I will update this page with any new and important information that you need to know as parents in Year One. I will be updating this page regularly please ensure that you check this page frequently to find out everything you need to know. Thank you for your co-operation.
Please find my personal school email above.
At Parents Evening Phone Consultations I spoke to all of you about my school email which parents can contact me on if they have any queries, problems or need advice regarding their child and their learning. It is also for if you have any questions or issues with logins, homework, uploading to the blog etc. Please email me using the address above if you have any concerns or worries and I will aim to respond to you as quickly as I can and get your query sorted.
Can I also say how lovely it was to speak to all of you and to check in with you about your children. They are all doing so well and I am immensely proud of all of them. I want to thankyou for all your time and co-operation with the parent phone calls. There were a few parents who did not schedule an appointment and who I could not get hold of. Please do not panic as Mr Carroll will be sending out another link with an alternative date for you to book in on. This will be one of the evenings after school. Once I know that the link has been sent out I will let you know when your time and appointment is.
Important Dates for Your Diary
Please find below a list of useful and important dates for your diary and or/ calendars for the upcoming weeks and months.
Own Clothes Day for Local Food Bank- bring food donations
|Friday 4th December 2020
||Own Clothes Day for CAFOD- bring £1
|Friday 11th December 2020
||Christmas Jumper Day for Birmingham Children's Hospital- bring £1
|Friday 18th December 2020
Own Clothes Day for Father Hudsons- bring £1
School closes for Christmas
|Monday 4th January 2021
SCHOOL CLOSED- Staff Training Day
|Tuesday 5th January 2021
||School opens for Spring 1 at 8.45
|Friday 12th February 2021
||School closes for February Half Term
|Monday 15th - Friday 19th February 2021
||SCHOOL CLOSED- Half Term
|Monday 22nd February 2021
||SCHOOL CLOSED- Staff Training Day
|Tuesday 23rd February 2021
School opens for Spring 2 at 8.45
The season of Advent is upon us and as a school we begin to prepare for the all important birth of Jesus. We will also be using this time to help those around us in our community. Therefore, each Friday in Advent we will be having a charity Friday to raise money for those around us in need. For each Friday the children will bee allowed to wear their own clothes in exchange for a small donation.
Below I have added a link which takes you straight to the Year One Advent page. On here you can see the dates of our Advent fund raising, what wonderful charities we are supporting and how you can help. The first own clothes day and fund raising event starts on Friday 27th November 2020. It would be wonderful if we could all get involved in this special time of Advent to help those less fortunate than us and who may be struggling in present and difficult circumstances.
One of the charities we have chosen to support during Advent is CAFOD which is a fantastic charity that offers aid and support to all those around the world. As a class, we have decided to use our money to help a llama and buy emergency water. with the money that is donated on this day. We chose the gift ourselves and the children in Year One are very excited to be paying for this gift! We will be raising money for CAFODF and asking for donation of £1 on Friday 4th December.
Video Help with Accessing Website and Blogs
After Parent Consultations and speaking to some parents I am aware that there are still some parents and children struggling to access the school website or class blogs. I wanted to help and therefore I have made a loom step by step video showing you how to access them. It shows a split screen and step by step instructions so you can see exactly what you need to do at home to get to them, including how to log on to the blog, find the website etc. It is mainly aimed at parents of Year One but is useful for all year groups. Paul has also texted the parents of all year groups with the link also so you should hopefully have it on your phones too. Please find the link below which will take you straight to the video. If you have any questions please just email me and ask.
Video Sharing Platform
As part of our website we now have a video sharing platform section where we can put up videos of the children in school. Photos are fantastic and we use them a lot on the website but sometimes a video can be even more beneficial. I have made a playlist section called Year 1 2020-2021 where I will be uploading videos regularly of the children's work and learning in school. This could include PE, singing, collective worship and so much more. We will be uploading lots more videos of our learning in the future so keep your eyes peeled on the website! The first video I have added is Year One's beautiful singing as part of their collective worship- they so enjoyed singing the hymn ' Lord you have my heart' and I wanted to share you with you their hard work and beautiful voices .By clicking on the link below you can watch the children's beautiful singing and I will be using this video sharing platform more in the future.
CHRISTMAS CAROL- 'SILENT NIGHT'
We have started learning a Christmas carol in Year One in preparation for our St Rose Christmas Carol Service. This will be done virtually this year- all classes will be learning a carol and the staff will even be doing one too! We will then compilate these into a big video and put it on the website for all of you to view and enjoy. We will be recording and videoing our carol on Friday 4th December 2020 so only have a few weeks to go!
Year One are learning 'Silent Night' as their carol and I have given you some resources below to help you learn and practise the song. We will be be doing three verses for the performance. You can find the words below and I have also put the link to the piece of music backing track we will be using for the performance.
It would be wonderful if you could practise the song at home and I would love to see videos of you practising uploaded to your blog- there will be 50 house points as a reward for any practises I see on there!
Completing Homework at Home- Using The Blog
I know that there are still a few parents who are struggling with how to get on the blog so I have laid out a little reminder note below. there is also a document with shot by shot instructions for how to get on the blog.
A few weeks ago I gave each child a plastic wallet with all of the children’s logins that they will need for the upcoming year. One of the logins was a BGFL QR code which allows the children to go onto the BGFL launchpad and blog about their homework. With the BGFL website I encourage you to go onto j2blog and use it to upload photos of any homework you do off the home learning grid. You can find a copy of this on Homework link page on the Year One class website. Below I have attached a set of instructions with how to go online and blog which you can use to help you and your child. This online resource is essential for the children’s learning and we encourage you to use them regularly as they are great resources for helping your child. You can upload photos of the children completing their homework, attachments of their work or they can even write about it themselves! The link to get to the BGFL blog is below.
Try and look after your BGFL login but if you lose it just come and let me know as I have then all saved and can easily print off new ones .Any questions or queries just come and find myself (Miss Murphy) or email the office.
Instructions For How To Upload Onto The Blog
This Friday 15th November 2020 , we will have an 'Own Clothes Day' on Friday to raise some much-needed funds for Children in Need. It will be a £1 donation for the children to come in their own clothes. In normal circumstances, we would be celebrating this as a whole school but sadly, things are a little different this year. Whilst we might not be able to get together as a whole school for the day, it is still important that we try to do our bit as the charities need our support, now more than ever!
In addition to this, we will also be completing Joe Wick's final 20 minutes of his 24 hour PE challenge for Radio 2. The Children in Need team would love all schools to complete the final 20 minutes of his PE marathon with him. I'm sure our children would love to take part in this and it would help them feel part of the big day. We will be joining him at 9.05am this Friday. Pease remember to bring you £1 on Friday if you want to come in your own clothes and support this fantastic charity with a great cause.
Next week Anti-Bullying Week will take place in England from November 16th to the 20th. This nationwide event is organised by the Anti-Bullying Alliance and is intended to raise awareness of the issue of bullying among children, especially in schools. Children of all ages as well as parents and children are encouraged to get involved in the event and take part in activities that will help to shine a light on the problem of bullying and ways to help resolve the issue.
The theme for Anti-Bullying Week 2020 is: United Against Bullying. Anti-Bullying Week will happen from Monday 16th – Friday 20th November. To celebrate and reflect on Anti Bullying Week I have set up a page on the class website with lots of resources for you to use at home to get involved. You can go straight to the anti bullying page by clicking the green link below. There are lots of fun activities to do, resources to find out about anti-bullying, videos to watch and lots to discuss. For every anti- bullying activity that a child posts on their class blog over the next 2 weeks I will be awarding them 100 j2stars and a special sticker from my stash! Come on Year One- let's get involved with this great cause and be united in ending bullying. Don't forget to post your work on the blog! You and your parents can also get involved by following the events on social media using the hashtags #antibullyingweek and #abw20.
This week marks Maths Week and there are lots of fantastic online resources for you to use to mark the occasion and celebrate it at home. If you click on the following link below it will take you to Maths Week section of the website where you can find lots of different resources including games, activities, challenges and quizzes to keep you busy this week all Maths based. Each day this week I will be setting a fun challenge from the Maths Resources Week Website- it would be fantastic if you could complete this challenge but there are plenty more you can find, explore and try at home too from the website! The challenges for the week are on the link below if you click on it. For every Maths challenge a child completes and posts on their blog this week I will be giving 100 j2stars and one of my special stickers! This is part of your homework so make sure you post it on your homework blog so I can see it and give you the house points and special awards. Have fun Year One!
Year OneRemembrance Service-
Wednesday 11th November
This week we will be learning all about the meaning of Remembrance as part of our Collective Worship sessions. The children will be learning about War and Peace, the people who fight for our country and how we can strive to live in harmony. They will also be focusing on the Children's Rights for War and what it says about children and refuges in war- torn countries. We will be having our minutes silence on Wednesday 11th November and to find out more about what we are doing in class go to our collective worship link page. You can find this by clicking the link below. It would be great if you could support your child's learning of this at home and ask them about Remembrance. See what they have learnt and what they can tell you! You could also look at the collective worship from our page and do it with your child at home- I will be giving 100 housepoints for every child who works on Remembrance at home.
Year One Spellings
Each week the children are tested on their Band Word Spellings and their Friday Spellings. These are two different sets of spellings and it is evident that some children are not practising them at home. There are two sets of spellings to learn each week- the Band words which we test every day and the Friday Spellings which are tested weekly. It is really important that the children practise the spellings, especially the Band Words- we still have a lot of children on Band 1 and it would be great if some of them could move up! We are also finding that a lot of children are getting their b's and d's the wrong way round so please practise and support them with this at home. Below I have given a list of the Friday Spellings for this half term and you can find the Band 1-10 words on both the Homework and Spelling link pages. Your child should know what band they are in.
Thank you for you co-operation.
School Trip To Think Tank Cancelation
Unfortunately, due to current COVID circumstances, our November 26th Trip to The Think Museum in Birmingham has been cancelled. A texts has been sent out to all Year One parents to inform them of this. We are very sad to hear this but keeping the children safe is both our and the museums top priority so we feel it is the right decision for this time. The museum are willing for us to reschedule for the new year and we are hoping the trip will take place in January. Once we know more and the trip can be confirmed I will let you know dates and details and letters will be sent out. Thankyou for your co-operation and support.
Uploading Homework to the Year One Blog
I am a little concerned that we are now into Autumn 2 and there are still a lot of children in Year One who have not yet uploaded any homework or anything to the blog. You should all have done some of your homework and it has been made aware to me that some children and parents are a little unsure how to upload their homework to the blog . Therefore I have created a step by step guide document below to help you. ( please don't forget your BGFL QR code logins have already been sent home. )I hope you find it useful and if there are any issues or lost logins please do not hesitate to get in touch. I am looking forward to seeing your lovely homework. Thank you to those who are already uploading, I can see you are creating some fantastic work.
How to Upload to the Year One Blog Document
October half term
Even though it seems like a short term for Year one it is nearly time for the October break where all children will be able to have a week of well earned rest before we begin our next half term of Autumn 2. We break up this Friday and the Half Term Holiday Dates are as follows:
Break up: Friday 23rd October at 12.55pm
Return: Tuesday 3rd November at 8.55am.
Year One New Start and Finish Times
From Monday 19th October, there has been a chance to the Year One Start and Finish Times.. We will continute to leave the school via the gates on the main car park so please make sure you bring the children to these gates each morning and pick them up from there in the afternoon. If your child has a younger sibling in the school, please bring them to the Main School Gate as you did before.
Start of the Day
||Gate C (main car park gate)
||Gate D (main school gate)
||Year 1 children who have NO siblings
||Year 1 children WITH their siblings.
Home time collection (Monday - Thursday)
||Gate C (main car park gate)
||Gate D (main school gate)
||Year 1 children who have NO siblings
Year 1 children WITH their siblings.
Home time collection (Friday)
||Gate C (main car park gate)
||Gate D (main school gate)
||Year 1 children who have NO siblings
||Year 1 children WITH their siblings.
YEAR ONE SELF ISOLATION ENDS TODAY AND THE YEAR ONE CHILDREN ARE BACK IN SCHOOL THIS MONDAY (19TH OCTOBER 2020)
For the last two weeks Year One have been self isolating at home and carrying on with their learning both online, and through using the website. I want to thank all the children that have completed their work and blogged to me about it- it has been such a pleasure seeing all your beautiful and wonderful work at home and being a part of it too!
We will be in school this Monday 19th October 2020 as normal. The day will begin at 8.55am and the children will be picked up at 3.20pm as before. This is the last week at school before half term so it is imperative that all children are in and on time so we can do lots of important work before the holidays! Mrs Lynch and are I are so excited to be back and see the children- we have missed you all so much!
Harvest Festival- Wednesday 14th October 2020
On Wednesday 14th October we will be celebrating Harvest Festival in school. This is an exciting time where we will be talking to the children in class about different foods, where it comes from and food sources, and how we can help other countries around the world. It would be fantastic if you could begin to talk to your child about this at home so that they have some knowledge of the Harvest. On Wednesday 14th October we will be collecting tins and packets of food etc from the children and will be giving what we receive to a local food bank. It would be wonderful if each child in the class could bring at least one tin or packet of food in which we can then donate to charities and people in need. We thankyou for your continued co-operation and support.
Technology Survey for Year One
Today the children have been sent home with a form in their bookbags which contains a survey for Home Technology that we need you to complete and send back into school ASAP. It is crucial you do this we need to have an understanding of what technology is available to you at home, so that you are able to upload your homework on the blog, or in case we need your class to work from home in the future, given the current circumstances. Please ensure your child has bought the completed survey back into school by the end of this week ( Friday 2nd October 2020.) .Thankyou for your continued co-operation.
At the start of this week ( Monday 21st September) all the children had their annual school photograph taken. On the same day they were also sent home with a QR code in their bag which you can use online to obtain and order copies of their photos for you to keep. Follow the instructions on the back of the sheet to gain access to your photographs and if you have any problems please contact the school office by email using the following address:
Thankyou for your continued co-operation.
Online Logins and Resources sent Home
I have now reset and updated all of the children’s logins for their online resources. On Friday I gave each child a plastic wallet with all of the children’s logins that they will need for the upcoming year. They have their logins for the following websites:
Big Maths ( to practise their weekly arithmetic tests)
Active Learn ( to read online books and practise Phonics)
BGFL QR Code ( to go on the online blog and upload homework).
Numbots/ Rockstars ( to practise Maths sums- the logins details for this are in the children’s reading diaries.)
Please note that with Big Maths and Active Learn logins the first column is the username, the second column is the password and the third column is the code.
All of these online resources are essential for the children’s learning and we encourage you to use them regularly as they are great resources for helping your child. Don’t forget that the children also have their username and password for numbots/ rockstars in their reading diaries.
With the BGFL website I encourage you to go onto j2blog and use it to upload photos of any homework you do off the home learning grid. You can find a copy of this on the Year One Homework page on the website or in your child’s homework book. If you go onto the homework page you will find a set of instructions with how to go online and blog which you can use to help you and your child. Try and look after these logins but if you lose any logins just come and let me know as I have then all saved and can easily print off new ones. Any questions or queries just come and find myself (Miss Murphy) or email the office.
Flu vaccination letters
A letter was sent home yesterday about giving consent for flu vaccines in school for your child. The vaccines will happen in October so the letters need to be bought back into school by no later than Friday 2nd October. I really encourage you to think about a vaccine for your child as it is more important than ever this year with the current situation. The vaccine is only a quick spray up each nostril and is completely painless. Year One are very little so perhaps take some time to talk to your child about what the vaccine is, why they are having it and what will happen if you decide for your child to have the vaccine. Thankyou for your co-operation.
Year One Class Trip- ThinkTank Science Museum
Year One's Class Trip is all set for The ThinkTank Museum in Birmingham on Thursday 26th November. We will be going to the museum by coach and will be back for normal pickup time of 3.20pm. The children will need to be dressed in school uniform, as normal, and bring a packed lunch, Letters will be going out shortly in the children's bookbags so please keep your eyes peeled for these! If you have any questions just come and fine either myself ( Miss Murphy) or Mrs Lynch.
Please ensure that if your child has a packed lunch they are bringing in mainly healthy snacks to eat at dinner time. We have seen a number of children who have had nothing healthy in their lunch box whatsoever and who have only eaten crisps, chocolate or sweets for dinner! We encourage all children at our school to lead a varied, healthy and balanced diet so that they can grow up to be the best that they can be! Please support us with this and motivate your children to eat a healthy lunchbox where possible. Thank you for your co-operation.
New start and finish times September 2020
On Friday 4th September 2020, your child was given a letter informing yourselves about the changes to the start and finish times at school. Please click on the document below to access and read this letter as it informs you of the new times and which gates you should be dropping and collecting your children from. The start and finish arrangements will begin from Monday 7th September 2020. We thank you for your co-operation and support during these strange and different times.
Letter for Start and End of the Day Arrangements
New Changes to School Uniform September 2020
This year, we are trying out a new uniform to ensure that our children can be as active and engaged in their learning as possible. The children are trying out lots of active activity through their weekly PE lesson on Monday afternoon and'The Daily Mile' and to maximise this time we need the children to be dressed appropriately at all times. I have uploaded the new School Uniform Dress Code and Hair/ Jewellery Policy Documents below and this has also been sent home to all parents. The main changes are that children should now be wearing plain black trainers and joggers (no logos) instead of trousers and skirts or dresses so that they are suited for all weathers and active activities. Children are still expected to wear a white polo shirt and a blue V Neck sweatshirt or cardigan with the school badge and gold stripe.
New Uniform Policy September 2020