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Year 1

Teachers : Miss Thornton (1T), Mrs Austin (1A)
Teaching Assistants: Ms Perks, Mrs Evans 

our topic is: pirates

The children have received a message in a bottle from Captain Cutlass; he wants to return home after years at sea and needs their help. Through helping Captain Cutlass, the children will develop both their geography and science understanding as they use a compass to plot maps, learn the names of the oceans and continents and begin to understand the idea of forces and motion when designing pirate ships. This topic is full of hands on learning experiences and allows for some excellent writing opportunities. Look out for wanted posters around the school as the children try to protect Captain Cutlass from wayward pirate gangs, or you may even receive a set of instructions for making your very own pirate patch at home.


In maths, we will initially focus on adding and subtracting involving missing numbers, exploring the standard units used to measure weight and volume. We will then move on to adding and subtracting to 100. By the end of year 1, children need to be secure with counting in 2s, 5s and 10s and counting to 100. Solving real life problems provides excellent opportunities for your child to apply their maths skills at home.


Through the teaching of our Read, Write, Inc phonics scheme, your child will be heard reading every day. The book that we send home in their book bag will be for practicing at home. Please read at least three times per week. Your child will be able to choose a book from the library each week during their library slot.

PE: Class 1A

1A will be doing PE on a Monday and Friday. Please could you ensure that you child has their PE kit with them on these days. It would be extremely useful if children could bring in a pair of gym pumps and a pair of trainers.

PE: Class 1T

1T will be doing PE on a Monday and Tuesday. Please could you ensure that you child has their PE kit with them on these days. It would be extremely useful if children could bring in a pair of gym pumps and a pair of trainers.

Learning Diaries and Keeping in Touch

The learning diaries are an excellent way of communicating about your child’s learning. They are checked daily and I will be writing about your child’s achievements within them. I am always available after school if you wish to see me about how to further support you child at home, or if you have any queries.


Homework will be sent home half termly in the form of a cross-curricular activity grid. Your child should choose and complete a task each week. We enjoy celebrating such work in class and the children seem to take greater enjoyment in exploring their learning at home is this way. Spellings are sent home every week and tested during the following week.

Supporting your child at home

*Read regularly – not only the home reading books but other materials
*Helping with homework
*Working on real life maths problems in any of the areas covered

Crickweb ICTgames Phonics Play

Attendance and Punctuality

Good attendance and punctuality is essential to help your child achieve the best they possibly can.
Every week the attendance cup is awarded to the class with the best attendance – hopefully our class can win the cup lots of times this coming term!
We will also be awarded points in the Punctuality League. Let’s see if we can beat last year’s score.   


Children can achieve reward stamps for trying hard with their work! Every time they collect 50 stamps, they are awarded with a certificate.


We aim to teach the children about the benefits of a healthy lifestyle. With this in mind, our fantastic chef provides a range of healthy snacks. Please pay £1.50 per week to the class teacher if you would like your child to receive a snack and drink.

Uniform and Jewellery:

Please ensure children wear the correct school uniform, including black shoes and plain socks. Jewellery must not be worn. Please label all items so that they can be easily reacquainted with children if they are mislaid. This includes the inside of coats, shoes, hats, gloves and scarves.

Dates for your diary

24th April- Ikon trip
24th May- Class photos

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