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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:

  • Mrs Hunter-Smith- Mercury Class Teacher & Key Stage 1 Lead
  • Miss Nazam- Venus Class Teacher
  • Mrs Seedat- ETA

In Year 1, we enjoy working and learning together as one big friendly and enthusiastic family.  In our classroom, we have a safe space where we are all respected and free to express ourselves without judgement. Our children are very supportive of each other and continuously exceed expectations.  We have a growth mindset, are active learners and are always eager to try new things. We develop positive behaviour for learning through the use of 'Secrets of Success'.

Information for Parents

  • Year 1 will continue to use the Howard Street gate as their entry and exit point- the school day will begin at 8.45am and finish at 3.15pm.
  • PE for Year 1 is on Monday. Please ensure your child comes into school wearing their PE kit on 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.
  • We will assign homework via Mathletics and Bug Club.  Please ensure that you read with your child at home and that your child completes the comprehension quizzes after reading on Bug Club.

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!

In year 1,  as part of our behaviour policy, the children will begin each week on green and have the opportunity to move up to silver, then gold through hard work, great behaviour and outstanding achievements. If children reach gold by the end of the week, they will receive a prize from the prize box. Alternatively, if children are not doing their best in school and not following the rules they may be moved down to yellow or red.

Upcoming and exciting events

We are very excited to resume school trips in 2021/22 and we have some amazing visits lined up...some of which we will keep a surprise!

During the first half term, the children will be taking a walk around Batley to learn more about their locality. Then in Autumn 2, as part of our 'History of Toys' topic, we hope to visit Legoland in Manchester! Here, we will be able to compare old and new toys, including their materials and functions and, of course, we will get to play with them!

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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 and watch our phonics videos on the Warwick Road Youtube page.
  • Talk about your child’s homework– discuss the work, ask your child to explain it to you and encourage them to work with increasing independence.

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

Our class targets are:

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Our Classroom:

We cannot wait to welcome your child into our classroom on Tuesday 7th September! Please share the photos below to help familiarise your child with the year 1 classroom environment.