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Year 1

Welcome to Year 1!

In Year 1 you will find Mrs Coolican, Mrs McPartland and Mrs Ryan.

In March 2020 we achieved the ‘Step into Quality Year 1’ award and following in depth training along with feedback from children and parents, we now operate a ‘continuous provision’ approach to classroom management. This ensures all children have focused working time with an adult, helping us to make sure every child is able to achieve their full potential. We have also been fortunate enough to develop a new outdoor learning environment which we try to access daily- weather permitting!

In Year 1 we very much value the children as individuals and take a child centred approach in all that we do. We work hard to help children develop independence as well as nurturing them in learning steps involved with different routines and activities. We are in the process of re-writing our curriculum in order to ensure it is bespoke to the needs of Year 1 children at Saint Gregory’s and again pupil voice has been a key part in our plans

We have been working hard to help children develop their ‘growth mindset’ and have been focusing on the skills of resilience and the power of ‘YET’- in other words we keep trying and practising when we find something difficult. Getting something wrong is not a sign of failure but of learning taking place. The children very much enjoy learning about skills such as ‘growth mindset’ and ‘empathy’ through the big ideas videos on class dojo.

Reading books are changed on a Monday and Thursday and we endeavour to hear children read regularly in school. Please ensure that you read daily with your children as this has a significant impact on their development.

PE is on Friday and children are to come to school in their PE kit with their school jumper over the top.

Our ultimate aim is always to ensure that children in Year 1 feel secure, safe and happy. Please do not hesitate to come and speak to us if you have any concerns or questions.

In this PowerPoint you should find all the information for children in Year 1.