Welcome to the Key Stage 1 (Year 1 and Year 2) webpage!
We are very much looking forward to what we hope will be a less disruptive year for the children of Rook’s Nest Academy. Working with the support of Miss Beckwith, Mrs Hill, Mrs Dale and Mrs Overton, we have a wide variety of topics planned, and intend to supplement our learning with a range of visitors and visits, both in our outdoor learning spaces and hopefully a little further afield. We are hoping that parents and other grown-ups will be able to join us in school this year to help mark events in our school calendar, such as special assemblies, workshops and fundraising days.
Later in the year we have been allocated some time in our Forest School area, where ‘Forest John’ will teach us all about how we can make the most of our outdoor environment. Our community link is with the Guide Dogs for the Blind Association, 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.
In order to develop the children’s reading fluency and decoding skills, we provide them with a book which matches the phonic skills they are learning in school. This book will be changed at least once a week. At home, we anticipate that grown-ups will support us with developing their children’s reading, by making comment on how well they have read and to which page. As the children’s reading develops, they will move on from phonic-based books to Accelerated Reader books which are obtained from our school library. The children take a quiz on completion of the book, which checks their understanding. It is useful for the children to have a bookbag or other bag in which they can put their school reading book and reading record, so that it can be brought into school daily.
The children’s PE days are as follows:
Mr Robertshaw and Mrs Milfull – Mondays
Mrs Smith – Tuesdays
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, Mr Robertshaw and Mrs Smith