Dear Parents and Carers,
Welcome to Year 1’s Summer Term newsletter.
The staff in your child’s year group are as follows:
Mrs Theodoulou Class Teacher & Year Group Leader
Mrs Lydon Nursery Nurse
Mrs Freeman Learning Support Assistant
Mrs Kalisz Learning Support Assistant
Ms Dale Class Teacher
Mrs Torres Teaching Assistant
Miss Clark Class Teacher
Mrs Kalisz Teaching Assistant
If you wish to speak to your child’s teacher please make an appointment at the school office, or for a brief, informal chat speak to the teacher at 3.30pm. If you are connected to the Class Dojo system, you may also wish to message on there.
Attendance and Punctuality
It is important that your child attends school punctually every day, unless they are ill. The school gates are open from 8.30am and the children are expected to be ready to come into the classroom at 8.45am. Children will then start learning straight away as teachers will have activities prepared.
Lunches and club snacks
We encourage healthy minds and bodies in our school. Fruit is the only snack children are allowed to bring to eat at after- school clubs. We also ask that no sweets, crisps or sugary cakes or biscuits are placed in children’s packed lunches. As we are a NUT FREE SCHOOL it is essential that your child does not bring any foods containing nuts or traces of nuts.
Uniform & PE kit
It is very important that your child comes to school each day in correct school uniform. Please note that children are not permitted to wear jumpers or pullovers which are not school uniform.In accordance with the summer uniform policy, all children will need to wear a tie with long or short sleeved shirts. The class teacher will tell children when they can remove their ties in hot weather.
On Thursdays when we have PE, children can come into school wearing their PE kits Please note that jewellery (apart from simple stud earrings for girls) is not part of the uniform and therefore not permitted. Any inappropriate item of jewellery worn to school will be confiscated and kept in the school office for safekeeping until the end of the week when it will be sent home. We ask that you continue to support us in ensuring that your child is dressed appropriately every day.
Please note that failure to comply to the Uniform Policy may result in your child missing their playtime and being sent to reflection
Children will continue to receive ‘Dojos’ for outstanding work/behaviour. They are also awarded certificates and badges for outstanding efforts in RE, English, Science, Maths and outstanding behaviour in class and outside on the playground. Exceptional behaviour may also result in a Headteacher’s Certificate in assembly. Children should also be aware of the consequences of inappropriate behaviour. Children will always be given a warning before a negative dojo is issued. If a child receives 2 negatives in a session they will be sent for time out in another class for 5 / 10 minutes and if a child receives three negatives in a day they are placed on the 369 sheet and you will be informed. Children may also be sent to reflection if their behaviour does not improve.
In the playground the children are encouraged to win House Points by displaying good behaviour when playing games, eating sensibly, using good manners and helping other children. The House Points are counted at the end of the week and the winning house has an extra 10 minutes of playtime.
Each class also competes to win a weekly lining up and attendance awards
Wherever possible, class trips will be organised to assist in developing the children’s understanding of class topics. Some parental assistance will be required on outings, so if you are able to help in some way please let your child’s teacher know.
We understand that some parents may wish to bring something in for the class when it is their child’s birthday. If you are sending something into school, then it can be a favourite story for your child to share with the class, or some fruit treats to give out at the end of the day. If you wish to give out something other than this, please feel free to do so outside of the classroom once children have been released to their parents at the end of the day.
Thank you for the support and encouragement which you give at home with regard to the children’s school work. As you know it is important that this continues this year as the homework tasks consist of activities which reinforce the themes or units studied at school.
Please note that children who repeatedly fail to bring in their homework will be sent to reflection.
Year 1 children will also receive weekly Phonics homework but this does not need to be brought back to school as it is mainly practising their sounds and their reading.
Maths at Home
We ask that you continue to support your child to improve his or her maths fluency skills. In this newsletter you will find a list of the number facts which we are focusing on this term and some suggested ways for your child to practise them. Even 5 minutes of practice a day while you are in the car, walking or on the bus will have a real impact on your child’s progress in maths!
Children are expected to read every evening for at least 20 minutes. All children have a colour-banded reading book which they have the opportunity to change every week and a yellow Reading Record book. Please sign the Reading Record Book daily after your child has read. These are checked by the class teachers and children who have not completed their reading will be sent to reading club at playtime.
I hope the children will enjoy their learning and very much look forward to seeing you this term.
Year Group Leader
Important dates for your diary
Wednesday 8th May Year 1 Trip to National Gallery
Friday 24th May Break up for half term
Monday 3rd June Back to school
Week beginning 10th June Phonics Screening Check
Tuesday 16h July Year 1 Trip to Walton-on-the-Naze
Friday 19h July Break up for Summer (1pm finish)
Thursday 16th May 1D Class Assembly—9am
Thursday 23rd May 1C Class Assembly—9am