Year 1 2020-2021
Year 1 Teacher
Welcome to Y1 in 2021
It's a crazy start of this academic we're in the middle of a global pandemic, however, we can now see light at the end of the tunnel.
Our year 1 classroom has a fantastic team, Mrs Kirkham, Mrs Reed and Mrs Simpkins plus a fantastic group of enthusiastic parents and children.
I'll keep you up-to-date with activities and events on the website and our school Twitter - @brindlegregson and @Year1BGL
We are at the minute supporting parents with 'Remote Learning'. In year 1 we use Seesaw as a platform for sharing and delivering videos to guide you at home. We also use zoom to connect with the children on a 1:1 or as a group-I feel it's very important for the children's mental health to keep that contact and conversation with their friends.
Yay!!!!! I am so excited to invite all children back to the classroom on Monday 8th March, it's been along time coming and I grateful that we have all adhered to the guidlines and can now resume some routine and structure. It will take us a day or so to get used to being back together. We will be using our time wisely-playing games, chatting, working together in teams and finally playing and talking together.
I encourage all my parents to come and chat, before or after school, about any issues or questions you may have. However if it is urgent and needs prompt action, please get in touch with Mrs Wilkinson in the office.
I'm contactable in person, seesaw app, phone call to the office or my email firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you for your co-operation and support.
What's new this term!
World Book Day 4/3/21
Listen to this amazing official song! World Book Day Official Song
Today we went outside to look at the new playground markings! It started to snow, so we were very excited.
Hand sanitiser/washing our hands
We are working hard to keep you as safe as we can in school. This includes washing your hands when you enter the classroom.
We had a great start to the spring term, the children are really enjoying being back at school (Key worker children), they have structure, routine, friends and a caring wealth of staff support, I am amazed by the homelearning sent in via seesaw. If you're struggling or need advice please get intouch with me!
A massive thank you to all the parents and families who have supported us, by following the social guideline written by the government and school.
Therapy Dog in school
Skippy the 3 legged therapy dog came into school with Mrs Kirkham his owner, he stayed in year 1 for the day on Friday 5th February. It was a real success, the children loved finding out about his breed and his rescue story.
Skippy is a Ratonero Bogeguero Andeluz, basically a spanish Jack Russell, he has come from a rescue centre in Spain called Galgos Del Sol - this is a charity close to Mrs Kirkham's heart (she volunteers over there in the school holidays)
Skippy has lived with Mrs Kirkham and her family for several year and is a calm and well behaved dog, he is ideal for those children, for what ever reason, need calming, sensory and a little bit of time to unwind and chill.
We have on the website the LCC risk assessment adapted for the needs of our children and staff at BGL.
Here are some of the photographs to make you smile.
Homelearning packs - Will be in the office, they can be collected, or available via the seesaw app before the start of lessons on Monday.
Reading during home learning is through Bug Club-a fantastic scheme we have bought in which links wioth our classroom phonics reading sceme. The children can read to an adult and complete the bug quizzes before moving onto the nxt book! Be careful as the bugs need completeing before it will let you move on! any issues, let me know)
We are covering phase 4 phonics at the minute.
What is the Year 1 Phonics Screening Check? In year 1, we work hard on our phonics skills, it's our bread and butter to reading and writing.
All Primary School children in Year 1 will take the Phonics Screening Test (except during this global pandemic) The test must be taken by all Year 1 children including those attending state schools, academies and free schools. It usually takes place in mid June. The test has to be on a one to one basis by a qualified teacher.
Here is a link, so that you can view past words the children have been tested on in 2014 and 2015
Year 1 Assessment - KLIPS
KLIPS stands for 'Key Learning Indicators of Performance'.
All the children will working towards these targets over the course of the year.
It is expected that the children are secure in all of these areas by the end of the year. We aim to highlight off all, or as many of these bullet points as possible, throughout the year.
Our termly overview- this gives you a flavour of what our days consist of during spring lockdown
Timetable for week beginning Monday 1st March