Year 1

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!

Year 1 Meet the Teacher 2018

Please click the link above to download the presentation from our ‘Meet the Teacher’ meeting on the 21st September 2018.

Staffing in Year 1

Mrs Kent will be the Class Teacher this year with the support of Mrs Draper, Mr Cassidy and Mrs Cotton (Teaching Assistants), who will be working in the classroom at different times throughout the week.

On a Wednesday afternoon I am not based in the classroom, during this time the children will have a P.E. session which is led by Mr Cassidy, who is a qualified coach and  either a music or PSHCE lesson which is taught by  Mrs Carr. Mrs Carr will also be teaching the children French on a Thursday morning.


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 lunchbox onto the trolley outside and then put their book bags away.

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.


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 and will have either a Maths or an English focus linked to their learning in class that week or in preparation for learning the following week.

This website will help the children to use a 10 frame to represent numbers and to begin to recognise number bonds for the number 10.


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 Thursday and must be returned to school on a Tuesday so that the spellings can be checked and new ones prepared.


The children will continue to have weekly guided reading sessions and will 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  do P.E. first thing on a Monday afternoon and on a Wednesday afternoon. This year the children will get changed at school. P.E. kits should come to school on a Monday morning and be left in school until Friday afternoon.  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.


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.


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.

Contacting Us

Should you need to speak to me, Mrs Kent, please catch me in the morning or after school or if you would prefer to speak privately please contact Jo in the school office to arrange a time.

Telephone number: 01280 848306


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)
  • Key Stage 1 Christmas Play (Free)
  • Christmas Cinema Trip –
  • Mother’s Day Afternoon Tea – 2.00pm on Friday  (Free)
  • Father’s Day Breakfast – 9.00am on Friday  (Free)

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.

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.

Internet Safety

Below are some reminders about what you should do to keep safe on line:

  • Always tell an adult if you are using the internet and what you are using it for.
  • Never talk to anybody you don’t know.
  • Don’t give out any information about you (name, age, address, school) even to people you know.
  • If something pops up on screen, don’t close the screen, tell an adult.
  • If you get a mean message or email, ignore it and tell an adult so they can delete it.
  • Don’t go on to websites you are told not to.


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