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Dear Parents/Carers,

 

Welcome back to school, I hope you all had a wonderful summer and are looking forward to your child beginning their new year of learning in year 1. If you are not on the class DoJo for year 1, please join as soon as possible and check for messages regularly as weekly spellings, as well as other important information, will be sent here (please see me if you require your personal log in).

 

Staffing

I will be teaching the class Monday to Friday, with the exception of every other Friday when I am having my PPA time. Mrs Yeandle will be teaching the class for these days. The wonderful Mrs Bridgeman will be our class teaching assistant all day, Monday to Friday. The lovely Mrs Muchmore will also be a year 1 teaching assistant each day aside from Mondays, when we are lucky enough to be supported by Mrs Hill.

 

Curriculum overview

This term our learning will focus around the theme, “Superheroes” and “Healthy Humans”. The curriculum overview for the autumn term is on the Year 1 class page on the school website.

 

Toys

Please do not send your child to school with toys as this often causes upset if the toy is lost or gets damaged. Any toys that are brought in will be stored away and returned to parents at the end of the day.

 

Physical Education

Year 1 will have PE on a Tuesday afternoon and a Wednesday afternoon and your child must have their full PE kit with them on these days. Please ensure your child has a named PE kit in school at all times.

 

Home Learning/spellings

This term we will begin home learning by introducing a weekly spelling test. We will start with just 2-4 words a week and build up the number of words and difficulty through the year. Weekly spellings will be sent out via class DoJo. If you are not on the class DoJo, please join as soon as possible or ask if you

require a new log in. The spellings will need to be written into your child’s spelling book each Monday by an adult; please help your child to practise their spellings a few times each week in the usual way (look, cover, write) or in any way that works for them. I will send them out on a Monday and the test will be the next Monday. Please make sure your child has their spelling book with them on test day.

 

Reading

Reading is a very important skill for all children and especially so in year 1 as it can impact on learning in future years. As such, your child needs to read for a minimum of 10 minutes daily at home to an adult. Listening to stories is also proven to have a massive impact on children’s vocabulary development which then has a positive impact on their writing, so do share stories together with your child and have a chat about their favourite parts.

Books are changed each Tuesday and Thursday; please ensure your child brings their reading book back on these days.

 

Uniform

We politely request that all of your child’s school uniform and other belongings are clearly named (including ties) as they are easily misplaced. Any unnamed items are placed in the lost property box at the front of the school at the end of each day.

 

Help

Help is always appreciated, especially with listening to children read during the school day. This can be for as little as 10 minutes at any time of the day. Any time you have to offer is always greatly appreciated and makes a real difference to the children’s learning and progress!

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to make an appointment to come and see me. Additionally, messages can be left on the class DoJo, and I can be emailed at hconnolly@stjohnstiverton.co.uk.

 

Yours sincerely,

Miss Connolly

Year 1 Class Teacher

Dear Parents/Carers,

Welcome back to school, I hope you all had a wonderful Easter break and are looking forward to your child beginning their next term of learning. If you are not on the class DoJo for Year 1, please join as soon as possible and check for messages regularly (please see me if you require your personal log in).

Staffing

As was the case in the spring term, I will be teaching the class Monday to Friday, with the exception of a Thursday afternoon and a Friday afternoon when I am having my NQT and PPA time. Mrs Mathers will be teaching the class for these afternoons. The wonderful Mrs Bridgeman will continue to be our class teaching assistant all day, Monday to Friday. We are also very lucky to have the lovely Mrs Berry joining us on Tuesday and Thursday mornings.

Curriculum overview

This half term our learning will focus around the themes, “Environment Explorers” and “I do like to be beside the Seaside”. The curriculum overview for the spring term is on the Year 1 class page on the school website.

Soft Start and toys

We are continuing with Soft Start Tuesday-Friday this term. Soft Start is designed to encourage your child to become more independent and helps with preparation for Year 2. As such, we politely ask that parents do not come into the classroom during Soft Start to help unpack their child's belongings (now we are in the summer term this is something the children should be doing themselves) but say goodbye at the door instead.

The expectation for Soft Start throughout the school is that the time is used productively. Children should come in independently, unpack their belongings quickly and complete an activity available in class. Children not wishing to complete the activity should play in the playground supervised by their parent / carer until 8:50am when the bell goes.

Please do not send your child to school with toys as this often causes upset if the toy is lost or gets damaged.

 

Physical Education

Year 1 will be swimming on a Thursday afternoon for the first half of the summer term and in Forest School for the second half of the term. 

Home Learning

This term we will be focusing home learning on phonics and reading skills in preparation for the phonics screening check. These activities will be designed to help embed key learning of particular sounds, offer opportunities for sound blending and decoding alien words.

Spellings

Weekly spellings will be sent out via class DoJo. If you are not on the class DoJo, please join as soon as possible and please ask if you require a new log in. The spellings will need to be written into your child’s spelling book each Friday; please help your child to practise their spellings in the usual way. I will send them out on a Friday and the test will be the next Friday. Please make sure your child has their spelling book with them on test day.

Reading

Parents often ask teachers what can they do to help support their child’s learning and progress. Without doubt, the biggest answer to this is … READING! This could be listening to your child read; reading a fabulous book to your child or having regular bedtime reading sessions. Listening to stories is proven to have a massive impact on children’s vocabulary development which then has a positive impact on their writing.

Reading is a very important skill for all children and especially so in year 1 as it can impact on learning in future years. As such, your child needs to read for 10 minutes daily at home to an adult.

Books are changed each Tuesday and Thursday; please ensure your child brings their reading book back on these days.

 Uniform

We politely request that all of your child’s school uniform and other belongings are clearly named (including ties) as lots were misplaced last term. Any unnamed items are placed in the lost property box at the front of the school.

Help

We have been very lucky to have had a couple of regular parent helpers for the last two terms. This help is always appreciated, especially with listening to children read during the school day. This can be for as little as 10 minutes at any time of the day. Any time you have to offer is always greatly appreciated and makes a real difference to the children’s learning and progress!

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to make an appointment to come and see me. Additionally, messages can be left on the class DoJo, and I can be emailed at hconnolly@stjohnstiverton.co.uk.

Yours sincerely,

Miss Connolly

Year 1 Class Teacher

 

Dear Parents/Carers,

Welcome back to school, I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and are looking forward to your child beginning their next term of learning. If you are not on the class DoJo for Year 1, please join as soon as possible and check for messages regularly (please see me if you require your personal log in).

Staffing

As was the case in the autumn term, I will be teaching the class Monday to Friday, with the exception of a Thursday afternoon and a Friday afternoon when I am having my NQT and PPA time. Mrs Webber will be teaching the class for these afternoons for the first three weeks of the spring term; Mrs Mathers will then teach the class as Mrs Webber covers maternity leave in Little Acorns. The wonderful Mrs Bridgeman will continue to be our class teaching assistant all day, Monday to Friday.

Curriculum overview

This half term our learning will focus around the themes, “Arctic Adventures” and “Castles and Royalty”. The curriculum overview for the spring term is on the Year 1 class page on the school website.

Soft Start and toys

We are continuing with Soft Start Tuesday-Friday this term. Soft Start is designed to encourage your child to become more independent and helps with preparation for Year 2. As such, we politely ask that parents do not come into the classroom during Soft Start to help unpack their child's belongings (now we are in the Spring Term this is something the children should be doing themselves) but say goodbye at the door instead.

The expectation for Soft Start throughout the school is that the time is used productively. Children should come in independently, unpack their belongings quickly and complete an activity available in class. Children not wishing to complete the activity should play in the playground supervised by their parent / carer until 8:50am when the bell goes. DoJo points are awarded to children who complete a Soft Start activity correctly.

Please do not send your child to school with toys as this often causes upset if the toy is lost or gets damaged.

 

Physical Education

Year 1 will now have PE on a Wednesday afternoon and a Friday afternoon and your child must have their full PE kit with them on these days. Please ensure your child has a named PE kit in school at all times.

Home Learning

This term we will be moving away from the current green book, home learning system and I will be sending home a booklet of maths/phonics/handwriting activities which will need to be completed by all children by the end of term.

The activities are designed to help embed key learning objectives and will help  your child to make good progress. I will send out more information about this at a later date.

Spellings

All children will be having spellings this term. Weekly spellings will be sent out via class DoJo. If you are not on the class DoJo, please join as soon as possible and please ask if you require a new log in. The spellings will need to be written into your child’s spelling book each Friday; please help your child to practise their spellings in the usual way. I will send them out on a Friday and the test will be the next Friday. Please make sure your child has their spelling book with them on test day.

Reading

Parents often ask teachers what can they do to help support their child’s learning and progress. Without doubt, the biggest answer to this is … READING! This could be listening to your child read; reading a fabulous book to your child or having regular bedtime reading sessions. Listening to stories is proven to have a massive impact on children’s vocabulary development which then has a positive impact on their writing.

Reading is a very important skill for all children and especially so in year 1 as it can impact on learning in future years. As such, your child needs to read for 10 minutes daily at home to an adult.

Books are changed each Tuesday and Thursday; please ensure your child brings their reading book back on these days.

 

Uniform

We politely request that all of your child’s school uniform and other belongings are clearly named (including ties) as lots were misplaced last term. Any unnamed items are placed in the lost property box at the front of the school.

Help

Help is always appreciated, especially with listening to children read during the school day. This can be for as little as 10 minutes at any time of the day. Any time you have to offer is always greatly appreciated and makes a real difference to the children’s learning and progress!

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to make an appointment to come and see me. Additionally, messages can be left on the class DoJo, and I can be emailed at hconnolly@stjohnstiverton.co.uk.

Yours sincerely,

Miss Connolly

Year 1 Class Teacher

Dear Parents/Carers,

 

Welcome back to school and Year 1, I hope you all had a wonderful summer break and are looking forward to your child beginning the new school year! I had a great summer and can’t wait to start my journey with you all at St Johns!

 

Staffing

 

I will be teaching the class Monday to Friday, with the exception of a Thursday afternoon and a Friday afternoon when Mrs Webber will be covering the class. Mrs Bridgeman is our class teaching assistant and is with us Monday to Friday, all day.

 

Curriculum overview

 

This half term our learning will focus around the theme, “Marvellous Me”. You can find a curriculum overview on our Year 1 class page on the school website which explains what we will be covering in our learning this term.

 

Physical Education

 

Year 1 will have PE on a Tuesday afternoon and a Friday afternoon and it is important that your child has the correct kit so that they can take part with their class. Please ensure your child has a named PE kit in school at all times.

 

Home Learning

In Key Stage 1 we will be continuing with the home learning challenge. There are lots of different home learning activities for the children to choose from in their home learning book. They can choose whatever activity they like each week. When they have created an activity, they can cross out the box and colour in the correct number of stars.

 

The children:

MUST complete the grey boxes

SHOULD aim to earn 20 stars by half term

COULD earn more than 20 stars by half term

 

If any of the children manage to earn more than 20 stars by Friday 19th October, they will receive a special home learning certificate. Please remind the children that home learning books/completed activities should be handed in every Wednesday.

 

Spellings

 

Developing your child’s confidence in spelling is very important in the early stages of writing and regular practice is essential to this. The spellings that I set each week are linked to the children’s current Phonics Phase and are designed to support and reinforce their learning in this area.

 

Spellings are stuck into the children’s spelling books on a Friday, along with the results of their weekly spelling quiz/test. This is so that you can monitor their progress and support them to practice any spellings that they may have struggled with. Please make sure that the spelling books are in school every Friday.

 

Reading

 

As with spelling, regular reading practice is essential in developing fluency and confidence. Please listen to your child read regularly and record this in their reading record. In order for your child to make their best progress, they should be reading to someone every day for 5 – 10 minutes. It is also important that they have the opportunity to talk about the book that they are reading to develop their comprehension skills so enjoy having a chat together about the book afterwards too!

 

To encourage reading at home, Year 1 will be having a reading competition this half term. I will check each child's reading record every Friday and if they have read to an adult at home three times or more that week, they will be given a special reading raffle ticket. This ticket will then be put into our class reading jar and if it is one of the three tickets picked out in the draw held before half term, the child will receive a special reading prize!

 

We are keen to hear from anybody who has some spare time to hear children read during the school day. This can be for as little as 10 minutes at the end of the school day. Any time you have to offer is always greatly appreciated and makes a real difference to the children.

 

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to make an appointment to come and see me. Additionally, messages can be left on the class DoJo, and I can be emailed at hconnolly@stjohnstiverton.co.uk.

 

Thank you for your support.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

Miss Connolly

 

Year 1 Class Teacher

 

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