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Welcome to Year 1

  We look forward to teaching your children this year, and hope that they feel happy and confident about moving up from Reception to Year 1.  This can be a daunting prospect for some children, and we’ve grown to expect a fair amount of tears during the first few days of term.  If your child is worried or reluctant to come to school this week, be assured that it rarely lasts for long.  Please do let us know if your child has any particular concerns; a problem shared is a problem halved!

 This year, Lisa Cray will be teaching from Monday to Thursday each week.  Jenna Couch will teach the class every Friday, as well as covering PPA time with Jack Rickard on Wednesday afternoon.  Lin Luke is our full time Teaching Assistant.

 The daily routines in Year 1 are quite different to those followed in Year R.  The children work to a more structured timetable, covering 11 subject areas.  The morning session begins at 8:50am with Wake and Shake, and the children start work in class straight afterwards.  Please be on time!  Our phonics session is up and running straight away and it is vital that your child is present from the beginning, as this session has a huge impact on reading and writing development.  English and Maths are covered in morning sessions whilst all other subjects are covered during our cross-curricular afternoons.  The school day finishes at 3pm, as in Year R.  There is lots of work to cover, and we attach a summary of the curriculum for your information.

 We aim to introduce the children gradually to the new timetable and routines in Year 1, balancing a structured morning with a play-based afternoon to begin with.  Please be aware that your child may initially find the new workload quite tiring.  This is to be expected, and they soon adapt to the changes.

 As in Class R your child will continue to bring home their reading book on a daily basis, along with their reading record, in which you should make a note of reading homework completed, along with any comments on progress or problems.  We cannot stress enough the importance of regular reading at home.  It has a huge impact on progress and confidence, providing opportunities for your child to practice the skills they’ve learned in school.  Ten minutes a day makes such a difference!


Your child will also bring home their spelling list each Monday, with the week’s spellings to be practiced at home. Please aim to spend five minutes each day on practicing these words.  Details and guidance will accompany the first list next week.

 The children have PE with Mr Rickard during PPA time on Wednesday afternoons.  They will need the usual kit, shorts, tee-shirt, socks and plimsolls.  Please label all items of kit to ensure that lost items are soon found!

 Again, please let us know if you or your child has any worries or concerns.  We are always available for a chat, and do like to be informed of any problems at all!

 Finally, a request for help!  We are always on the lookout for volunteers to come in and listen to readers.  This extra support is so valuable, and has a great impact on the children’s development.  Please speak to Mrs Cray, Mrs Couch or Mrs Luke if you have some time to spare and would like to help.  Thank you in advance.

Here’s to a happy and successful first term!


Lisa Cray and Jenna Couch

Class Teachers