Year 1 Key Information
**NEW** How to support your child in Year 1 presentation HERE
What does my child need to bring to school?
As we need to limit what is brought in to school, please can we ask that the children only bring a small bag that can hold their books. We are unable to accomodate rucksacks. A school book bag is ideal or a small cloth bag, clearly labelled with your child's name. It would also be helpful for the children to have their own packet of pocket tissues in school.
It would be helpful if bags can be emptied daily. Children only require their reading book and reading record with them every day.
Children should bring a warm, waterproof coat to school every day as we will be accessing the outdoors frequently during the school day, whatever the weather!
Please ensure all clothing worn in school, including coats and PE kit, is clearly labelled with your child’s name.
Reading - Helping children become confident, fluent and accurate readers is the priority. We would like parents to read with their child every day and log in their reading record. Books will be changed on a weekly basis. Re-reading books is one of the best ways for children to become fluent readers. The National Curriculum encourages children to re-read books, helping them to become more confident with each reading. We also encourage you to share discussions about the child's reading book to improve comprehension skills. We politely ask that your child brings their reading book in everyday as the adults may listen to them read.
This is a great website with information for parents about early reading and tips for helping with reading at home.https://home.oxfordowl.co.uk/reading/reading-age-5-6-year-1/
Reading books - due to the new Covid management requirements, where books now have to be quarantined for 48 hours after they are returned, we will be giving out reading books on a Monday and taking them back in on a Friday so they can have the 2 days quarantine period over the weekend. This obviously means the children will need to prioritise their reading during the week. On the weekend, we would expect them to pick, read and share their favourite stories from home or the library with yourselves. This will also give them a lovely balance of building their confidence and fluency with their school book whilst also promoting a love of reading and building their vocabulary with their chosen books from home.
Homework books - Homework will be done a little different this year due to Covid restrictions. Each half term, a creative curriculum grid will be stuck in the front of your child's homework book and uploaded to our homepage. This is a choice homework that is aimed at building on skills learnt in the classroom and promoting a love of learning. We ask that no more than 2 tasks be completed each week. Please colour in the task that they have completed that week, recording the date alongside. If they would like to stick in a photograph of themselves completing the task or write about the experience, that would be wonderful. The homework books will be collected twice during the half term where we will then take them in and look at all the wonderful learning the children have been up to at home. Homework books will be quarantined for 48 hours and marked before being returned to children.
Homework hand-ins for this half term are:
to be confirmed
Spellings - to be confirmed, later in the term.
PE and PPA
PE will be on Wednesdays with Miss Jones and on Fridays with Mr Bell, our gymnastics coach. Please ensure your child comes to school wearing their PE kit. Hair must be tied back and all jewellery removed for PE lessons.
Miss Jones will continue to have her PPA (planning, preparation and assessment) time on Tuesday afternoons. Miss Anders will teach Year 1.
Mrs Bailey Jones will have her PPA (planning, preparation and assessment) time on Friday morning. Mr Bell will teach Year 1.
Hot Dinners and Snack
Please ensure hot dinner choices are completed using the online system by Sunday Evening. Alternatively, children can bring in their own packed lunch (nut free) if they wish to do so. Children should be able to access the items in their lunchboxes themselves - opening packaging, small tubs etc.
Children in Year 1 are provided with free fruit each day. The type of fruit varies each day and we do not know ahead of time what will be provided. You child is welcome to bring in a piece of fruit from home if they would prefer. Please tell your child if they have their own snack in their bag as they need to be able to get this independently.
Children also have the opportunity to have a piece of toast instead of fruit. The cost of this is 25p per day.
Please encourge your child to hand in their snack money on Monday. Please send the correct money into school with your child on a Monday morning, in a clearly labelled envelope. No change can be given. Alternatively, children can bring their own snack of a piece of fruit or healthy snack. Children should be able to access this independently, to minimise staff contact with the items. We politely ask you to remind your child to hand in their own snack money. This is to minimise staff contact with children's bags as much as possible.
Children should to bring their full water bottles in daily. We are a healthy school please fill water bottles with water only. Please ensure bottles are labelled with your child's name.
If your children needs to take medication during the school day, please email the school office for a new medical form. Please complete the form electronically and return to the school office email address which is firstname.lastname@example.org. Medication sent into school should be clearly labelled with the pupils name, dosage and storage requirements. Medication should be given to a member of staff by the adult responsible for the child. If your child needs an inhaler or epipen in school, please ensure this is sent into school and again handed over to the class teacher. Please make a note of the expiry date before sending into school and ensure that a replacement is sent into school in advance of the expiry date.