Welcome to Team Rabbits

Team Rabbits is a happy and friendly class with a positive and nurturing environment where we celebrate different characters and personalities. We have plenty of smiles, laughter and excitement while we ‘hop’ towards developing our focus and our independence so that we can aim high to achieve our best outcomes.  

Meet the Team

Class Teacher - Mrs Allen 

Hello! I'm Mrs Allen, your Year 1 Teacher. I am excited for our Year 1 journey as a Team. I love to read books and my favourites are 'Lost and Found' and 'Alien Love Underpants'. I like to read in different places like in my garden or in the bath. Do you have a favourite place to read? I would love to hear about it when we meet. 

Teaching Assistant - Mrs Hurcombe

Hello Team Rabbits! I am very excited to be working with you as your Teaching Assistant this year. My favourite subjects are Maths and Reading so I am really looking forward to enjoying these lessons with you. I also enjoy music and I am currently learning how to play the piano. I can’t wait to find out all about your hobbies and interests!

Our Approach to Learning

Year 1 is an exciting year for children full of fun and learning. The children begin to develop skills that will support them throughout their life such as: increased independence; how to be a good citizen and friend; as well as a jam-packed curriculum! We like to have lots of fun in Year 1, but we also understand the importance of being safe and following the rules.

We aim to encourage a love for learning by offering a broad, balanced and stimulating curriculum through which our children enjoy a range of rich learning experiences that are not only fun but challenging and engaging. The KS1 National Curriculum is made up of three core subjects, and seven foundation subjects. During Year 1, children will begin to develop their knowledge, skills, and understanding of each of these subjects. Building on what they have learnt in school already in Early Years. These expectations will be shared and discussed with you throughout the year. 

Core Subjects: English, Maths, Science. 

Foundation Subjects: Art & Design, Computing, Design & Technology, Geography, History, Music, Physical Education

The transition from Reception to Year 1 is a big step with the change from the Early Years Statutory Framework to the National Curriculum. This is always at the forefront of our minds at the start of the year and we work to suit the needs of the children. Therefore, we will maintain the use of continuous provision in the first few weeks and transfer this into rotational activities as the children settle.   

The national phonics screening test takes place at the end of year 1 and is therefore a big focus for us. The children will prepare for this throughout the year by playing games, completing writing and reading activities, group activities, homework and computer games, which they thoroughly enjoy. We invite parents into school to discuss the Year1 phonics test and national expectations closer to the time.

Partnerships with parents/carers continue to be key, together we can make Year 1 a successful, fun and exciting year for all.

Our classroom environment continues to reflect the calming and nurturing approach that has been established at Streethay, keeping it minimal, homely and avoiding too much stimulation. Outdoor learning will also continue, with opportunities for forest school sessions too.  

Team Rabbits celebrate all our unique children, as not one child is the same. We enjoy providing enrichment activities, these include inviting visitors into the school, exploring the local area and trips to some exciting locations. All to support their learning and development as a well-rounded citizen.

Parent Teacher Contact

If you are a parent and you have any questions relating to your child's learning or you are concerned about anything at all please hang back and speak to Mrs Allen at the door. If you prefer you can make an appointment to see Mrs Allen through the school office. Alternatively you can email the school office on: info@streethay.shaw-education.org.uk all messages will be passed to the Class Teacher. 

Please note we do still use Tapestry in Year 1 and we welcome posts from home, however, this is not checked daily so it is best to email or speak to us directly if you have a question.