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Orchard Primary

& Pre-School

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Orchard Primary & Pre-School

"Small enough to care, Big enough to inspire"

Welcome to Year 1

Welcome to Year 1!


Your Class Teacher is Mrs Wilcox & Teaching assistant is Mrs Williams :)


Useful Information:


The children will have two P.E lessons each week; this half term, this will be on Monday and Friday afternoons.


Full P.E kits with suitable footwear (trainers) are required and can be kept safe on the children’s pegs; they can be taken home at the end of each week for washing but please ensure these are brought in again on Monday morning and kept in school during the week. Please make sure that all school uniform and P.E kits are clearly labelled to avoid losing or misplacing items. We will try to hold P.E outdoors whenever possible, so during the winter months your child would benefit from also having a pair of joggers and a jumper/hoody to keep them warm. Any children wearing earrings will need to either take these off or cover them with tape during any P.E sessions for safety.


In Year 1 we are encouraging the children to become more independent in all areas, this means that they are expected to independently change themselves when possible – we ask if you could please support this at home by encouraging them to dress themselves and use their own initiative.


Water Bottles:

All children must bring a named water bottle to school each day please.



As we go into the colder months of the year, please can you ensure your child is provided with a warm, winter coat so that they can still enjoy their playtime out on the playground whatever the weather! Please also ensure these are labelled with names clearly.


Book Bags:

Children should bring in their book bags to keep any letters and reading books safe. The children will be given a new reading record at the beginning of term where we encourage you note the occasions that your child reads at home - this can be a book from school or home. Two class books will be sent home with your child initially and records checked each week; once we've acknowledged that a book has been read, we will do our best to change this as soon as possible, according to the appropriate book band colour for your child. Each week, the children will take part in a group guided reading session and also take home a copy of the book they've discussed - reading this at home again will help increase their understanding and fluency. They will also be given the opportunity to occasionally take out Library books.


10 minute challenges:

The children will be given 10 minute challenges to complete at home each Monday to Thursday. These are quick activities that aim to consolidate and build confidence in what the children have been learning within school. Their 10 minute challenge books will be collected in and marked on a Monday and given back out on the same day with some new challenges. 


5 Minute Walk:

The 5 minute walk is a whole school initiative that we will be taking part in again this year. It is a great opportunity for us to get active, improve our fitness and most of all have some fun in between our learning. The children will be given the opportunity to change their footwear if they wish, so please ensure your child has trainers or pumps in order to do this.


I will be sure to update this page throughout the year with any key pieces of information for you and your child. If you have any questions then please do not hesitate to ask me during pick up time at the end of the day. If you wish to discuss something that may take longer than a few minutes, may I please ask that you arrange a meeting or phone call with myself at a more appropriate time, where we will be able to have a more private and in-depth discussion.


Thank you for your support 


Mrs Wilcox