Welcome to Year 1, Sunshine Class at Shalfleet Primary
Welcome to Sunshine class. We are really looking forward to working with you and your child this year.
Staff – The teacher for Sunshine class is Miss Whitaker, supported by Miss Heimour, Mrs Swift, Mr Blackburn and Mr McCarty.
We hope that this will be a fun and happy year with us.
Please see below for key information.
AM & PM Routines
Early morning routine – Due Covid restrictions – Your child can come into from 0840 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.
End of day routine – The day ends for the children at 14.45 with the siblings going outside to be picked up.
Uniform – We ask that you regularly check that all clothing is clearly named, especially jumpers and coats, including their PE kit, and that all children are provided with a coat as we like to get the children out at playtime everyday, even in light rain, and a hat in hot weather.
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.
Homework – The children will have some spellings and maths homework when we are allowed to send things home again. There will also be times when the children have additional reading comprehension tasks sent home too.
Food & Drink
Fruit time – The children can have a piece of fruit after break at 10:30. Key Stage One 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 or a healthy snack from home.
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.
Toys & Belongings
Toys/Belongings – Please can you ensure that your child does not bring in any toys to school. We will provide writing equipment but if your child wants to bring in their own pencil case, they will need to leave it at 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.