Gagle Brook Primary For Parents

Welcome to Swan Class

Welcome to Swan Class!

Miss Clark, Mrs Sammons and Mrs Walden are excited to be learning with you this year.

  • Our School Day

Please arrive at school for 8.30am, when we will begin our morning activities. You will need to bring a water bottle each day as well as appropriate clothing for the weather. (If it’s hot, make sure you have a hat, if it’s not then bring a coat.) Please make sure that all personal items are clearly labelled.

What our week looks like

Our timetable:

School finishes at 3.15pm Monday – Thursday, and at 1pm Friday.

Healthy Snacks

We are a healthy school and promote healthy snacks. There will be fruit and vegetables available, or you are welcome to bring your own alternative healthy snack. No nuts please!

Physical Education

Our PE days this term are Monday and Tuesday. Please arrive in school in your PE kit on these days. PE kits includes: plain black shorts/joggers, a plain white top/Gagle Brook PE top, black trainers, a plain black jumper.

Our Learning this term

Our topic is "once upon a time" and our Big Question next term is "what's between the pages. We will be writing a variety of stories based on our English text next term who is afraid of the big bad book. Our curriculum focus this term is English and DT. Across the term we will be exploring a variety of tradition tales and even making our own books. For further information on our curriculum offered in Year 1 this term please see our Topic Map.

In PHSE we use the Jigsaw scheme and our Jigsaw piece this year is Jigsaw Jack and we also have Jerrie Cat who helps us with our ‘paws for thought’ moments.

We use the Read Write Inc Phonics and Spelling programs and the children are familiar with Fred Frog, who helps us to read words. We place a high value on children’s reading and enjoyment of reading. Within our class we have daily ‘Drop it and read’ sessions where children are able to enjoy a wide variety of high-quality texts as a class. Our English curriculum is driven by high quality texts, both for writing and reading. We use a three-phase approach in which contextual knowledge is acquired by pupils through access to a variety of linked texts, and writing is driven by a core text each term. (Please see our topic web for further information.)

Our classroom

Our classroom is split into different area and when children are not working with an adult, they are able to explore a wide range of carefully designed independent activities that strengthen their understanding of our subjects. These activities range across our curriculum and allow children to take a hands-on exploratory approach to their learning.

Home Learning

We are often asked, ‘How can I help my child at home?’ and we recommend reading for at least 15 minutes daily, which you should record in your child’s reading record. ‘Chatter Time’ is also a great way of developing your child’s oracy skills, and much more!

Home learning is set once a week on Purple Mash and should take roughly 20 minutes. We also expect that spellings will be practiced at home each week.

Parent helpers are very welcome to support with afternoon reading, or anyone with a particular skill who would like to volunteer once a week - let one of the team know! We operate an open-door policy- please come and see us if you have a worry or a concern- we are here to help!

Best wishes,

The Year 1 Team

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