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Year One - Classes Mercury and Venus

Teacher welcome

Hello and welcome to year 1. Year 1 comprises of classes Mercury and Venus. Mercury is the smallest and innermost planet in the Solar System. Its orbital period around the Sun is the shortest of all the planets. Venus is the second planet from the Sun. It has the longest rotation period of any planet in the Solar System and rotates in the opposite direction to most other planets.

Adults working in Year 1 are:

  • Miss McAleavey- Class Teacher Venus
  • Miss Tabbasam - Class Teacher Mercury
  • Miss Rawat - ETA
  • Mrs Glover - ETA
  • Mrs Bint-Yousuf - SEN support

In Year 1, we enjoy working and learning together as one big friendly and enthusiastic team.  In our classroom we like to make learning fun.  We all have a growth mindset, are active learners and are always eager to try new things.

Information for Parents

PE for Year 1 is on Tuesday. Please ensure your child has a labelled PE kit in school for this day. It is important that your child does not come to school wearing jewellery or earrings on this day as they will not be able to participate.

· Spelling lists are sent out every half term. Children are encouraged to practise these spellings and will be tested on these on a weekly basis. 

· Homework is sent out on a Wednesday. Homework will usually have a phonics and a maths focus.  Children are expected to complete and return this for the following Monday.

· Reading Books for Year 1 are sent out on a Monday and Tuesday.  On a Monday children will receive two banded books which are appropriate to your child's reading attainment and on Tuesdays they will receive a book of their choosing from the library.   Please ensure you read with your child at home and leave a comment in their reading record. 

Our class rules and rewards

As well as following our school rules, year 1 have a set of class rules which we expect all children to follow. These include:

  • Always concentrate during lessons.
  • Always listen to adults and other children in the classroom.
  • No shouting out - raise your hand.
  • Keep hands and feet to yourselves.
  • Smile and have fun!

We also have our very own class treasure chest. When class targets are met children receive treasures. We  add them up at the end of every half term and if we achieve 100 treasures we receive a class treat.  

Upcoming and exciting events

We have a number of exciting experiences for the children to be involved in this year. These include:

  • Pantomime - The children will have the opportunity to visit the Lawrence Batley Theatre in Huddersfield to watch Aladdin. 
  • Legoland - For our ‘Superheroes’ topic children will have an opportunity to visit Legoland in Manchester. Children will be able to participate in educational activities, explore the play zone and watch a movie in the 4D cinema. For this topic, some real life heroes might be visiting our class to talk about how they help people in the community.
  • Royal Tea Party - For our Bright Lights, Big City topic we will have a royal tea party in school and we might even have a special guest visit our class.
  • Local walk  - For our Enchanted Woodlands topic we will be visiting the local park and engaging in a range of activities. The children will have the opportunity to create their own enchanted woodlands using their imagination.
  • Yorkshire Museum - For our Dinosaur topic the children will be visiting the museum in York to experience the dinosaur exhibition. They will explore the history of dinosaurs and be able to inspect real dinosaur remains. 

How parents can help at home

There are many ways you can support your child at home. Here are some suggestions about how you could help:

  • Encourage your child to talk about what they have learnt at school.
  • Link learning to real life experiences - encourage them to write shopping lists, read signs around the environment, count out money etc.
  • Listen to your child reading – Please try to read on a daily basis with your child and ask them questions about what they have read.
  • Encourage your child to practise and learn their spellings – discuss spelling patterns or rules.
  • Talk about your child’s homework – discuss the work and ask your child to explain it to you.

You may find some of these websites useful to support your child:

Our class targets are:

  • To ensure progress is good or better for all children - Reception data was 73% GLD, with all core areas at 73/75% .
  • To raise the achievement of summer born children within the cohort. 
  • To ensure phonics data is above the national figure.