Address: York Road, Boroughbridge, YO51 9EB

Phone: 01423 322208

Year 1 (Bluebell Class and Daisy Class)

Welcome to Bluebell Class and Daisy Class (Year 1)

A place where children are nurtured, loved and feel safe; enabling a happy learning environment with high expectations in all aspects of learning that allow every child to reach their full potential.

Drop off and Collection Times:
Drop off at the KS2 Playground at 8.45am.
Pick up from the KS2 Playground at 3.15pm.

Lunch is at 11.50am and after eating lunch the children will play outside until 1pm.

What makes Year 1 special?
Our 2 classrooms offer perfect space for children to begin their Key Stage 1 journey. We create a calm classroom environment with different areas of provision throughout, including construction, mark making and reading areas. Children are encouraged to curl up with one of many beautiful books in the book corner to explore new worlds and ideas. The classroom’s have large carpet areas for lots of circle times and group learning. There is also the quad and nature garden just across the corridor where we can continue our learning outside.

Routine/Timetable                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Every morning we do Maths, Phonics and English, with foundation subjects usually taught in the afternoon. PE is on a Wednesday and Friday.
Monday – Return 3 part read book (if you have a physical copy)
Wednesday – PE (bring PE Kit)
Friday – PE Day (bring PE Kit), Reading book change day. 3 Part read book assigned onto e-library or taken home.

Please ensure that your child’s reading diary is in their bag every day.

What your child needs to bring to class 

  • Book bag (no rucksacks)
  • Reading diary
  • Reading book on a Friday to change
  • Drawstring bag for PE kit
  • Water bottle
  • When the weather is wet children may wish to bring a pair of wellies.
  • Sunhat in the summer months
  • A waterproof coat for the cold months
  • 3 Part read book (if requested physical book) returned on Monday
  • Please ensure that all items are clearly named.

Keeping you informed

  • We will hold two face to face parent meetings every year (one in the Autumn Term and another in the Spring/Summer Term)
  • We send out annual school reports in July.
  • Key information specific to your child will be sent via ParentApps.
  • Weekly whole school newsletters and half termly class newsletters will be sent out via ParentApps and are also available to view on the school website.
  • Noticeboards are updated with whole school information as often as possible.
  • Please contact the office for all general enquiries.
  • Staff will be available at drop off and pick up times should any quick messages need to be passed on.
  • If you have a more specific query relating to your child, please email the class teacher. The class teacher will respond as soon as possible during their working hours.

We continue to support children needing phonics with Little Wandle
Children take part in a three part read in small groups with an adult. The reads will focus on decoding, prosody and comprehension.
We use techniques from The Write Stuff to promote independent creative writing. We experiment with different sentence types verbally and writing them down.
We use White Rose Maths and supplement this to support the curriculum. We use a small range of concrete resources to calculate numbers to 100. We use NCETM ‘Mastering Number’ approach to secure firm foundation in the development of good number sense.
Other subjects
We have long term plans in place which delivers an ambitious curriculum for the children. We ensure these are exciting and build up on what the children already know and are ready for what they need to know next.

The topics learnt in Year 1 cover all areas of the National Curriculum. To give just a few examples of what we cover, within History lessons we look at significant individuals such as Mary Seacole and Florence Nightingale, to significant events like the Great Fire of London. In Science we explore seasonal change throughout the year and look further into materials, and plants and animals. Throughout the year we plan launches and landings for children to get hooked onto the topic and also consolidate their learning. We love broadening children’s experiences further with professionals coming in to visit and going on school trips.

Please see our website for further details about the curriculum that we follow and to see our Long Term Plans.

How we monitor children’s progress

  • Children’s progress is monitored throughout lessons and we use a ‘keep up, not catch up’ approach to learning, ensuring every child is given the appropriate support to reach their full potential in class. Marking children’s work will inform next steps and future planning and notes are made regarding progress.
  • We do half termly phonics assessments to ensure children are on track with their learning
  • Each term children complete assessments for Writing and Maths. These assessments are then used to inform planning the next steps for each individual child.
  • They also highlight which pupils need specific interventions to support their learning.
  • Subject leaders will complete data analysis, book trawls and pupil voice activities to monitor progress.

How you can help your child at home
Communication between home and school is an important part of a pupil’s education. Research shows that when parents/carers support their child at home their academic achievement is significantly enhanced. Ways that you can support your child at home could be listen to your child read at least 5 times a week and spending quality time developing oracy through conversation.

Reading enables children to learn facts about the world they live in and opens them up to different ideas, stories and opportunities. It helps them in all aspects of the curriculum and research shows children that read for pleasure achieve more academically. Listening to your child read a few nights a week and asking them questions about what they are reading can make a big difference in their reading ability and their love for reading. Letting your child listen to you read exposes them to new vocabulary and letting them listen to your expression can also increase their love of reading.

Your child will have a reading diary and it is encouraged that they read at home 5 times a week (10-20 minutes at a time) and this should include the phonics decodable book that is assigned to them on the Collins e library of, if you have selected this, a physical copy of the book which must be retuned every Monday. Logins to the e-library are inside your child’s reading diary.

We hope that you and your child will enjoy a happy and fulfilling time with us. We aim to provide a challenging and stimulating environment, in which children can become motivated, independent learners, who value the contribution of themselves and others. We look forward to working with you to ensure that your child’s education has the best possible foundations.




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