Dear Parents and Carers,
Welcome to Year 1’s Autumn Term newsletter.
Enclosed you will find a copy of:
The staff in your child’s year group are as follows:
Mrs Melbourne Class Teacher & Year Group Leader
Miss Mulholland Class Teacher
Miss Freeman Learning Support Assistant
Ms Lan Learning Support Assistant
Mr Pegrum Class Teacher
Ms Proenca Learning Support Assistant
Mrs Williams Learning Support Assistant
Mrs Cattini Learning Support Assistant
Ms Ozaltun Class Teacher
Mrs Murray Learning Support Assistant
Ms Rolle Learning Support Assistant
Mrs Whyman Higher Level Teaching Assistant
Attendance and Punctuality:
It is very 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 straight into the classroom. The gates will close at 8.55am – children will be marked late after this.
Parents/carers will not be allowed to enter the playground in the morning.
School finishes at 3pm for Year 1. Please wait in the infant playground where your child will be lined up. Your child’s teacher will release them to you. Please do not call your child over to you.
On Wednesdays, Year 1 will finish at 12:45pm.
The mid-week closure will enable us to make a safer environment for children by ensuring a deep clean during the week. Please ensure you are at the school on time to collect your child.
Currently, the main way to communicate with your child’s teacher is through Class Dojo. Please make sure you are signed up to Class Dojo and are receiving messages. Your child’s teacher will be using Class Dojo to send home reminders and important messages.
We encourage healthy minds and bodies in our school therefore 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, sugary cakes and snacks or fizzy drinks 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.
Please remember that your child is not allowed to bring anything into school from home, apart from a named water bottle and a lunch box if they are packed lunch.
We ask that you continue to support us in ensuring that your child is wearing the correct uniform every day. Our uniform policy is available on our website.
Children are not permitted to wear any jewellery except for simple stud earrings. All hair must be tied back if long and should be their natural hair colour with no coloured weaves or braids. The wearing of hard hair accessories (beads for example) is not permitted. There should be no extreme hairstyles or lines or designs cut into hair or eyebrows.
Please make sure that all uniform is labelled with your child’s name.
Year 1 have PE on Monday every week.
The children will need to come into school wearing their PE kit on Mondays. Their hair must be tied back and earrings must be removed.
We will be taking part in a J.A.M (Jog a Mile) session everyday too to promote healthy lifestyles and exercise. Children do not need their P.E. kit for these sessions.
Children receive ‘Dojos’ for behaviour and learning which exemplifies our school values. They are also awarded certificates and badges for efforts in subjects through our school values of Respect, Aspiration, Resilience, Teamwork and Engagement.
We are currently not able to hold assemblies but will be giving out the certificates in class though to continue to celebrate the children’s achievements.
Children are made aware of the consequences of inappropriate behaviour. Children will always be given a number of warnings before further action is taken. Children may be asked to take time out to reflect in their own class or another class in their bubble.
For more serious instances of poor behaviour, a member of the senior leadership team will become involved.
We are currently reviewing how homework will be set and returned back to school following the current restrictions. Please continue to read and practise Maths fluency with your child.
Reading at Home
Like many other things at the moment, we are having to make some changes to Home Reading to ensure the safety of our families and staff. We want our children to continue to love reading and to continue to read as much as possible, so we will continue to send reading books home, but with some differences to how this will be organised. Please see the details below. Please remember to try and read with your children every day, talk to them about what they are reading and share stories with them.
When will my child be able to bring a book home?
Each child will bring a book home on a Friday. Children in year 1 will bring a banded book and a book of their own choice home.
When does this book need to come back?
Children will keep their book(s) until the following Friday.
What happens when the book(s) comes back to school?
Books taken home will be kept aside for 48 hours before going back into the class book corners ready to be borrowed by other children.
Will my child still have a Reading Record?
Yes, children will keep their reading records at home. Please continue to write comments for the class teacher in the Home Reading Record.
Will my child still need a Book Bag?
No, we are asking that children carry their books into school where they will be placed in a collection box.
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!
I hope the children will enjoy their learning and I very much look forward to seeing you this term.
If you have any questions or queries, please contact your child’s class teacher through Class Dojo.
Year Group Leader