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Autumn 1st Half Term Class Letter

Tuesday 3rd September 2019



Dear Parents,

                        Welcome to the new school year. 


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’, 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’, focusing 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 their reading book/s next week and also some of the Year 1 Common Exception word flash cards.  Every Friday your child will also receive a phonics sheet with the



sound that we have been focusing on throughout that week.  Regular practise of book reading books and phonics is essential to help your develop their decoding, blending and reading skills.  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.


Home-learning is sent home every Thursday and will link with a particular area of learning that s/he has focused on within class.  The completed work is then to be handed in on the following Monday.  Your child will also receive weekly spellings that are linked to the phonic sound that s/he has been learning within class throughout that week and some Year 1 Common Exception words.


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 Wednesdays are best avoided).  Mrs. Leigh will also be available by prior appointment.


We look forward to an enjoyable and successful term!


Kind Regards,      


Miss S Spencer           Miss L Brooks            

(Year 1 Teacher)      (Year 1 Teaching Assistant)      

Useful links for parents 

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External Link Icon 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. 
External Link Icon PHONICS
Phonics Activities
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A variety of games that are free, whilst some games require a subscription
External Link Icon Phonics
A variety of free games, whilst some games require a subscription