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Orchard Primary

& Pre-School

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Orchard Primary & Pre-School

"Small enough to care, Big enough to inspire"

Classroom Essentials

Our Day In Year One

In Year One the day begins by settling into class with a variety of activities to choose from.
These activities are a fun way to practise and show off the skills we 
are learning in

maths, literacy and our topic. 

After gathering for registration we split into Read, Write Inc phonics groups. We spend a fun filled session learning letter sounds, decodable green words (words that we can sound out) and trickier red words.

We practise using these words in reading and writing activities.

Following this we move on to our marvelous Maths Makes Sense session.

Here we investigate mathematical concepts through arithmetic, geometry, data and measure

along with problem solving. These sessions are filled with rich mathematical vocabulary as

well as practical learning with partners.

After break we move on to guided reading. The children are split into groups, which concentrate on

different skills each day. The children love reading in their groups as well as completing follow up tasks,

reading comics and becoming fact finders.

The rest of our day is spent exploring our wonderful topic. During this time some children work on focus group tasks with the adults whilst the remainder of the class can choose their learning from the enhanced provision.

This provision is carefully planned to give children opportunities to practise their maths and literacy skills as

well as learn about things to do with our topic.

Our day is interspersed with lots of stories, rhymes, poems and songs.


Useful Information


PE - On a  Monday Afternoon  and a Friday Afternoon
Year One  will have P.E. with Mr Hyde. 
Please ensure that your child has a PE kit in school throughout the week. Please make sure that your child’s PE kit is clearly labeled. Please can you make sure that your child has pumps in their PE kit.

Library - Children can choose books from the library to take home on a

Monday Morning from 8:40am and Thursday Afternoon from 3:00pm.

Children are allowed to borrow up to three books at a time.


Breakfast and Bingo - Please come and join us in Year One for breakfast and a game of

bingo on Friday mornings from 8:40am. It is a brilliant opportunity to get together, practise number recognition and catch up on your child's learning from the previous week.

Children's books will be available to browse and please make sure that you take

a look at our 'working walls' where examples of your children's work will be displayed.


Working Together Wall - We are very proud of our working together wall in Year One.

This is an area in our class where we share and celebrate all of the wonderful things our class achieve. Please send in proud parent pictures, certificates, amazing drawings, brilliant writing or marvelous maths and we will display it with pride on our wonderful wall.

We frequently add lots of creative suggestions as ideas for projects at home, please feel free to have a go at these or share your own ideas.


Snacks - You are welcome to provide a piece of fruit for your child for snack time, please label it.

Water - All children need a named water bottle each day please.


The adults in our class are available to chat and answer your questions during settling in time each morning. However, if you feel you need more time to talk then please feel free to make an appointment after school.

Thank you for your continued support – The Year One Team

Miss Spiers Mrs McCullagh and Miss Yoxall