Year 1 - Snowy Owls
Welcome to Year One, Snowy Owls!
We are Year One. We are really looking forward to the year ahead with our new class and have been getting our heads together to plan some lovely experiences for them. Year One is a really important year for the children, when they transition very gradually from the play-based curriculum of the Early Years and are gently prepared for more structured learning in Year Two and beyond. This is not something we like to rush!
Mrs Hall will be teaching the children on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays and Miss Pulling will teach on Thursdays and Fridays. In the first three half terms, the children will experience similar elements of the ‘learning through play’ model and will work with us in small groups, with short whole class input sessions peppered throughout the day. As their stamina and concentration increases, we will move slowly towards more whole class teaching sessions and there will be a big focus on becoming more independent at all sorts of things as the year progresses. We will be teaching the full range of curriculum subjects within this, with the exception of Music as we will be lucky enough to have a session with the talented Miss Gaston each week. PE lessons will be taught by us and supported by Mr Long.
From Reception, you will already be familiar with the book shed and the children being able to change and select their own reading book each day within a specified range. We will be continuing with this system and there will be a parent meeting in Autumn to explain this further. Your child will also be provided with a Home School book and this is the place to record any messages for us. We will have no TA to check the books this year so please hand us the book itself if there is a message you would like us to read. Otherwise, on a weekly basis, we will check any comments you might have made about your child’s reading and see which books your child has read.
If your child is going to be collected by someone else, please make sure this is written in the book as we will not be able to send children home with a different adult without prior consent.
What will I need?
Please ensure children all come to school with a waterproof coat everyday. They will also need a pair of wellies and a spare pair of clothes to be kept in school (in a named plastic bag to be hung on their pegs) as we don’t ever want the weather to get in the way of our learning and fun. Children will also need a named water bottle to use throughout the week, which we will then send home for a good wash on a Friday. Children will not need a pencil case. They will be provided with a clear plastic named bag for reading books and home school book; this is the only bag they will need. We would discourage the use of big rucksacks or bags to save space in our classroom.
The children are allowed to bring a small, safe toy that can fit in their bag, which they can store in their colour trays in class.
PE will be on Mondays and Thursdays in the first half term, (this will change throughout the year but we will keep you updated). On these days children must come to school in their PE kit and wear it all day. They need to have tracksuit bottoms over PE shorts, white t-shirt and blue sweatshirt. This is in case of bad weather as the aim is to have PE outside as much as possible. Please ensure that everything is labelled.
We will visit Adventure Island every Friday afternoon and so they will need to come into school in old clothes (no shorts or skirts) that they don’t mind getting muddy! Like the PE days they will stay in these clothes all day.
As you are aware, Year One children are entitled to a free school meal. A copy of the menu is available on the school website and we will also tell the children the choices each day.
If you would like to talk to us, we are available at the end of the school day or you can book an appointment through the office.
We look forward to getting to know you all better!
Mrs Hall and Miss Pulling