Welcome to Key Stage 1 We hope that you and your child will be very happy in Key Stage 1; we make it our aim to work closely with you and form a partnership of learning. You know your child better than anyone and we want to work with you to provide the very best care, education and experiences that your child will treasure forever.
Below I have added some important information. I hope this will be useful to you, but if you have any further questions, don’t hesitate to ask!
In years 1 and 2 the children should now have the basis and foundation on which learning can really develop and be extended. We follow the National Curriculum and we try to enhance this further by looking at the children’s interests, needs and next steps in learning.
We aim to make learning fun and by making it personalised, the children should know what they need to work on next, in order to be successful. The children have daily opportunities to conduct their own independent learning through their targets and challenges within the class environment and the outdoors. The teacher conducts quality learning focus time in small differentiated groups in numeracy and literacy each day ensuring the children continue to progress further.
Other subjects such as history, geography, art and design, music, design technology, information and communication technology, are taught following the National Curriculum and by tapping into our wonderful IPC curriculum (International Primary Curriculum) - in IPC the children make connections about the world, drawing on a global experience of the rich tapestry of life. Topics include “Transport,” “Dressing Up,” “Time Detectives,” ”Our World” and “The Places People Go.” These topics change each half term - you will be notified through a class letter what the topic is and how you can help.
(If you have talents or resources that could enhance the topics taught, please let your child’s class teacher know.) The activities and learning are skills based and are practical in nature and we always start a new topic with a real point of interest, discussing what it is that we would like to learn, do and find out next.
In the classroom, the environment has been carefully and thoughtfully set up, to inspire children to become independent learners, who want to develop their skills or find out more for themselves.
The school day is balanced with teacher led lessons which are differentiated to support real and appropriate learning for each child, there are focused lessons for groups with an adult and there are appropriate challenges that your child does independently.
Assessment is an integral part of the learning and development process. Children in Key Stage 1 are assessed using many different methods, through observation of what they are doing in their day-to-day activities including their independent and challenge times. Teachers will question your child, mark their unaided work and from time to time, give tests. These are then used to plan the next activities that will help your child learn and develop further.
In the summer term, the year 1 children will take a simple phonic test, that will show their understanding of letter blends, there will be nonsense words like “blan” as well as real words that the children should sound and blend together. We will inform you of the test results in the final report and give targets to work on next.
In year 2 the children sit the S.A.Ts tests in literacy and numeracy, there is nothing to worry about and the children see these as just another activity albeit a quiet and independent activity! We will let you know when these will take place and inform you of the results.
If you notice something that your child has learned at home please use the communication book and let us know!
General Information Session times
The outside door will be locked at 9.00am for safety reasons, so if you are running late you should take your child to the main entrance and you will be required to sign them in. If you bring your child into school and the door is locked when you leave, please ask a member of staff to open and lock it for you. For safety reasons please do not unlock the door and leave it open.
If someone other than yourself is picking your child up, please let us know as soon as possible. We do not wish to embarrass anyone, but we may need to make a phone call to gain permission.
If you have any worries, it is more convenient to see a member of staff at 3.30pm rather than at 8.50am when staff are usually very busy.
Girls: white polo shirt, red crew neck jumper or cardigan with school logo, grey skirt or pinafore. A red and white check dress for summer is optional.
Boys: white polo shirt, red crew neck jumper with logo, grey trousers or shorts.
All children require a pair of black pumps in a pump bag, dark coloured shorts and a white PE t-shirt. Please ensure all items are clearly labelled with your child’s name. The teacher will let you know when it is PE day.
Reading folders and caps are available to buy from school. If you are buying new shoes for your child please think about how capable they are of fastening them, buckles and Velcro are much easier at this stage than laces.
Please put your child’s name in every item of clothing. This is very important when we do PE and the children get changed. Sew-in name tapes are the best, but if this is not possible please write your child’s name in the label with pen.
If a child is absent from school due to sickness or a dental/doctor’s appointment, please telephone or send an explanatory letter to the class teacher.
Only medicines for chronic illness can be given in school (e.g. Asthma). We are not allowed to give any other medicines. We have strict guidelines in our Health and Safety policy regarding the above.
If your child has been sick or has had an upset stomach, the absence must be 48 hours from when they had their last bout.
The school car park is for staff and official visitors only unless with prior arrangement from the Head teacher. Please be aware that parking outside school does become very congested. It is regularly patrolled by the police in order to maintain the safety of the children. Please do not park on the zigzags or reverse into the school gate.
Every week a ‘Student of the Week’ is chosen from class to go forward in assembly to receive a certificate. We will let you know in advance if your child has been chosen and you will be invited to attend our ‘Celebration Assembly’ – every Friday morning at 9.10am . Children are also rewarded with stickers and stamps for good work, trying hard with activities, caring and sharing and having good manners.
We have a behaviour policy, this can be found on the school website or can be requested from the school office, however we base discipline on key agreed rules throughout school- and we aim to be positive in our approach rewarding or saying well done for good behaviour. However we have a stepped approach if a child does not behave well, they are warned to change that negative behaviour, they will lose some play time or they will have time out. If the behaviour continues, they may be sent to a senior teacher or to the Head teacher. You as parents will be informed, so that you are aware of the approach used in school and for you to discuss the behaviour with your child.
School dinners and packed lunches
At lunchtime the children go to the school hall with members of the lunch time team. The children are provided with a delicious hot meal that they themselves select from the canteen - a menu rota has been included in your pack. It would be great if you could spend time helping your child use the knife and fork at meal time.
All dinner money is to be sent in on a Monday (or if your child is ill, then on the first day that s/he returns to school). The money should be in a sealed, clearly marked envelope. Cheques should be made payable to Oldham MBC and should have your address on the reverse. Dinner money can be paid in advance, either half-termly or termly. If your child is absent then the money will be credited to the following week.
If you think that you are entitled to claim free school meals for your child, then please make an application at the Civic Centre prior to the start of the school year.
If your child is having a packed lunch please put his/her name on the lunchbox. We are a healthy school so sweets, chocolate, cans and bottled fizzy drinks are not allowed.
Hey with Zion Primary School is a ‘tooth friendly’ school and sweets are not allowed. Many parents like to share their child’s birthday with their friends, by sending a treat to share at home time. Such treats like raisins, fruit, balloons, pencils. It would be lovely if you could donate a book rather than send individual treats - your child’s name will be added to the book and shared with hundreds of children in the years to come!
We encourage children to drink plenty of water throughout the day; scientific evidence suggests that this is of great benefit to brain function. Your child is welcome to bring their named water bottle to school.
What is happening each week?
Every week we shall put a note in your child’s folder, which lets you know what we are doing in class that week, some of the key adult led activities your child will have the opportunity to choose as well as other weekly information which you might find useful.
Your child will be given regular homework activities to complete plus a reading book with flashcards and weekly spellings. Please help your child for at least 10 minutes with their reading. It really is important to unlock the world of reading in a positive manner!
Any sounds sent home should be rehearsed. The children are separated into ability groups for the teaching of phonics at school. Please help in any way you can.
All homework must be completed and returned to school.
Year 1 Expectations It is our aim that by the end of Year 1, your child (within a supportive partnership between home and school,) should be able to –
Speak and listen -
Express feelings and ideas when speaking about matters that interest them
By the end of year 2 we would like the children to have achieved level 2a.
Vital Skills Within year 1 and 2 we want the children to be self- managing, with the ability to think about more than one way to solve a problem, to be confident to ask for help, to be able to choose and use equipment independently in order to attack a set task, and to use a variety of strategies to express and control their feelings.
We want the children to be empowered to recognise when they need to talk through their ideas to solve a concern or problem they may have, to be able to listen to others, who may have a differing point of view, and to suggest a way forward following a disagreement.
We hope the children will be reflective learners, understanding what they do successfully, how to improve their learning, seeing what needs to be worked on, to know what helps them learn well and to be able to articulate their feelings to others at an appropriate time.
The independent ability to enquire further is vital! We would like your child to use a sensory approach to gather information, to ask good questions about their investigations, to have confidence to tackle questions or problems in a systematic and logical manner.
We aim to provide the children with many opportunities to be team players, working collaboratively in groups, taking turns, to share in leading others and being led, to enjoy working with others, to listen to others without interrupting them and to be able to consider group members positively.
I hope the above targets will assist you as you support your child.
I have included a numeracy pack that might help with your child’s learning and fun.
If you have access to the internet at home, I would fully recommend Education City and Espresso which are used in school. Espresso is available for free; we have arranged a package, so that the learning can continue at home. The username for all children is: student18519 and the password: heywithzion. Please try it out!
If you have any worries or comments, please don’t hesitate to share them with your child’s teacher.