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Year 1

Ms Henry- Teacher  Miss Srur-Teaching Assistant

Welcome to year 1.

Year one is the beginning of a new stage, hence is marked as KS1 (Key Stage 1). It is the beginning of a more formal education and for some children it can take a little longer to adjust than others. We work closely with Foundation Stage (Reception Class) and try to make the transition from Reception to year one as smooth as we can. One of the ways in which we ensure this is happening is that we hold a “transition meeting” with parents of children in Reception towards the end of the year. Although we are a small school and most children know most of the teachers, we still feel it helps children to pay a  ‘visit’ to their next classroom and meet their new teacher. We have handover meeting with Reception class teachers and Year Two teacher. We have the Foundation Profile assessments to find out about your child’s academic and personal achievements.

In year one, we have a daily supported reading programme, which makes great impact on children reading and writing. We assess all children at the beginning and the end of the year to track the progress they have made. Most children make good progress and very quickly become independent readers and writers.  We have a number of parent volunteers and members of staff who help us with this programme. Children will be reading and writing with a trained adult for half an hour every day and will be taking books home on a daily basis. The more they read and write the more they get better at it!

In addition to daily literacy lesson, and supported reading, we teach daily phonics. We follow the Letters and Sounds, which is an approved synthetics phonics programme.

We organise out of school trips and activities for our children that enrich their learning and life experiences. We also have lots of visiting performers, arts and drama taking place here at Holmleigh. We try to make our children’s learning as practical, fun and as relevant as we can to their experiences.

We have a dedicated team of teachers and teaching assistants. Unlike the other years we have two full-time teaching assistants as we know and understand it is one of the most difficult transition year for many children. We know the input in this year makes a difference in the coming years.

To find out more about the curriculum taught in year one, and how you can help your child please see the document below.