Year 1 Information

All of the Year 1 curriculum information and newsletters

Welcome to Year 1

1DS

Nicola Degl’innocenti and Jo Stevens
1ds@grovelands.e-sussex.sch.uk

1CD

Sarah Cox and Helen Dawson
1cd@grovelands.e-sussex.sch.uk

1AH

Other Adults in Year 1

Tracey Lawford, Sue Read and Louise Matthews.

Making Contact

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We like to welcome the children in calmly each morning so we would prefer if you could wait until after school if you need to talk to us.
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Please pass on any messages to the Teaching Assistants on the doors in the morning and they will pass it on to the relevant teacher. We will contact you or catch up with you at the end of the day.
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If you want to talk to the teacher we are very happy for you to catch us at the end of the day. But please can you wait until we have safely seen the rest of the class out.

PE kit:

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Please could we have PE kit in school at all times.
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All PE items should be clearly named.
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No jewellery to be worn.
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If ear studs cannot be removed they will be taped.
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Bare in mind school uniform on PE days e.g. pinafores and tights!
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PE sessions will take place twice a week.
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Everyone on a Wednesday and then also on a Thursday or Friday.

School Dinners

Children can choose each day. Packed lunch on the trolley - Please bring a separate bottle of water to keep in the classroom.

Share a Book

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We would love to invite you to come into school with your child on a Tuesday morning to ‘Share a book’.
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Arrive with your child and stay until 9.05.
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Invitation is open to parents, grandparents, family friend. Anyone who would enjoy sharing a book with your child.
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Younger siblings invited too!

Reading at Home

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Please read with your child at home as often as possible, and make a quick comment in the reading diary.
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We will send home a current reading book from the scheme usually changed twice a week.
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They will also bring home a story book they have chosen, which they can change in the morning as they arrive each day.
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If there isn’t a teachers comment recorded in their reading diary it doesn’t mean they haven’t been reading! There are lots of different reading opportunities each day. It may be we have enjoyed a book or poem as a class or read as part of a phonics session.

Supporting your Child at Home

Writing

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Please use lower case letters - apart from at the start of a sentence.
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Please encourage the correct pencil grip.
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Play games using the high frequency words such as Bingo, snap, memory game.
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Encourage your child to use their phonics to sound out when they are writing.

Maths

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Lots of counting! To and from 100, then starting from different numbers.
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Can they say the number 1 more or 1 less than a given number.
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Count in 2’s, 5’s and 10’s.
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Time - look at a clock and talk about what activities happen at different times of the day particularly focusing on o’clock and half past.
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Money - Give your child some money to spend in the shop, talk about the coins given and received as change.

Home Learning

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As well as reading, which we cannot stress enough the importance of, the children might come home with topic based homework e.g Axolotl poster and making Christmas decorations.
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Purple Mash for Maths.

Helping in the Classroom

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Please let us know if you would like to come in to help in the classroom.
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You may be asked to work with small groups, listen to readers or help with classroom preparation. Whatever it is we would be very grateful!
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You will need to be DBS checked before you can start. Please ask at the office for a form.
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You will need a DBS if you hope to join us on a school trip too.
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You may like to get involved with our Forest School.

Phonic Screening

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In June the children will undertake a phonic screening.
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The phonic screen tests the children’s knowledge of segmenting and blending.
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They will be shown 40 real and nonsense words and be asked to read them.
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For the past three years the pass mark has been 32 out of 40.
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We will hold another meeting later on in the school year regarding the Phonic Screening.

Example ‘Nonsense ‘ words.

+Nonsense Words

Example ‘Real’ words

+‘Real’ words

Cooking

Please may we have a contribution of £1.50 towards cooking ingredients.

Growth Mindset

A growth mindset thinking can result in:

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A love of learning and self-improvement.
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Wanting to be challenged.
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A willingness to work.
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A willingness to apply effort and practice.
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Learning from mistakes and efforts.
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Being self-motivated.

Please Remember…

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To bring a named water bottle.
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To bring in a sun hat or ideally leave one in their tray and have a separate one for home.
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To send in a coat unless a particularly dry spell, we won’t make them wear them but they have them on their pegs if the weather changes during the day.
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To check their book bags.

The Year Ahead

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Please come and talk to us about any worries you have and likewise we will liaise with you about any concerns we have.
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We are all keen for your children to be happy at school and to have a lot of fun learning, playing and working together over the year ahead.
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We are excited about the new topics and learning experiences we have planned and are confident your children are going to have a great time in Year 1.

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Grovelands School, Dunbar Drive,
Hailsham, East Sussex, BN27 3UW.

Staff Contacts

  • Headteacher: Mr Jon Goulding
  • School Secretary: Mrs Carol Williams
  • Chair of Governors: Mr Paul Young
  • Designated Safeguarding Lead:  Mrs M McKay
  • Inclusion Leader: Ms C Adams
  • Deputy DSLs:  Miss K Swaine, Ms C Adams,
    Mr J Goulding

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