Notices & Reminders
This is the email address if you need to contact us:-
Our current subscription to Reading Eggs has now expired and we have no plans to renew it at the present time.
The children will be returning to school next week so will be able to access school reading books, but in the meantime, please access some of the other online books whilst in this last week of remote learning. As I mentioned at the start of term there are other websites that provide access to online books for the children to read, and I have copied the links again below.
Don't forget to also access the World Book Day website to engage with lots of fun reading activities and resources.
Thank you for helping us to orgainise the appointments for our parent consultation. We now have your times but we would like your preferences for how we do them. You have a choice of a phone call or zoom consultation. Some of you might prefer a phone call on the day as you might have a child from a different year group already using your device and so cannot use zoom. Could you please get in contact with us through the parent email if you would prefer a zoom meeting. We can do this through the current Year 1 zoom code. If we do not hear from you, we will assume that you would prefer a phone call.
Mrs Carroll-Lane and Mrs Higgs
World Book Day
On Thursday 4th March 2021 we will celebrate World Book Day. This is a global event where children of all ages come together to share the joy of reading for pleasure. Spending just 10 minutes a day reading and sharing stories with children can make a crucial difference to their future success and it’s fun for all involved. That is why World Book Day continues to encourage children and young people to read for pleasure through its work with authors, illustrators, publishers, bookshops and libraries.
On Thursday, the children will be working on one or more book related activities. Due to remote learning this will be slightly different to how we normally celebrate the event, but we will still be able to share, explore and enjoy books together.
Below is a link to the World Book Day website which has lots of good activities and resources that you might like to do at home. The audio and video books are a fun way of sharing a text with your child.
There is a particularly good resource that you may like to use which gives ideas for recommended texts under different topics and themes. It doesn’t give you the actual book, but it gives you an idea of books that are available that can be purchased for birthdays etc or borrowed from libraries when they reopen again.
The children will receive their book voucher as usual when they return to school on the 8th March 2021. These vouchers can be exchanged for world book day books which have been written by well known authors, or they can be used towards purchasing a text of your choice. You can exchange the vouchers in most supermarkets when you go to do your essential shopping, or you can hold onto them until book shops open once more. Most book shops are willing to extend the use by date on the voucher to accommodate this.
I hope you will join us in celebrating this event with your children.
Relaxation video - Relaxation session 1.mp4
Please find below some ideas and suggestions for the Topic Based Continuous Provision sessions. How you approach this is down to you. You can either choose an activity to complete everyday, you can stretch an activity over a few days or you can take all week to complete it. Which ever way you choose to do this, please upload onto Seesaw so we can see what you have been up to! Enjoy!
Mrs Carroll-Lane and Mrs Higgs
We are now entering our last week of the first Spring half term 2021 and our sixth week of remote learning, and what a half term we have had! For the last week there is going to be a slight change of our Timetable. This week's timetable will be added to the bottom of the page and will also be uploaded on the relevant days on Seesaw as a reminder.
On Monday, we are going to have a Scavenger Hunt just for fun! This will replace our virtual Topic lesson, but everything else you will need for the remaining Topic time will be on Seesaw for you to assess.
Mrs Spearman and Mr Walton-Geer are going to try a live assembly on Monday to see if we can get everyone on!!! Details will be uploaded on to Seesaw.
Tuesday 9th February is Safer Internet Day and will be celebrated in the UK with the theme: An internet we trust: exploring reliability in the online world. Safer Internet Day 2021 celebrates the amazing range of information and opportunities online, and its potential to inform, connect and inspire us, whilst also looking at how young people can separate fact from fiction. The campaign focuses on how we can decide what to trust online, supporting young people to question, challenge and change the online world for the better. It will explore how influence, persuasion and manipulation can impact young people’s decisions, opinions and what they share online. The day will also look at the emotional impact navigating a misleading online world can have on young people and why it is important to create a supportive, critical and questioning culture online that encourages debate and discussion. We want to give young people the skills to support one another, and the strategies to spot and speak out against harmful and misleading content online. In the afternoon, the children will get involved in some discussions and activities on how to be safe while online. More details will be uploaded on to Seesaw on the day.
On Friday afternoon, there will not be the usual virtual RE lesson but everything you will need, will be on Seesaw. Every other session will happen as usual.
This half term has been a very different experience for all of us, but haven't we all done well?! Between an unstable Internet connection and saying 'mute yourself' over and over and again, we still manage to overcome these challenges. We are very proud of all the children who join us remotely all they times they can, attempted as many tasks as they can and share them on Seesaw. A big thank you to all the parent, grandparents and carers who encourage the children to do all these things while trying to juggle all those other things they are expected to do.
Mrs Carroll-Lane, Mrs Higgs and Mrs Lowers
Tomorrow, Friday 29-01-21, I will be conducting a survey. Most of the questions have the answer options of 'Happy', 'Not Bothered' or 'Sad'. To make it easier for me to record the answers to these question, it would be helpful if the children drew three faces, one happy, one sad and one with a straight line to represent 'Not Bothered'. They will also need to have four different coloured cards, green, blue, yellow and red. These can just be pieces of paper coloured separately. it would be great if the children had these close to hand every time we zoom. I will ask a few questions at a time. I hope this makes sense, if not, you can ask me to clarify during register in the morning.
Dear parents and carers,
Oh my, what a day! It started off with the Internet not working! Then I uploaded two PowerPoints of the answers to the Daily GPS rather than one with questions and one with answers! And then to top it off......the confusion over this afternoons P.E. session! What can I say except "Thank goodness it's Friday" and pass it off as one of those days! My sincere apologies for all the mishaps. I would love to say that it won't happen again but the chances are they will, just not that often, hopefully!
I didn't get a chance to say goodbye to you and hope you all have a good weekend, so here it is. I would like to take this opportunity to thank you all for your ongoing support, patience and understanding (especially on days like today!). Your kind words and messages go a long way to make stressful days, such as today, easier to cope with.
Mrs Carroll-Lane, Mrs Higgs and Mrs Lowers
Apologies for the breakdown in our Internet service. I have uploaded my Maths teaching slides to Seesaw. Go through them if you wish and then move on to the independent activity. Hopefully I will see you all again at 1:15pm.
Thursday 2:30 - 3:00
During this period of remote learning it is important that you continue supporting your child with their reading.
In Reception, Year 1, 2 and 3 this can be sitting with your child and listening to them read. Ideally you should try and do this every day even if it is just for 5-10 minutes. It will help you all to keep structure and routines going which we know is good for our mental health.
With the older children it may not be necessary to hear them read as frequently, and so just catching up with them every few days about what they are reading would be a great idea. You can either listen to them read or get them to tell you what they have been reading and ask them questions. You could ask them:-
Are they enjoying the book? Why?
What do they think might happen next?
What has been the most/least favourite part so far?
Who are the characters? Tell me about them/him/her/it?
Have they read any other books by this author?
Which one of their friends would enjoy this book? Why?
Talking about a book is a great way to see how much your child has understood and engaged with the text.
We know that you may not have reading books at home that your child can access but there are several online sites that you can look at.
The Oxford Owl website has an online library of e-books that your child can read. We used this website during the first lockdown and you should be able to register for free and access appropriate books for your child.
You can select age appropriate books by either selecting the age of your child or if you use the Levels drop down bar you can select the book band that your child is on. If you are unsure check with your child as they should know, but if they have forgotten then email the class teacher and they will let you know.
Children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 still have access to Reading Eggs until the end of February. Your child can use this resource independently, but I think it would be good to listen to them read where you can. As the children become more confident with their reading, they should be accessing the Reading Eggspress site which gives them books they can read and quizzes once they have read the book. You should be able to find it on the home screen.
Each child should have their login but if you are unable to find it please email the class teacher.
Children in Year 4 and some children in Year 5 have access to Lexia which is an online reading site which supports the reading curriculum. Your child should have their own login. Please contact the class teacher if they do not know it.
There are many other online reading sites that you can access and it is good to explore them with your child. The Book Trust provides books that children can read along with
If you find any useful ones please share them with each other and let us know.
We will continue to update you where we can when we find helpful resources that will support children with reading at home.
The homework for this time of remote learning is just focused on reading so please make sure your child reads as frequently as they can. Reading is a key skill and is so crucial; it is more important than ever that we encourage our children to read and love books. Try and make the reading experience as positive as possible and please do let the class teacher know if you are having any difficulties engaging your child or accessing texts and resources.
Here is the link for your celebration assembly today at 11.45am:
Here is the link to your celebration assembly today:
Dear parents and carers,
There has been a technical glitch with our assembly today! Mr Worton-Geer is on the case!! Please try again!
Thank you to everyone who has worked incredibly hard last week. As our children are in Year 1 and from several feedbacks from parents, we have amended the time table to reduce zoom sessions and focus the curriculum to meet the needs of the children. All virtual slots have stayed the same, or have been taken off and replaced with online learning to reduce jumping in and out of zoom and to help with work load for children. Register has changed so that we don't need to jump off and back on again.
We hope this hasn't caused too much distribution but until we try things out we don't know how they work. This new time table should reduce virtual sessions but also give you time to complete work given.
Mrs Carroll-Lane and Mrs Higgs
Here is the link to our assembly today at 11.45am:
Here is the link to our assembly today at 11.45am:
Here is a link to the assembly today at 11.45am:
Hello Year 1!
Happy New Year from the year 1 team! Once again, thank you for our generous gifts. We hope you had a great Christmas and break, even if it wasn't what you had planned.
We're looking forward to seeing you - but to be safe for us all, we will helping you with your learning on Zoom for most of you. Please find the link ON THE HOMEWORK PAGE - it will be used for all the lessons. You can find the timetable below.
During the next few weeks, we may need to phone you to provide support for your child - please be aware that this is likely to be an unknown number.
We look forward to 'seeing' you soon.
Mrs Higgs and Mrs Carroll-Lane
Dear Parents and carers,
We'd like to say a huge thanks for your kind gifts for Christmas. We've loved working with the children again this term. We hope everybody has a safe and happy Christmas and we look forward to seeing you all again in the new year!
Mrs Higgs, Mrs Caroll-Lane and Mrs Lowers
If you are doing blended learning from home, here is the link for the Christingle assembly. We have this planned for 9:30.
Carol service for today:
Dear parents and carers,
Mrs Higgs, Mrs Lowers and myself wish to pass on our congratulations to all the Year 1 children for achieving the hat trick of obtaining the ‘Tidy Friday’ award, the Numbots Trophy and the class with the highest attendance. No other year group has managed to do this so we are very proud that Year 1 would be the first class to reach this milestone. It is also the sixth time we recorded the highest attendance award. All these awards are very special to the children and are not that easy to achieve. Well done Year 1, keep up the good work!
CHRISTMAS DINNER - JUMPERS
Tomorrow is EYFS/KS1 Christmas lunch. Children may bring into school a Christmas jumper to change into just before lunchtime. They are then welcome to wear them for the rest of the day. They can wear the jumper regardless of whether they are a school dinner of a packed lunch.
Blended Learning 16th-18th December 2020
Thank you to those parents and carers who have informed me of their choice of Option A or Option B. If you haven't yet done so, please let me know by tomorrow so that I can make the necessary arrangements. School remains open until 18th December and I will be in class with the children, but I hope that our class bubble does not have to isolate any time after 15th, as that would mean all of us, pupils and staff, isolating over Christmas.
On Tuesday 8th December the children will be taking part in a short video as part of our Christmas celebrations. If possible we would like them to bring in a Christmas Jumper on that day so that they can wear it for their part of the video. The children must come to school in their normal school uniform and bring their jumper with them in a small bag. They will then put on their jumper for the session. If you have any questions please send them to the usual class email address.
This half term's homework has been posted in the homework section. Please remember that reading AND Numbots should be daily. We've noticed that children are not using Numbots as regularly as they should be. We've added some suggestions for activities linked to our English and Maths focus this half term as well as some topic related ideas.
Please do email if you are unable to access the homework page.
We look forward to seeing all your wonderful work on Seesaw. Again, do let us know if you cannot access Seesaw.
We're all back in the swing of things already. We've had a great start to this half term and enjoyed a visit from Rainbow and Sunny the guinea pigs this week. There are a small selection of pictures in the year 1 gallery.
Our topic this half term is "In the Wild". This is a slight change from the original title of "On Safari". The slight shift gives us access to a greater range of texts.
Wednesday 30th September 2020
I have had a few queries regarding Seesaw which have baffled me as a complete novice. However, I have worked out the issues some of you have been experiencing with uploading work. The QR codes that were given to me to issue were for the wrong app - 'Seesaw family'. I have sourced the correct codes today for 'Seesaw class' and will send them home tomorrow so please keep an eye out in the book bags! Sorry for any confusion caused.
Any theme linked homework can be uploaded using this code as a photograph or document, I believe (please refer back to notice status!).
You will see images and work appear on Seesaw from teachers from time to time - they are for use in class when we have access to the iPads. If we upload any tasks for homework, we will make it clear for parents. Homework tasks can be accessed in the homework tab on the left of this page.
Tuesday 29th September 2020
Homework and book changing
We just wanted to make you aware that Homework has been posted on the homework tab for year 1. Homework should be completed weekly - at least one piece per week. Please share your child's work via Seesaw - we ask that you don't send anything into school.
Daily homework: Reading and Numbots.
Reading books will be changed when books have read twice (we need to see evidence of this in the diary). Reading books twice helps develop fluency. Please remind your child in the morning that they need to hand their book in for changing if it has been read twice. We would also like you to know that the children are choosing their own books in link with the stage we've identified so if they come home with a book they've read before they must really like that one!
Mrs Higgs & Mrs Carroll-Lane
Tuesday 15th September 2020
Your children will be bringing home an invitation for Seesaw - an online learning platform (replaces Tapstry). I've attached a sheet below with instructions and FAQs.
Our teacher meet presentation will be uploaded on Seesaw tomorrow so do get yourselves logged on as soon as you can.
Wednesday 9th September 2020
I would like to echo Mrs Carroll-Lane's warm words of how lovely it has been to be back with the children. I'm sure many of you are aware that we are all tiring easily at the moment, however the children are keen to be in class to impress us with their behaviour and knowledge.
We tried P.E. today for the first time as a whole class. Ordinarily, we would have done this well before year 1! A few children did not have their kit today. Could I please ask that all P.E. kits are in school A.S.A.P. but no later than Monday morning? Provisionally our P.E. days are Wednesday and Thursday. If this changes, we will endeavour to let you know A.S.A.P. P.E. is also weather dependant, as it must be carried out outside (please ensure your child has suitable outdoor P.E. clothing).
As you may be aware, we are unable to support children with dressing due to social distancing advice. On that note, we would appreciate your support to encourage your children to practise dressing and undressing as independently as possibly at home - particularly buttons and putting clothes in the right way. It may even be worth introducing a timer and a reward system for some of the children. Please avoid tights on P.E. days and consider skirts or trousers instead of dresses, for the girls, as some had difficulty removing them.
On a different note, a few of the girls let their hair down at school today - there was definitely a domino effect going on! As with dressing and undressing, we are unable to help children with their hair due to social distancing advice so if you could reinforce this at home it would be much appreciated - I'm sure we'd all like to avoid visits from the creepy crawlies!
Please do move as much into view of myself and Mrs Carroll-Lane at the end of day collection as soon as possible and when safe to do so and we will endeavour to dismiss the children to you as swiftly as possible. We do ask that, once children are collected, parents head out of school as soon as possible. If your child has left anything in the classroom, please make the teacher aware the next day - sending children back in for forgotten items will slow the flow at the end of the day and we really to want to keep all of our school community safe. We will endeavour to remind pupils of all their belongings they need to have.
The children are really beginning to know the new routines that we are developing together and learning their way around the classroom - we're already developing a sense of belonging. I have also witnessed many acts of kindness with children supporting each other where adults would normally help. It has been lovely to see the compassion the children show a hurt or upset classmate too! I'm incredibly proud of them.
Thank you for your support.
Hello everyone and welcome back! It was lovely to have back in my classroom a full house of happy smiling children again! I can't believe it has been six months since we were all together. All the children adapted really well to the current routine, better than I did!
The next few weeks are going to be challenging as we all discover what works and what doesn't. It's all going to be trial and error. There will probably be changes that might need to take immediate action and I will try to let you know as soon as possible via our webpage. I will do my best to keep up to date with these changes or any other news but I will apologise in advance if I don't do this quick enough. If you have any questions about anything please do email me on the class email and I will reply as soon as I can. I will take this opportunity to remind you to use the Year 1 email address which is at the top of the page.
Mrs. Higgs and myself are taking this week to listen to children read and try to gauge accurately where they are. This might mean that it looks like your child may have gone back on a Band but it will probably be short lived until things start to smooth out so please bare with us. Also, to avoid touching the reading books and Reading Records as much as possible, we need to leave a few days between you hearing your child read and us hearing them read and change books. This might mean that your child could be listened to, and have their books read once a week. Thank you for your cooperation and patience.
A fruit delivery will be in school tomorrow (Tuesday 08-09-20) but this will not be available for the children to eat until Wednesday. Therefore, if you wish your child to have a snack tomorrow, then please send in something from home. Remember this should be a healthy snack.
I need to remind you that the drop off time is still staggered, however, if the door is open, which will be at 8:40 am (and not before) kiss your child at the gate and send them on through by themselves to the classroom. Please do not come through the gate. We need to continue with the quick, free flow of parents/carers who 'kiss, drop and go'!
I also need to remind you to send your child in with a water bottle. We are unable to provide cups for the children, and this includes lunch time, so it is really important they have access to drinking water throughout the day.
Please make sure your child has warm clothes to wear. The classroom is extremely well ventilated with our doors and windows needed to be kept open all day, which can sometimes means it can be a bit chilly!
I think that is all for now, but watch this space!