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Top tips for Parents from the Year 1 Team!




Your child needs to bring in their PE kit every Monday and take it home every Friday. Please ensure that all parts of their kit are named. Please remember that if your child has long hair they must be able to tie it back for reasons of safety. All earrings and jewellery must be removed or taped for PE lessons.



At Cottesmore, we feel that homework is a vital way for you to be a part of your child’s learning. Your child should be reading at least four times a week.

Over the course of the term children will have a creative homework topic based around our termly theme. This allows them to complete homework that that have an interest in and ensures they can be creative.  They can complete as much of the Theme homework as they would like to do.

Some children will be given spelling homework.  This is sent home every Monday and due back on the Friday.  Children who do spelling will have a spelling test every Friday morning.

Maths homework is sent out on Mondays and is to be returned by the following Monday.  Sometimes the homework will be practical, so the child won't need to bring anything in.


Reading Books

Please encourage your child to read every night. When they have read, please remember to record this in reading records (even if it is just your initials – you do not necessarily need to write a comment). Book bags must be brought in everyday regardless of whether the book needs changing or not. This is so we can try and read with your child in school. In Key Stage 1, your children are rewarded for reading through the Reading Rocket. Each time your child reads at home during the week and their reading record is initialled they will move up one level of the rocket. If your child moves up five levels over the course of the week, they will be awarded with five minutes extra playtime on Friday.


Water Bottles

It is vital that your children bring in water to keep themselves hydrated. Please ensure that you provide your child with a water bottle each day. We have a water bottle box within the classroom in order for children to be able access their drinks throughout the day.


Celebration Assembly

Celebration Assembly will take place every Friday at 2.50pm. Each week one child from each class will be nominated for a Golden Award by the class team. If your child is nominated you will receive a phonecall on Thursday and will be invited to attend the assembly. We would like you to keep this a secret from your child in order for them to be surprised on the day!



At Cottesmore we believe that effective communication is essential to ensure that your child achieves their full potential. There are various ways in which you can communicate with us as a team. Please feel free to speak directly to your child’s teacher, or speak to a member of the Leadership Team who will always be available at the beginning or end of the school day.


How can I help my child?

Please try and read with your child every day and help them to practise their spellings. We will be rewarding children who consistently complete their homework.

We would encourage you to talk to your child about their learning, this will reinforce their knowledge. And you never know…. You might learn something yourself!