Year 1

Welcome to Sunshine Class, Year 1 at Shalfleet Primary

Dear Parents/Carers

We welcome you and your child to Sunshine class. This is to let you know about some of our routines.

Staff – The teachers for Sunshine class are Mrs Thruman and Mrs Smith, supported by our teaching assistant Mrs Jacobs.


Early morning routine – From September, on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday your child can come into the classroom from 08:20 when they can complete activities on the tables then start to read their books. On Monday and Friday your child can go straight into the playground to play before the bell rings at 08:30. Please let your child become independent in looking after their own belongings and letting them walk to the classroom on their own. Could we respectfully ask that you do not come into the KS1 cloakroom with your child as it is a very small space for a lot of children (unless you want to see the KS1 teachers before school starts).
The register is called in class at 08:35 and the register closes prompt at 08:40.

Fruit time – The children can have a piece of fruit at a convenient time during the morning, generally straight after morning play. As part of the Government’s scheme, the children are given a free piece of fruit each day, or they are welcome to bring a piece of fruit as a snack from home.

Drinks – Each child will need to bring in a named water bottle to drink throughout the day. Preferably a sports bottle with a pop up top to prevent spills.

Lunchboxes – These are stored in the cloakroom immediately outside the classrooms however the majority of children in KS1 take advantage of the free school dinners.

End of day routine – The day ends for the children at 15:00. Sunshine class parents can pick up their children from the pick up point (near the car park) at 15.00 for siblings and 15.15 for singles.

Toys – Please can you make sure you child only brings in one SMALL toy at a time, and it needs to be unbreakable and not valuable! Their toy then needs to be kept in your child’s tray in the classroom. Toys that encourage aggressive play will not be allowed.

Uniform – We ask that you regularly check that all clothing is clearly labelled, especially jumpers and coats, including their PE kit, and that all children are provided with a hat in hot weather, and a coat when it is cold or wet. We like to get the children out at playtime everyday, even in light rain! When we go out of school on class trips, the children have a school hat that is provided for that day for easy identification.

PE – Our class will have PE lessons each week, so please make sure their kits are in school each week, these should be brought into school on Mondays and taken home to wash on Friday if necessary. We only have a very small amount of spare kit for anyone to use so a text message will be sent home to remind you they need their PE kit.

Reading – We will be doing various reading activities every day, and therefore please make sure that the children always have their books in their reading bags in school. Every child will continue with their reading record, and it is helpful if you can write in it each time you read with your child (whatever they have read), and adults at school will do the same to keep you informed of your child’s progress. However these books are mainly a home reading book, and we will not always hear them read these books. Please be aware that sometimes the children will repeat pages and we may not necessarily change a book each time they get to the end, as we have to make sure of their understanding of the story and the characters in the book. We will move them on to another book when we are confident they are ready. On Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday mornings we have a reading time after collective worship. During this time, myself and Mrs Jacobs are hearing children who need to read daily, and at the start of the year changing the children’s books. Please try to come to hear children read if you can, as the more parents means more children can be heard daily to read.

Library books – Sunshine class have a book loan service from our class book corner. They can sign out to borrow a book for a week, and then sign the loan book to show they have returned it. Please take care with these books. These books are chosen at the children’s choice and they are not linked to their reading ability. As you can see, reading is actively encouraged ranging from comic books to non-fiction books.

Homework – Spelling homework will be sent home on a Friday and we would ask that you encourage your child to Look, Cover, Write and Check their spellings at the top part of the page (please practice the words at least 3 times). These words can then be put into simple sentences on the lines below. Their homework needs to be handed in on the following Thursday morning and then these words will be tested every Friday morning. Your help will be greatly appreciated as regular practice really helps them to feel more confident. When the children have settled into the class routine, Numeracy homework will also be sent out on a Friday, to be returned by the following Friday.

We will have a class Monkey that would like to go home with a different child each day. The children can draw or write about their adventures in the diary, and they can then share their writing with the class the next day. We also have Bear who likes to travel and go on holidays. If you would like to take him on holiday with you, then we just ask that you take great care of him, and that your child writes and sends a postcard back to Sunshine class telling us what adventures they are having.

If you have any concerns or questions about your child or our routines, then please do not hesitate to speak to us before or after school. We hope that this will be a fun and happy year in Sunshine class.

Our Topics this year are:

Emergency! – Y1 MTP Autumn 1 – Emergency!
Space Invasion! – Y1 MTP Autumn 2 – Space Invasion
Fee Fi Fo Fum! – Y1 MTP Spring 1 – Fee Fi Fo Fum

Animal Antics – Y1 MTP Spring 2 – Animal Antics
A Gruffalo, why didn’t you know? – Y1 MTP Summer 1 – Gruffalo
We do like to be beside the seaside.

We will have a child led topic which may overtake one of the above, dependent on what the children would like to learn about. As soon as the children have discussed and chosen a topic I will let you know.

Yours sincerely,

Mrs L. Thurman, Mrs S. Smith, Mrs C. Jacobs

Our Inspire Space Day

We had a visit from the planaterium


Please click on the links below to access details of our new curriculum and some of our planners:

Curriculum Overview KS1

RE Shalfleet YR & KS1 Long term plan

Spelling Progression Map for the Curriculum

SPAG Whole School Curriculum

Year 1 English Overview

English Glossary of Terms

Numeracy for Key Stages 1 and 2

Writing Assessment Year 1

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