Dear Parents and Carers,                                                                

I hope you have had an enjoyable and restful summer. Your children have already made a positive and enthusiastic start in Year 1 and I am looking forward to working closely with you over the coming year to support your child’s learning.

The Year 1 staff:

Anna         Class Teacher

Marion      Teaching Assistant

Hermine    Learning Support Assistant

Yvonne      Reading Support

Start of the Day:

The doors open at 8.55am. Any child who arrives after 9.05am is marked as late in the register. It is very important that the children are in the classroom on time, as arriving late means a child misses part of their learning and disrupts the learning of others.

Class Topic:

Our topic will be ‘Friends and Neighbours’. The children will explore our school and local area, creating maps and writing about the information they gather. They will draw and photograph buildings and explore the work of different architectural artists. They will also learn about their body parts and senses and use different materials to create self-portraits. They will observe the weather and develop an understanding of seasonal change.

In English, the children will use the story of ‘Beegu’, by Alexis Deacon to stimulate their work about our local area and some of Lauren Child’s ‘Charlie and Lola’ stories as a starting point for writing their own stories based in familiar settings

In Maths, the children will learn how to represent numbers using a range of equipment, continue to develop their understanding number sequence and use simple calculation strategies for problem-solving.

Phonics:

We will have a daily phonics session; beginning with consolidation of last year’s learning and then introducing new ways of writing speech sounds.

PE:

The children will have a P.E. lesson with coach Charlie on Thursdays. They need to have a P.E. kit (shorts/jogging bottoms, t-shirt and trainers/plimsolls) for both lessons.

Guided Reading

Over the week, your child will read with Marion, Yvonne and me. On the day your child reads with me, they must return their guided reading book to change it. You will be given a tag for their book bag to show which day this is.

Children who read regularly at home make noticeable progress in their reading at school, which greatly improves their learning in all areas.

Home Learning

Children will bring work home on a Friday. This must be returned by the following Friday. Encourage your child to try their best and to take care over the presentation of their work.

Trips

We will be going on a walk in the local area on Monday 23rd September and visiting Hampstead Heath to observe seasonal change on Monday 7h October. We would be very grateful for parent volunteers to help on these trips so please let Marion or me know if you are available.

Class Meeting

There will be a class meeting at 3.30 on Monday 16th September, at which I will provide further information about the transition from Reception to Year 1 and answer any questions you may have.

If you have any questions or concerns throughout the year, do not hesitate to come and see me after school. Although it can be very busy when the children are being dismissed, you are welcome to wait to talk to me or we can arrange an appointment at a more convenient time.

Yours sincerely

Anna Tyler-Ahmed