Weekly note – w/c 8.5.17

The classes that have already been to the Victorian Walled Garden really enjoyed themselves and have planted lots of tomato and bean plants which we will be planting in our school garden. Mrs Bramley’s Class will be going on Thursday 11th May. They are still a couple of parents short for the trip so if you are able to help, please could you let Mrs Bramley know.

In literacy we will be continuing our work on non-fiction texts, reading the book ‘How to grow a sunflower’. We will be looking at the features of non-fiction books and the children will be writing instructions on how to grow a plant. When you are reading with your child at home, ask them if they can spot (and use if they can) some of the features of non-fiction texts that we have been thinking about eg. contents page, headings, labels, captions, glossary, index.

In maths this week we will be thinking about ordering numbers and place value, thinking about the hundreds, tens and units in a number.

We will be sending home new Rainbow Targets for the children. These will be based on Addition and Subtraction. Please click here for a link to some online addition and subtraction activities which you might like to do with your child to help them practise their target. Although most children will be able to do simple addition and subtraction sums, the idea of the target work is to help them solve them quickly and mentally without having to count on using their fingers or a numberline each time.

The PTA Bake Off takes place on Monday – we look forward to seeing all of your creations! The cake sale starts at 2.30pm in the hall for parents. If children wish to go to the sale they needed to be collected from school first at the usual time then you can take them to the cake sale.

Please remember that there will be no school on Tuesday due to Liberation Day. We hope you have an enjoyable day!

Thank you for your support,

The Year 1 team


Weekly Note w.b. 1.5.17

Dear parents/carers

Welcome back to the Summer Term. We hope that you all had a lovely Easter break.



Next week in maths we will be working on counting patterns; counting in 2’s, 5’s and 10’s both forwards and backwards. If you would like to support this work at home then you could help your child to count sets of objects by grouping them in 2’s, 5’s or 10’s e.g.

  • put Lego bricks in towers of 10 and then count 10, 20, 30, 40… to find the total.
  • arrange toy animals in pairs and then count them 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12…to find out how many altogether.

We will also be carrying out some assessment tasks so that we can set the children new Rainbow Maths Targets. Our focus for the summer term will be on addition and subtraction facts, which will allow children to improve their speed and confidence and apply some of the facts they have already learned (number bonds, doubles and halves)



Swimming lessons will begin again this week.

Mrs Bramley’s Class – Monday

Miss Horsepool’s Class – Tuesday

Mrs Boscher’s Class – Thursday

All lessons take place from 9am. If anyone is able to help with any of these swimming slots please speak to your class teacher. It is really useful to have extra help when the children are getting changed.


PE and Games lessons

PE lessons will continue on a Wednesday morning for all classes. Could children please bring shorts, t-shirts and a pair of trainers because when the weather is good, inside lessons may now take place outside instead.

Could we also asked that trainers are now brought into school every Tuesday for our afternoon outdoor session.


Visit to Walled Garden

Just a reminder that we are visiting the Victorian Walled Garden at Saumarez Park to fit in with our Secret Garden topic. We do require additional adult help for these visits so please speak to your class teacher if you are able to come along. We shall be leaving school on the buses at 9.15am and will return by 11.30am.

Mrs Boscher’s class – Tuesday 2nd May

Miss Horsepool’s class – Thursday 4th May

Mrs Bramley’s class – Thursday 11th May


Sunhats and Suncream

Could we ask that all children have a sunhat in school everyday. It is helpful if long lasting suncream is applied before school. As well as our outdoor learning sessions, we shall begin eating lunch outside when the weather is good.

If you would like to purchase a school sun cap then they are available from the office priced £5.00



In order to help prepare our Reception children for the move to Year One, this half term we shall be doing some lunchtime swaps on Tuesdays and Thursdays.


Morning Routine

In preparation for Year 2, could we ask that all children now come into school in the mornings independently. Children should line up with the teacher on duty at 8.55am and come in through the Year 1 and 2 door.


Many thanks

Year 1 team


Missing PE kit and Lost Property

Please could you check your child’s PE kit to see if you have one belonging to Megan Kinney by mistake as it has gone missing.

All of the unnamed lost property has been put out on a table by the Discovery Zone. Please pop in and check if you think you are missing something. It really does help us if all items which your child brings to school are clearly named as then we can easily find the owner and reduce the lost property.

We hope you have an enjoyable holiday.

Thank you




Weekly Note – w/c 3.4.17

We have nearly reached the end of another busy term! The children are really enjoying our Secret Garden topic and this will continue after the holidays. They have enjoyed challenges to create a clay flower and to work in a potting shed where they have to work out how much it will cost to plant their seed and write instructions for looking after it. They may be bringing these home.

Next week we will be walking to the church on Wednesday afternoon to watch the Easter Service which is led by Year 4. We are still short of parents to walk down with us so if you are able to come, please can you let your child’s teacher know.

On Thursday afternoon it is the Spring Fayre. Infants may be collected from their classrooms from 2pm to attend the Fayre (please note that juniors are collected from 2.30pm onwards). Children will not allowed to go unaccompanied but may attend the Fayre after school if they are picked up at the usual time.

School finishes for the Easter holidays on Friday 7th at 1pm. Children may bring a more substantial snack that morning as they won’t be having lunch at school. School begins again after the holidays on Wednesday 26th April.

Information for after the holidays 


Swimming will begin again after the holidays

Mrs Bramley’s Class – Monday 9 -10.30

Miss Horsepool’s Class – Tuesday 9 – 10.30

Mrs Boscher’s Class – Thursday 9 – 10.30

Children will need their swimming kits on these days, including a swimming hat. Please make sure that children don’t wear earrings on these days or have them taped up.

If you are able to help the children change for swimming or are happy to go in the water with them, please let your child’s teacher know.

Trip to the Victorian Walled Gardens

We will be visiting the Victorian Walled Gardens at Sausmarez Park to learn about growing and planting. The classes will be going on the following days:

Tuesday 2nd May – Mrs Boscher’s Class

Thursday 4th May – Miss Horsepool’s Class

Thursday 11th May – Mrs Bramley’s Class

We will be leaving school at 9am and returning by 11.30. If you are able to help with this trip, please let your child’s teacher know.

Thank you for your support and we hope you have an enjoyable holiday.

The Year 1 team




Weekly Note w/c 27.3.17

In Literacy this week we will be doing some work based on a short animation called ‘Book of Butterflies.’ This will encourage the children to make their writing more exciting by using the word ‘suddenly’.

In maths we will be counting in 2s, 5s and 10s and then using these counting skills to help us count larger numbers in groups. Please click here for some activities which you might like to do with your child at home.

Please could you continue to send your child to school with a coat as we go outside in all weathers. Even if it is sunny and warm when they come to school, we could get rain later on in the day.

On Wednesday 5th April we will be walking to St Martin’s Church to watch the Easter Service which is being led by Year 4. If you are able to help accompany the children on this walk, please could you let your child’s teacher know. We will be leaving school at 1.15pm and will return by 2.30pm.

The Year 6 Spring Fayre takes place on Thursday 6th April. Please see the letter below for details.

Year 6 Spring Fayre letter for parents

Thank you for your support,

The Year 1 team




Weekly Note w/c 20.3.17

In Literacy next week we will be finishing our work on the Gruffalo as well as giving children the opportunity to work on their individual writing targets.

In numeracy next week we will be learning about finding halves and quarters of both shapes and numbers. If you would like to help your child with this at home, they may enjoy cutting food into halves and quarters  eg. cutting a sandwich into half then quarters (squares or triangles!), breaking chocolate in half to share it with someone etc. Can they find half or a quarter of a small number of their Lego bricks? If you would like to send in a photo of any halving or quartering which they do at home, we would love to see them.

In the Discovery Zone we will be beginning our new topic ‘The Secret Garden’ which will continue until after Easter. We will be thinking about growing and planting as well as learning about minibeasts and their habitats. If anyone is a keen gardener and would like to come and work with the children to prepare the garden and do some planting, we would love to hear from you!

On Friday 24th March, to raise money for Comic Relief, children may come to school wearing red for a donation of 50p. Red noses are on sale now in each class and these are £1 each. We’re afraid that children may only buy 1 nose each so that we have enough for the whole school.

Thank you for your support

The Year 1 team


Weekly note w.b. 13.3.17

Dear parents/carers


We shall be continuing our work using money to add totals and find change.

Some children have found using coins a bit of a challenge this week, and so any additional work at home making amounts using coins would be very helpful.

A way to extend this could be to ask your child to find as many ways as they can to make an amount e.g. how many ways can you make 6p? 13p? 49p?

The TopMarks website has some fun games using money:


Next week we shall carry on working on the text the Gruffalo. The children will be describing the Gruffalo and other characters from the story using good descriptive language e.g. terrifying, pointy purple prickles, claws as sharp as needles.

We will also be having a go at writing sentences with a focus on using connectives eg. but, so, then, because, until

This means that a short sentence can be extended to become longer e.g.

  • The snake slid away from the Gruffalo.
  • The snake slid away from the Gruffalo because he was scared that he would be eaten.



Just one final reminder that if you still have a  Readathon sponsorship card and money at home then please could these be brought into school as soon as possible.


Red Nose Day

Red noses will be on sale in school next week priced £1 each. Our school council reps will be selling these in the classrooms during the day. Please note that we only have enough noses for 1 per pupil.

To raise money for Red Nose Day we are having a ‘wear something red day’ on Friday 24th March. Children are invited to come along dressed in red (or wearing something that is red) for a donation of 50p.


Many thanks

Year 1 team



Weekly Note w/c 6.3.17

The children really enjoyed making pancakes this week for pancake day. Thank you to the parents/grandparents who came to help.

In Literacy next week we will be looking at the story of The Gruffalo. We will have lots of Gruffalo based challenges in the Discovery Zone.

In maths next week we will be doing some work on money. Please click here for some money activities which you might like to do with your child at home.

A reminder that PE is on a Wednesday. Please could you ensure that your child has their PE kit with appropriate shoes on this day. Mrs Boscher’s Class are doing outdoors PE this half term so will need warm clothes, including a jumper. Miss Horsepool and Mrs Bramley’s Class are doing indoors PE this half term so will just need their PE shorts and white t-shirts.

If any parents/grandparents are able to come in and help with listening to readers, either first thing in the morning or at 2.30 we would be really grateful – please speak to your child’s teacher if you are able to help.

Thank you for your support,

The Year 1 team.