Year 1 Oak Class

All of you in school on the last day of term received a letter from me about Miss Insley's resignation from her post. Please read the attachment. Mrs Wood
As promised, I have been working hard trying to find an experienced and good quality replacement and am pleased to say that I have been fortunate to find Mrs Laurie Knowles-Smith who fits the bill and comes with excellent references from schools I know.
Unfortunately, due to prior commitments, she is unable to start until Thursday 4th January but Mrs Castle, who the children already know, has kindly agreed to teach the class for the first two days back so that they have the continuity they deserve.
Thank you for your support in this. An excellent result for us all. Mrs Wood

Welcome to  Year 1. All of the classes at Courtney Primary are named after trees and we are Oak class.
People who work with us
Our teacher is Miss Insley.
We are lucky enough to have a number of teaching assistants who work with our class. They are: Mrs Radford, Mrs Cox and Mrs Bryant.
Mrs Murphy is our reading assistant in the afternoons. She also helps cook our school dinners.
On Thursday afternoons, Miss Insley has her PPA (preparation and assessment time) so we are taught by Mr Smith, who is our specialist sports coach, and Mrs Castle, who is a music specialist and teaches us music and French.
You may find us relaxing with a book in our comfy reading corner or exploring our topic through role play. 
When we are learning with Miss Insley we work in small groups at tables or on the carpet. 
We learn a lot in Year 1, but here are a few of our favourite things:
  • We learn lots of tricky words and phonics sounds to help us read exciting books and write fantastic stories.
  • We use Numicon to help us make number bonds - these are pairs of numbers that go together to make 10 or 20.
  • We talk to each other and learn about our families and our history. Then we learn about the history of country - we loved learning about the Great Fire of London.
  • In Science we ask lots of questions and then carry out experiments to try and find answers!