Welcome to Year 1
We have had an amazing start to the year.
The children are settling well into their new classrooms and routines and are already enjoying the new topic for this term 'Dinosaur Planet'.
Please find below some information about Year 1, including staffing, routines, the Year 1 curriculum and some additional links to helpful resources.
Please make sure you have downloaded our school app to receive important updates.
- Do continue to join us walking, running or biking around the world.
Year 1 Staff
1S Teacher - Mrs Stanford
1MW Teacher - Miss Morton (Monday, Thursday & Friday) and Miss Wilkinson
Teaching Assistants - Mrs Brooks, Miss Wood, Mrs Smith, Mrs Wallace
Mrs Smith and Mr Simms will be teaching in Year 1 on a Tuesday.
Year 1 Curriculum
We are excited to be getting into our new topic for the Autumn term 'Dinosaur Planet'. The children have already been on a dinosaur hunt, started to collect adjectives to help them with some descriptive writing and today we have been looking carefully at and sketching ammonite fossils. We are looking forward to sharing our work with you at our 'Dinosaur Museum' on Wednesday 17th November more information to follow.
We continue to embed our behaviour policy; Ready, Respectful and Safe (RRS) with the additional covid rules.
We will also be reinforcing good learning attitudes with the help of the Copmanthorpe Learning Buddies: Resilient Snail, Resourceful Squirrel, Reciprocal Bee and Reflective Owl. (RRRR)
If you have any questions or would just like to speak to a member of the Year 1 team about another matter then please contact the school office (via phone or email). We are extremely keen to keep an open and supportive dialogue between home and school.
As usual, any urgent information will generally be sent out via the school app or email. We'll also use the student announcements on seesaw to send out reminders. Please ensure you are signed up to these, any issues please get in touch.
Please ensure that your child’s uniform, coat, pack up and water bottle are clearly labelled. We will not be able to hold onto lost property anymore and children will not be able to wander the school to look for lost items so if it is not named we won't be able to return it to the correct child. They do not require any other items to be brought into school unless otherwise agreed.
Children will be given two banded reading books or reading activities a week to take home. These books will be changed when they come to read with their teacher. Please keep the books in bookbags and bring them to school everyday in case we want to do any extra reading in school and so that they are always there when it's time to swap them.
Reading diaries will be used to record the reading books and activities. Please wash or sanitize your hands before and after handling them and we will do the same in school. We will write in a 'focus' for each reading session. Please use the diaries to record how your child has managed with their reading book at home. Please be aware though that the reading diaries will only be checked twice a week on the days when your child has their guided reading sessions so please don't put urgent messages in them, instead phone or email the office and they will pass any messages along.
Named water bottles should be in school daily and must be taken home every day for washing. Please only fill with water - thank you.
Please use only bookbags to transfer the reading books and diaries - instead of rucksacks due to our limited storage space.
PE will be on a Tuesday morning so children are to come into school in their full PE kit on this day only. Please make sure that they have on suitable PE kit for the weather as we will usually be outside. Please also ensure that long hair is tied up and earrings are either removed or covered up on P.E. days as we will not be able to help children with this as we usually would have.
Forest Schools kits will be required in school everyday including wellies. Please ensure that the kit is named. Our first session was the 17th September and we will go out for our regular slot every two weeks the next session being 1st October.
In regard to home learning, we will be continuing to limit the amount of items passing between school and home and will spend the Autumn term focusing on the children's reading. Using the reading books or activities we would ideally like the children to be reading at least 3 times per week, everyday where possible. At this time no other home learning tasks will be sent home.
Please note we are a NUT FREE SCHOOL, so children cannot bring any nut products to school in their packed lunches. We appreciate your co-operation with this.
- The children continue to get a free piece of fruit for snack everyday. No other snacks are required but your child may bring their own piece of fruit if they wish.
We have invited all the children to join us on seesaw (an online learning platform). Please get in touch if you need help accessing this.
Please see this help sheet on keeping children safe online: click here.
And this sheet which offers some advice on commenting on seesaw. Please supervise your child whilst they are using seesaw to ensure they only post with your permission.
Phonics workshop and information:
Watch this space for further information.
Some useful Links and Resources
purplemash - Purple Mash (logins will be sent out soon)
Year 1 Websites
- Letter Join is the website you can login to support your child with cursive handwriting. Please see this school login document with our username and password and this additional information leaflet for more details.
Teach Your Monster to Read This is a free website, but you do need to register with an email address or you can download the app (for a small charge, but keep a look out for special offers as it's sometimes offered for free.)
ICT Games Lots of fun games, that cover lots of curriculum areas.
Phonics Play This is a subscription website, but you can access some of the games for free. Or you can sign up if you wish, it's not very expensive.
Topmarks Great website containing tonnes of games to support all areas of Maths and English, including phonics and spelling.
Oxford Owl This fantastic website contains a huge range of ebooks that can also be access via tablets, as well as a range of maths games to support your child. To access the ebooks your child can use the class login details below. Username: cop4, Password: cop4 or Username: cop3, Password: cop3
Mrs Stanford, Miss Morton and Miss Wilkinson