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Term 1 Overview

Welcome back to Year 1

We hope you had a lovely summer. We are really pleased with how all of the children have settled into Year 1 so far.

In this newsletter we will let you know about some of the learning that will be happening this term. We will also include details of some of the other fun things we do in our classes.

Reading at home

Please read with your child at home. Ask your child questions about what they have just read. It is incredibly helpful and can help them to understand texts better.

Please record when you read at home in their reading record card with the date, title of the book and a comment (which can be as long or as short as you like!)

It is now the children’s responsibility to come in and change their own book if they have read it. Please remind them to do this as they come in in the morning.

Reading records are collected in every Friday and the children are rewarded if they have read at least 3 times that week. When they have done this 10 times, they are awarded a book of their choosing!

Beginning of the day

In order to encourage your child’s independence, please say goodbye to your child at the door once it has opened at the beginning of the school day.

Special Mentions Assembly

Special Mentions Assembly is now going to be fortnightly. Four certificates per class are handed out to children that have worked particularly hard. If your child is going to receive one of these awards they will be given a slip on the Thursday before.

Home time

Please remember that, if you are unable to collect your child for any reason at the end of the day, you need to let the office know who will be coming in your place. We are unable to send children home with other adults without your consent.

Topics this term

Our Learning Journey is all about different types of Transport and is called

Are we nearly there yet?

  • Maths – Time, Place Value and counting in 2’s and 10’s
  • Science – The Weather/Everyday Materials
  • Being me in my world (PSHE)
  • And lots of other things in Art, PE, ICT and Outdoor Learning

Special Person of the Week

Every Friday both class teachers will choose a child to be the Special Person of the Week. This person will bring a sheet home to fill in with you. It is all about them and the things they like to do. Please bring it back into school the following Monday. They will have a chance to talk about themselves and their favourite things in front of the class.

Outdoor Learning and PE

Every Wednesday afternoon Year 1 will have either PE with Mr Anderson or Outdoor Learning with Mrs Dyke. Please see previous letter for dates of these for this term. A reminder will be placed in the classroom window too.

On these days Mr Anderson and Mrs Dyke will be seeing the children out of the door at the end of the day, with the help of the class Teaching Assistants.

PE Kit

Please make sure that your child has a complete PE kit in school all the time. This should consist of:

  • A white T Shirt
  • Black or Blue shorts
  • Black Plimsoles
  • Black or Blue Jogging bottoms in colder weather

Please help us 

Please ensure that everything is named clearly. This includes uniform, P.E. kit, water bottles and lunch boxes.


Studies show that children need 9 hours sleep every night. Thank you to those of you who make sure that your child is sleeping for long enough. It really makes a difference to their ability to concentrate in lessons.

Thank you for your continued support.

Mrs Hunt
Mrs De Gouveia
Mrs Sands
(The Year 1 Teaching Team)

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