Welcome to Year 1.
Reading books are changed every Monday and Friday. Please make sure your child’s reading books are in school every day for quiet reading. Thank you.
Join us in class every Monday at 3pm for story time. Please cone in through the playground, we will open the gate at 3pm.
P.E is every Thursday and Friday. Please make sure your child has a full P.E kit in school, we will send it home at the end of every half term to wash.
Spelling and Homework.
Alongside your child’s reading book, they will be bringing home a list of words that they need to be able to read and spell by the end of Year 1. These are called Common Exception Words and they are given out on a Monday and returned to school on a Friday ready for the spelling test.
Please label all of your child’s belongings, this is really important! We encourage the children to be responsible for their own belongings, however our classroom is very busy and it can be very difficult to identify belongings with no names in them.
We use Class Dojo as our main form of communication across nursery and school. All you need to do is download the app on your smartphone or tablet, and type in the code we have given you. Please check Class Dojo on a regular basis so that you don’t miss any news or information. We also have a class page that we update regularly, showing you all of the fun things we get up to in class!
Attendance and Punctuality
At Darwen St James our aim is to promote good attendance and punctuality in partnership with parents and carers in Early Years, ensuring that good habits are formed early. School begins at 8.55 am and it is vital that your child arrives on time and ready to learn. Our free breakfast club starts at 8.00 am in the school hall, and is available to all of our pupils here at Darwen St James. If your child is unwell,please contact the school office on 01254 703260 to let us know. Please try and arrange appointments around the school day when possible. If your child does have an appointment during school time, please bring their letter or appointment card into the school office.
Every Friday at 9.00 am we have a Celebration Assembly to celebrate the pupils’ achievements throughout the week, and all parents/carers are invited to join us! Certificates and a green jumpers are awarded to pupils from each class to recognise an outstanding achievement that week. We also sing Happy Birthday to anyone who has had a birthday, which is great fun. We hear about the children who have been representing school in sport or music or any special events and we also hear about children who do activities outside of school like dancing or lifesaving. We also see which class has gathered the most Class Dojo points and who has had the highest attendance. There is lots of cheering and clapping at Our Celebration Assembly.
We have a lot to celebrate here at Darwen St James!