We try to keep the transition from Reception to Year 1 as smooth as possible - there will be some similarities - morning activities, play-based learning etc. Lessons, particularly English and Maths, become more structured in Year 1 and this style increases steadily over the year.
- Weekly homework:
Homework for Year 1 will be based on learning in maths, literacy or topic work. This will be given out on a Friday and will need to be completed and returned at the latest by the following Wednesday. All homework should go in the tray provided. Children will also be sent home with spellings to practise.
- Reading at home:
We would strongly encourage all children to read every night at home. This can greatly assist the development of reading skills, and can therefore be a key element for children’s success in literacy. It is beneficial for children to read a range of materials around the home, including: school library books, library books, fiction and non-fiction.
We would greatly appreciate any parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles etc. who could volunteer to listen to readers. All volunteers must be CRB checked, please see Mrs Wallbridge in the office.
In the summer term, children in Year 1 are required to complete a phonics screening check. This tests the children’s ability to decode words through ‘sounding out’ and ‘blending’. The children have daily phonics lessons and these lessons develop the children’s ability to decode words (reading) and encode words (spelling).
All clothes and bags should be clearly named.
School Uniform: Grey or black skirt/trousers/pinafore dress/shorts, white shirt/polo shirt, green jumper, white/grey/black socks and black school shoes (Velcro or laces) NOT trainers/boots/sandals.
Indoor PE kit: Black/blue shorts and white t-shirt, socks and black plimsolls.
Outdoor PE kit: Black/blue tracksuit bottoms, white t-shirt, trainers and a jumper.
Year 1 have PE planned into their timetable twice a week. It is best if PE kits are kept in school all week as timetables are subject to change due to teacher’s PPA, poor weather etc.
Children will change their library books every Friday. Please ensure that their book is in their book bag on this day. Children will not be allowed to take home another book until their current loan is returned.
Food and Drink
Children in Year 1 will continue to be entitled to free fruit or veg every day at break time. All children in Year 1 have been provided with a school water bottle which is available for them to access during the day. This bottle is in addition to the drink in their lunch box and must contain water only. All children in Year 1 are entitled to a free hot meal at lunch time. Please ensure you have filled in the dietary requirements form and handed it to the school office. Your child may bring a packed lunch if you prefer. Children who have a packed lunch will not be offered a hot meal.
Attendance and Punctuality
Good attendance is crucial for your child’s educational development. We are very keen for the school to improve its attendance rate and therefore there will be no leave granted, except in special circumstances. If your child is unwell, the school office should be notified as soon as possible. The school registers close at 8.55am. If you arrive after this time your child will be marked as late and you will have to enter the school through the office.
This is a reminder that the trim trail and climbing frame should not be used before or after school.