Year 1 2020 - 2021
Irish Mails Class Teacher
Flying Scotsman Class Teacher
Welcome to Year 1!
If your child is in Flying Scotsman Class, their Class Teacher is Mrs Watkins-Smith. If your child is in Irish Mails Class, their Class Teacher is Miss Hildebrandt. Year 1 Classes are supported by Mrs Lunt and Mrs Jones, our Teaching Assistants.
Key Information for Spring Term (when school is closed)
As you are aware, the school has been instructed by the government to ensure children are learning remotely. From today, work will be uploaded to Seesaw for them to complete each day.
Whilst the school is closed, work will be loaded each evening, giving your child work for the following day. Your child will see when he/she logs on to Seesaw the tasks set in their ‘Activities’ section on Seesaw (marked with a lightbulb).
We ask that you encourage your child to work through the lesson there and then click ‘add’ to complete the tasks. Please share each day what your child does so that their teacher can see how they are getting along.
Usually your child’s class teacher will have put tasks for your child to complete and your child can work through these on screen, recording their answers there.
Once they have completed the task, they click the green tick to upload their work to the class teacher.
Please note, they can work through their tasks over a number of sessions and do not have to complete all of them at once. They can do the work for one day then come back to it the next day to do some more. Just make sure that they click the green tick each time as they finish. When they come back to the task, rather than click the green button again, this time, they will need to press the three dots and ‘edit’ the post.
In some instances, your child’s class teacher might have asked your child to respond without giving specific tasks to complete – for example if your child is to write a story. In these instances, please click the green + and your child can choose how to respond – it may be that they take a photo of their work, upload a document they have created or it may be that they write or type something on screen. They might even record a voice note of their learning. They will be shown a selection of ways to respond.
If you have any questions about this or about the work set, please contact your child’s class teacher via the class email address
Key Information for Spring Term (when school is open)
Whilst we will do our utmost to provide as safe an environment for pupils as we can, we remain in an unprecedented situation.We aim to be very clear and honest about what provision will look like to support families.
- Children should wear full uniform and black school shoes.
- Children should not need to bring bags, pencil cases, PE kits, lunch boxes or other personal items to school.
- Children should bring a water bottle with their name marked on it.
- Children will be in their class groups and will stay in their class groups for the day, including break and lunch times.
- Children will be provided with their own pens, pencil etc for use in school.
- School lunches will be packed lunches for the first half of the term.
- Staff will encourage hand hygiene and positive hygiene practices throughout the day.
Children in Year 1 should be reading at home for a short time every day. Regular practise really helps them to become confident readers.
Reading books will be changed twice a week, with the children starting to become more responsible for choosing their own books as the year progresses. Please continue to sign the reading record books so that we know that your child has shared their book with you. We will send home a library book each week that your child has chosen themselves, after the Autumn Term. Normally, book bags would need to be in school every day, however children are not to bring their bag to school due to the measures we are taking to minimise the risk of coronavirus in school.
The children will also be given word activities or spelling patterns linked to their phonics, which they can access on the school website each week. We will review these with the children each Monday and let you know how they get on.
Maths activities will occasionally be set and will be chosen to support our current learning in the classroom. They may take the form of a simple game or activity which you can have fun doing with your child. Any homework will be shared and given a special stamp of achievement.
Useful Websites for Additional Learning
Children will have PE twice a week. Your child will need a full PE kit from the beginning of the academic year. The PE kit is normally kept in school on the children’s peg and sent home at the end of every half-term to be washed, however during the Spring Term, children are asked to wear their kit to school due to the measures we are taking to minimise the risk of coronavirus on the premises. Please see the timetable below to check when your child should wear their appropriate sport wear to school.
Reception and Year 1 children will have PE in the School Hall, and therefore will need to wear their indoor PE kit to school. They will wear their PE kit all day and not need to bring their uniform with them.
In warm weather, children can wear black/navy shorts and a plain white t-shirt. In cooler weather, children can wear grey/navy/black leggings/jogging or tracksuit bottoms, a warm top plus a waterproof coat (no football shirts or multi-coloured kits).
Children will sometimes have a series of Forest School sessions during the term. Your child will need suitable outdoor clothing such as a named waterproof coat, hat, gloves and wellington boots from the beginning of the academic year. Children are to wear appropriate outdoor clothes to school (not their uniform) for the whole day, bringing an additional pair of shoes to wear indoors.
Please download the curriculum overviews below to see what your child will be learning this term. For more information about the National Curriculum, simply speak with your child's Teacher or visit the National Curriculum website.
Files to Download
Year 1: News items
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Year 1: Blog items
Flying Scotsman create clay tree gargoyles, by Mrs Jones
Irish Mails get arty for Remembrance in the woods., by Mrs Jones