HAGBOURNE CE PRIMARY SCHOOL
Main Road, East Hagbourne, Didcot, Oxon, OX11 9LR
Tuesday 1st November 2016
Dear Parents and Carers,
We hope you have had a good week off and are rested and ready for the run up to Christmas.
Here is a reminder about how we work in Year 1. Please can your child:
A staff member will be at the outside door to greet your child in the mornings. Please say goodbye and leave your child at the door. If you have any messages please pass them to the adult. If you need to see a teacher you may be asked to wait until there is a suitable time for the teacher to leave the classroom or you may be given an after school appointment. Thank you for your support with this, we are so impressed with how your children come in independently and get on with the school day. We have been able to minimise disruptions in the classroom and maximise purposeful learning times.
The doors will be open from 8.35am until 8.45am. If your child arrives later than this they need to enter via the school office and sign-in with Zoe or Dawn.
The school day ends at 3.00pm and staff will bring children to the gate to be collected. Please ensure you inform us if your child will be collected by a different adult to usual as you will appreciate how important it is for us to get this right.
Children may bring in named water bottles (no squash or juice). A healthy snack of fruit or veg is provided at playtime. There is no need to send additional snacks as we will be encouraging children to try different things.
This term our topic is ‘Festivals of Light’. Please see the attached Learning Web.
We will be having daily phonics lessons and hearing your child read regularly. This will be in guided sessions, small groups and 1:1 (with a variety of adults). Please continue to hear your child read at home. Ten minutes each day is ideal. Reading should be recorded in the new diaries and we will check these weekly for messages as well. Your child will be given two reading books each week - please come and see us if you wish to change these more frequently.
This term, on Fridays, we will be sending home a short maths activity for the children to complete to get them used to organising their time at home in preparation for more formal homework further up the school. These activities are games or short puzzles designed to be approached with parental guidance and involvement - it’s usually a chance for you to play a game with your child and get involved with their learning. It would be helpful if you could ask them about their thinking during the activity e.g. ‘how did you work that out?’ ‘what do you need to do next?’ ‘how do you know that?’ in order to consolidate the learning taking place during the activity. Please comment on these activities in the home-school diary where appropriate to let us know how you get on.
We would also like you to log on to RM Unify where you can access Phonics Bug and RM Easimaths along with some other useful programs for educational skills practice. There are books allocated to your child on Phonics Bug which link to our phonics sessions and allow children to practise reading in a fun way. Please use the new journals to practise the spellings on the High Frequency Word page - these are compulsory words for KS1 children and your child will need to read and spell them.
P.E. is on Mondays and Thursdays. In the colder weather children can wear tracksuit bottoms and a sweatshirt. Please ensure that children have spare socks for PE as girls cannot do it in tights.
Children need a warm waterproof coat and sturdy school shoes everyday as we often go outside. Hats and gloves will be needed as it gets colder.
As ever we really welcome and value your help. Please let us know if you are able to come in and work with us. Thank you to those who have already volunteered - it really does make a difference.
Thank you very much for your support.
Jo Hudson, Cheryl Sánchez and Margaret Leishman