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Year 1

We hope you have had a lovely time over the summer and we are sure you are now ready to start the new school year, so welcome to Year 1! We are looking forward to getting to know you and working together. We hope that you enjoy the new challenges and approaches to learning that Year 1 has to offer!  Please keep up to date with our learning journey through the year by following us on Twitter Y1twitter@oakwoodavenue.co.uk

Our Key Stage 1 Vision

‘To provide a curriculum that meets the academic and

developmental needs of 5, 6 and 7 year olds

within a secure environment that is full of learning, laughter and friendship and where all children are happy, feel safe and are valued.’

The transition from The Early Years Foundation Stage to Key Stage 1 can be seen as a big step because the learning environment and timetable will be different. As our vision statement suggests, learning is still fun, hands on and suited to 5 and 6 year old children. The Year 1 curriculum builds upon and extends the experiences that children have had in Reception. The children will have a more formal learning environment in Year 1 but they will continue to learn through play, alongside being involved in exciting topics.

Please ensure your child brings these things to school daily:

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Water bottle(2)

PE days

Your child can come to school in their school PE kit (black tracksuit bottoms /leggings/school shorts, Oaky t-shirt, Oaky hoodie and pumps/trainers) on PE days. Please ensure everything is named.

All Year 1 classes will have PE on Wednesdays

On forest school days your child can come to school in suitable forest school clothes. Your child’s teacher will let you know the dates for this via a letter or School Ping.



Fruit is provided for KS1 children. However, if you wish to provide a snack for your child, please send fruit or vegetables only for them. We have been awarded Healthy School status and we promote healthy eating. Please do not send crisps, chocolate or sweet snacks. Milk is also available if ordered and paid for via Parent Pay on a termly basis. Please look out for posters in the classroom windows or on your Parent Pay at the beginning of each term. 


Home work


Your child will be given two reading books a week suited to their level of reading and may have word lists to learn. Please ensure that your child brings their book bag containing their books and Reading Record to school every day. Please see the home reading expectation details inside your child’s reading record. Little and often is the best way and 10 minutes every day is perfect!!


This is usually given out on a Thursday and collected in on a Monday. It consists of games and/or words to read. Please make sure you practise these several times as children need to know them by heart. Again, little and often is best. The homework will be an extension of their learning in class. 


The online maths resources Numbots and TTRS will be the regular homework tasks. Teachers will track these and send home the relevant certificates of achievement your child gains as they work through the levels. Sometimes worksheets or other online learning may be set.

Home Learning Projects

Each term Oaky asks the children to complete a project linked to their topic learning. Letters will be sent out informing you of this and the children usually have a few weeks to complete the task.


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The Oaky Way – Staying Connected

As you will know from the Parent Handbook, although we are having to limit physical contact during drop off and pick up times. At drop off, teachers will be waiting for your child with a smile, but please do not be offended by the rules in place, as teachers won’t be able to have a discussion about your child on the playground. You will still have the channels to be able to communicate with us. Please continue to use the Senior Leadership and year group emails to communicate non-urgent messages, for example, up and coming appointments your child may have.

If you require a more lengthy conversation, then please email or ring for an appointment with the class teacher.

For safeguarding and welfare concerns, please continue to use Option 4 on the school phone line and ask to speak to Mrs Frank

As you will have seen from the first few days of term, members of the senior leadership team will be visible at drop off and pick up times. The senior leadership team are still available with an open door policy, albeit a different way of virtually communicating and keeping socially distant.

We can still smile, laugh and show warmth at a distance!


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