WELCOME TO Year 1
Mrs Jackson Young (CFD)
Miss Ford (Year 1 leader)
Miss Nandra (CFD)
In Year 1 the children continue to learn through a variety of practical and experience based approaches. However, as the year progresses the timetable will gradually become more structured and the children will be expected to produce more work. In addition we encourage the children to become more independent throughout the year.
They will be expected to collect all of their own belongings at home time and get themselves dressed for PE. Please encourage your child to dress themselves at home in preparation for this and learn to tie shoe laces if they wear them.
Pupils are required to have a PE kit for PE lessons. This is a T-shirt, shorts and plimsolls in a PE bag. All clothes must be named. In the winter we advise having a tracksuit in school as part of the P.E kit so we can use the outdoors when it is not too cold or wet. All PE clothes are available to buy from Price & Buckland, along with our school uniform. Please visit their website for more details and to place your order.
- Make sure that your child is in the Year 1 garden ready for the day. The door will open at 8.45am for the register at 8.55am. Please also ensure that your child is collected promptly at 3.15pm.
- Check that your child brings their homework home every week.
- Look through your child's homework together, and provide a quiet time and space to work.
- Remember to name all of your child's belongings. This includes their Book bag, all items of school uniform (particularly jumpers), lunch box, water bottle and full P.E kit.
- Let the class teacher know if your child has any allergies, food or dietary requirements (including being a vegetarian) or medical issues, so we have a record of them.
- Inform the school office on a daily basis if your child is not attending school or has a medical appointment. Please bring proof of all appointments to the school office.
- You must also go through the office to register your child if you are late arriving at school.
- If you have asked someone else to pick your child up from school, please let the class teacher know for safety and security purposes.
- We strongly advise that toys and items of value are not brought into school unless specifically asked for in order to avoid favourite things being lost, stolen or broken. However if they have an item related to the current topic or something of interest they wish to share with the class, these will be welcomed.
- Make an appointment to see the class teacher if you have any concerns.
At Norwood Green Infant School the curriculum is taught creatively. Although we still look at individual subjects many now cross over or are grouped together. We encourage the children to direct their own learning by being fully involved in the planning with the teacher at the beginning of a topic. They will discuss what they already know about the topic and what they would like to find out over the course of the term. We have three topics this year. They are as follows:
Phonics in Year 1
- Although phonics is key to developing literacy skills, research tells us the systematic approach to phonics works best alongside an attention to comprehension of texts, reading for pleasure and an emphasis on developing strong speaking and listening skills.
- Language and literacy are inextricably linked - good talkers are often good readers and good readers have richer language.
- Good practice includes children being actively and fully engaged in developing phonological awareness skills, within a broad and language rich curriculum e.g. explaining and defining words when reading to build vocabulary, exploiting the power of play, story, songs, rhymes and drama to familiarise children with letters, words and sounds.
- A focus on language and vocabulary is fundamental. It can be achieved through opportunities for children to talk with adults and with each other about their experiences and feelings, in ways which enlarge their vocabulary and stimulate their interest in reading.
- The 'Phonics Screening Check' will be able to confirm that all children have learned phonic decoding to an age-appropriate standard.
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Homework is set on a weekly basis and is designed to support your child's learning. It is given out on a Thursday and should be returned to school by the following Tuesday to be marked and new homework set. Homework will usually be phonic and writing based but may also include number work or a mini topic based project. Please help your child complete their homework but do not do it for them. Should you require help in understanding how to help your child with homework, please note that you come and see Miss Ford on most Fridays immediately after school. She is based in Buttercup Class.
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Parents are always welcome to come and help in their children's class so please let your child's class teacher know if you are available to help. Parents and carer's are often needed when the class takes trips. Part of the permission form will have a section for you to fill in, if you are available to help. Over the year we like to give all of our parents the opportunity to come with us on a school visit. Alternatively, helping with annual school events is always extremely useful. Please let your class teacher know if you can help out with any events.
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