We hope that you had a great holiday and are well rested for the new school year. We are very excited to get to know the new Year One children.
You may have noticed the interactive and engaging layout of the classrooms. The Year One curriculum is designed to be fully integrated and provide a rich, simulating learning experience which incorporates the child centred practice of the Early Years Foundation stage. The children will be still be working towards Year One outcomes but the new curriculum will provide opportunities for children to work together and with the adults within the class.
Our Topic this term is ‘Home is where the heart is’. As part of this we will be going on a local walk. In English we will be developing reading and writing skills, supporting children to spell words using their knowledge of letter sounds, and introducing the children to a wide range of books. There will be lots of speaking and listening opportunities to help develop vocabulary and grammar. The children will have daily reading activities and read to us during guided reading sessions. We will also do daily phonics lessons. We will be focusing on developing fine motor skills as this will support their handwriting. We would appreciate your support with handwriting practice.
In Maths, learning will be developed through the use of equipment and picture representations as well as numbers. We appreciate your support in practising counting to 100, pairs of numbers that add to 10 and 20 (eg 5 and 5 make 10) as well as exploring real life examples of maths at home such as money and time.
The children’s home reading books will be changed on Mondays and Thursdays. Please support their progress in reading by listening to them at home every night and asking questions about what they have read. You might ask about what happened, what they think will happen next, and how characters are feeling/behaving. Each child has a Reading Record for you or the children to make comments.
The Year One children will be part of our whole school reading reward scheme. Please sign your child’s reading record to acknowledge they have read their reading book with you. When you child has read 21 books they will receive a reading certificate. A further certificate is awarded after 42 books and a £5 book voucher for West End Land Books is awarded on completion of 63 books. If your child reads books other than the school reading books, please write these into the reading record as they will count towards the number of books read.
PE this year will take place on Thursday mornings. Children need to bring in a school P.E. kit consisting of a white t-shirt, green shorts and trainers. The P.E. kit can be brought into school at the beginning of the term, and left on the child’s peg. It would help if children wore clothes that made changing easier e.g. shoes without laces and polo shirts instead of full buttoned shirts. Please ensure all items of clothing are clearly named. Also, no jewellery, apart from ear studs, should be worn.
During Music, the children will be exploring old school hip hop music; identify the differences between pulse, rhythm and pitch and enjoy experimenting with rap!
We would like to take this opportunity to remind you that school is open from 8:50am and lessons start at 9:05am. Thank you for your support in ensuring school uniform is worn consistently. Jewellery, with the exception of stud earrings, is not allowed for safety reasons. As a Healthy School, packed lunches should promote healthy eating habits and not include sweets, chocolate bars or fizzy drinks. All children at Beckford now celebrate their birthday at school with a song and a sticker. Please note that we do not accept cakes, party bags or any sort of ‘treats’ for the class.
At the end of the day, please remember to wait at the Jungle Shed under the arches in the big playground at 3:30pm. The teacher will send the children to you. It is important that your child is picked up punctually. If someone else will be collecting your child, please let the class teacher know as we cannot release them to anyone else without your permission.
If you have any questions, please feel free to chat to a member of the Year One team.
Thank you for your continuing support,
Year One team