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Class one

Welcome to those of you who are joining us at Ripley for the first time and welcome back to our Year Ones. I am really looking forward to getting to know your children this year and starting a busy term.

I would like to take this opportunity to explain some of the routines in Class One.

Uniform: Please ensure that all uniform is labelled. It can be very difficult to return missing items of clothing in they are not named, which is frustrating for both yourselves and us. We have a limited stock of spares but it can be useful for your child to have some spare pants with them, in case of accidents. Please put these in their PE Bag.

 ‘To and Fro Folder’: Each child will be provided with a ‘To and Fro folder’. Please ensure this folder is brought into school every day. This folder contains a number of items that the children will require both at home and at school.

Home School Books: Each child has been given a Home School book, this book will be used to communicate any information with yourselves and vice versa in the event that we are not able to see you face to face. Please detail in this book information that you feel we will need to know on a day to day basis, for example: if someone different is picking up your child. In turn we will communicate day to day issues with you such as a bumped head or fall in the playground. We will check these books each morning when your child comes into school. Please ensure that you check your child’s Home School Book daily. Thank you. 

Reading Books:  Over the next few days we will be sending your children home with reading books from our reading scheme. These will be carefully chosen according to your child’s individual needs. Your child may come home with a book that has no words; please don’t worry, initially when a child is learning to read it is important for them to share books with adults and talk about what is in the pictures. When children are learning to read it is vital for them to share books with adults therefore please try and read with your child as frequently as possible. We positively encourage children to share books with a wide range of adults, we therefore welcome grandparents, older siblings or other friends and family members to be involved in your child’s learning to read journey. Ten minutes each day will make such a difference to your child’s confidence and enable them to progress.

Reading Record: Each child has been given a reading record book. This book enables communication between home and school specifically about reading. Please detail in this book the date, title, page number and a comment when your child reads their reading books at home. We will complete the record at school, detailing when a new book has been given.

Library Books: The children will have the opportunity to visit our school library once a week, they will be able to borrow one book to take home and share with yourselves. Please ensure this book is returned the following week when it will be exchanged for a new book. Unfortunately, books must be returned before we can issue a new book.

Home Learning Books: Please see details below in ‘Homework’

Sound and Number Books: Your you may find your child has a number and sound book in their ‘To and Fro folder’ as we start learning sounds and number in Class One. This will be your child’s opportunity to share with you the sounds and numbers that we have covered in the classroom.

Homework: Homework is an important part of learning, as the term progresses we will give the children homework to complete.

In Reception this will consist of:

Reading: as detailed above

Home School Learning: this will be an optional activity based on our topics that can be completed as a family. This will commence later in the term when the children have settled in.

In Year One this will consist of:

Reading: as detailed above

Maths: The children will have a metal maths sheet to complete at home. These sheets correspond with our maths teaching in the classroom and therefore will be sent home at the beginning and at end of each stage of the children’s mental maths learning.  

Home School Learning: this will be an optional activity that can be completed as a family based on our topic.

Homework will be send home on a Friday. Please ensure it is returned to school on the following Wednesday in the ‘To and Fro folder’

P.E.: The children in Class One will have P.E. on a Thursday morning with our specialist P.E. coach Mrs Halford. Please ensure that your child has the correct P.E. kit in school every day. P.E. kit can be brought in to school at the start of half term and be taken home before the half term holiday for washing. Please ensure that all of your children’s P.E. kit is labelled.

Show and Tell and Golden time: This year in Class One we will be having Golden Time and Show and Tell on Friday afternoons. Each week will either be Golden Time or Show and Tell, please see timetable below for details.

Golden Time

During Golden time the children will have the opportunity to explore different experiences; on these occasions that children are invited to bring a small toy into school to play with and share with the other children if they would like to.  

 Show and Tell

Show and tell is a valuable opportunity for children to develop their speaking and listening skills. This term we are learning all about ‘Ourselves and Our Bodies’, therefore our Show and Tell theme for this term will be ‘All about me’.  When it is your child’s turn for show and tell please could they bring with them something personal: perhaps a baby book, pictures of their family and friends or a family tree! They will then be given the opportunity to show this object to the class and tell us about it for a few minutes.  This will give the children a chance to learn about each other and share different items from home.

Please don’t allow children to bring in personal items at any other time in case they get lost or broken.

 

9.9.16

16.9.16

23.9.16

30.9.16

7.10.16

14.10.16

21.10.16

Golden Time

April

Archie

Yasmin

William

Golden Time

Chloe

Ellie

Lucy

Oliver

Isabella

Golden Time

Kaycie – Jade

Henry

Hugo

Sumer

Isla

Golden Time

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Medical Information: As a matter of urgency please let myself and Mrs McNair in the office know if your child has any medical requirements, such as asthma or allergies. It is vitally important that we are kept up to date with this information and have relevant medication in school in case of emergency. Please also ensure that Mrs McNair has your up to date contact information.

Water bottles: Please send your child into school with a water bottle each day. The children are encouraged to drink regularly as hydration is important for brain function.

Snack: In Foundation Stage and Key Stage One children are provided with fruit and milk. The children will be offered a piece of fruit and a drink of milk or water mid-morning. Initially the children in Reception will remain inside to eat their snack whilst the Year One children will join Class Two for snack and playtime. If you would like you child to have milk, please see Mrs McNair.

Parent/ Family involvement: The Class One team are really looking forward to getting to know the children and yourselves over the upcoming year. In the coming weeks we will be developing the cloakroom area to include a display board where we will put up photographs and examples of your children’s work. We actively encourage you to add to your child’s area of this display using the provided ‘parent slips’, telling us about your child’s achievements at home as well as areas of interest that we may be able to develop in the classroom. With this in mind if you have a special talent, interesting job or hobby or know someone who does and wouldn’t mind sharing it with Class One, please do let us know!

Finally, starting a new school or a new year can be a daunting time for both the children and yourselves. If you or your child has any worries or concerns, please don’t hesitate to speak to me or a member of Class One Staff or contact the office to make an appointment.

Thank you.

Kind Regards

 

Miss Lee, Mrs Gilbert and Mrs Gibson

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