Year 1 Autumn 2017

Dear Parents

Welcome back to a new schoool year. I am delighted to welcome you and your child to Year 1. We have a fun packed and busy term ahead. Our topic for the first half of term is “Dinosaurs”. Please see the attached letter for more information about a forthcoming trip.  I would like to take this opportunity to make you aware of a few routines and some useful information. This information will also be available on our class page of the school website.

Snack money

All children are given fruit at morning playtime, and so we ask for snack money of £1 a week. This can be paid weekly on a Monday, or half termly if you prefer. Please put the money in a named envelope and put it in the box in the foyer, or send it in with your child. In Year 1 we like to encourage independence, so we ask children to make sure they give us any notes or money from home. We do not check their bags daily!

PE Kits

PE is on a Monday and a Wednesday. PE kits should be kept in school in a named bag. Please send these in as soon as possible if you haven’t already done so. All children should have a change of clothes for PE – t shirt and shorts, and a pair of daps in case we go outside.

Water bottles

Children have access to drinking water throughout the day and we encourage them to bring their own water bottle. Again this needs to be named, and it will be kept in a box in our practical area. In addition to this all children are offered a drink of milk at morning playtime.

Reading Books

Reading books will be sent home on the day your child reads to me, and need to be returned on the same day the following week. More information on this next week. Please bear with us at the start of term as it will take a short while to establish these routines. Your child’s designated reading day may change, but we will keep you informed if that is the case.

Homework and Spelling Practice

Homework will usually be a maths activity and will be sent home on a Friday. This should be returned on a Thursday. Your child will also bring home a small book containing their spelling words to practise each week. We have a small spelling test every Thursday of the words they have been practising that week. 

One last note – please can you make sure that every item of clothing, bags, lunchboxes and water bottles is named. We have a huge amount of lost property and this can cause distress to all concerned. We will do our best to encourage your child to look after their property, but having items labelled with their name makes this an awful lot easier!  Any unnamed items will be binned regularly.

If you have any queries please do come and speak to me. I look forward to meeting you all, and to a fantastic year with your little ones!

Best wishes,

Mrs C. Bawler