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‘Through God’s love, we are the rich soil where
roots grow and seeds flourish.’ Luke 8:4-15

Enabling children to flourish and succeed

Class Information/Letters

This half-term the books which we will be looking at in English are:

  • The Snail and the Whale
  • Poems Out Loud - comparison poems


 The units which we will cover in Maths are:

  • Place Value within 100
  • Money
  • Time


 The subjects in the afternoon are:

  • Science - Animals
  • History - George Stephenson


 We will also be learning skills in Computing, RE, Music, PE and Learning for Life.




Reading is a part of Year 1 homework, and your child must read the book given to them twice in order to develop fluency, practise their reading comprehension using the questions given in the book and recognise trickier words easily the next time they see it. Please date and sign your child’s diary every time you hear them read. Please remind them to put their reading pack in the blue box in the mornings, so that we can check the diary, move their face on our chart each time they have read and/or change the book. Children do not need to finish their book in 1 day; they can read a few pages every night. If your child has been heard read 2 or more times in the week, they will receive 1 house point. We will monitor reading at home and will be reading with children during different points in the school year.


PE - Monday afternoon and Friday afternoon.

    Your child must come to school dressed in their PE kit.

    This year, one area of school we will be improving as a school is to ensure all children      wear proper school PE uniform to school on the days they have PE. We would not            accept children arriving in school not wearing standard school uniform and PE should      be no different. Wearing appropriate PE kit to school ensures the children look smart        together, feel part of a team and that everyone is seen as equal. For children to                participate in PE lessons next year, they will need to wear the standard school PE            uniform of a plain white t-shirt and plain dark tracksuits and/or shorts with socks and          trainers. 

    All jewellery must be removed at home and hair must be tied back. We can’t            provide your child with tape to cover their earrings or jewellery. Please label all        PE clothing and uniform with your child's name to avoid lost clothes.


Please provide a spare set of clothes including socks and pants.

At times, children can experience toilet accidents and we do not always have the correct sized clothing for your child to get changed into. Please label this bag which we will keep on your child’s peg at school.



Our library days are Tuesday morning. If your child would like to change their book, please make sure it is in their bookbag ready for Tuesday. Children will mostly choose books which are at a harder level than their ability. These books are to be read to your child by an older sibling or adult. Your child can answer questions, join in with repetitive phrases or point out tricky words and sounds we have covered. Your child will not be able to choose a book if their old one hasn't been returned. Any lost books at the end of the year may incur a fee.


Please ensure your child brings a book bag and water bottle into school.

Our classrooms have limited space and rucksacks or backpacks can lead to trips and falls as we do not have enough space in the cloakrooms to store them. Children have their own labelled drawer which is a perfect size for a book bag.



As mentioned, reading is part of this year’s homework along with weekly spellings which will both help with the end of year phonics screen check. Children will need to practise spellings weekly. Your child has a spelling book with their spellings listed and the quiz date will be on a Tuesday. Please do not use the book to practise in. Your child will also have a login card to a website called Spelling Shed which years 1-6 use. There are various games on there to help your child learn in an alternative way if you prefer. If your child gets most of the spellings correct, they will receive 1 house point.


If you require further homework, our class page will have objectives listed in the homework section which will provide some ideas of things you can do with your child at home to help cover skills taught in the classroom. Practical games, interaction/talking with adults and practising skills using the ideas given on the class page benefit children in Year 1, therefore worksheets will not be given out as part of homework.