Mrs Tebbitt is the class teacher on a Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday afternoon.
Mrs Bowditch in the class teacher on a Wednesday and Mr Hill covers on a Friday morning.
Miss McKay is the class Teaching Assistant during the week and Mrs Loveday is the class Teaching Assistant on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Miss Fairbanks and Mrs Kingdon work with a child on a 1:1 basis.
We aim to change your child’s reading books twice a week although sometimes this is not possible if we have a busy week. 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. Any time you spend sharing books has a big impact on your child’s progress. Please also spend some time practising the sounds on the card and words to read on the word card.
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). Initially these lessons will take place in each class, but as the year goes on the groups may be split across the year group and your child may not be taught by their usual teacher.
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’.
Early morning activities
The children complete early morning activities every day. We try and encourage your child to be as independent as possible in school; it would be helpful if you could also be mindful of this, especially at drop off.
Please make sure your child has a PE kit in school. We will be having PE on Tuesday mornings and Thursday afternoons. We send PE bags home for the school holidays. Please make sure all items of clothing are clearly labelled with your child’s name.
Please send in a named pair of wellies. This are kept under your child’s peg in the cloakroom.
Please ensure your child has a named water bottle in school. These will be sent home everyday for you to refill and bring back every day.