Staffing in Key Stage 1
The children in Years 1 and 2 are organised in to two classes. The teachers will be supported a team of teaching assistants who have a wealth of experience working with Key Stage 1 children and who will work flexibly across all three Key Stage 1 classes to support Year 1 and Year 2 pupils.
This is the Year 1 and 2 team:
- Mrs Priest – KS1 Phase Leader & Year 2 Class Teacher
- Mrs Subritzky – Year 2 Class Teacher
- Mrs Thompson – Year 1 Class Teacher
- Mrs Rowntree – Year 1 Class Teacher
- Mrs Downing – Teaching Assistant
- Mrs Perks – Teaching Assistant
- Mr Sellers – Sports Coach
Our Teaching and Learning
As a school, we take a thematic approach to planning for the new curriculum. Each term will have a theme to engage and excite the children and sometimes we will have a celebration event at the end, which parents will often be invited to share in. Wherever possible, activities and tasks in individual curriculum areas will link to the termly theme, helping the children to build cross-curricular links between different areas of knowledge.
The children in all classes will be taught using a range of methods, sometimes in groups and sometimes as a whole class. There will also be occasions when they are pulled together as a whole year group for certain activities. Staffing will be deployed creatively and flexibly to ensure effective delivery of all aspects of the curriculum.
All teaching will be differentiated to meet the needs of each individual within the group, class or cohort. This ensures we provide children with learning experiences which best suit their needs at any given time, based on prior assessment and knowledge of their individual ways of learning.
Long Term Curriculum Overviews
If you feel there is something you would like to discuss with us (that is not urgent), please make an appointment. At times you may not have time to pop in and see us so our emails are listed below.
- Katie Priest – katie.priest@ dunnington.yorkschools.net
- Edwina Subritzky – firstname.lastname@example.org
- Lucie Rowntree – email@example.com
- Clare Thompson – firstname.lastname@example.org
We endeavour to check our e-mail on a daily basis, however due to the busy nature of the school day, we cannot always guarantee to reply on the same day as we receive the e-mail. If you have an urgent query please contact the school office.
Parents/carers will be informed of school events via email if you have signed up to Parentmail or otherwise through paper letters.
Key Stage 1 Routines
- Playtime snacks: As a reminder, your child can bring in fresh or dried fruit for a playtime snack although we do have a daily delivery of free fruit for the infant children. Milk can be paid for via Parentpay please contact the school office for more information.
- Toys in school: As the children move into Key Stage 1 we have found that the presence of toys in school meant that staff were having to deal with issues surrounding the safekeeping, sharing and losing of toys after almost every playtime and this took up valuable teaching and learning time.
Therefore we are requesting children in Key Stage 1 do not bring toys into school. There is a wide range of play equipment available for children to use at playtimes, as well as the older children who are trained as play leaders, and who organise and play a variety of games with the younger children.
We are allowing children to bring in their own pencil cases, notebooks and colouring books which they are enjoying at playtimes.
- a small named pencil case containing pens or pencils
- a named notebook to write or draw in
- a named colouring book.
Please do not allow children to bring in any items of value as they do sometimes get lost or broken.
We also provide art materials at play for the children to use – these will be out when the weather is dry.
Reading- Split into three categories
Each week your child will be given a home reading book. This will go out on a Monday each week and be required to be brought back into school the following Monday, ready to be swapped by the Teacher for another home reader book. These books are in line with the level of phonics which your child is reading at and will only contain sounds which they are able to segment and blend.
Each week in school, your child will read with an adult. This book is known as a guided reading book and at the end of the week on the Friday, an electronic copy of the book that your child has read that week, will be sent out. This is via E-Collins website and we will provide you with a log in for your child and directions on how to use the site in a separate letter. Please do re-visit past books, which stay on your child’s account for a while, to embed phonic knowledge.
We ask that as part of their homework, children read these two books with an adult three times a week.
In both classes we also have a library of sharing books. Your child is welcome to take home one of these books at any point in the week and bring back to swap when they have read this with you. These are books for you to talk and read through together to develop a love of reading. Please note, the sharing books are optional and there if you are wanting to borrow a book to read.
It may take a few days at the start of term to organise your child’s reading books and if you have any worries or concerns regarding your child’s reading at any stage, please feel free to come and speak to us.
Year 2 only (Year 1 will be in the Spring term)
Spellings for the week will be sent home on a Friday and those same spellings will be tested on the following Friday. Please note, a copy of all the spellings for each half term are available on the school website for you, but a paper copy of the ten spellings for each week will still be given out at the start of each half term. These spellings follow the spelling rules for the end of KS1 and Year 2 pupils will put these patterns into practice during their phonics sessions each week.
P.E. kit is navy/black shorts, a white t-shirt and a pair of plimsolls. In the Autumn and Summer term we often go outside for P.E. so you may wish to include a pair of long trousers, a jumper and more robust footwear such as trainers in your child’s P.E. bag.
We suggest that you send your child’s P.E. kit in at the beginning of the week since, in addition to P.E. session, children sometimes require their kit for other activities such as visiting sports coaches and drama lessons.
Jewellery is not permitted for PE and children with long hair will need to use a bobble. Please ensure all items are individually named, remembering that any names that are inked in can fade easily in the wash.
Pupils are encouraged to drink water at every play time and can also ask to have a drink during lesson times. Water bottles are kept in the classroom and the children are given the responsibility of ensuring their water bottle is filled from the water fountain.
How to help your child at home
Many parents are keen to support their child’s learning at home and so we have provided the following material on the school website to aid you in helping your child at home:
- Reading Question Mat– This gives good examples of types of questions to ask your child when you read with them at home. This ensures they develop their comprehension skills as well as their decoding skills for reading.
- Phonics Rainbows of Sounds– These dyslexia-friendly ‘rainbows of sounds’ give the phase 3 and phase 5 sounds that we would expect most pupils to recognise and decode within words by the end of year 1.
- Common Exception Words for Reading and Spelling– This lists the first 100 high frequency words for reading and spellings.
- KS1 Maths Mat– This is a useful table top mat, containing a 100 square, that can be used by your child when doing maths homework as well as for reinforcing some key mathematical concepts and language.
We usually go on at least one school visit during the year, which will link to work being undertaken in school at the time. As well as out of school visits we often have visitors who come into school to work with us on activities across many different subject areas.
For some visits we may ask for a voluntary financial contribution if you are able and we always appreciate your continued support in helping to provide varied and exciting educational experiences across the curriculum.
Over the course of the year we will be doing a wide variety of activities, some of which require extra adult support either in or out of the classroom. When there are opportunities for parents to get involved, we will send out a note via Parentmail giving details and we simply ask any interested helpers to get in touch with us to say they are available to help. We always look forward to welcoming parent helpers into the classroom to work with us on a variety of different projects throughout the course of the year and often parent support is vital to enable to provide certain learning experiences for the children.
If you would like to come into school on a regular basis to work in a key stage 1 classroom, we always welcome this support. This type of voluntary work requires you to have a full DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) as well as sign a confidentiality agreement. Please contact the school office if you need copies of the relevant documentation.