Year 1

Welcome to Year 1!

 

We are really pleased with how well the children are settling into their new classrooms and getting to know new routines and new adults in these first few weeks of the new school year.

We are really excited about this coming year and to help it all run smoothly, we ask that you take a minute to read the following….

Our aim in Year 1 is to make the transition between the ‘play-based’ learning in Reception and the more ‘formal’ learning in Year 2 seamless. The ‘play-based’ learning will continue throughout Year 1, alongside more ‘formal’ learning.

Our topic this term is ‘What’s Super about you?’ We will be learning about the body, our senses and how we have changed. In Year 1 we will also look at the lovely seasonal changes which will be upon us all too soon as we welcome in Autumn.

Our first text will be Superworm and we will be finding out about his adventures and superpowers. We will be creating a story map and writing a recount of the story and innovating our own versions of the book.

In geography we will be exploring where we live and finding out about our local area. Please talk to your child about their home address.

To finish our topic we are having a superhero day where your child can come to school dressed as their favourite superhero and take part in lots of ‘super’ activities. This will take place on Thursday 19th October.

Our class author this term is Julia Donaldson and we will be reading lots of her fantastic books.

Morning routine

We ask that the children line up on the playground and will be collected by the class teacher when the bell rings.

 Drinks

It is important that your child remains hydrated throughout the day. Water bottles are filled up first thing in the morning ready for the day. We will, of course, allow the children to ‘top-up’ during the day if needed. . Water bottles are available for purchase at £1.00 from the school office or your child’s teacher. Your child will be offered fruit or vegetable snack daily. Please ensure that the school is aware of any allergies that your child may have.

Reading

Reading really is the key to the rest of the curriculum! In Year 1 reading is very important and at least once a week they will receive 1:1 reading time with an adult. This is as well as reading in groups. Children will have their books changed regularly and/ or when the child needs moving on.  Reading is the cornerstone of educational success. Reading must continue at home you should read to and with your child every day. Children must bring in their reading record, reading book and reading bag into school every day. We read to succeed at Cherry Tree.

Remember to make an entry in your child’s reading diary to indicate that they have read, with you at home. If in doubt, please ask!

Reports

There are three parent teacher meetings every year (one per term) and one formal report that is given out on the last week in July. This includes an overview of progress and attainment made during the academic year as well as other school achievements.

Hometime

As you are aware we will not hand over the children to any other than the person we have been advised will collect your child at the end of the day. If there is a change from the familiar people collecting, please inform a member of the staff team.

PE

Our PE lesson this term is Monday. The children need their full PE kits in school at all times. We will have our PE sessions outside as long as the weather allows; suitable footwear is essential.

It goes without saying that it is essential that all your child’s belongings are named!

Outdoor learning – the children will continue to have access to learning outdoors. We would therefore ask that they have a WATERPROOF COAT and WELLIES in school at all times.

Useful Dates:

KS1 Harvest Assembly Wednesday 18th October 2.30pm

 Superhero dress up day Thursday 19th October

 If you have any questions, at any time during the year, please talk to one of the team who will be more than happy to help.

 

Kind regards,

Mrs Townsend & Mrs Brooks

Year 1 Class Teachers