Introduction - September 2016 - Mrs Charlton and Mrs Paynter
Welcome to Year 1, the start of Key Stage 1.The transition from Reception to Year 1 is a big step, however by working together, we aim to make this as easy and enjoyable as possible for all involved. The biggest change the children will notice is that they will spend less time on free choice activities and play. The children will see more defined lessons and need to sit down at their tables to complete their learning both in the morning and afternoon.
Key Stage 1 comprises of Literacy, Numeracy, Science, Knowledge and Understanding the World, ICT, R.E., Art, D&T and Music. During the staggered drop off in the morning the children will come in to complete morning Maths or Literacy activities which are differentiated to meet the children's abilities. In the Summer Term, the children will take the phonics screening test, which will be completed on an informal basis. There will be a meeting for parents in the Autumn Term to provide further details.
Through our Knowledge and Understanding of the World the children are able to make more meaningful links between all their learning. They will still be taught Literacy and Numeracy skills in the morning but they will also be given opportunity to apply these in other subjects. The Key Skills curriculum runs on a two year program with Year 2 and this is followed through the rest of the school. We like the children to talk about their learning with you outside of school as this reinforces their learning experiences.
The children will continue to use ICT to support their learning. We see this as an important part of our curriculum as we are living in a constantly eveolvoing digital world. The digital age has transformed the way young people communicate and learn and we aim to utilise ICT skills as fulluy ass possible to support learning.
If you wish to speak to the class teacher please do not hesitate to do so either by coming to the school office before the day begins at 8:45 or after the day has ended, or leave a note in their learning journal as these are looked at weekly.
P.E. will take place on Monday afternoon and Friday afternoon and children will need the following:
- School P.E. shorts
- School P.E. T–shirt
- Black pumps and/or trainers
- Jogging bottoms and jumper for outdoor activities during winter
Please ensure that your child's P.E. kit is always available in school
School P.E. shirts and T–shirts can be purchased from the school office
At morning break the children will still have the opportunity to eat a piece of fruit however they also have the opportunity if they want to purchase items such as toast, milk and teacakes from the tuck shop. A price list will follow in September.
Since 2005 it has been a legal requirement that all teaching staff receive 10% Planning Preparation and Assessment time in a week (PPA). We have also seen this as a real positive and an opportunity for staff development as well as ensuring the children receive a quality learning experience. This year PPA will be on a Wednesday afternoon when Mrs Holland will be teaching the children Art and D and T.
For Home Learning we will continue to reinforce the basic skills associated with English and Maths. Each week the children will therefore be expected to learn splellings, read daily and practise quick recall of number facts. Home learning will be set on a Thursday to be completed and returned by the following Tuesday.
We are all really proud of the way our children look in school. The vast majority of children wear their uniform with great pride and this is often commented upon when our children are out of school on trips and visits. Please can you continue to support our school uniform policy as not only does it look smart but it gives our school a real identity.