Welcome to Elm Class. Here, the Year 1 children are taught by Mrs Hamilton on a Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday and Mrs Hambleton on a Friday. The class is supported by our Learning Support Assistant, Mrs Harris.
Here is some information that you might find useful.
The school day will begin with the children dropping their school bags in the classroom and then joining the rest of the children on the playground. They will return to their class at 9.00am ready for registration.
During morning break the children are provided with fruit and water. If you would like to order milk please see Mrs Hartnell in the school office, or place your order online via the website.
At lunchtime all Key stage One children eat together in the hall, with assistant from adults.
At the end of the school day, the children from Elm and Acorn are escorted to their bus line by an adult. Children being collected by a parent or carer, or going to the after school club, go to Acorn Class where a member of staff will ensure they only leave the premises with a designated adult.
It is vitally important that you notify us of any changes to your child’s usual routine in writing, on a note, in their home/school reading record book, or by phone. The end of the day is a very busy time, so if there are any changes, having it in writing makes things much easier. Please don’t rely on your child passing on a message about this, as they tend to get confused about times and days.
The home/school reading record book is an easy way to maintain communication between home and school. If you have any worries or concerns, or would like to arrange a meeting, then please do so through this book. The book, together with any reading books and reading folder needs to be sent into school every day please.
In Year 1 we will be taking influences from both the Early Years Foundation Stage and the New Curriculum to create a skills based approach to learning. Phonics will remain an important skill which is practised daily. We will recap the letters and sounds taught in Acorn Class and begin to introduce some of the more difficult vowel blends. We will also learn how to read and spell some of the more tricky sight words that cannot be ‘sounded out’. Any support you could give your child at home to reinforce this knowledge would benefit your child greatly. We will still refer to letters by their sound and have begun to use the letter name and link them to lower and upper case. It is important that the children know the names of the letters and what capitals look like.
We have PE twice a week. The PE kit is kept in school at all times and needs to be clearly labelled. Children are expected to change independently by the time they reach Elm Class, so some practice might be needed. When the swimming pool is open, we swim as often as we can, so your child will need to have their swimming kit in school every day.
We have Forest School on a Friday afternoon and so the children will need a pair of wellies in school on that day. A waterproof coat is also desirable as we will be out whatever the weather.
Home Learning will take place each half term and will be a topic related practical activity which you will be able to help your child with. We will celebrate their achievements when the children bring their efforts into school.
Reading response activities will be sent home from Term 2. They will be sent home on a Friday and should be returned by the following Thursday. This activity will support your child’s growing understanding of reading. These are not intended to be independent activities and will require adult support.
Your child may also bring home phonic flash cards and high frequency word bookmarks to help support them to become more familiar with phonemes and words that they are finding a challenge.
Finally, if you need to speak to us about anything, you can do this in person, by writing a message in your child’s home school record or by telephone.
Mrs Emma Hamilton
Mrs Kelly-Ann Hambleton