September 2015

Dear Sapphire and Emerald parents/ guardians

Welcome to Year 1

We just wanted to get in touch to let you know what we will be learning this term. Our topic for the next 6 weeks is ‘Ourselves’. We will be looking at our; likes and dislikes, our senses, things we want to be when we grow up and how our weird and wonderful bodies work! If your child has any books about the human body that they would like to share with us, we would love for them to bring them into class.

The daily timetable of your child’s learning journey will soon be able to be viewed on line. However, we are happy to provide hardcopies should you require them.


As said above we are focusing our learning on ‘Ourselves’. Therefore our writing will be based around your child’s interests and aspirations. Our fantastic Year 1 team will be teaching Letters and Sounds (phonics) every day, with an explorative phonics morning every Monday. We make sure we read with the children on a daily basis and would be grateful for you to do so at home to help them make the progress required in Year 1.


You may already be aware that we teach maths using Singapore Maths (Maths No Problem).

What you may not know is that Singapore has led the world in maths mastery for over a decade; its students become competent and proficient mathematicians at a very early age. Even better, they grow to be capable problem solvers who think mathematically with ease. We loved teaching this style of maths last year and are excited to continue this year!

Science and Topic

Science is always a favourite in Year 1. As we are looking at ‘Ourselves’ we have a large amount of information to learn. We love for the children to lead these lessons and to teach their peers what they have previously learnt. We encourage the children to bring in objects suitable for the topic. These items lend themselves to both topic and science sessions as they spark debate, questions, new learning, deepen understanding and also extend the curriculum to a new level.


Children are required to bring in their PE kit to every PE session for health and safety reasons. They will not be allowed to join in without it.

Sapphire Class and Emerald Class will both have PE on THURSDAYS.


Children are required to bring their swimming kit to every swimming session. It is school policy that if the children are in school then they must swim unless a doctor’s note says otherwise.

Sapphire Swim on Wednesdays

Emerald Swim on Tuesdays


Last but not least, we will hold a meeting for ALL parents/guardians on Monday 14TH Sept at 3:00pm. Please come to the middle hall and you will be directed to the meeting area. In this meeting we will answer any questions you might have and run through the curriculum in more detail.

Thank you for a fabulous start to the year and we look forward to seeing you on Monday 14th September

Sami, Tom, Lesley and Emily.

The Year 1 Team

Year 1 Emerald timetable 15-16
Emerald Timetable 2015-16

If you would like to print a copy of this timetable, here is an A4 version in black and white.

Year 1 Sapphire timetable 15-16
Sapphire timetable 2015-16

If you would like to print a copy of this timetable, here is an A4 version in black and white.

If you would like to find out more about the curriculum followed at Riversdale, you can look at the medium and long term plans for each year group.

Medium term plans

Yearly plans

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