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Welcome back Year 1!



Dear Parents/Carers,


It has been great to welcome back your children to school.  We have really enjoyed getting to know them.  They have been adjusting and settling in Year 1 and school very well. 


We wanted to contact you to give you some key information about the coming weeks in school.


PE & Swimming

This term, class 1SJ will be having their PE lessons on Tuesday.  Class 1J will be having their PE lessons on Wednesday.  On this day children will be expected to come into school in their PE kits.  This includes: navy blue P.E shorts and sky blue t-shirt (with printed school badge).  They should also be wearing black plimsolls.  If it is cold, please feel free to allow your child to wear their school navy blue tracksuit jumper and bottoms (with school badge printed), ensuring they have their PE t-shirt underneath their jumper.  Please ensure these requirements are stuck to as we will be contacting parents where the incorrect uniform is worn. 


Children in Key Stage 1 will not be swimming during the Autumn Term, as we are aware that the younger children require closer, more personal support in getting changed, which we cannot do at the moment.  We hope that swimming for younger children will resume in January.


Homework and Reading Books

Homework will be sent out on a Friday afternoon and will be expected to be brought back into school the following Wednesday, so that they can be marked.  Please be aware that if it is brought back later than Wednesday, it will be marked the following week.  We will be having a ‘menu’ style for homework, whereby children choose to complete one activity each week to finish and hand in.  Spellings are given out every week and will be related to the sounds being taught in their phonics lessons.


Reading books will be given to the children on a Monday morning and will change them the following Monday.  Children will not be changing books throughout the week due to us needing to quarantine the books after use.  We will not be using reading records at this time. 


As a result, children will only need to bring their school bags in on a Monday, Wednesday and a Friday to take their reading books and homework book home and to school.  On all other days, this is optional.  Please ensure that children are using the correct school bags. 


Water bottles, pencil cases and moisturiser.

Children are expected to bring a labelled water bottle into school.  These will be returned home each day to be cleaned and refilled.


Children are welcome to bring in a small plain pencil case to have on their table.  We will be providing stationery for children to use, but we are aware some children enjoy having their own additional equipment.  These will then remain in school. 


Children are encouraged to bring a small, labelled pot of hand moisturiser to keep on their desks.  This will be kept in school once brought in.


Our Curriculum this term

Attached to this email is our Curriculum map for Autumn 1.  We are particularly looking forward to reading our literacy book for the half term called ‘Emily Brown and the Thing’.  Children will learn how to describe a setting as well as how to form a simple sentence with a full stop, capital letter and finger spaces.  During this unit, we will be learning how to write a diary entry. 


Communication & the office

Please do ensure your contact details are up to date with the school office.  We will be posting pictures of some of the exciting things we are doing on our school website and Facebook page, so please do follow us on there.


The office remains ‘Closed’ to visitors and therefore please communicate with the school by phone or email (contact@stedwardsva.net).


If you would like to discuss anything with us, as class teachers, you are very welcome to arrange a time to do so.  Please note that, due to encouraging effective social distancing, we may not be able to have longer conversations with parents at the start/end of the day, so please do book in a time with the office if you wish to make contact with us.


Despite school being different to normal, we very much look forward to the year ahead and working hard in all areas of our curriculum, whilst ensuring there is adequate transition from Reception.  We will be supported by Mrs Loveday, Mrs Nolan-Day and Mrs Goldrick during the week as well. 


Kind regards,

Ms Sukhram, Mrs Judd and Mrs Joy. 

Year 1 Team


View document year_1_curriculum_map.pdf