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Autumn 2017

Dear Parents,

Welcome back! I hope you all had a wonderful summer break and your child’s ready to get started in Year One.

This year we will continue with lots of outdoor learning and gardening. We will have a strong focus on Science throughout the year. We will start off this week in the Wilderness with poetry about Autumn. We will follow this with an R.E. based topic called ‘Who made the World?’, through this, we will learn more about our wonderful world, the world around us, stories from the Bible and the beliefs of Christians. We will spend the rest of the first half of term thinking and learning about where we belong, the school grounds and Abbotsham. After half term we will be spending more time in the Wilderness and our outdoor area. Our focus will be growing plants and cooking with seasonal veg. Throughout the year out our learning will be based on fiction and non-fiction books.

Home learning will be send home every Friday, Year One children should be doing at least one hour of learning at home each week. Each Friday I will send home spelling words linked to phonics sessions (we will practice these every day in class but will not be tested on these words), I will also send home an area of IXL that we have covered in the school that week. Home learning will be outlined in your child’s purple book, please bring this in every Friday to receive the next set of learning. Please support your child in completing these tasks as they really do reinforce the learning done in school. If your child wishes to do any other learning at home, encourage them to use their home learning book (purple) so their efforts can be recognised and celebrated, however please do remember that work in your child’s home learning book should be to the best of their ability and that the same rules about presentation apply as in their school learning books. Please ensure that you read with your child at least 4 times each week and that you focus on their understanding of the text, not just their ability to read the words on the page. Please refer to the slip in the front of the blue diary for ideas of the sort of things your child should be able to access according to the band they are reading.

As explained above, we will be in the Wilderness throughout the term so bring wellies into school. The weather can be very unpredictable so please ensure your child always has a waterproof jacket in school even if it appears to be a sunny day. During the first half term Mr Waldron will be teaching PE on a Tuesday afternoon, I will also be teaching shorter physical activity sessions throughout the week so please make sure your child has appropriate kit in school every day.

During the first half term Mr Waldron (PE)will be covering my PPA time on a Tuesday afternoon, followed by Miss Hawkins after half term (Art/Outdoor Learning). This pattern will continue throughout the year.

As your child moves out of the Early Years and into Key Stage One we will continue to foster and nurture their independence, please support us in doing this by allowing your child to carry and put away their belongings each morning, encouraging them to complete their home learning tasks and ensure that all their clothing is named, as this makes it much easier for children to take responsibility for their possessions.

Some routines will remain consistent with Reception to ensure a smooth transition and other routines and expectations will change. On arrival please support your child to put their blue book in the correct basket as before (new blue books will be given out), then come into class and choose the appropriate list of words to write in their spelling books. We will settle down and do the register and then move onto Phonics. Collective worship will now be at 1.35pm after lunch.

Finally, it’s important to keep hydrated so make sure your child has a water bottle in school every day. We will provide fruit snack each morning but you are also welcome to bring a piece of fruit in if your child has a preference as we can’t guarantee what the fruit will be.

I’m looking forward to another year and as always please don’t hesitate to come in and speak to me if you have any concerns or questions.


Mrs Harding and Mrs Hopkins

Class 1 Blog

  • Mon, 04 Dec 2017 07:10:07 +0000: Year One and Two 1900s Day - Class 1 | St. Helen's
    On Friday Year One and Two celebrated the end of our joint project with a 1900s day and open afternoon with parents and grandparents.

  • Mon, 20 Nov 2017 19:05:50 +0000: Map work - Class 1 | St. Helen's
    This afternoon we've worked with Year 2 on our map skills; we identified familiar landmarks, compared a map with an aerial picture and found a larger scale section of the map using roads and buildings on our own smaller maps. 

    Great team work!!

  • Mon, 20 Nov 2017 12:19:37 +0000: Orienteering in the Wilderness - Class 1 | St. Helen's
    We finally got to use our map reading skills in the Wilderness for orienteering on Friday! We had a lot of fun even though it was very muddy!

  • Fri, 17 Nov 2017 12:18:37 +0000: Transport from 100 years ago - Class 1 | St. Helen's
    We investigated and sorted transport from 100 years ago and modern transport.

  • Fri, 17 Nov 2017 12:14:14 +0000: Brain break!! - Class 1 | St. Helen's
    We finished our morning with a brain break from 'Go Noodle'.

    'Banana, banana, meatballs' is our favourite!