Welcome to the Year 1 / 2 Badgers class
The Badgers class will be taught by myself, Mrs Berry and supported by Miss Khan. We are the Key stage 1 supported learning group so we are a smaller class and will be spending lots of time revisiting previous learning and working on our speech and language skills so we can make lots of progress. Learning through play will continue alongside more formal learning in a structured environment. Miss Khan and I are looking forward to working together with the whole family to ensure a happy and productive year for your child. This overview contains some information to familiarise you with the new routines and expectations for year 1 and 2.
Our aim is for a smooth transition from Foundation Stage to Key Stage One and from year 1 to year 2. The Year One curriculum builds on the experiences that children have had in Reception.
The school day starts at 8.55am, however, an adult is in the room from 8.45am and on those wet and rainy days the doors are opened early. It is really important for your children to arrive on time every day as they are expected to attend a whole school assembly at the beginning of each day.
In Year 1 /2 we expect:
- Reading books in reading bags to be brought in every day.
- Children need to be heard read at home and talked to about what they have read every day.
- Reading record to be signed and a simple comment to be share how your child has read.
- A charge of £5 for lost/damaged reading books.
- We encourage our children to be independent, therefore we ask parents to remain outside the building at the start and end of the day. If you need to talk to staff then please do.
- Home learning to be completed on a regular basis.
- Spellings to be practised.
- P.E. kit to be in school on P.E. days
In KS1 we focus our learning on different topics throughout the year; this supports the children to make links across the different subjects. We cover several topics throughout the year including;
Autumn 1 – Growth and Green Fingers
Autumn 2 – Fire! Fire!
Spring 1 – Family Album
Spring 2 – Penguins, Possums and Pigs
Summer 1 – The Great Outdoors
Summer 2 – Robots
Children are taught phonics through the Read, Write Inc (RWI) programme with the addition of sounds from Letters and Sounds. In Year 1 all children will have a phonics screening check during June and the results will be reported to you within their report at the end of the summer term. Teachers will also make assessments of progress throughout the year. Children who are in year 2 who did not achieve the expected standard will re-sit the phonics screening check at the end of year 2.
In Year 1 and 2 we expect children to read daily with adults at home. Flash cards with tricky words may be included in reading work. Yellow home learning books will be given out each Tuesday and your child will need to return it the following Monday. Homework will vary depending on the need of your child and also our topics.
The Badger children have two sessions per week on Thursday morning and Friday afternoons. Please ensure that your child has a white t-shirt, black shorts and a pair of black pumps or trainers (Velcro fastening or elastic). All kit should be named and kept in a labelled pump bag to be left on the P.E. kit pegs. It is advised the children keep their P.E. bags in school for the half term, as occasionally your child may use it as spare clothes when an accident has occurred.
Children have access to a daily healthy snack and a small bottle of milk during the morning session. Throughout the day children have a water bottle labelled with their name that they can have access to throughout the day.
If you would like to discuss further or have any questions regarding what is being covered in Year 1 / 2 Badgers class then please contact the office to make an appointment with myself.
Mrs Berry and Miss Khan