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Autumn Term Class Letter

 Tuesday 5th September 2017

 Dear Parents,

                        Welcome to the new school year.  Already we are pleased to report that all the children in Year 1 are settling into their new class very happily.  I feel sure that we will have an exciting time with the work that we are going to be covering this term.

Our theme for this term is Homes Past and Present. We will be studying this topic in history and working on related Art/Design and Technology projects.   Literacy will also be closely linked to this topic, focusing on texts such as ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’ & ‘The Jolly Poistman’, as well as non-fiction text.  Your child will also focus on developing their handwriting skills within Literacy and will receive a piece of Home Learning every Wednesday linked with work we have done within class, this is then to be handed in on the following Monday. 

In Numeracy we will be continuing to use Numicon, counting objects accurately & knowing number names, understanding increase in adding stories and exploring the context for adding. We will also be learning about counting forwards/backwards to 20 and beyond, adding 1 more and 1 less, and addition/subtraction facts up to 10.

In Science we will be concentrating on ‘Materials’, this will be linked to the story of ‘The Three Little Pigs’. We will focus on the property of materials, identifying and naming a variety of materials, including wood, plastic, glass and metal, and comparing and grouping materials based on their properties.

Your child will receive a reading book next week and also word flash cards. All Set 2 and 3 phonics sheets will be enclosed in the card document folder for you to practice with your child. It is not expected that all the phonic sheets should be completed within this half term, but to progress steadily through each of the sounds until your child is confident in reading the phonic on its own and within a variety of words (real & nonsense words).

Any time you can spend with your child playing games, puzzles, role play etc. will also help develop your child’s confidence and concentration. Please can you send your child’s reading folder in every day (including their reading books), this would be helpful as the children often have pictures and work to bring home and putting them in their folder makes it more manageable for them to carry.

Year 1 will have PE on Monday, Tuesday/Wednesday and Thursday - indoor PE kit consists of a plain white T-shirt and dark blue shorts.  Many children often get quite thirsty during PE and also throughout the day, so please can you ensure that your child has a bottle (sports bottle) of water in school that it is clearly labelled. 

Please could you ensure that all items of clothing and footwear are clearly labelled? School uniform and PE kits can be quite expensive to replace. It is also quite time consuming trying to find out who the item of clothing belongs to when they are all the same.

I hope that we can work as a team in order to give your child the best experience possible in Year 1. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to speak with me after school (though staff meeting nights on Tuesdays are best avoided).  Mrs. Leigh will also be available by prior appointment.

We look forward to an enjoyable and successful term!

Yours Sincerely,            


Miss S Spencer        Mrs. G Bowler                          Mrs C Fryer                           Mrs M Ferguson

(Year 1 Teacher)     (Year 1 Teaching Assistant)    (Year 1 Teaching Assistant)    (Year 1 Teaching Assistant)

Useful links for children.  See our Kid Zone for more games.



Useful links for parents 

Phonics Information This website will help you to understand how we teach phonics. Ruth Miskin is the lady who developed our phonics scheme, Read Write inc. There are 2 particularly helpful sections. 1)Ruth Miskin's Top Ten Tips for getting started with phonics. 2)Not sure how to say the sounds? This section will help you.