Oswin Terrace | North Shields | NE29 7JQ
0191 605 3378

Year 1 welcomes you to the new school year!

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

24th October

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:

Subject Focus


Traditional tales





Number and Place Value

Addition and subtraction

Shape, space and Measure

Science Materials
Topic Wonderful World
PE Gymnastics

Multi skills

PSHCE New beginnings
Music Hey you

Harvest songs

Art & DT Picasso, Van Gogh

Constructing model houses

ICT Introduction to computer suite


RE Christianity




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!

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