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Reception to Yr1 September 2020

Welcome to your transition page. Here you can find out a little more about your class in September 2020. We are really excited to show you who you will be learning with, where you will be learning and what you are going to learn in Year1.

Some of you have not been at school for a long time so coming back to school may make you feel a bit worried. Some things are going to be a bit different, but lots of things will still be the same - your friends will all be moving to Year 1 with you!

You will have new teachers

A message from your teacher

Miss Peters.MOV

Your new Classroom

Where you come into the school building will be different, before you came straight into your classroom - now you will line up in a different place when you hear the bell.

You will walk along a short corridor to the Year 1 class room. You will have a new place to hang your coat, how exciting! Some pegs are just outside the door and some pegs are inside the classroom. It might take a little while to remember where your peg is to start with but soon you will be able to remember.

 At lunch time you will still have your lunch in the hall and then you will go out to play on the big playground. The grown ups who look after you at lunchtime will be the same, Mrs Ciceu, Mrs Sumsion, Miss Raymond, Mrs Aslan, Miss Evangelou. The photos below show you where you will be learning in September.


It may seem a bit funny to show you photos of the toilets! For some children using different toilets can be a bit difficult to begin with. You can familiarise yourselves with what the yr 1 toilets look like and then you will feel more secure in September.

What will you be learning?

You might wonder what you will be learning in Yr1, you have already learnt so much! Mr Turner will still teach you music and Steve and his team will still teach you PE.

Below are some of the other learning you will experience in year 1....

Learning Challenge

Through Learning Challenge you will learn creatively about History and Geography, you will explore through Design and Technology and Creative Arts.

These are some of your Learning Challenge topic questions in Year 1...

  • Discoveries -Scintillating Space or Sparkling seas? (Christopher Columbus & Neil Armstrong)
  • Where do leaves go in the winter?
  • How are our toys different from toys in the past?
  • Where did and do the wheels on the bus go? (travel)
  • Local history - heritage study - Hertford Rd
  • Local history map skills


You will continue to work on phonics for reading and writing but you will also be having literacy lessons where there will be other exciting things to learn. Including writing...

  • Instructions
  • Poetry
  • Diary writing
  • Information writing
  • Scene setting and character writing
  • Traditional stories


In Maths you will  continue learning how to calculate addition and subtraction. You will learn more in depth about 2D and 3D shapes. You will begin to learn about time and money. You will begin to learn about arrays and grouping 2's and tens for sharing. Learning about measuring you will work on mass, volume, length, weight and capacity.


In science you will learn more about your 5 senses. You will learn about changes and answer questions about physical changes to plants, you will learn about animals and their babies. You will look at a variety of materials and test their properties.


The Global Pandemic of Coronavirus meant that many things changed for us all, When change happens it can cause us to become worried or confused, it can effect how we are feeling. We will be working on the importance of our mental health throughout this year to give us the skills to cope with how we feel and to enable us to know how to ask for and find help when we need to, so that we feel safe and secure and ready to learn. In September our PSHE focus will be - New beginnings and transition to year 1. Understanding our feelings and the Zones of emotional regulation.


In RE this year you will focus on the questions below, learning about what Christians believe as well as extending learning about other faiths and religions...

  • Why is it good to listen to and remember the stories Jesus told?
  • Why are saints important to Christianity?
  • What makes a saint?
  • Nativity Characters: Which Character are you? Why are you important
  • What does it mean to be a Muslim?
  • What are God’s rules for living?
  • How do Easter symbols help us to understand the meaning of Easter as Christians?
  • What is it like to live like a Jew?
  • What responsibility has God given people about taking care of Creation?


You all learnt so much during phonics sessions in Reception and you will continue on your phonics learning journey in Year1.

We will continue to teach phonics by using Ruth Miskin’s - Read Write Inc programme. Experts strongly promote the use of synthetic phonics when teaching early literacy skills to children. Synthetic phonics is simply the ability to convert a letter or letter group into sounds that are then blended together into a word.

Using Read Write Inc the children learn to read effortlessly so that they can put all their energy into comprehending what they read. It also allows them to spell effortlessly so that they can put their energy into composing what they write.

We understand that the children have all had differing phonics learning through the school closure and they will all be assessed and grouped for their current phonics level in yr1 (Don't worry the assessments are not a test - they just inform the teachers what you child needs to work on next.). In the Spring and summer term the children were grouped in Reception to target their phonics learning to their individual needs. This will continue in Yr 1 and Yr 2. 

Children will take part in small group phonic sessions with children from their own class and sometimes with children in rec and yr 2 as well. 

Over the summer you can continue support your child by...

Read, read, read – sharing stories is so important, children need to hear you read stories to them and for you to be excited about reading, you are their role model and if you love reading they will pick up on this. Read with enthusiasm, read with expression. It doesn’t matter if you change the words, make it up from the pictures or have funny voices for the characters. Read signs, read labels, read newspapers –  find print in the environment there’s lots of words all around us.

For the children who are finding it more challenging and perhaps just beginning to learn to blend these fun activities will support them

  • Close their eyes whilst you hide a noisy bunch of keys somewhere in the room, were they able to identify the direction of the sound, giving them a clue as to where to find them?
  • Play a sound talk game, you can use a collection of house hold objects put them on the floor or table in front of your child ask them ‘can you find the h-a-t?’, ‘where’s the b-oo-k?’ can they identify the objects from your sound talk?
  • Have a quiet moment inside the house, - what can they hear? E.g. Washing machine? Cars outside? How about in the garden? Birds singing? Plane going past?
  • Singing songs and nursery rhymes are also important activities to support your child. Encourage them to clap, stamp or tap along with musical instruments.
  • Experiment with voice sounds can you make your voice go down the slide ‘weeeeee’ or bounce like a ball ‘boing boing’ can you buzz like a bee?
  • My mum went to market Invite your child to play the game with you. ‘My mother went to market and she bought …’ She has to buy things beginning with the same sound and the list of things she buys grows and grows. e.g - a sandwich, a sock, a sausage.
  • Read a familiar book with your child. After you have read it, can you remember what happened? Discuss together what happened at the beginning of the story? In the middle? At the end? Could you change a part of the story to make a new version? The story could be retold by using puppets or soft toys.

As part of the children’s Read Write Inc lessons we use silent signals when demonstrated by the teacher or teaching assistant the children respond to them in the correct way. These silent signals used in lessons ensure quick, effective management within the classroom. All children who are in the Read Write Inc groups will be taught these signals which will ensure consistency across school.

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