Year 1

Welcome to Sunshine Class, Year 1 at Shalfleet Primary

Dear Parents/Carers

We welcome you and your child to year 1. This is to let you know about some of our routines.

Staff – The teachers for Sunshine class are Mrs Shynn and Miss Whitaker. We have Miss Lucas and Mrs Grieve supporting a child in our class and Mrs Blackburn will cover one hour PPA cover on a Wednesday afternoon.

Early morning routine – Your child can go into the playground from 0820 (with book bag and lunchbox) on Monday and Friday, and when the bell rings at 0830 the children will line up with their belongings, and then walk around into the year 1 classroom via the year R/1 outside area. On Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday mornings the children can go into school at 0820 for their response marking and to read before school starts at 0835. Please encourage your child to become independent by letting them come into the classroom and organize their belongings themselves now they are in year 1.The register is called in class at 0835 promptly and closes at 0840.

Fruit time – The children can have a piece of fruit after break at 1030. Year 1 are given a free piece of fruit or vegetable as part of the government’s scheme, 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. If possible could you provide your child with a sports bottle with a pop up top, then these can be kept on their table in the classroom. If this type of bottle falls over then the water doesn’t soak their work!!

End of day routine – The day ends for the children at 1500 with the siblings going outside to be picked up and the singles going into the year 4 classroom until they leave at 1515. Year 1 parents can pick up their children from the pick up point (near the car park) from 1500/1515 as applicable.

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

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!

P.E – Our class will have PE/Dance lessons each week, so please make sure their kits are in school each week, these should be brought into school on Mondays and take home to wash on Friday if necessary. We do only have a small amount of spare kit for anyone to use.

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 book bags in school. Every child will be given a Sunshine class reading record, and it is helpful if you can write in it each time you read with your child, and adults at school will do the same to keep you informed of your child’s progress. However, I need to stress that 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 or even whole books to develop fluency and accuracy 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 will have a reading time from 0900 until 0920 after collective worship. We like to share reading time with as many parents as possible, as Mrs Grieve will be working with children needing extra support, and teachers often work with guided reading groups.

Homework – When the children have settled well into school, they may have spelling homework that Miss Whitaker will send out on a Monday morning focusing on year 1 words,that may be tested on a Friday. Our spelling homework is currently under review across the Federation. Maths homework may follow probably during the second half term of Autumn and will go out on a Friday, due back the following Friday. Again, homework is under review across the Federation. Any homework set gives parents the choice of helping with homework during the week or at a weekend. For the first half term we would ask that you play oral counting games and start to practice counting in 2’s, 5’s and 10’s.

Spencer and Charlie Bear – We are lucky to have 2 resident bears in year 1. Spencer and Charlie like to go home with a different child each day. The children can draw or write about their adventures in the diaries and they can then share it with the class the next day. Support with this fun activity can earn your child an extra dojo point.

Dojo messages – Please use this way of contacting Sunshine class staff during the day, and we will endeavor to answer your messages as soon as we can during that same day. The children receive dojo points for a variety of positive things, and they can choose a small reward out of the class prize box when they reach 50, 100, 150, 200 points.

Thank you for taking the time to read this very long letter! I hope that the information will help you and your child to settle quickly into year 1. 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 or use the dojo message service. We hope that this will be a fun and happy year.

Yours sincerely,

Mrs S. Shynn, Miss Whitaker and the year 1 team

Please click to download – Y1 Timetable 2019-2020

Y1 Long Term Plan 2019-20

 Y1 MTP Autumn 1 – Nurturing Nurses

Y1 MTP Autumn 2 – Animal Kingdom

Y1 MTP Spring 1 – Frozen Planet

Y1 MTP Spring 2 – Down on the farm


Some photos of what we got up to in class last year…

Our wonderful space day!


Please click on the links below to access details of our curriculum and 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

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