Year 1 2018 - 2019

Miss Sweeney

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Planting Cress Seeds!, by Miss Sweeney

Staff in Year One: Miss Sweeney and Miss Bridgen

Daily routine: Doors open at 8.45. Children should line up in the playground and a member of Year One staff will guide them to the classroom. Home time is 3.25.

Punctuality: After 9:00, your child will be marked as late. Please report to the school office.

Attendance: It is essential that your child attends school every day. It helps them with settling into their class as well as forming friendships. If your child is unwell and cannot attend school, please ring and inform school as soon as possible.

Sleep: Please try to ensure that your child gets at least 11 hours of unbroken sleep during the week, so that they are well rested and ready to learn to their very best. It may be a good idea to remove electronic devices (TV, phones, computer games) from your child’s room at night to ensure a good rest.

Breakfast: Please ensure your child is provided with a nutritional breakfast each morning before school. Children who have breakfast perform better at school as they are able to concentrate and are less likely to become ill.

Drinks and snacks: Children in Year One will be provided with fruit every day, if your child wishes to have milk, please inform the office as there will be a termly fee for this. If your child does not have milk, they will be provided with water.  Year One also have the opportunity to go to the tuck shop where they can purchase a healthy snack. If you would like your child to go to the tuck shop, please give them £1 on a Monday morning to pay for their snacks for the coming week.

Names in belongings: Please ensure all belongings are labelled with your child’s name and class. Belongings are easily lost and this helps with retuning items to their rightful owner.

Uniform: All children should wear a navy cardigan or jumper (with or without school logo), a light blue shirt, grey trousers/skirt/dress, and black shoes. No boots for girls and stud earrings only.

P.E. Kit: In Year One, we have P.E. on a Thursday. Children will need a full kit which is a plain white t-shirt, black shorts, black pumps.

Forest School- We will be taking part in forest school every Friday afternoon during the Autumn term. Depending on the weather, please ensure children bring wellies and a raincoat on this day.

School bag: Children have been provided with a school bag. This is the only bag children are allowed to bring to school.

Cold weather: Please ensure children are appropriately dressed in winter months as they will still be going outside during playtimes. This means they may need tights, hats, scarves and gloves.

Topics: In Year One, our topic will change every four weeks. Children will be sent home with topic information each time this happens. Our topic during Autumn 1 is 'The Big Build'.

Homework: In Year One, children will be provided with a learning log each half-term with a range of activities based around our topic. Please ensure this is returned every Monday. Children must complete at least one piece of learning log homework each weekend or they will remain inside at lunchtime to complete one activity. They will also be provided with a spelling list each Monday ready to be tested on Friday.They will also receive numeracy work each Tuesday which should be returned on a Thursday. Please ensure your children complete this independently. In line with school policy, children who do not complete homework will remain inside at break time to ensure they catch up.  

Reading books: Reading files should be returned to school every day. Please read with your child for at least ten minutes every night, sign their reading record (Page to and from) and comment on how they read. Asking your child questions about the story will help to improve their understanding. In line with school policy, if your child’s reading record is not signed, they will remain in class to complete their reading during playtime.

Working together - Working together with the school will make a huge positive impact on the children this year. You can help them with lots of counting in 1’s, 2’s, 5’s and 10’s as this will aid them in maths lessons. We have an open door policy in Year One. This means that if you need to talk about anything with any of the staff please just let us know at the beginning or end of the school day and we can arrange an appointment. In our school we are looking for amazing spelling and grammar! Look at any writing your children may do and remind them about things such as full stops, capital letters and finger spaces. Also, here is a handy link to help your children practise their phonics -

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask. We are going to have a fantastic year!

Thank you,

Miss Sweeney





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