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Autumn 1 Newsletter 2017




Welcome to Year 1, we hope you have all had a wonderful summer holiday! We have had a brilliant first week back and are very much looking forward to working with you all. After finding out about what the children are interested in, we are beginning this year with our ‘Superhero’ topic. During this topic we will be getting to know all about each other and what our ‘super powers’ are!

Please keep an eye on our Year 1 notice board on the Barn playground, as this is where we will provide you with additional information each week. This will hopefully allow you to feel more informed and able to support your children at home.



During Mathematics we will be learning about number and place value, recapping counting forwards and backwards to 20 and beyond. Our lessons will continue to be done practically inside and outside of the classroom to build on what the children have learnt during Year R. We will practise measuring using non-standard units such as hand-spans as well as solving problems by applying our mathematical understanding. We will be continuing with 15 Minute Maths each day to develop our understanding of the days of the week, months of the year, weather and recognising patterns in the environment.


In English we will be continuing to use the Read Write Inc scheme that the children used in Year R. The children were assessed at the end of the Summer term and have been put into appropriate groups. Each half term we will also be carrying out creative writing sessions related to our current topic.


Reading – the children have been issued new home-school book which state the day that they will be reading on, due to the daily timetable this may occasionally change , however we will always make sure that we have listened to each child once a week. We have now enjoyed hearing the children read for the first time and issued new reading books. We shall be introducing keywords after our Year 1 presentation, during which we will explain these in more detail. Please remember that you have signed the home-school agreement to read at home at least once a week and that it is really important to record the books that have been read, in order for us to change them accordingly.


As a rights respecting school, each class have created their own class charters, which share our rights and responsibilities within our classroom. During PSHE we will be continuing to learn about ways that we can work together as a team and ensure that everybody achieves  their  full potential throughout the year.


Useful information

Our PE days are Monday and Thursday for both Beech and Oak (Please ensure that long hair is tied back and that earrings are removed if possible).


Conker Club children will need an additional pair of trainers to be left at Conker Club (if they have not worn trainers to school as part of their uniform) as we are unable to access items left at Conker Club and Conker Club have no access to the classrooms after school. This would be greatly appreciated by all staff concerned.



Oak – Monday, Tuesday and Thursday

Beech – Monday, Wednesday and Thursday

Children will need to wear trainers/plimsolls to be able to use the outdoor apparatus.


Library – is on Wednesdays, the children will be issued with new library books on Wednesday 13th, please ensure that their library books are in school on Wednesdays as they will need to reissue them if they would like to keep them for another week.

Please note; we will only be able to issue a new book if the previous one has been returned. A charge of £5.00 is made for lost books.



Over the year we will be issuing both online homework and paper homework. Education City will be set weekly and will alternate between Maths and English. The homework will be set according to the learning that we have been doing in class and will build upon the work that we feel the children would benefit from additional support in. We appreciate all the support that you are able to give your children at home.


Over the next few weeks you will be given a new copy of your child’s login details for both Education City and Purple Mash, along with other useful login details you may need, which will be stuck in the front of your child’s home school book.


Date for the diary

We have a Year 1 Information Evening on Wednesday 20th at 7.00pm. We hope to see you all there as we will be issuing resources that we hope you will find useful throughout the year, as well as providing information about our daily routines and learning that will be carried out.


Show and Tell

During Year 1 unfortunately we are unable to allow time for show and tell unless this is related to our topics. However, we will always be pleased to see the work that the children have chosen to do at home, for example writing that they have done in their own journals etc. We also welcome any extracurricular achievements that the children have been involved in outside of school and would love to celebrate this.


The children have settled in brilliantly this week and have adapted well to the Year 1 routine, we expect that they will need a rest over the weekend! If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact a member of the Year 1 team.


Thank you for your time, we look forward to the coming year!


Miss Munday, Mr Holden, Mrs Winterbottom and Mrs Garrett.

Autumn 2017 Topic Web

Autumn 2017 Topic Web 1