Mr Henry Edwards
Hello, I am Mr. Edwards. This is my 6th year teaching at West Jesmond and I am very excited to be in Year 1! I'm looking forward to introduce the children to 'Humanities' and expanding their knowledge of different topics we will cover!
I have recently returned to archery, joining a local club and getting the most of being outside! I also love exploring new places and discovering what Northumberland has to offer!
Mrs Clare Byatt
My name is Clare Byatt and I'm thrilled to be teaching in Year 1 again! I am really looking forward to getting to know all the children in the year group and to teaching all of the fun and exciting topics we will cover in Year 1. As History Lead within school, I have a particular passion for teaching Humanities lessons.
Miss Bethany Condliffe
My name is Bethany Condliffe, I am very excited to be working at West Jesmond and teaching year 1.
I love being active and spending time outside. I am hopeful taht I will be able to run Outdoor Club in summer term.
Miss Alison Whitten
Hello, I am working in the Learning Garden this year, where we do our COOL stuff (COOL = Choosing Our Own Learning). I am really excited to be working with your children to consolidate concepts learned in class, and to help them build their imaginations, critical thinking and problem solving skills.
In my spare time I enjoy reading and walking my dog.
Welcome to the Year 1 page. Below you will find useful dates and routines that will help support your child's learning. We often post announcements via our 'Home Learning' Seesaw pages, so please do ensure to check this on a regular basis. If you have any essential information to pass on to your class teacher, please use their email addresses.
We no longer use school diaries in Year 1 and input all reading comments about your child’s progress on their Seesaw page. Please write a short comment about how your child has found their latest book, children are very welcome to make their own comments about their books too. Additional books are also available on Bug Club (log-ins can be found posted on the Seesaw journal).
Monday and Thursday – These are our PE day. Please ensure your child comes to school wearing their PE kit. As we approach the winter months, jogging bottoms and trainers will help ensure your child keeps warm as all PE is now taking place outside. Please also feel free to send your child with their school jumpers over the top of PE kit to help keep them warm
Wednesday - Wednesday afternoons are when the Year 1 teachers have their PPA (planning, preparation and assessment) time out of class. You will notice a different teacher dismissing them at the end of the day.
Wednesday is also homework day. Each week we will set a task via Seesaw, which you should already have a log in for. If you do not have a log in, or are no longer able to access your child's home learning page, please let your class teacher know and they will be happy to send you a new code. This tasks should be completed by the following Monday.
Spellings will be set as part of our weekly homework tasks via Spelling Frame (log-in details can be found on your child’s Seesaw journal). Please encourage your child to practise their spellings to help them feel confident.
To help with transition from Reception to Year 1, we operate The Learning Garden which is an additional open classroom space that provides the children with opportunities to be independent, creative and confident as they learn through play. Emphasis is placed upon language development and vocabulary in all curriculum subjects.
How to Help at Home
• Reading using the school reading books and Bug Club.
• Regular reading together of a range of texts.
• Letter and number formation.
• Look for as many opportunities to write as possible, writing means more when it has a purpose.
• Maths - counting games, helping total small amounts when shopping.
• Real life contexts are really useful for applying maths e.g. baking, measuring distances.
• Telling the time to the hour and half past