Welcome to Year 1/2
Our Year 1/2 Team
Teacher – Mrs Bayliss
Learning Support Assistant - Miss Akram
Learning Support Assistant - Miss Morris
PPA Cover – Mrs G. Bedford (Deputy Headteacher)
Welcome to class 1/2 at Pinders Primary School. Year 1/2 is a busy, exciting class filled with engaging and enjoyable learning experiences across all areas of the curriculum. Your child will be learning so many new things as well as growing and maturing both socially and academically. We aspire for all our children to be independent, inquisitive learners who will always try their best to be the best they can be. In our class we respect each other, are kind, considerate and good listeners.
Our Classroom - Oz
Each class at Pinders Primary School, is focussed around a book. The Year 1/2 classroom this year is called Oz and is focussed around the book 'The Wizard of Oz'.
We have a wonderful reading corner which is themed with a magical feel, giving the children a safe, comfortable environment to enjoy a good book.
Ours School Values and Rules
This Year's Curriculum Topics and Educational Visits
Year 1/2 Topics and Educational Visits
All of KS1 follow the same curriculum topics, however the learning will be differentiated to meet the different curriculum expectations between Year 1 and Year 2.
Our topic themes are:
Spring: Fire of London
Summer: Paddington's Travels
In Year 2, we aim to provide the children with experience of a rich variety of environments which contribute to making learning enjoyable and that serve to extend and consolidate their learning.
Our educational visits 2023/4:
Autumn: Wakefield Theatre Royal (English & Oracy Link)
Spring: Sheffield Fire Museum (History Link)
Summer: Yorkshire Wildlife Park (Science Link)
Reading at Home
Reading books should be read at home EVERY day if possible. Can your child read the book independently? Can they read with pace and include expression? Can they answer different types of questions linked to our reading gems?
Help your child reach our reading target each week by listening to them read each day & signing their reading record. The target is to read at least 5 times !
Information for Parents
Check our Twitter page @PindersPrimary weekly for lots of photographs of our learning!
Year 1 Phonics Screening Check
In the summer term of Year 1, your child will complete a phonics screening check. This is a statutory check which means children in Year 1 throughout the country will all be taking part in the check during the same week in June. The test contains 40 words which children will read aloud one-to-one with a teacher. The list of words is a combination of 20 real words and 20 nonsense words. It is a good indication of your child's reading progress and any child that does not pass the bench mark will be given extra support and a chance to resit the test in Year 2. Your child will receive daily phonics lessons and lots of practice of reading similar words/tests throughout the year. If you have any questions regarding the phonics screening check, please do not hesitate to contact Mrs Bayliss.
Key stage 1 national curriculum tests (SATs): information for parents
What happens when it’s SATs time?
During May, all 7 and 11 year olds take the end of Key Stage national tests (often called ‘SATs’). These tests are designed to check that children in all schools are making progress.
The law says:
• All children must take the national tests at the end of Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2.
• Testing must take place in May. Key Stage 1 children have the whole month to do the tests.
• 7-year-olds are tested on reading, writing, spelling and maths.
• Key Stage 1 teachers mark the tests themselves, with their marking checked by the authority’s moderators (Our Deputy Headteacher, Mrs Bedford - is a previous Local Authorities KS1 SATs moderator). This is to make sure that all results are absolutely fair.
To sum up
National tests are an important milestone in school life. They give useful information to your child’s teachers and to the government. But it’s important to get them in proportion. They are just one of the ways the school works out how well your child is doing. They shouldn’t be stressful, and in fact many children enjoy the change in routine, as long as they know they have your support and understanding.
Information leaflet and videos for parents about end of key stage assessments (often referred to as SATs) for 7 year olds - https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/key-stage-1-and-2-national-curriculum-tests-information-for-parents