Expectations

Welcome to Key Stage One

Our classes

Class 3 – Mrs McNichol and Mrs Jones

Class 4 – Miss Jewitt

Class 5 – Miss Emsley

In Key Stage One we are organised into three classes which are situated on the ground or first floor.

Daily routine

In a morning, we meet in the back playground. At 8:45 the bell will ring and your child needs to come and line up with their class. Your child’s class teacher will then lead their class inside to their classroom. At 10:30 we have our morning playtime. Your child can bring in a small healthy snack to enjoy or a small amount of money to buy a snack from the trolley provided by the kitchen staff. At 12pm we have our lunch break. Your child will have their lunch in the bottom hall if they are a school dinner and in the top hall if they are a packed lunch. At 2pm we will have our afternoon play, where your child will be able to have a free piece of fruit. School finishes at 3:15. Your child will be brought into the back playground where you will be able to collect them. Please inform us if your child will be attending ‘Fun Club’ or if someone else is collecting your child.

Communication

Parent and teacher meetings will be held in the Autumn and Spring terms. We will be able to discuss how your child has settled in, the progress they are making and how you can further help your child at home. If at any point you need to speak to your child’s teacher, please make an appointment with the office if it will take longer than a quick question before or after school. You can also use their partnership books to note down any questions – they will be checked every Friday by your child’s class teacher so any queries can be picked up then.

Curriculum

This year, we have some really exciting topics.  In the Spring term, we will be learning about London in the past, and how it has changed into the place it is today. In the Summer term, we will be exploring the garden to learn about plants and minibeasts.

Reading

It is essential, to help your child progress, that you read regularly with your child. In school, they will read individually once a week and again in a guided reading session. We use the Bug Club reading scheme which we also use for teaching phonics. When you read, please make a note in your child’s partnership book so we can celebrate this in school.  Please also record other books your child is reading (library/home books) as well as their school reading book. Your child’s school book will usually only be changed once a week but if you require more books please select from the same colour box in the meeting room – you can change these books as often as is required.

Phonics and spellings

Your child will have a phonics session every day where they will be building upon the knowledge gained in Reception or Year 1. On a Wednesday your child will be given some spellings, linked to their sound of the week, stuck in their partnership book. Their phonics lesson will focus on this sound or spelling choice for a week and they will then have a spelling test the following Wednesday.

Targets

Your child will be given a class reading and writing and an individual SMIRF target. Their SMIRF (space mission instant recall fact) target is maths based and will be checked in school, every other week. The target should be learnt to a fast recall level. Each target must be successfully checked three times, before a new one is given. Reading and writing targets are given every half term. They will provide our focus for learning in school but also give you and your child an opportunity to practise at home.

Homework

Alongside their reading, spellings and SMIRF’s, your child will also receive a homework menu which allows them to choose their task for the week. They will have a book to do their homework, which then needs to be handed in on a Wednesday. Your child will receive their book back on a Friday. We know that sometimes, life can be a bit busy, so if homework is handed in a little later, we don’t mind!

Uniform

Girls: Blue summer dresses or navy skirt/ dress/ trousers, white polo shirt, St. Peter’s school jumper or cardigan and dark coloured shoes.

Boys: Grey trousers/shorts, white polo shirt, St. Peter’s school jumper and dark coloured shoes.

Key stage one children should not wear ties or shirts with buttons.

PE bags, ideally drawstring, containing blue shorts, white polo shirt and pumps or trainers. In the cooler month’s tracksuit bottoms and a navy blue hoodie can be brought in as well.

Please ensure all clothing and footwear is named.

Your child should come with a coat every day as they will be outside come rain or shine.

Swimming

Year two children will go swimming every Tuesday to the Harrogate Hydro. They will need a swimming costume/trunks, a towel, goggles and a swimming hat in a suitable bag. A letter will be sent to you in the autumn term regarding payment, which will be made via Parent Pay.