Welcome back! There are thirty pupils in Sparkle Class this year! I, Mrs Dobson, am the Year 1 class teacher, Miss Rawlinson is our Teaching Assistant and Mrs King is a one-to-one Teaching Assistant. We support the children in their learning every day.
This year, we will be finding out all about 'The Great Outdoors', looking at maps of our local area and the geography of where we live, as well as looking at the plants that grow around us. Later in the year we will look at Flight; who invented the first aeroplane. We will be learning about past and present royalty in our castles topic and differences in countries through our study of Africa. In the Summer Term we will also learn about explorers and space; looking at Amelia Earhart and Neil Armstrong. All this, as well as preparing for Phonics Screening in Summer Term!
We look forward to showing you how we develop and progress as we work hard in our learning.
If you have any worries or concerns about your child, please do not hesitate to contact me via my staff email on email@example.com, Miss Rawlinson on firstname.lastname@example.org or Mrs King on email@example.com
Morning break begins at 10:30am. If you wish to you can send your child in with a healthy snack.
In the afternoon, we have snack time just before home time. This is a piece of fruit from our selection in school or you can send your child in with another healthy snack. Please ensure snacks are labelled to reduce lost items.
We ask you to read with your child as much as possible to help with their learning. Once you have read with your child, please fill in their reading record to let us know. Every child will always have two school reading books. We will change books if you have noted they have been completed so please ensure your child’s reading record and books are in their school bag. We are noting down how many times each child reads in a week, with children reading four times or more a week for three weeks getting a prize. The prize is based on how many times your child reads, not how many books they complete, so please note down what page they have read to in order for us to see this.
PE is on a Monday and Thursday. Children should come to school in their PE kit (Black leggings or jogging bottoms, PE top and hoody, jumper or cardigan).
Children will have new spellings on their phonics sheet every Friday. You can use their spelling book to practice them in. They will be tested on these every Friday morning so it would be great if they could practice them in the week at home.
Every Friday children will be sent home with their phonics focus pack which contains an activity sheet based on the week's sounds with this week's spellings on and a reading book containing these sounds. These packs need to be returned by the following Thursday in order for them to be changed to the current week's learning. Children have been working hard in class on their phonic knowledge and in bringing their pack home they can consolidate this by talking to you about all they have learned.
Year 1 had a fantastic day learning all about the animals at Chester Zoo. They had lots of favourites including the baby elephants, giraffes and otters but they had the most fun watching the cheeky penguins. They thought it was hilarious when they decided to gang up on us and splash us all!
We had a lot of tired children at the end of the day but some of them still managed to chat all the way home on the coach.