Hello and welcome to our Year 1 blog, it has been a pleasure to get to know the children over the past few weeks and we have had great fun getting our learning under way.
This term’s topic is ‘Nature Explorer’. This term we will be looking at how the seasons change during the year and the weather that each season brings (our learning about the seasons will be a recurring theme throughout the year). We will be learning about trees, looking carefully at their different parts, and drawing them as part of art. We will be finding out about the history of Sevenoaks’ seven oaks trees. In RE, we will be focusing on the big question: What do Christians believe that God is like? We have daily teaching of maths and English, with dedicated phonics sessions.
PE Full PE kits should be brought to school at the start of the week and will be send home Thursday ready to wear to school on Friday.
After October half term full PE kits should be brought to school at the start of the term and stay in school until we send them home for a wash, usually at the end of each term. Every child needs to have: trainers, shorts/skort, royal blue T shirt, tracksuit trousers and jumper. Girls should also have socks if they are wearing tights with their uniform. All uniform and kit must be clearly labelled so that your child can identify their clothes. It is also really useful if PE bags are labelled clearly on the outside, preferably with a sharpie pen in the bottom right hand corner – we spend hours looking for names on bags!
We have two timetabled PE sessions each week, Wednesday morning and Thursday afternoon.
Children’s Belongings PE bag are stored in the plastic boxes outside our classroom door. Children’s coats and bags are hung on pegs in the year 1 conservatory area. Lunch boxes are stored on the shelves outside our room. As always, please ensure all items belonging to your child are named clearly and your child knows where to find their name label, this includes shoes! Now that your child is in Year 1 please discourage them from bringing toys to school. They are welcome to bring books or items related to our learning and topic. Details of our learning each week will be in the Home Learning Book.
Phonics and Reading: Children are taught and practise phonics three times a week, in small groups that focus on the specific stage that they are working at. They also reinforce their reading and phonics skills during class literacy sessions, individually with an adult and in reading groups. Your child will have opportunities to read with a number of adults in school but these will not always be recorded in their reading contact book. However, we do ask that you make a comment when your child has read their reading book at home, and whether they would benefit from re-reading it, maybe focusing the second time on vocabulary, phonics or punctuation rather than just decoding to read the text. Reading Diaries will be checked by staff daily and changed as appropriate for your child, usually three times a week. Please ensure that we have reading folders in school every day.
Handwriting: Please continue to encourage your child to use the correct letter formation that they learned in Reception. Please ask a member of staff for a reminder sheet if you are unsure of any of the phrases that support your child’s handwriting.
Home Learning: It is expected that all children complete homework activities. The activities provide opportunity for your child to have one-to-one adult attention, to consolidate understanding and to further their classroom learning. If you are unsure how to support your child then please come along to the Thursday Homework Club with your child where a member of staff will be able to help you both. Activities will be sent home towards the end of each week. Please support your child with their learning but allow them to do it themselves, especially with writing tasks. Please return their book to school at the beginning of the following week – on Monday or Tuesday. Work should be done in pencil.
- A bottle of fresh, plain tap water should be brought in daily, no other drinks please.
- Children may bring in a small amount of money to keep in their tray for the break-time tuck shop if they wish. Please put money in a small, named purse – it is advisable to provide 5p, 10p and 20p coins as snacks cost between 20p and 30p.
- Fruit is provided every day in class which all children are encouraged to eat.
- Please let me know if you have paid for your child to receive milk.
- As the majority of the class now have a school meal, please allow your child to use a knife and fork to cut up their own food at home. Resist the urge to cut it for them, however frustrating it is to watch them.
If your child occasionally has ‘little accidents’ you may like to put clean underwear and a small plastic bag into their PE bag for such times.
With the colder weather approaching please encourage your child to be able to put on and zip up their own coat, as well as find the hanging loop with which to hang it up – they are on the outside of the school coats. Also, they should be able to do up their own shirt buttons and put on their tie, as well as pull their clothes the right way out in order to put them on. These simple skills save so much time during the school day!
The teaching assistants in our class are: Mrs Ottway, Mrs Thompson and Mrs Pinder.
We look forward to working with you to ensure that your child has a happy, busy and successful year. Please feel that you can share any concerns or raise any queries as they arise. You can catch me in the playground at the end of the school day, or write a note in your child’s reading diary. For confidential matters please place a note in an envelope or make an appointment to see me in the classroom.
Miss Giles (Year 1 Class Teacher)