September 2017

Dear Parents,

Welcome back to a new school year! I am really looking forward to working with your children again and seeing how much progress they have made since Nursery, as well as welcoming new children too!

Much of this term’s work will be based on the topics ‘Clothes’ and ‘People who help us’.  The main Literacy focus will be on correct letter sounds and formation as well as development of simple sentence structure. Weekly themes will include stories and poems as well as non-fiction work. Children will read books from a range of schemes individually, and Read Write Inc books in small groups or pairs. Please could you ensure that your child has their book bag and ‘reading record’ in school every day. Please write in the record each time you listen to your child read; your comments are really helpful. Children are also able to select a book of their choice from the class book corner to share with you at home.

Mathematics will be taught through a range of practical activities, rhymes and games as well as individual workbooks.  It will involve varied number work, length (using non-standard units), 3D shape and the days of the week.

PE will be on Wednesday and Friday mornings and will involve a range of indoor and outdoor activities (weather permitting).  Please ensure that your child has suitable clothing for these activities. Please also ensure that all items of clothing are named as they often go missing in these sessions.

Forest school will be on a Tuesday afternoon.  Please ensure that your child has waterproof and warm clothing as well as wellies. A change of clothes, spare socks and a carrier bag for muddy wellies will be useful on wet days!

Year 1 children may bring in fruit every day to eat in the playground at morning break. They can also buy fruit from the trolley in the hall. Please send in £1.25 per week in a named envelope on Monday for fruit for the week.

I am sure that the children will soon settle into ‘Year 1’ and adjust positively to new routines but please do not hesitate to contact me with any concerns.

Mrs. Nicola Goodby