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Dear Year 1 parents,
Welcome back everyone. I hope you had a lovely summer break. This letter is just to let you know what is happening this term and to remind you of some things which will continue as last year and also to give you details of some new things which happen in Year 1.
Just as in reception the children are entitled to a free piece of fruit/snack each day. However, if you prefer they can also bring in their own healthy snack or they can buy one at our tuck shop (no more than 30p per day is needed). Please do provide you child with a water bottle each day containing water (no juice or fizzy drinks please). If your child has a packed lunch for dinner a separate water bottle is useful to keep in the classroom.
Please continue to read with your child on a regular basis; our reading books are situated on the shelf by the home corner. Please continue to write in your child’s reading record from last year. Any volunteers to come and listen to children read would be greatly appreciate; please let me know if you are able to help in this way.
Homework will include weekly spellings to learn will be handed out on a Friday and returned on or before the Wednesday after. I will send out a separate, more detailed letters with the first homework.
In Year 1 children will be awarded DoJo points, similar to our smiley faces in reception class. The children who have collected the most points during the week will be rewarded with ‘golden time’ on a Friday afternoon which the children love. Children receive points for many things including good listening, trying their best, being helpful, having good manners. The children would still like the opportunity to take ‘Bertie’ our visiting bear home for the weekend if they receive pupil of the week.
The children will be taking part in two P.E. lessons a week on a Tuesday and a Friday. Please make sure your child has their P.E. kit available for these days and could I ask you to check it is all labelled with your child’s name as it makes it much easier to return to the owner if it gets misplaced. Just a reminder earrings must be removed for P.E., we cannot take them out and all long hair needs to be tied back.
Mrs. Athersmith will again be covering PPA (planning, preparation and assessment time) on Tuesday afternoons. Mrs. Biggins will be working with us every morning and Mrs. Hopkins in the afternoon.
As you are aware each afternoon Year will be joined by ten members of Year 2 and our afternoon class has been named ‘Bowfell’. Please find attached a curriculum overview for Bowfell for 2018-2019.
Please do not hesitate to talk to me about any concerns you may have as your child enters Year 1, it is always better to sort things out before they become a major worry.
Lastly, may I take this opportunity to say that I am looking forward to continuing your child’s learning journey with them over the coming year.
Welcome to Bowfell class. I am looking forward to teaching the afternoon class and teaching your children once again. Mrs. Roberts and I will liaise closely to ensure that children are able to make links in their learning and achieve their potential.
I have enclosed a curriculum overview which will help you see many of the topics and subjects which we shall be covering this term. Please be assured that although the same topics/subjects will be taught to both year groups, the objectives and expectations will be different. All children will be given activities/work to do which is appropriate for their year group and ability.
As you can see on the curriculum overview, our topic in History this term will be The Gun Powder Plot and our Geography topic is Around the World.
Mrs. Athersmith will be in charge of the class on a Tuesday afternoon as this is my PPA time.
PE lessons will be on Friday afternoons for children in Bowfell class. Please make sure that your child has a full PE kit in school at all times and that any earrings/jewellery are removed on PE days.
Finally, if you have any questions, worries or concerns, or just want to have a chat about your child, please do let me know. I would rather know about any small niggles before they develop into anything bigger! Just phone the office to make an appointment.
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