Dear parents and carers.
As you know it is vital that your children are reading and practising as much phonics as possible at home during this lockdown. Luckily Oxford Owl has access to school books that your child can read. We are hoping to have access to more books on the website soon.
Phonics – Phonics play have opened their website again for free during lockdown. Therefore, can you please ensure that each day your child is playing the speed trail or flash cars game to practise the phase 5 sounds. Once they have played this they can then play a game of their choice on phonics play to practise their reading and blending of words. If there is a specific game I would like the children to play I will add it to my phonics slide that day. If I do not specify they can play a game of their choice.
Welcome to Year 1
Year 1 is an exciting year for your child where they are no longer the youngest! It has been lovely to see that they are coming into school in the mornings confidently and independently. It is also their first year of the National Curriculum and the children have already adapted well to working at tables for a larger portion of the day and are very excited about having books to work in!
When the children come into class at 8:50, they start the day with a ‘Good Morning Challenge’ that is linked to our learning, so it is really important that they arrive promptly please.
We will be changing reading books on a Monday and Friday, which gives the children the opportunity to read once for decoding and again for understanding. Please encourage your child to read at home regularly and ask them questions to help with their comprehension.
We stop for break at 10:15 and lunch is from 12:10 to 13:00. At the end of the day, I shall bring the class out of the classroom door to the infant playground and hand them over when I see you or the grown-up responsible for your child. Please remember to contact the office if someone different is picking up your child as I can’t hand them over to someone not on your approved list.
We are lucky enough to have a sport coach coming in to work with us this term on Monday afternoon outside. We will be doing regular running sessions throughout the week, so please make sure your child’s PE kit and trainers are in school every day. The children will need blue/black PE shorts, a white T-shirt, trainers, spare socks and a tracksuit and jumper for when it turns colder, as PE will still take place outside whatever the weather! Please also remember to check your child’s school uniform and PE kit (including shoes) are named as there is a tendency for things to get muddled up whilst changing!
Water Bottles and Lunch
Please make sure your child has a named water bottle in school every day. They are kept in the water bottle box, can be refilled throughout the day and are taken out at break and lunchtime.
School lunches can be ordered on the day in school, but it is very helpful if you could pre-order these online beforehand please. (Note – you can’t order online at home on the day, this will have to be done in school). Remember that children in Key Stage 1 are all entitled to a free school lunch and we provide fruit for the children at break time.
We will provide all stationery for our lessons in school so your child doesn’t need to bring anything into school, but they will need access to stationery at home for their homework.
Homework will be set on a Friday and is due in by the following Friday. This will consist of a mixture of regular reading, maths and phonics/English. All homework will be set via Mymaths or Spag.com. The children’s log in details for these websites are stuck on a label in their reading records. The maths and English work will be based on what the children have been learning in class that week so they should be able to do it independently.
On Wednesday afternoons for the next 6 weeks the children will be attending Forest School. Please ensure that you child has wellies in school and has old, warm clothes suitable for all weather and getting dirty. The children will require a packed lunch on this day as we will be eating at school before being picked up and taken to the farm.
Please note that due to the current covid outbreak some procedures have changed in school. Please leave reading records at home to avoid the number of items being bought in and out of school. Should you wish to communicate anything to me regarding your child’s reading, please leave a note in your child’s reading book or alternatively speak to me at the classroom door when dropping off or picking up. We have also reduced the number of books being sent home as book changes now take place on a Monday and Friday only. This is due to having to quarantining books for 72hours before being put back into the reading scheme. Please ensure that you are reading regularly with your children at home with the school reading books or your own books at home. Please see the link below to the oxford reading owl website where you can access books online for your child to read if necessary.https://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/for-home/find-a-book/library-page/?view=image&query=&type=book&age_group=Age+5-6&level=&level_select=&book_type=
I am very much looking forward to this year and getting to know the children more!