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Autumn 2nd Half Term Class Letter




Monday 5th November 2018


Dear Parents,

                        Hope you all had a restful and enjoyable half term!


We are very lucky this term to have a student from Manchester University working on her initial placement in Year 1. Her name is Miss Ainscough and she is very much looking forward to working with the children.


Our theme for this half term is Mills and Machines.  We will be studying this topic in Literacy, focusing on the fictional stories ‘The Little Red Hen’, ‘ Mouse Trouble’ and ‘Calum’s Incredible Construction’, as well as studying the non-Fiction text ‘Wheels Keep Turning’, ‘ Simple Machines’ and ‘A Victorian Childhood’.  Art/Design and Technology projects will also be closely linked to our topic.


In Numeracy we will be learning about the whole part-part model, addition of numbers and corresponding subtraction facts.  We will also be focusing on number bonds to and within10, and counting on and back in ones from a given number within and up to 100.


In science we will be concentrating on ‘Ourselves’, focusing on recognizing and comparing the main external parts of the body, exploring using the senses and recording observations and measurements, and recognizing similarities and differences between themselves and others.


Your child will continue to develop their phonic skills, and  have shown good progress with these new sounds and are beginning to apply ‘Fred Talk’ more confidently within their reading.  Thank you for all the support you have given, please continue to work with your child on these sounds little and often. 


Year 1 will continue to have PE on Monday, Tuesday 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.


Now that the cold weather is drawing in please could you ensure that all hats, gloves, scarves, winter coats and all other 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.


Year 1 will also be very busy this half term as they will be practising for the Christmas performance.  All children in Year 1 will have a part to play in this production and details of this will be sent home soon!  


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.


Thank you for all your support with your child's learning over the last half term.  The children have been working very hard and have settled in very well.  We look forward to an enjoyable and successful term.


Best wishes,


Miss  S Spencer            Miss M Ainscough                Miss Brooks

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





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.