Key Stage 1 phase – Year 1 and Year2

Key Stage 1 – Year 1 and Year2

The children in Year 1 and Year 2 at Rook’s Nest Academy are divided into three classes.  We have a pure Year 1 (Mrs Smith’s class), a pure Year 2 (Mr Robertshaw’s class), and a mixed class of Year 1 and Year 2 children (Mrs Milfull and Mrs Rumney’s class).  Working with the support of our teaching assistants, we have a wide variety of topics planned for this year, and intend to supplement our learning with a range of visitors. We are hoping that parents and other grown-ups will be able to join us in school on occasions to help mark events in our school calendar, such as special assemblies, workshops and fundraising days.

We will also be allocated some time in our Forest School area, where we will learn all about how we can make the most of our outdoor environment.  This will take place on Tuesday mornings, and each class will get a designated session time within the year.   Our community link is ‘Guide Dogs’, and we intend to invite into school a representative from this very important charity to explain to the children the work that the Guide Dogs do, and how we can help.

At the beginning of the year, all children in Key Stage 1 bring from school two reading books to share at home. One of these will be their ‘Practice Reading’ book, which they will already be familiar with, from reading in school.  The purpose of bringing this book home is to develop their reading fluency.  The second book is a book to share, which they will have chosen from our library collection, and can be read by a grown-up to the child, or read by the child to the grown-up.  Record of when and how your child has read should be noted in the ‘Reading Record Book’.  After October half term, our Year 1 children will continue to bring home the ‘Practice Reading’ and ‘Sharing’ books; whilst most of our Year 2 children will move on to the Accelerated Reader system.   This means that a book of their choosing will be matched according to their performance in the Accelerated Reader quizzes, which can be completed on the computer (either at home or at school).  A login for your child will be provided by school.  Children should continue to aim to change their books weekly.   In the first instance, all books should be returned on Fridays. From October half term, children in Mr Robertshaw’s should bring their book to school on Tuesdays or Fridays.

The children’s PE days are as follows:

Mr Robertshaw – Tuesday

Mrs Milfull / Mrs Rumney – Y2: Tuesdays; Y1: Thursday

Mrs Smith – Fridays

Please ensure that PE kit comes into school on the correct day, and that all kit is clearly labelled with the name of the child to whom it belongs.  Warm kit, such as joggers and a hooded top are appropriate for PE in cooler weather. A change of footwear should also be sent in.

Thank you in anticipation of your support,

Mrs Milfull, Mrs Rumney, Mr Robertshaw and Mrs Smith


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