Welcome to Year 1!
My job is to help your child learn and achieve anything they put their mind to!
Transition from Reception to Year 1:
Our aim is to ensure that the children experience a smooth transition from Foundation Stage to Key Stage One. The Year One curriculum builds upon and extends the experiences that the children have had in Reception. Learning through play with continue to be used throughout the school week and the children will gradually be eased into more formal learning as the year goes on so that they remain motivated, enthused and eager learners. Please don’t hesitate to contact me either before or after school if you have any questions of queries.
Emerald of the week:
Each Monday one child’s name will be picked from the hat and chosen to be our Emerald of the week. This child will be responsible for helping with jobs in the classroom throughout the week. On Friday, the chosen child will take home our class bear and diary for the weekend. They will be asked to take the teddy on their adventures over the weekend and record what they do in the diary.
Your child will be given a reading book and diary to take home and read. Please ensure that they are in your child’s book bag every day. It is really important that your child read at much as possible. We ask that you try to read with your child every night, even if it’s just for 5 minutes. Your child will also have lots of opportunities to read and enjoy books throughout the week in school.
In Year One there is a big push on phonics, the expectations are high because in June all children have to complete a phonics assessment. This involves reading both ‘real’ words and ‘alien’ words using phase 3,4 and 5 sounds. There are a range of phonics websites that you can use to support your child with their phonics progress including some that can support reading alien words. Take a look at the website links at the bottom of the page.
Currently, our PE day is Thursday. Please send your children in with appropriate clothing depending on the weather. During the Winter, children should have both tracksuit bottoms and shorts as we could be outside come rain or snow! Girls should bring tracksuit bottoms too as they are not to wear tights underneath shorts. PE kits can be left in school until half-term when they will be sent home to wash.
During lunchtime play, the children are allowed on the field unless the weather means this is not possible. Please ensure your child has a pair of tracksuit bottoms and trainers to enable them to go on the field should they wish to do so.
At Sound, we always welcome volunteers to come and read with the children, work alongside the class or even volunteer for clubs or special activities. If this is of interest to you, don’t hesitate to speak to the office or the class teacher and they will point you in the right direction.