On behalf of myself and my team, I’d like to welcome you to a new school year. We are looking forward to a productive partnership with you to ensure the best for all our children this year. We seek to offer an open door policy and staff will endeavour to always be on hand to answer your queries.
The Key Stage One Team consists of:
Team Leader: Miss Cotcher
Year 1 teachers:
Mrs Thompson & Miss Robson
Year 2 Teachers:
Miss Cotcher and Miss McDonald
KS 1 support staff:
Mrs Taylor & Mrs Collins (medical officer)
Mrs Carr & Mrs Hoolison
School term dates:
|Holiday||Break up||Return to school|
|Autumn half term 2019||Thursday
|Monday 4th November|
|Teacher Training Day
Friday 25th October (school closed to children)
|Christmas 2018||Friday 21st December||Tuesday 8th January|
|Teacher Training Day
Monday 7th January (school closed to children)
|Spring half term 2020||Friday th February||Monday th February|
|Easter 2020||Thursday th April||Monday rd April|
|Summer half term 2020||Friday th May||Monday rd June|
|Summer 2020||Friday th July|
Autumn Parents Evenings:
Monday 21st & Tuesday 22nd October
Your child will also receive two reports throughout the year to inform you of their progress.
Lining up arrangements:
1CT Mrs Thompson– Red circle
1KR Miss Robson– Green square
PE in Year 1
PE days are as follows:
1CT Mrs Thompson: Monday and Wednesday
1KR Miss Robson: Monday and Thursday
Please ensure children have the appropriate, labelled kit and all jewellery is removed on the day. Staff are unable to remove this & it will prevent your child from doing PE.
Please ensure that your child follows the school uniform requirements:
Boys: plain grey/black trousers, white polo shirt, grey pullover or school sweatshirt. Flat black trainers or school shoes.
Girls: grey skirt or grey/black trousers, white polo shirt, grey cardigan or school sweatshirt, Flat black trainers or school shoes. There is also a summer dress in yellow.
Leggings are not permitted.
Homework and Reading:
Reading is of high priority to us in KS1 and each child will be supplied with an individual reading book tailored to their level, which they will bring home and back on a daily basis. We request that children read a minimum of three times a week but have found that children who read a little each night are the ones who make the most progress.
Children will also receive weekly spellings on a Monday to be practised and returned by the Friday.
In spring term, Year 1 children will start to receive a fortnightly maths worksheet linked to learning in class. Until that time the focus will be upon reading, phonics and handwriting formation.
We subscribe to a website called Mathletics http://uk.mathletics.com/ whereby children can practise maths skills at a level tailored to them, in addition to having fun with maths skills. They can receive certificates once they have completed challenges. Each child will be issued with a mathletics password, which will be stuck in the front of their reading diary.
Year 1 Phonics check:
Week beginning Monday 8th June 2020. Year 1 children must sit a statutory phonics assessment during this week. Please do not take your children out of school at this time. Any Y2 children who did not meet the expected standard whilst in Y1 will also be re-tested as part of this week.
Autumn topic overview for Year 1:
|Number and Place Value
Addition and subtraction
Shape, space and Measure
|Art & DT||Picasso, Van Gogh
Constructing model houses
|ICT||Introduction to computer suite
Attendance and punctuality
We encourage you to ensure your child arrives promptly for 8:55am. This is when school starts. Children who arrive after this must go to the office where Mrs McVay & Mrs Smith will send them to class. Mrs Bland and Mrs Grant will also be available. If your child is going to be absent please ring the office asap on 0191 6053378.
Thank you for your continued support. We can’t wait for the exciting year ahead!