Welcome to Mrs Henson's Class
We are really looking forward to working with your children. Here are the staff who will be working with your child this year...
Times of the School Day
Please arrive promptly.
Key Stage 1
A typical day:
Read, Write, Inc Phonics
Children in KS1 have separate entrances and exits to each other. These are their entrances and exits:
Miss Condliffe's & Miss Wilson's Classes: The doors leading from the Key Stage 1 hall and dining room.
Mrs Henson's class: The door in the glass walkway which connects the 2 buildings. This door is on the opposite side to the main car park.
Our KS1 children should always be collected by a named adult.
Children in Key Stage 1, begin in Year 1 (5 and 6 years old) and move on to Year 2 (6 and 7 years old). At the end of an academic year, pupils in Year 2 will move into Year 3 and onto the next stage of their learning, Key Stage 2.
The leader of Key Stage 1 is Mrs. Henson. She currently teaches in Year 2.
Children in Key Stage 1 receive a piece of fruit or vegetable each day. We also provide breakfast bagels for our children each morning.
All staff will do their best to ensure all coats and belongings are kept safe on pegs. Please help us by clearly naming all of your child’s belongings in an obvious place with a permanent marker that can be seen by ourselves and your child.
Staffs’ first priority is to ensure the safety and well-being of all children.
Children in Year 1 undertake a national phonics screening test in June. The Phonic Screening Check is a list of 40 phonetically decodable words made up of 20 real words and 20 ‘nonsense’ words. The aim of the check is to identify if children have learnt phonic decoding to an appropriate standard. It identifies children who will require extra help with their reading in order to prepare them for Year 2. If children do not achieve the pass mark, the test is then retaken in Year 2.
Children at the end of Key Stage 1 (Year 2) will take national test known as SATs. A test is taken in Reading, Maths and Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar (SPAG). These tests are carried out in small groups with familiar adults and nurturing support provided. The tests are marked in school by class teachers and are used to help with assessments of pupil attainment. The tests are one piece of evidence that teachers use to make judgements about children’s attainment.
The Importance of Reading
At Shotton Primary School we are determined that all pupils will learn to read so that they leave Key Stage 2 as a ‘Primary Literate Pupil’ and are ready for the next stage in their education. We provide opportunities for our pupils to develop a positive attitude towards reading so that they are committed, independent readers. By immersing them in high-quality texts with a range of authors, cultures, themes and links with current global issues; they can develop an appreciation for our rich and varied literary heritage.
We strive to ensure that all of our pupils can read fluently, confidently and with a good understanding, as well as developing a wide range of vocabulary. Alongside this, we aim to nurture our children’s desire to read and develop the habit of reading widely and often, for both pleasure and information.
At Shotton Primary pupils learn to read and write effectively and quickly using the Read Write Inc. Phonics programme.
Through implementing Read Write Inc. Phonics, pupils are taught to:
· Decode letter-sound correspondences quickly and effortlessly, using their phonic knowledge and skills
· Read common exception words on sight
· Understand what they read
· Read aloud with fluency and expression
· Write confidently, with a strong focus on vocabulary and grammar
· Spell quickly and easily by segmenting the sounds in words
· Acquire good handwriting.
We make sure that pupils read books that are closely matched to their increasing knowledge of phonics and the common exception words. This is so that early on, they experience success and gain confidence that they are readers. Re-reading and discussing these books with the teacher, supports their increasingly fluent decoding.
It is an expectation that pupils will read to an adult daily and have their reading diary signed by an adult. In addition, pupils will also take a free-choice book home to share as well.
Alongside the programme, the teachers read a wide range of stories, poetry and non-fiction to pupils; they are soon able to read these texts for themselves.
School Meals and Lunchtime Arrangements
Children have lunch in the main dining hall.
Reception and KS1 (Years 1 and 2) children all qualify for a free school meal as part of Government funding. This is known as Universal Free School Meals. We would strongly encourage all of our Key Stage 1 children to have a free school meal, particularly when there is such a wide choice of hot and cold meals including sandwiches.
Menus are sent out each term. We also have LunchHound which allows you and your child to choose what your child eats from a selection of menus. This system means that all children can have a meal of their choice.
For the safety of pupils who have nut allergies, this school is a nut-free zone. Please do not include any nuts, nut products or chocolate spread in your child’s packed lunch.
We do not allow fizzy or isotonic/high energy drinks as they are high in sugar.
We are currently developing a packed lunch policy for September after gathering the views of parents and children. Children are not allowed to bring fizzy or high energy drinks to school.
All children are expected to wear school uniform.
Please click here for further information: here
Wrap Around Care
Information on Breakfast Club can be fund here
Information on After School Childcare can be fund here
Mrs Henson is our SENCo please contact her if you have any questions with regards to your child in terms of special educational needs.
Please contact the school office before 8:50am if your child is absent. Once a child is five years old parents and carers have a legal responsibility to ensure their child attends school regularly.
Holidays forms must be completed for term time holidays.
Please inform us of any change of address or telephone numbers
The School Curriculum
There is a lot of information about our curriculum on our school website. Please refer to this by clicking here
Our Curriculum is broad and balanced, following the statutory guidance from the National Curriculum. It develops children’s progressive knowledge and skills across the curriculum and develops their health and well-being to prepare them for the future.
Curriculum overviews for individual subjects taught in Key Stage 1 are available to view below.