Year 1 Newsletter - Autumn Term 2nd half 2018

 Dear families,

 After a great first half term, we are really looking forward to the second half of the autumn term. We have already seen the children make progress in all areas of the curriculum and are excited about the next steps that they will be taking.

 In our year group this term we will have the following adults; Mrs Willis, Mrs White, Miss Bird, Mrs Lania and Miss Hubbard are the class teachers, with Mr Walker teaching some of the lessons. We are lucky to have the support from our teaching assistants; Mrs Fifoot, Mr Archer, Mrs Underwood, Miss Neville, Mrs Foulkes and Mrs Hodgman, who all work in various classes.


Our focus will be Measure (length & height), addition and subtraction, 2D and 3D shapes and Place value – partitioning numbers.


Our focus in reading lessons will be reading stories and recognising the different parts of a story. In writing we will be developing the structure of our sentences by adding punctuation marks (.?!) and using the graphemes taught to spell new words.


Our focus will be learning about our bodies and investigating using our senses.  

 Cornerstones Curriculum

Our topic is ‘Superheroes’. We will look at and read about fictional and real life superheroes, and also talk about good and bad choices. We will think about ourselves as Superheroes and our amazing bodies.


Our focus will be gymnastics and outdoor games.

Children will do PE twice a week, including indoor and outdoor PE. Please ensure that children are provided with well fitting PE kits for indoors and outdoors – now that the weather is colder children will need jogging bottoms and a jumper/fleece for outdoor PE. Please also make sure that all kit is clearly named.   

The children will need to ensure they have their full P.E. kit: 

black shorts & jogging bottoms, white T shirt, plimsolls or trainers, sweatshirt.

Children should not wear jewellery to school on PE days. In the case of earrings that cannot be taken out (ears pierced within the last 6 weeks), these must be taped over. Long hair should be tied up during the school day. 


Our focus will be on learning the words and number bonds of the week, which will be sent home on a Friday. We will then have a quiz on the words and number bonds the following Friday. MyMaths has now been set up so children can access the online maths activities.


Children are expected to read for at least 10 minutes every evening to an adult, and it is vital that this happens regularly. The children will need to record the details of their book and the pages they have read on that day.  It is helpful if parents can comment on their child’s reading in the box provided. Please remind children that their reading books and reading record books should be in school every day, as adults in school will use these to record reading within school. We also advise that children have bedtime stories read to them regularly, by an adult.


We ask that you continue to support the children with the Early Bird activities set out on the tables, however you may start to leave your child at the classroom door during the course of this half term, to start building up their independence. Once your child is settled please vacate the classrooms as it can get very crowded! Grown ups are asked to leave before 8.50am.

 Please ensure your child has a named water bottle with them every day (extra to their lunch drink). It is important for children to stay hydrated as part of their general well being. As part of promoting a healthy lifestyle only water is allowed in classroom water bottles.

 Things to practice at home;

Here are some fun ideas to support your children’s development at home.

  • Fine motor skills for pencil control. Play with playdoh, use scissors, thread beads.

  • Tell the time on an analogue clock. Talk about the different hands on the clock face.

  • Recognise special friends in story books. Can you spot any special friends that you know?

 Please do not hesitate to contact us via the school office if you or your child has any worries or concerns. For non-urgent matters, it is usually easier to catch us at the end of the school day rather than at the beginning. 

 We look forward to another super half term ahead.

 Yours sincerely

 Mrs Willis, Mrs White, Miss Bird, Mrs Lania and Miss Hubbard