Myers | Y1

Class Teacher: Mrs Sparrow

Phase Support Team: Mrs Andrews, Mrs Midford, Mrs Cheeseman, Miss Sparks, Mrs Challis, Miss Brooks.

Torville Jones (born 6 April 1984), better known by his stage name Tokio Myers, is a pianist and music producer born in London. He won reality show Britain’s Got Talent in 2017 playing Debussy’s “Clair de lune”, which turned into Ed Sheeran’s song “Bloodstream”; Rihanna’s “Diamonds” in semi-final 3; and in the final, Hans Zimmer’s Interstellar theme soundtrack and Rag’n’Bone Man’s hit “Human”. After winning Britain’s Got Talent in 2017, Myers released many of his independent releases and became a major internet sensation. In October 2017, he announced his debut single, “Bloodstream”, along with his debut album Our Generation. The single is a studio rendition of his audition performance on Britain’s Got Talent.

Welcome to Myers class! Your child’s class teacher’s name is Mrs Sparrow and our teaching is assistant is Mrs Challis, who works with both Year 1 classes.

We learn about lot of different subjects in Year 1. Mornings will usually involve Phonics, Literacy and Maths lessons, and in the afternoons we have story time and then different lessons each day. These include Science, PE, RE and Computing, as well as our Cornerstones lessons which focus on a different topic each term. Our topics this year are The Enchanted Woodland, Dinosaur Planet, Moon Zoom!, Rio de Vida, Superheroes and Memory Box.

We aim to foster independence in the children and would ask you to support your child in this, such as allowing them to hang their coat on their peg and put away their book bag and water bottle each morning. We have different strategies in place such as self-registration for lunch.

We support the whole school positive behaviour policy, using the lily pad system. All of the children start on the green lily pad at the start of the day and if they continue to show positive behaviour they will remain there. We regularly talk to the children about what good learning behaviour looks like, including:

  • taking care of everyone and everything
  • using kind hands, kind words and kind feet
  • trying their best
  • keeping safe within the classroom
  • showing good listening when another person is talking.

If children are not making the right choices about their behaviour then we will remind them of our expectations. If they continue to make inappropriate choices then we will move them down the chart and they may be given sanctions such as staying in at break time, spending time away from the class or speaking to a senior member of staff. Meanwhile, children who show exceptional behaviour can move up to silver or gold levels and receive praise and a sticker at the end of the day.

Important Information

  • Your child will be encouraged to take home two types of reading book each week: a Rigby Star book which will be matched to their current reading level, and a book from our library which interests them. One of the most effective ways to support your child in their learning is to read with them. We want all children to love reading and feel confident to explore lots of different books. If you are not sure how best to support your child with this please ask – we would love to help!
  • We also track how often children are reading using their yellow Reading Records. Please write the date and a comment (if appropriate) for each day your child reads at home. This could be any book, from school or home. We have a chart in the classroom showing how many ‘reads’ each child has completed this year. Once they reach 100 reads they will receive a certificate and a free book!
  • Homework tasks will be set on Wednesdays and will need to be brought to school on the following Monday. We always set a range of tasks linked to what the children have been learning. Children can complete these tasks by writing or drawing in their homework books, or you may wish to stick in photos.
  • PE lessons take place twice a week. Children’s PE kits need to be kept in school all week; we would suggest bringing them in on Mondays and taking them home on Fridays to be washed.
  • All clothing and possessions must be labelled with your child’s name. We encourage the children to look after their own possessions and part of this is making sure that they have the right coat and book bag, and know which clothes are theirs when changing for PE. Since children all wear the same uniform it is impossible to identify unnamed items! Colourful keyrings on coats and book bags can also be useful to help children find theirs quickly.
  • Show and tell will take place every Tuesday. If your child has a book, toy or something else special to them that they would like to tell the class about, they can bring it in on Tuesday morning. Please do not bring in anything of high value.
  • We look forward to seeing parents/grandparents/other family members at our sharing sessions each term. These will be advertised by letter so please keep an eye out!

We have uploaded three documents summarising the objectives that your child will be working towards in Maths and Literacy (reading / writing) this year, for your information.

Please feel free to speak with us if you have any questions about your child’s learning or well being, or if you would like to know how you can support your child at home. The end of the school day is usually the best time to speak to us as we have limited time in the mornings to register the children and take them to assembly (though we will of course be happy to speak with you about any urgent issues).

We hope that your child enjoys their time at school and has fun learning lots of new and exciting things!

The Year One Team