on our website.
We will be having PE on Monday mornings and Tuesday afternoons. Please make sure all items of clothing are clearly labelled with your child’s name and include items that are suitable for outdoor PE during colder weather. Please see the PE letter sent home. The children will wear PE clothes to school on a Tuesday.
PE kits need to be returned on Wednesday morning please. We send PE bags home for the school holidays.
Please send in a named pair of wellies, we will be using these for outdoor learning and playtimes, if necessary.
Please ensure your child has a named water bottle in school. Our school policy is that these are filled with water. Please make sure these are returned each day.