Welcome to our two Year 1 Classes –
Miss Hill and Miss Collier are the class teachers.
Music and French are taught by specialist teachers. The children
usually join Year 1 at the beginning of the Autumn term in the
academic year in which they have their sixth birthday. New pupils
are welcome at any time, if there are spaces available.
Strong emphasis continues to be placed on the essentials of grammar,
literacy and numeracy. Each child has a Reading Folder which goes
between school and home each day along with a reading book, spelling
book and contact book. Children have one to one time each day in
school to hear their reading. The children also visit the Library
Bus to borrow books to take home.
Each term is an exciting one. Through our History lessons we are
learning about people who lived long ago including the Tudor period.
They also enjoyed many of the things that we like. To enhance our
learning we have class trips for example, to the Tudor Day at the
Museum of Kent Life. We are also looking at some of the important
people who have shaped our festivals such as Guy Fawkes for bonfire
night and Jesus for Christmas etc.
In Science lessons we enjoy experiments based on observations and
experimentation. We explore ‘ourselves’ through our senses and
exploration of ‘materials’ to question objects made of different
materials. We find out why they would be the best choice for a
A specialist teacher builds on the French words and an understanding
of French culture learnt in Reception. Children also have weekly
music and singing lessons by a specialist teacher.
Individuals and small groups are given special support, where
necessary, to help reach their potential.
We encourage the children to increase their independence gradually
as they progress through the school. When they reach Year 1, we hope
they can be dropped at the school gate in the morning to come up the
stairs into school on their own. Parents are welcome to watch them
enter the classrooms from the playground.
Homework is set daily, which is varied. Spellings are set at the
beginning of the week and are tested at the end of the week. We ask
parents to hear their child read daily after school. Associated
homework can include work to help with phonics and sentence
structure and to encourage enjoyment of story reading.
Children are encouraged to investigate further at home into the
topics we study at school. Children often bring in a related book or
object from home for our topic table.
Children need to have a named large pencil case in school. It should
contain the following: eraser, 2 sharp HB pencils, sharpener,
coloured pencils and felt tip pens and a short ruler. All equipment
should be named.
Please provide your child with a named water bottle and table napkin
in a soft case.