The Federation of Church Schools of Shalfleet and Yarmouth

Year 1

Welcome to Sunshine Class, Year 1 at Shalfleet Primary

Dear Parents/Carers

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

Staff – The teacher for Sunshine class is Miss Whitaker, supported by Miss Heimour, Mrs Swift, Mr Blackburn and Mr McCarty

Early morning routine – Due Covid restrictions – Your child can come into from 0850 with book bag and lunchbox. Please let the children become independent in looking after their own belongings. The register is called in class at 0855 promptly and closes at 0900. If your child has an older sibling, meaning they need to come into class earlier, the older sibling will need to bring their younger sibling to their classroom.

Drinks – Each child will need to bring in a named water bottle to drink throughout the day. If they have a sports bottle with a pop up top, then these can be kept on their table in the classroom. Other types of bottle may have to be kept on the draining board or at the side of the classroom, where they can access them at any time.

Lunchboxes – These are stored on a shelf in the classroom.

End of day routine – The day ends for the children is at 14.50 with the siblings going outside to be picked up.

Toys – Please do not allow your child to bring toys into school.

Uniform – We ask that you regularly check that all clothing is clearly labeled, 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 lessons and forest school each week. On a Monday is PE and forest school, so the children can wear their PE kit to school and bring their waterproofs and wellies in a carrier bag. The children can also come to school in their PE lit on a Thursday. This reduces the risks linked to Covid with limiting changing of clothing in school.

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. Children will continue with their reading record, 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. As support staff will be working with children needing extra support, and teachers often work with guided reading groups, please try to hear children read at home, as much as you can.

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.

Yours sincerely,

Miss Whitaker, Miss Heimour, Mrs Swift, Mr Blackburn and Mr McCarty

Please click to download – Y1 Long Term Plan 2020-2021

Y1 MTP Autumn Term – Fire, Fire!

Y1 MTP Spring – Home and Away


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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