Welcome to Year 1! Here is a short introduction and explanation of routines and procedures of Year 1.
There are 3 teachers and 3 teaching assistants in Year 1:
Chalk Farm – Brian (teacher) Ibadete (teaching assistant)
Manor House – Teri (teacher) Jo (teaching assistant)
Swiss Cottage – Henry (teacher) Christina (teaching assistant)
Please ensure that the school office has current and up-to-date contact details (phone numbers and email addresses). We would ask for you to contact them if your details have changed.
Normally, we pride ourselves on our open door policy, but unfortunately this is not currently possible. If you need to speak to us it is best to catch us at the end of the day. Alternatively you can contact the office or email us on the class email addresses below and we will get back to you as soon as possible.
Thank you for your cooperation during drop off and pick-up times. Below you will find the key times for beginning and end of the day. Please try to be as punctual as possible to allow the smooth running of the day.
Drop off 8.55am – Please drop your child off at their allotted lining up area.
Chalk Farm: Along the side of the Infant Building under the canopy.
Manor House: Along the wall facing the main Infant door.
Swiss Cottage: Along the red fence of the Infant playground
Once your child is lined up, please make your way out to avoid congestion in playground.
Pick up 3.25pm – You will collect your child from the same allotted area. As we are still trying to get to know all parents, please come one by one to the class teacher to request your child – we will then call them over from their class line. Your patience in this process will be greatly appreciated.
General Class housekeeping
Here is some vital information
Water bottles – Please ensure your child brings in a water bottle everyday with their name on it as the communal fountains are still turned off. Please fill their bottle before coming to school, and we will refill throughout the day if needed. The children are encouraged to be responsible for looking after their own water bottle during playtimes and lunchtime.
Packed lunch – Please be aware that Year 1 children are all eligible for Free School Meals. However, if you choose to provide your child with a packed lunch, may we remind you that only healthy meals and snacks are allowed. On Fridays, children are allowed a different type of snack such as a packet of crisps or a biscuit bar. Food containing nuts must be avoided due to allergies.
PE – PE in Year 1 takes place every Wednesday and is run by London Academy coaches. Children must come to school already wearing clothes suitable for PE. This could be a t-shirt and leggings or shorts (jogging bottoms weather dependent). They also need to wear suitable trainers on that day.
Purple Mash – Your child will soon be given login details for a school-based online learning resource called Purple Mash. We will use this both in school and for home learning opportunities. We will regularly upload new activities for you and your child to do. To find these, please login using your child’s username and password, then click on the red tick icon called 2Dos. These activities are not compulsory, but we feel that they extend children’s learning and open a dialogue to help you to find out what your child has been learning about in school.
Reading – Please try to fit in 15 minutes of reading time at home with your child daily. This includes a mixture of you modelling reading to them, them reading to you, and some joint reading.
Spellings and learning key words – Over the coming week and then each Monday we will send home a spelling list. Over the week, please practise these with your child. Every Friday, we will set a Spelling Test ‘2Do’ on Purple Mash for your child to complete at home over the weekend if possible. If you do not have access to Purple Mash, please test your child on their spellings over the weekend.
Please see the ‘curriculum’ tab on the school website ‘Bounds Green Curriculum Page’ to find out lots of information about the Year 1 curriculum and subjects for learning. In addition to this, we will do daily phonics and daily guided reading sessions.
Each half term we will have a new topic which most learning will be linked to.
Autumn 1: Family Footstep
Autumn 2: Light Fantastic
Spring 1: Toy story
Spring 2: Strike a Pose
Summer 1: Once Upon a Time
Summer 2: Amazing Animals
During the Autumn Term your child will be reading in a guided reading group, much like they did in Reception. These groups are continually assessed and fluid to allow children to read books suitable their reading level.
For the rest of the year we plan to use a DSR (Daily Supported Reading) system across the whole cohort. This allows the children to be grouped according to their reading needs and to be heard reading by an adult every day. Again these groups will be continually assessed to ensure children are always reading at their appropriate level.
Throughout the year, we will continually use our teacher assessments to plan next steps for learning and recover learning lost due to COVID-19.
In June 2022, there will be a Phonics Screening for all Year 1 children which will inform us and their future teacher of their phonic awareness and understanding.
Thankfully this year we will be conducting Parents’ Evenings face to face. There will be two Parents’ Evenings this academic year; one in the week beginning 20th September and another in March. You will be given notice from the office, of the exact dates and to sign up for a time slot electronically.
Year Group specific
Good to Be Green: In Year 1, we introduce the whole school behaviour approach called Good to Be Green. This system allows children to feel rewarded for good learning behaviour, and also monitor and self-reflect on behaviours that may have a negative impact on their learning. The children seem to be very excited about the Good to Be Green charts in our classrooms as we are sure you have already found out!
Story time is something the school does a lot with your children, so we really encourage you to keep reading books at home. Children can also listen to stories online, which can help support them in their daily reading:
Last year for World Book Day, Rob Biddulph, an author and illustrator, visited Bounds Green and did an amazing workshop for our key stage one children. He is doing really amazing online art activities for children. Click the link below: