Welcome to Class 1PW. We are a class of 28 children working with Mr Worthington and Miss Phipson. So we can get to know each other a little better, I have put together a little something for you to read.
Dear Year 1 children and parents,
I am so happy to welcome you all back to school after such as difficult year. I feel really lucky to have you all in my class again, and cannot wait to learn new things together. I have written this letter so that you can get to know me better.
My name is Mr Worthington, I have been a teacher here at St. Edward’s since I started my teaching career; 9 years ago this September. I have taught in many year groups including Reception, Year 1, and Year 4. I lead Science and Design and Technology across the school. I studied Chemistry at University and even worked in a laboratory when I graduated, where I wore a lab coat and goggles!
I grew up in Dudley and moved to Birmingham 15 years ago. The children in my class will often hear me talk about my family and I particularly like to share stories about my two dogs, Rupert and Henry, who are always getting up to mischief! In my spare time, I enjoy reading (especially Harry Potter and comic books) and playing Mario Kart. People often say I am a very happy person but also quite forgetful; lots of children I have taught know this and always help me with jobs in the classroom.
We have many ways to communicate here at school, but currently the most efficient way would be to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. I am checking this daily and will try to respond to you as quickly as I can.
As the children are now Year 1, we are encouraging them to try and be a bit more independent and to think about what they can do themselves to prepare for the school day. To help get the children into routine to start with please could you help us by checking that your child always has the correct school uniform, a drinks bottle (as currently we cannot have spare cups in the classroom) and their reading bag with their reading book in every day. We will change reading books on a Wednesday, and two books will be given. Please complete your child’s online reading diary, which can be accessed via the BGFL page.
Your child has been issued with a BGFL login in case any home learning needs to take place. Could you please access it and send us a quick email to the year 1 email address so that we know the children's details work. If you have any issues with devices or computing equipment could you please let us know and we can arrange alternative provision.
Our current PE day is on a Thursday, and the children can come into school in PE kit for the day. Please remember no earrings should be worn for health and safety reasons and a white round neck t-shirt with the school badge and plain blue or black shorts/ tracksuit bottoms should be worn.
The children have settled in extremely well considering the circumstances and time they have had off. From the first day they have come in with big smiles and full of stories and things to tell me, it really does make me smile!
Currently, we are re-establishing routines and reminding the children of the rules which will help us to learn and keep everyone safe all at the same time, they are so eager to please and have already earned lots of track it light points!
We have already studied two books ‘Ruby’s Worry’ and ‘My Friend the Monster' which the children have loved. These books have provided us with a wonderful opportunity to discuss our feelings and emotions. The children have produced some wonderful artwork about things that make them happy and made ‘safeguarding hands’ where they have identified five people in school who the can talk to if they are worried.
Our topic ‘Marvellous Me’ has really interested the children and they have enjoyed learning about the different parts of the body and carrying out investigations around their senses. We had fun trying to guess what was in the mystery box without using our sense of sight!
We have our Outdoor Learning Day on Wednesday 14th October.
As we can never predict what the weather will be like from day to day we ask you to try, where possible, to supply the following, a waterproof coat and trousers, wellington or walking boots, a long sleeved top, long trousers and a warm jumper. Please ensure all clothes sent in are old as there is a strong possibility of the children getting muddy! If the children could please come to school wearing their own clothes on this day it will save time getting them changed, they will also need to bring a change of clothes for the end of the day as they will, more than likely, get muddy.
This half term our P.E lesson is every Thursday morning. We are completing games outside so winter P.E uniform can be worn. Your child can wear:
- Jogging bottoms (blue)
- School P.E t-shirt
- School cardigan or jumper