Welcome to Year 1!

Dear Parents/ Guardians

We have had a fantastic first week back and the children are settling into their new classes well. Thank you for your hard work with the home learning set over the holidays; they are displayed in the corridor outside or within each classroom. Please feel free to pop in and see them or wait for Tuesday Newsday to come in.

I would like to introduce myself and also to inform you of some key information to help your child and yourself/selves settle into Year One. My name is Jason Horne and I am the Year One Team Leader and also the teacher of Turtles. I have been teaching for seven years, one and a half of which have been at Downs View. I have taught in EYFS as well as Year One. As you know at Downs View we have an ‘open door’ policy, so if you have any comments, compliments or queries, please feel free to pop by before or after school and have a chat!

These few things below are for your information to support your child in Year One:


Your child will take part in three P.E lessons a week which involve being both inside and outdoors, for this reason we would like you child to have clothing that is appropriate for all occasions; jogging bottoms, t-shirt, jumper and trainers for outside, shorts and t-shirt and plimsols for inside.

Home Learning

We send home a creative piece of homework in each school holiday. These pieces of home learning are marked and we like to display them within our classrooms. Thank you for all the creative homework that we have already received.

You will find attached an overview of our topic this term, with one side saying what your child will be learning in school and the other side saying how you can support your child at home.

Each week your child is sent home a piece of homework which will either ask them to do an English task (spelling or phonics) or a Maths task. This piece of home learning is set on the Friday and we would like it to be completed by the Thursday of the next week.

We also send home a reading book each night for your child to read. However it is not the expectation that the whole book is read every night, but we would appreciate a comment in the monkey books of any reading that has been competed at home

Outdoor Area

Over the summer holidays, a Year One outdoor area has been created. We are very excited to be able to use this both in the taught lessons and for your child to use this in their own learning time.

We would really like to develop a mud kitchen in this area and so any donations of old pots, pans or kitchen utensils would be extremely helpful.

Thank you for your ongoing support.

Jason Horne -Year One Team Leader