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Weekly note w/c 18.9.17

We are really pleased with how the children are settling in and beginning to learn all the new routines.

In our literacy lessons next week we will be continuing to work on letter formation and writing names using the correct formation and use of upper and lower case letters.

We will be beginning phonics next week. Children will be in ability groups for phonics and may be taught by a different teacher.

In maths next week we will be continuing our work on counting and ordering numbers.

On Friday 22nd September we are launching Rainbow Maths Targets across the school by having a rainbow day. Children may come to school on this day wearing bright colours or rainbow colours and we will be doing lots of activities in continuous provision to introduce the children to number bonds which our targets for this term will be based on. We will be sending individual targets home for your child later on in the term.

If you still haven’t returned your flu consent form, the deadline is MONDAY 18TH SEPTEMBER so please could you ensure that it is returned by this date.

Thank you for your support,

The Year 1 Team

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Weekly Note w/c 11.9.17

We have come to the end of our first week in Year 1 and we are really pleased with how the children are settling in.

As a school, we have revised our handwriting policy and will no longer be teaching children the cursive script. Your child will be bringing home a copy of the letter formations which we will be using (these are the same as they were taught in reception, just without the hellos and goodbyes. eg. around the apple and down the leaf). Next week we will start to introduce these to the children. If your child already writes using a correct cursive formation we will still encourage them to use this. We will also be encouraging the children to write their name using the correct formation and use of upper and lower case and will send home a name card for them to practice at home.

In maths next week we will be learning how to count numbers of objects accurately. Children could practice counting things at home eg. How many pencils are in a pot? How many lego bricks do they need to make their model?

Here are a few reminders about routines in Year 1.

 

Fruit

Please remember that children now need to bring fruit in for their morning snack as it is no longer provided by the school. This should be fresh fruit or vegetables. Please could it be in a named pot or bag.

 

Morning Routine 

The infants start school in the morning at 8.55am. Teachers are on duty outside in the area by the climbing frame from 8.45am and they will go and open the doors when it is time for the children to line up to come in.

We are continuing to encourage children to unpack their bags and put away their belongings independently. To help with this, we request that you say goodbye to your child when they go to line up at the door rather than coming inside with them.

If your child goes to breakfast club, please could they hang all their belongings on their peg before breakfast club and then they can independently unpack their bags with the rest of the children when they come into class after breakfast club.

 

PE and swimming days in Year 1

PE/Games –Wednesdays for all classes

Swimming

Tuesday – Mrs Bramley’s class

Thursday – Miss Horsepool class

Friday – Mrs Boscher’s class

 

Reading and Homework

Children have brought home reading books today, a reading record and information about how you can support their reading.  There is also information on our blog page (in ‘useful information’ section) about reading with your child at home.  Reading letter

Children have currently been given books on the same level that they finished Reception on. Over the next week as we spend time reading with each child individually we will revise this as necessary. Please bear with us during this time but we welcome any comments you wish to make in the reading record.

No formal written homework tasks will be sent home in Year 1. However, in the weekly note we shall include details of practical activities or websites/apps which you can use at home to support your child’s learning; particularly for maths.

Like the rest of the school, in the next few weeks children will also be given Rainbow Maths Targets.  Separate information will follow on these.

 

Library

Children will be using the library from next week on the following days:

Tuesday – Mrs Bramley’s Class

Wednesday –Mrs Boscher’s Class

Thursday – Miss Horsepool’s Class

 

Wellies

Children may bring wellies into school to use when they are learning outside. Please could they be named clearly.  Could we also ask that a suitable coat is brought to school every day as we do use our outdoor environments in all weathers.

 

Pupil Acceptable User Policy for ICT

Children will be bringing home two copies of the Year 1 pupil acceptable use policy for ICT. This has been shared in class with the children and we would appreciate your support to reinforce this guidance at home to keep them safe online. Please could one copy of the policy be returned to school signed by both you and your child. If you would like further information about keeping children safe online then please see the e-safety section on the main St Martin School blog page www.stmartinsprimaryschool.edublogs.org

 

Star of the Week

This year, we will be choosing a Star of the Week each week. Please click here for more information.

 

Help in School

Thank you to all of you who have so far offered to help with swimming lessons.  We are still short of a few people if you are available during your child’s class slot.  If there is anyone who could spare some time to come in to listen to children read then this support is also invaluable.  Particularly useful times are first thing in the morning or during assembly from 2.30pm onwards as this does not disrupt lesson time.  Please let your class teacher know if you can help.

 

Thank you

The Year 1 Team

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Welcome to Year 1

We’ve had a lovely day today in Year 1 and we hope that your child enjoyed their first day.

Please click below for the Welcome to Year 1 leaflet which contains all the information you need about the routines in Year 1. (A paper copy of this was sent home with your child’s report at the end of last term.)

Welcome to Year 1

We are always grateful for any parents/grandparents who are able to come and help out in class. We need help on a regular basis with swimming and to hear readers (a good time for this is at 2.30 so if you find yourself sitting in your car waiting for your child, why not come in and listen to some readers?) or to help out occasionally with trips etc.

We are also looking for some volunteers who can help with the upkeep of the Year 1 garden (outdoor learning environment). We need help to keep on top of the weeding and pruning of vegetation so that the children are able to enjoy learning in the area. We also have some beds which we use for planting with the children. We like to involve the children as much as possible to help as it is a good real life experience for them. If you (or a family member or friend) can spare an afternoon a week or would like to come in every now and then, to help with this we would be really grateful.

If you are able to help in any way, please speak to your child’s teacher.

We look forward to seeing you on Thursday evening (7th September) at 7pm for the parents information evening.

We are looking forward to a busy and exciting year.

The Year 1 Team

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Super Seaweed

We were really lucky this morning when Mrs Herschel who is a marine ecologist came to talk to us about seaweed. Both children and staff learnt a lot. Did you know that seaweed can be used as suncream, or that it is an ingredient in ice cream, ketchup and toothpaste? We also learnt that seaweed is more important to the world ecosystem than trees!

The children got to explore lots of different types of seaweed, were able to wash their hands with seaweed soap, taste different types of seaweed food and draw and label the different parts of the seaweed.

Some children chose to carry on their learning in the Discovery Zone afterwards where they made some seaweed and wrote stories about seaweed.

We would like to say a huge thank you to Mrs Herschel for taking the time to come in and share her expertise with us.

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Weekly Note w.b. 17.7.17

Dear parents and carers

Next week is our final week of term!

You will receive your child’s school report in an envelope sent home on Monday afternoon. In the envelope will also be a Welcome to Year 2 booklet and card with a photo of your child with their new Year 2 class.

Carrier Bag

Please could all children bring a named carrier bag into school on Monday ready for when we start to send work home later in the week. Please note that some pieces of Captain Cook art work will be kept in school as we are putting up a display in the foyer for September. Work will be returned to the children later in the term.

Books

Please have a good hunt around home this weekend and return all banded reading books and any outstanding library books to school on Monday. No new books will be sent home next week.

End of Term

School finishes at 1pm on Friday 21st July. Children do not need to bring lunch on this day but may bring a second snack e.g. a bag of crisps, sausage roll or biscuits in addition to their normal fruit snack.

We wish you all a very happy summer holiday

 

Many thanks

Year 1 team

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Weekly Note w/c 10.7.17

In maths next week we will be doing some work on shape, space and measure including telling the time, giving directions and looking at shape patterns. Our work on time includes days of the week, months of the year and seasons. Some of the children found ordering the days and months quite difficult. It would be helpful for your child if you could work on these at home eg. talking to your child on a regular basis about what day it is today – What activities do they do on this day? What day was it yesterday? What day will it be tomorrow? etc. Which month is their birthday? Which month is Christmas in? How many months is it until Christmas/their birthday? etc.

In our literacy and topic work we will be finishing off the adventures of Captain Cook as we learn about his final 2 voyages to Antarctica and Hawaii.

On Friday morning the children will be taking part in a seaweed workshop which will be led by Mrs Herschel who is a marine biologist.

The PTA infant disco is on Friday 14th July from 4.45-6pm. Tickets cost £3 are on sale from the office before and after school from Monday 10th July.

Thank you for your support

The Year 1 team

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Weekly Note w/c 3.7.17

We hope the children enjoyed their visit to their Year 2 class this morning. We have another busy week ahead next week which will include some more visits to Year 2 which will help the children get to know their new teacher, class and classroom better.

In our Literacy and topic lessons this week we will be continuing our work on Captain Cook and learning about his voyages around Australia and into Antarctica.

In maths next week we will be doing some shape, space and measure work.

Sports Day will be held on Thursday 6th June. Children can come to school on this day wearing their PE kit with trainers and a t-shirt in the colour of their class team.

Miss Horsepool’s Class – Red

Mrs Bramley’s Class – Green

Mrs Boscher’s Class – Yellow

The activities will begin in the afternoon at 1.15 with the final races at around 2.15. You are welcome to come and support your child.

Please could you ensure that your child  has a sunhat and water bottle for sports day and ensure that sun cream is applied before school. Should you wish to reapply sun cream to your child for the afternoon, please feel free to do so once we have come out onto the field and the children are lined up ready for their activities.

Fingers crossed for suitable weather conditions!

Thank you for your support

The Year 1 Team

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Weekly Note w.b. 26.6.17

Dear Parents/carers

 

Maths

In maths we are going to go back to revisit work on finding a half and a quarter of shapes and quantities of objects. We will then move on to simple sharing problems e.g. If I have 12 sweets and share them between 3 friends, how many will they get each? Children will be able to use practical objects to work out the answers.

Lots of children are making good progress with their Rainbow Maths Targets. Please continue all the great practise that you have been doing at home.

 

Sports Day

Infant sports day has been rescheduled to the afternoon of Thursday 6th July. All of the arrangements will remain the same as previously stated.

 

Sponsored Swim

Please could sponsored swimming forms be returned to school before your child’s swimming session. If you are able to help to count lengths then please let your class teacher know.

Mrs Bramley – Monday 26th June 9.00-10.30am

Mrs Boscher – Thursday 29th June 9.15-10.20am

Miss Horsepool – Tuesday 4th July 9.15am-10.30am (Please note that this is the week after most other classes)

 

Infant Disco

The PTA have organised an infant disco on Friday 14th July. If any parents are willing to help out at the disco, please could they email  merylsnedden@gmail.com or text  on 07781 414270.

Transition

Over the next 3 weeks children will be spending a number of session in their new class groups with their new class teachers. We hope that this will help their transition to Year 2.

 

Many thanks

Year 1 team

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Weekly Note w/c 19.6.17

The children have had an epic week this week and have had fun trying out different activities each afternoon. We hope you have enjoyed hearing about what they have been up to!

Next week we will begin to start our topic unit on Captain Cook. We will be teaching this as topic lessons and during our Literacy sessions for the next few weeks. The children will be learning about his voyages and we will be finding out about some of the countries which he explored including New Zealand, Australia and Antarctica.

In maths next week the children will be working with money again, this finding the change by working out the difference.

Sports Day is on Tuesday 20th June. Children can come to school on this day wearing their PE kit with trainers and a t-shirt in the colour of their class team.

Miss Horsepool’s Class – Red

Mrs Bramley’s Class – Green

Mrs Boscher’s Class – Yellow

The activities will begin in the afternoon at 1.15 with the final races at around 2.15. You are welcome to come and support your child.

Please could you ensure that your child  has a sunhat and water bottle for sports day and ensure that suncream is applied before school. Should you wish to reapply sun cream to your child for the afternoon, please feel free to do so once we have come out onto the field and the children are lined up ready for their activities.

Miss Horsepool’s class will still be swimming on Sports Day so please could they bring their swimming things.

Thank you for your support.

The Year 1 team