Day in the Life
Welcome to Class 1
In Class 1 we have only 2 rules which the children learn and put into practise as they learn and play.
Be safe- we will look after ourselves and our friends by making the right choices about where and how we play
Be happy – we will be kind and helpful to others, make the right choices about our behaviour and then we will be happy and so will those around us
We try to instil in our children the importance of being independent when they can be, and to learn to be responsible for the things over which they have control. They can trust adults to support, guide and help them in all aspects of school their school life. We encourage a ‘have a go’ attitude, a culture of risk taking and perseverance. From the beginning children are taught the skills and strategies to manage their own routines and possessions. Our expectation is that your child will be able to function independently at this stage of their education with ease, ownership of their day and a sense of achievement.
In Class 1 we follow the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum, the National Curriculum for Year 1 and the International Primary Curriculum
The Early Years curriculum and the IPC link closely together and have the same ethos relating to learning through play.
We teach Philosophy as a stand-alone lesson and encourage the children to use philosophical thinking in their learning and play.
Children are taught strategies and skills to enable them to be as independent in their learning as much as they can be at this stage of their education. They are expected to take ownership of their learning and not rely on an adult giving them the answer they need straight away. We teach the language and vocabulary for them to attempt problem solving methods of learning.
We expect our pupils to be polite and respectful to all members of our school community. If your child is involved in any kind of behaviour which warrants intervention by an adult, it will be dealt with in school as a matter of course. Minor issues are best dealt with quickly so that the children can carry on with their day. The teacher will only contact you if she feels that it is something which should be shared with you as a parent and/or requires your support.
Help at home
Please spend time with your child reading. Follow the link to English for additional information about helping your child learning to read. Please provide a sturdy plastic wallet for your child’s reading book and diary.
Your child will be given a small pot to take home every day with letters and numbers to learn.
My Little Reader is a little book which follows class lessons. You will be able to see what your child is learning, which will enable you to support our teaching of phonics.
Occasionally your child will bring home an activity to do which links to our topic work. Our expectation is that the standard of home work is the same as in school. Please use a writing pencil not crayons and pens.
Meeting with the teacher
If you have information which might affect your child during the day, then please inform the adults on gate duty and they will pass on any messages. If you would like to talk to the teacher, please phone the office to make an appointment after school.
Day to day routines
Please name all items and belongings.
Please provide a fresh bottle of water and a healthy mid-morning snack each day.
Please provide a sun hat in the summer. We do not put sun cream on children, but they can apply it themselves if you wish.
Any medical needs should be discussed with the teacher. An up to date inhaler is to be kept in school at all times.
Please inform the teacher of any changes in your home life that might affect the happiness and wellbeing of your child. If we are informed, we are prepared! We are here to care and support your child while they are not with you.
Welcome to Class 1
In Class 1 we aim to explore, learn and have fun!
Welcome to Class 1
It looks as though it will be a very busy term which I am sure will be enjoyable for both children and adults.
This term in Class 1 we will be beginning the term with a topic called Let’s Pretend. This topic will give us the chance to do lots of acting, role play and pretending. The children will become familiar with lots of different characters, stories, and roles. We will finish the term with a topic called Shopping. This topic allows us to learn all about money. During this topic the children will learn to buy and sell items and we might even work together to plan a school fundraising event towards the end of the term.
In Maths we are using a new Maths curriculum which looks at children mastering key skills and becoming fluent and confident mathematicians. The children have all been enjoying our new Maths Mastery approach and I am sure they will make great progress this term.
In English the children will be exposed to lots of stories including The Little Red Hen, Billy’s Bucket, Tuesday, Jack and the Beanstalk, dear Zoo, Each, Peach, Pear, Plum and a variety of poetry. In Phonics our Year 1 children will learn a variety of ways to make different sounds using more unusual digraphs (two letters which make the one sound) when reading and writing which will continue to support them as they become fluent readers and writers.
The Foundations Stage children will continue to work with single letter sounds to read and write words, but will also learn a range of simple digraphs to enable them to read and write a greater range of words.
The children are all making great progress with their reading and I am sure with your continued regular support they will continue to become much more fluent and confident readers. I always try to remind parents that the two most important things to remember when reading with children are fun and variety.
• Fun - Reading is fun and should always remain an enjoyable activity to take part in and if at any point it stops being an enjoyable experience you should STOP and come back to it later in the day.
• Variety – Children learn to read quicker and become much more confident readers when they read a variety of books, not just the school reading scheme books. Therefore I would suggest that some nights you read a ‘school’ book and some nights read something different, such as an information book, an atlas, a comic, a picture book, a poetry book, a joke book or simply make up your own story together.
If you ever have any questions please feel free to come and talk to us at the end of the day, put a note in the reading diary or leave a message for me at the office.
Miss Way, Mrs Harvey, Mrs Green and Mrs Cable
Spare clothes – a plea!
If you have any spare socks or PE shorts please could you donate them to Class 1!
Thank you for the boxes of tissues, please keep them coming, they are a big help.
Cold weather clothes
We have taught the children to ‘put the rabbit down the hole’! Hats, scarves and gloves are pushed into the sleeves of their coats to keep them ‘safe’. If they are wet, we put them on an airier to dry. Please make sure they are named, we do our best to keep your child matched to their belongings.
PE is on Tuesdays and Thursdays. If the girls could avoid wearing tights on those days it would be helpful, as they need additional help getting them back on.
The purpose behind the selection of 6 keys books for each year group had its origins in some inspirational training our staff received from academics and authors at the British Library. They recommended that the best way to teach grammar, punctuation and the development of well-structured writing to children, was to use real books. The teachers chose the required readers as a basis for the teaching of writing across the school. This is not a list of books to race through to reach the top because THERE IS NO TOP. They are all excellent models of the type of writing we want to encourage and promote in every classroom. Your child has three options in order to access these books: 1 Read the book themselves.2 Read the book together with an adult.3 Listen to an audio version of the book. Your child needs to experience the wonder of beautiful stories, well told, with all the joy and excitement that entails. How else are we going to make them want to be writers?