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Year 1

Welcome to Class 1

I hope you have had a fantastic summer and are looking forward to a new school year in Class 1 - I can't wait to hear all about your adventures over the last 6 weeks!


We've got some exciting work planned for this first half term, building on the skills already learnt in Reception. We will continue with our daily phonics as well as introducing more formal maths and English lessons.  Our first topic is ‘Toys' and this will link into our work wherever possible - including geography, where we will learn about our local area and history, and science, where will explore different materials that toys are made from.


This week we will be choosing two School Council representatives and two Eco-Council representatives, which will involve attending some meetings and reporting back to the rest of the class. We also have a Church service on Friday morning to welcome us all in to the new school year.


Please find some other useful information below:


Home/School Diaries

These will be checked every Monday and Friday, so please feel free to send any messages or important information that you would like us to know. You can also use this to record your child's daily reading until we receive separate reading records. It is recommended that children in Year 1 should read for at least 10 minutes per day.


Home Learning

Children will receive homework on a Friday and should return this by the following Wednesday for marking and feedback. Homework will alternate between English and Maths each week and will always be work which consolidates the learning for that week: this could be an online task, a practical activity or a worksheet. Homework is a fantastic way to reinforce learning done in school and we really appreciate your support with thissmiley.


It is also recommended that children in Year 1 should read for 10 minutes per day, practice number bonds twice a week and phonics/spellings three times a week. Children will be issued with a list of high frequency words that they will be expected to read and spell, which will be changed regularly. Please see the separate home learning page for some websites and online activities which could be useful.


Finally, children will also be set one task per term (from a choice of two) which will be linked to their topic learning.


Please see the designated home learning area of the class page for further information as this will be updated regularly.



Please ensure that all uniform and PE kit is clearly labelled with your child’s name so that it can be returned if it gets lost. Although our PE days are currently Monday and Thursday afternoons, PE kits should be kept in school at all times in case of timetable changes. Long hair should be tied back for safety reasons during PE lessons.



If you have any questions, queries or concerns, please do not hesitate to let me know. I am happy to book in appointments with any parents/guardians or you can leave me a message in the home/school diary.


We're really looking forward to getting started on what is going to be a fantastic first half term in year 1 smiley!


Mrs Johnson & Mrs Stow





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