Welcome to Year 1
Please take a look at our class page to find out what we have been up to. We will update regularly with information we are learning about, photographs to celebrate our learning and useful information. I hope the children will enjoy the next stage of their learning and have lots of fun along the way!
Staffing in Year 1
I will be teaching Year 1 this year with the support of Mrs Draper and Miss Connell (Higher Level Teaching Assistants), who will be working in the classroom at different times throughout the week. They are both experienced teaching assistants who will be teaching the class during the times when I am not in the classroom (Monday afternoon & Thursday morning until playtime).
The bell will continue to be rang at 8.45am. Please ask your children to line up at the Year 1 gate ready to come inside. Their learning begins immediately so please make sure children arrive at school on time. The children will put their lunchboxes on the counter and then put their book bags and reading records in the appropriate boxes.
In the morning the children will take part in English and Maths activities. This will include short whole class teaching sessions followed by focused adult group work or independent learning challenges. To support the children in their transition to Year 1 these will be carefully planned play based activities to develop their learning further. The children will continue to have daily phonics sessions and will take part in guided reading sessions each week. This year they will also have a focused spelling lesson. These will begin in a couple of weeks.
Behaviour Policy and Golden Time
At school we have high expectations for behaviour both for everyone at school. Children are expected to behave in a kind and respectful way towards others. This year we have decided to focus on three key things to help the children to understand our expectations. We focus on making good choices by:
- Using kind words and actions
- Listening politely to each other
- Having careful hands and feet
In Year 1, we understand that the children are learning to manage their feelings and behaviours. As far as possible we focus on positive behaviour. Children are given verbal praise for following these rules and are also given stickers and their achievements recorded in the ‘Golden Book’ which is then shared during assemblies. This year the children will also carry out tasks in their house groups and are rewarded with house points for working well as a team. These are also shared in assembly and each week the house with the most points in each class has a special treat of having a biscuit and squash / hot chocolate with Mrs Eales. There are times when children do not behave appropriately. On these occasions their behaviour will be discussed with them. We will talk about ‘good choices’ they should make. If behaviour continues the children would miss part of their playtime to reflect on their behaviour. Any incidents of children deliberately hurting other children, damaging property or using inappropriate language would be shared with parents either through a phone call or at the end of the day.
In Year 1 children will receive weekly homework activities which all children are expected to complete at home with an adult. These should take approximately 30 minutes each week. This will include a Maths activity which will be an online activity via the Mathletics website or app which links to the Maths focus we have had in class that week. The children will be receiving their usernames and passwords later this week. When the children have completed the allocated tasks they will be able to play the maths games.
Please do not go on to other Maths topics which have not specifically been allocated.
Homework will be allocated on a Friday and should be completed before Wednesday morning. If children are regularly not completing homework they will be asked to complete during a playtime or during Golden time of the following week.
Each of the children will have a spelling book which will contain a list of words for them to practise spelling that week. These spellings will include words containing the letter patterns and sounds they have been using in the spelling lesson. The words will be sent home in a red spelling book. They will be sent home on a Friday and must be returned to school on the Wednesday, to give us time to check them and to prepare new ones.
The children will have a weekly guided reading sessions, which involves taking part in a group reading activity with a specific focus which will be written your child’s reading record. The children will also be reading on a daily basis during their phonics sessions, however, reading at home is essential to enable the children to make good progress with their reading. In year 1 the children would ideally be reading to an adult for 10 minutes every day. Please record in your child’s reading record when they read and how they get on as this will help us to select appropriate books for them. The children will also be bringing home a small set of letter cards which they have been learning in phonics that week. Please spend a couple of minutes each day practising these. The children will receive house points for reading regularly at home. At any one time the children will have a guided reading book, a home reader and a library book. Please keep all books in their bookbag so that they are available at all times.
The children will do P.E. on either a Tuesday or Wednesday afternoon and Friday afternoons. P.E. kits should now be in school and should be left in school for the half term. Please check that all clothes and shoes are named, otherwise it is very easy for them to get muddled. Please try to make sure the children are dressing and undressing themselves at home to make the changing process faster and prevent delays in starting the P.E. sessions. I would hope that all children are able to get changed in 5 minutes. If children are wearing lace up shoes please teach them how to tie them.
P.E. should now contain:
- Black shorts, jogging bottoms and a black sweatshirt
- Red Roundwood T-Shirt
- Trainers and socks
As a school we are only able to administer medication which has been prescribed for your child by a doctor and that needs to be administered 4 times a day. If the medication needs to be given three times a day we ask that you administer this in the morning, at the end of school and before bedtime. If your child is prescribed medication please bring it to school in the original packaging. You will be asked to complete a form to give permission for us to give it to your child. If your child has asthma please ask your doctor to prescribe an extra inhaler and to give them a spacer which can remain in school. When medication is required on a regular basis we will meet with you to complete a health care plan. If your child develops a medical condition such as asthma or an allergy please let us know immediately.
Allergies can be very serious and If you feel that your child has an allergy it is important that this is diagnosed by a doctor so that we can ensure that we are able to cater for their needs appropriately. This is in order to maintain their safety and well-being. If a child has an allergy it is important that we have advice from a doctor about how to manage this in school including having the correct medication to administer should they come into contact with the allergen at school.
Changes to Circumstances
If there are ever any changes to your circumstances at home please come and let us know. Often things that as adults we consider quite minor can trouble young children and can lead to changes in their behaviour. This may include things such as a pet or relative being unwell, disagreements between parents at home or moving. We can then work together to decide how to best support your child.
Trips and Events
- Harvest Festival – date to be confirmed (Free)
- Parents Evenings Monday 11th November or Wednesday 13th November
- Key Stage 1 Christmas Play – w/c 2nd December 2019 (Free)
- Christmas Cinema Trip – Monday 16th December 2019
- Mother’s Day Afternoon Tea – 2.00pm on Friday 20th March 2020 (Free)
- Father’s Day Breakfast – 9.00am on Friday 19th June 2020 (Free)
- We currently have a good selection of school uniform including summer dresses and cardigans which have been donated to us. This is all in good condition. If you would be interested in any of these items, please speak to Mrs Hall.
Year 1 Curriculum
In Year 1 the children will follow the National Curriculum. This describes the knowledge and skills that will be taught to children in Key Stage 1 (Year 1 and 2) and Key Stage 2 (Years 3 to 6). This is divided up into subjects such as English, Maths, Science, Art & Design, Design and Technology etc… At school we organise the curriculum into topics to help the children to make links in their learning.
This half term our topic is ‘Marvellous Me!’ this will include the following:
Science – parts of the body and what they can do with their bodies, grouping animals in different ways e.g. according to what they eat and the type of animal they are. This will include the correct vocabulary such as carnivore, herbivore, omnivore and mammals, fish, reptiles etc…
Art – Self Portraits. We will be looking at portraits painted by artists including Picasso, Van Gough and Klee. The children will have the opportunity to use different materials such as paint, pastels, pencils and different techniques to create their own art work.
History – The children will be talking about their families and their family trees. They will also think about how they have changed since they were a baby.
Geography – The children will be learning about where we live in the World. We will introduce them to the names of the countries that make up the United Kingdom, the towns and villages in the local area, the continents and oceans.
English – We will be sharing stories about situations familiar to the children, including going to school and losing a favourite toy. The children will be given writing opportunities every day and will also be practising letter formation in short daily sessions. In year 1 children are encouraged to sound out words themselves and to find the letters that represent the sound using a sound mat. To begin with we will be focusing on saying sentences out loud first, then writing one word at a time, remembering to leave finger spaces and use a full stop at the end of a sentence.
Maths – In Maths this half term we will begin with a unit of work on Place Value. This will include learning how to count objects accurately and in a systematic way. The children will also be learning how to represent numbers using different mathematical equipment, using pictures and numbers. The children will exploring and comparing numbers including saying which number from a set of numbers is bigger / smaller, finding one more and 1 less than a number and putting numbers into order from smallest to largest and largest to smallest. One thing children always find challenging is counting backwards and finding the number that is one less, so any practise they can have of this will really help. The activities the children do on Mathletics will reflect the learning that has taken place in class that week.
Supporting Learning at Home
There are lots of ways you can support the children’s learning at home. Including:
- Walking in the local area and talking about the seasonal changes that are happening. Encourage your children to observe the changes in plants and trees, the time it gets dark at night and changes in temperature.
- Put up or make some bird feeders. Talk about what birds eat and why those foods are not around in the late Autumn to Early Spring. Perhaps put up a bird box, these can be bought very inexpensively from shops such as Wilko.
- If you are visiting London pop in to one of the free Art Galleries and look at some of the portraits. Talk to your children about the materials that have been used. What do they think about them? Which is their favourite? Why?
- Look at photographs of your family to extend their knowledge of family relationships. Children of this age often get confused with the different roles people have for example you are their parent, but also somebodys son / daughter and sister / brother.
- Encourage them to ask questions about the world around them and help them to speculate about possible answers then find the answer together rather than telling them.
- Talk to them about things going on in the world e.g. pollution, global warming, animals becoming endangered and encourage them to think about things they can do to help. You’ll be amazed at the determination of five year olds to save the planet!
- Finally, please continue to share the things your children enjoy with us!
We are always looking for parents or grandparents to come and help in school. This could include listening to children read or sharing a particular talent or skill. If this is something you or somebody you know might be interested in doing, please let us know. Please be aware that parents who help with reading and spellings will usually work in a different class to the one their child is in. In order for parents to help we need to arrange for the necessary checks to be done which incurs a cost to the school, so please consider whether you are able to make a regular commitment before volunteering.
Friends of Roundwood School Association (F.R.S.A.)
The Friends of Roundwood School Association is our parents association. They are extremely supportive of the school and work very hard to raise money for the school. Throughout the year money raised by the FRSA is used to buy resources for the school such as library books and equipment for the outside learning areas. They have also subsidised many school trips. They have recently raised money to enable us to update our school minibus and have paid for the Mother’s Day Tea Party and will be paying for the Father’s Day Breakfast.
You can support the FRSA by attending meetings, helping in the organisation of events such as quiz nights, film nights and the school fete. Please don’t worry if you are unable to help before events as coming along is the best way to help.
Children are spending more and more time online. They all have acces to smartphones, tablets & Smart TV’s which all access the internet. It’s really important to keep them safe online. As a parent myself, I have been alarmed at the dangers that exist online. So please have a look at these websites to keep yourself up to date with the most recent advice and guidance on website and apps. Even though the children are only 5 and 6 years old, many of them are using YouTube and talk about the videos they are watching and the games they are playing, which are often not designed for 5 and 6 year olds for example Fortnite.
NSPCC Online Safety
Below are some of the messages we give the children about using the internet.
- Only use the internet if you have asked an adult first and you are somewhere where an adult can see you.
- Never talk or send messages to anybody you don’t know.
- Don’t give out any personal information about you (name, age, address, school) even to people who you think you know. If anybody asks you for this information tell an adult straight away.
- If something pops up on screen that you don’t like, minimize it and tell an adult immediately.
- If you hear or see anything on the computer or TV which worries you, makes you feel sad or that you know is inappropriate tell an adult.
- If you get a mean message or email, ignore it and tell an adult so they can delete it.
- Only use websites which an adult you trust has said you can use such as YouTube Kids.
If you have any questions please come in and speak to me.