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                                     Welcome to Year 1

Welcome to our Year 1 class page and the first term of of the academic year! We hope you had a wonderful Summer holiday. We are so excited to share in your child's learning journey and we trust that together, we will have a fantastic year.


The teachers for our two classes are:

Mrs. Smithers and Ms. Bell (Kangaroo class)

Teaching assistant- Mrs Bexx


Ms. Swart (Koala class)

Teaching assistant- Mrs Lovegrove and Mrs Jayanth


We are very fortunate to have the support of our helpful volunteers to assist in our classes, including Mrs Waters and Maureen, who help each week with various classroom jobs. We are so grateful for their help. 

It is always great to have an extra pair of hands in the classroom so if you are able to spare any time please could you indicate on the slip attached to the newsletter and return this. We will then create a timetable of helpers. Jobs usually include changing reading books, hearing children read or sticking in work into the children’s books.



All children benefit from regular reading practice and sharing books with others. Please support your child’s development by listening to them read as regularly as possible and signing their reading record. Reading books will be changed regularly so please make sure your child has their book bag in school everyday. Please feel free to record any books read from home in the reading record.


Homework journal

Each term we will give a list of suggested activities for your child to complete over the course of the term to extend their learning from the classroom to at home. These activities will link with the topic each term. We will ask for 4 of the activities to be completed but please feel free to complete more if you wish to! We would love to see examples of your child’s creative work through drawings and art work, writing, photographs, postcards, computer work and more. Please stick in examples of what they’ve been up to.

If your child makes an object/ model as part of one of their tasks, they can bring it in to share with the class and we can stick the photograph into their book.

We are looking forward to seeing these books fill as the year goes on.


Read, Write Inc

The children will be continuing to take part in daily Read Write Inc. sessions. The children are grouped based on their phonics knowledge and therefore your child may be working with children from a range of year groups and a different member of staff. If you are interested in supporting this at home, for example helping with different sounds in phonics, you can look at or .



Spellings will be sent home every Thursday. The children will have to think about the sounds they have been practising and learning in school. The following week they will be informally tested in school based on the given sounds. Please practise at home with your child to ensure maximum success.


Big writing

As part of the whole school initiative, we will be taking part in the ‘Big writing’ session which focuses on Vocabulary, Connectives, Openers and Punctuation (V.C.O.P). At the start of the week an A4 sheet will be sent home explaining what our Big Write session will be on the Friday. Please talk to your child about this so that they have clear ideas for their writing.



P.E will take place twice a week; however there may be opportunities for addition sessions. Therefore please bring P.E kits in on Monday and leave them in school for the term. During the winter your child will need a tracksuit as they will still have outdoor P.E. Please make sure ALL kit is named.



Please make sure all of your child’s belongings (coats, jumpers, P.E kit, bottles etc) are clearly marked with their name on and remind them that it is their responsibility to look after their belongings. 


Water and Fruit

Please make sure your child has a water bottle in school every day. Year 1 will have a piece of fruit provided by school each day.



We will be having an information session on Wednesday 18th September at 2.30pm to find out a little more about Year 1.