Dear Parents and Carers,
Welcome to Year 1’s Spring Term newsletter.
Enclosed you will find a copy of:
· Your child’s timetable
· The curriculum map for the term
· The homework grid for the topics we are covering
· Spelling rules for the term/year
· Important dates for your diary
· The end of Year Expectations in English and Maths for Year 1
The staff in your child’s year group are as follows:
1S Miss Shakeshaft Class Teacher & Year Group Leader
Mrs Kaur Teaching Assistant
Miss Cattini Learning Support Assistant
Miss Williams Learning Support Assistant
1T Mrs Theodoulou Class Teacher
Mrs Lydon Nursery Nurse &Teaching Assistant
Mrs Boorman Learning Support Assistant
1D Miss Dale Class Teacher
Mrs Torres 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 imperative 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.
In order to encourage healthy minds and bodies in our school it is expected that children come to school each day with healthy snacks and lunch. As we are a NUT FREE SCHOOL it is essential that your child does not bring any foods containing nuts or traces of nuts, including biscuits and chocolate. We also ask that no sweets, crisps or sugary cakes and snacks are placed in your child’s lunch. This is also the case when they are bringing snacks for after school club. Please send healthy snacks only.
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.
On days when we have PE, children are expected to come to school in full uniform and are given the opportunity to change before their PE sessions. They will then come home in their PE kits and will bring their uniform home in their PE bag. 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 will 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 for Outstanding Efforts in RE, English and 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.
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.
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.
Miss Shakeshaft, Year Group Leader
Important dates for your diary
Friday 9th February Break up for half term
Monday 19th February Back to school
Thursday 29th March Break up for Easter (1pm finish)
Thursday 8th March 1S Class Assembly—9am
Thursday 26th April 1T Class Assembly—9am
Thursday 3rd May 1D Class Assembly—9am