Weekly note – 2.12.16

Next week is a very busy week!

We have been busy getting ready for our Christmas Concert and will be performing it to the rest of the school on Tuesday morning. The performance to parents will be on Wednesday 7th at 2pm.

The children will be treated to a concert by the School Music Service staff on Friday morning which will introduce them to the instruments of the orchestra.

We have our trip to Candie Museum to find out about old toys coming up from 9-11 am on the following days.

Mrs Bramley’s Class will be going on Thursday 8th December.

Miss Horsepool’s Class will be going on Friday 9th December

Mrs Boscher’s Class will be going on Monday 12th December

We still need a few parent helpers for this trip. Thank you to those parents who have already offered. If anyone else is able to help, please could you let your child’s teacher know.

On Thursday 15th December, we will be walking to the church at 1.15 to watch the Year 5 Christmas Service. We require some parents to help accompany us. If you are able to help, please could you let your child’s teacher know.

Thank you for your support. We look forward to seeing you at the concert next week.


Weekly Note w/c 28.11.16

Dear parents/carers


Next week we shall be going back to some work on addition strategies.

Please keep working on your child’s Rainbow Maths Targets at home. The check up sheets they have been bringing home each week  show you how they’ve been getting on. There are now just a few weeks left of this term to work on number bonds because in January we shall move to a new focus of doubling and halving.


Christmas Concert

Rehearsals are now under way for our concert and the children are working very hard to learn their lines, songs and dances.

Thankyou to all of you who have now sent in costumes in a named bag. If you have any difficulties providing any of the items then please let us know as soon as possible so that we can put out a request to the year group or source items ourselves.

The concert is at 2pm on Wednesday 7th December.

Each child has been allocated 2 tickets which you should have received. We kindly ask that if you do not need both of the tickets, please could any spares be returned to school. We have limited numbers due to the space in the hall. If you require extra tickets, any spares will be available from the school office.


Trip to Candie Museum

Each class will be visiting Candie Museum to look at old toys and explore the Discovery Room. If you are able to come along to help with the trip then please let your child’s class teacher know as we require 4 additional helpers per class. Buses will leave school at 9.15am and we shall return for 11am.

Thursday 8th December – Mrs Bramley’s Class

Friday 9th December – Miss Horsepool’s Class

Monday 12th December – Mrs Boscher’s Class


PTA Christmas Fayre

If you have any donations of toys and games, books or bric a brac then these can now be brought into school. Cakes can be brought into school on the day of the fayre.

Children can be collected early from classes from 2.30pm onwards on Friday 1st December to be taken to the Christmas Fayre. Alternatively you can collect as normal at 2.55pm and then visit!

Tickets for the hamper raffle are available from outside the office before and after school until Thursday 1st December. The raffle will then be drawn in assembly on Friday 2nd December.


Many thanks

Year 1 team


Weekly Note – w/c 21st November



The children enjoyed their visits to the library this week. They were taken on a tour of the library which included going to ‘staff only’ areas. They also enjoyed listening to stories about monsters and making their own monster.

In literacy next week we will be continuing our work on monster stories.

In maths we will be continuing our work on addition by thinking about doubling numbers. Click here for some links to activities for doubling and Rainbow Maths number bond practise.

We will also be spending time next week learning the songs, words and dances for the Christmas Concert.

Thank you for your support.

The Year 1 team.


Weekly Note 17.10.16

This is the final week before half term and we are really pleased with how well the children have settled into Year 1. We hope you enjoyed having the opportunity to come and see what they get up to in the Discovery Zone and Garden – the children really enjoyed being able to show you their favourite activities.


In literacy this week we will be innovating the story of ‘We’re Going on a Bear Hunt’ by asking the children to think of different settings which they could go through on a bear hunt. Children will be using an app called ‘Book Creator’ to create a page for our new class version of the story.

We have been using the story map pictured below in class to help us re-tell the story without using the book. See if your child can tell you the story with the actions!image


In our maths lessons this week we will be working on money. We will begin by getting children to recognise the different coins before using them to make small amounts.  Click below for some money activities which you might like to use to help your child at home.

Money Activities

We will also be doing some work on 3D shapes next week. We would like to make junk models using different shaped boxes or containers. If you have any suitable recycling or empty boxes that you can bring in we would be really grateful.

Flu Immunisations

The flu immunisations will take place on Tuesday 18th for those children who are having them.


We are looking forward to seeing you for the parents evening meetings next week and hope you have a enjoyable half term from 24th – 28th October.

Thank you for your support,

The Year 1 team


Weekly Note w.b. 10.10.16

Dear parents/carers


Next week we shall be naming and describing 2D shapes. In the Discovery Zone and garden children will be set some shape related challenges including making pictures using cut out shapes, sorting shapes and taking photographs of objects that are different shapes.

We shall also be working on building addition stories using practical objects and cubes.



Next week we shall be continuing our work on Bears and the story ‘We’re Going on a Bear Hunt.’ Children will be sequencing the story and completing sentence work based on the text.

One activity which we have introduced the children to is jumbled sentences. This is something which you could do at home using sentences from your child’s reading book or a sentence which they have made up. Write the sentence on a strip of paper and then cut up the words. Muddle them up and ask your child to reassemble them so that the sentence makes sense. (We have been prompting them to remember that sentences begin with a capital letter and end with a full stop.)


High Frequency Words

Your child should have brought home a letter about high frequency words together with a word card. If you have any comments or questions please write them in the purple reading record or speak to your child’s class teacher.


Reading Record Books

The children have a purple reading record book which they bring home each day. This is mainly for you to keep track of your child’s reading and we check these regularly. If you feel that your child is finding their reading book too challenging or indeed feel that they are reading them too easily please let us know. We read a different set of books with the children in school, usually in a group which we call guided reading and therefore we don’t comment on these in the purple reading record books.


School Nurse

Our new school nurse Vicki Allen is now available in the Studio every other Thursday morning for drop in visits. Her next visit will be Thursday 13th October. Your child’s class teacher can also make referrals to her if you would like her support you with any specific issues.


Parent visits

Just a reminder about the invitation for you to come in and visit your child in the Discovery Zone and Garden from 2pm on the following afternoons:

Miss Horsepool’s Class – Monday 10th October
Mrs Boscher’s Class – Tuesday 11th October
Mrs Bramley’s Class – Thursday 13th October


Parents appointments

If you have not yet made an appointment to see us during the week of the 17th October and wish to do so, then please visit http://www.parents-booking.co.uk/stmartinsprimary or speak to your child’s class teacher


Theatre Visit

On Thursday 13th October the children will enjoy a visit from the Rhubarb Theatre Company. These are always very enjoyable performances and so we hope that the children talk to you at home about what the show was about.


School Photographs

Individual school photographs will be taken during the school day on Friday 14th October.

Fitzgeralds are holding family photo sessions (outdoors if the weather permits) on Saturday 15th October between 9-11am


Many thanks

Year 1 team



Weekly Note w.b. 3.10.16

Dear parents/carers



Children should have now brought home a letter to tell you about their new number bond Rainbow Maths Targets. We shall be working on these in class over the next couple of weeks. This work will help the children understand how to find pairs of numbers that make 10 using different resources.  This is an important step before developing instant recall of the number facts.

Any work you can do at home using practical objects e.g. Lego bricks, pasta shapes, counters etc will be of help. Here are some suggested activities:

  • Ask your child to count out 10 objects then divide the objects between 2 plates/baskets/boxes. How many objects in each? “There are 2 biscuits on the red plate and 8 biscuits on the blue plate. 2 and 8 make 10″
  • Build a picture of all the pairs of numbers that make 10. Use 2 different coloured objects e.g. red and blue counters. Make a line of objects, beginning with 1 red and 9 blue, then 2 red and 8 blue and so on. Help your child to be able to see the pattern as in the picture below. What do they notice about ‘3 and 7’ and ‘7 and 3?’


  • Ask your child to count out 10 objects and place them in a line. They close their eyes and you take some of the objects away. They then open their eyes and work out how many are left and how many you have hidden. Encourage them to use mathematical language e.g. “I have 3 teddies and you have 7 because 3 and 7 make 10”

Once your child is confident in these types of activities, they are then ready to work on developing their recall so that, for example, when you say ‘4’ they say ‘6!’

image The Hit the Button app or website is really useful for developing recall as it times the number of correct answers in 1 minute.




Next week we shall be continuing our work on Bears using the story ‘We’re Going on a Bear Hunt.’ The children were introduced to this story in Reception to aid the transition to Year 1. We shall be drawing story maps and using actions to help them to be able to retell the story. Hopefully they will be keen to demonstrate their story telling skills at home!


Parent Visit

We would like to invite you into school for the opportunity to see your child learning in the Discovery Zone and Year 1 Garden.  We know that the children will be keen to show you the resources in each area and share with your our new Challenge Passports. If you are able to please come along from 2pm onwards on the following date:

  • Miss Horsepool’s Class – Monday 10th October
  • Mrs Boscher’s Class – Tuesday 11th October
  • Mrs Bramley’s Class – Thursday 13th October


Resources for the Discovery Zone

If you have any spare (could be outdated) pasta, rice, lentils, dried beans etc at home then we would love to receive them to use in the Discovery Zone.

Also, we are always looking for clean junk modelling resources (cardboard boxes, tubes, plastic tubs and containers.) However, please can we ask that no milk or drink cartons or containers that have contained meat or fish are brought into school.


Reading Books


Just a reminder that children are given the opportunity to change their own reading books in school every day.  Could we please encourage you to write any comments about how your child is getting on with their reading at home in their purple reading record. Please note that these are checked as often as we can, although this may not be on a daily basis.


Welly Boots


As we begin October the weather is beginning to feel more autumnal. We will continue to be using our outdoor learning environment, and so if your children does not yet have welly boots in school it would be great if they could bring a pair in.

Can we also ask that coats are brought into school every day because the weather can be very variable from morning to afternoon and the outdoor area is still accessible to children in wet weather.


Parents Appointments

Please check your email for an email from the office which explains how to book parents appointments for us for the week beginning 17th October. The booking system will be live from 3pm today.


Many thanks

Year 1 team



Weekly Note – 26.9.16

Dear parents/carers

We are really pleased with how well the children are settling into the routines and expectations of Year 1. Thankyou to those of you who have sent in ‘extreme reading’ photographs. The children have really enjoyed sharing them with their class.



We have been working on using correct number formation with the children in order to help them record their maths work. This is something that you could reinforce at home to help your child become more confident at writing their numbers correctly. However, this need not necessarily be with a paper and pencil. Here are some fun ideas to try:

  • Chalk on the patio – chalk the number and then ‘rub out’ using a paintbrush and water
  • Rainbow numbers – use a variety of coloured pencils or paints. Write a number and then go over it in different colours to create a rainbow effect
  • Write in the sand or mud using a stick
  • Write in a shallow tray of sand, salt, glitter or shaving foam
  • Write using a glue stick and then sprinkle with glitter or cover with collage materials
  • Write a number on your child’s back. Can they tell you what it is? Swap over and let them write on your back.

There are also some apps which support number formation.

Here are the number formation rhymes that we use in school:


When children can confidently write the numbers 0-9 then they can work on writing teens numbers (and then beyond) correctly, getting the digits in the correct order.

Well done to all of those children who have been achieving Mathletics certificates. As a reminder, these are awarded when 1,000 points are gained in a week. Mathletics resets the scores on a Sunday evening.

Next week we shall be working on 1 more and 1 less and number bonds to 10. Rainbow Maths Targets will be sent home next week.




Next week we shall start a literacy unit on bears. We shall be reading stories about bears and finding out information about bears using non-fiction books.


Class Photo Board


In Key stage 1 every class has a ‘Class Family’ display board. This is an opportunity for the children to share and talk about their hobbies and achievements out of school. For this display we would like the children to bring in a photograph showing something that is special to them, for example;

  • Something they enjoy doing outside school
  • Their favourite place to visit
  • A hobby or activity
  • A special achievement
  • A special family occasion e.g. birthday party or wedding
  • Their pets

If you do not have easy access to a printer and wish to e-mail a photograph to us we will be happy to print it out for your child.


Lost Property

We are already beginning to collect a lot of lost property. Could we please ask that you check that your child’s belongings are clearly named. This includes their uniform, PE kit, water bottles and fruit snack pots (these are taken outside at playtime and often get left in the playground!)


Many thanks

Year 1 staff



Weekly note – 16.9.16

In our Literacy lessons this week we will be using the writing car to learn how to form the letters correctly. If you would like to use the writing car videos at home with your child, please click here. We will also be reading the book Dogger which is about a boy who loses his favourite toy. We would like to give children an opportunity to talk and write about their favourite toy. Please could children bring in a favourite toy on Wednesday which they can leave in school until Friday. (please nothing electronic, too precious or anything needed for bedtime!)

In maths this week we will be continuing to work on counting and ordering numbers. You might like to try these games with your child at home (please note, you will have to set the numbers that the children work within. We have mainly been working with numbers to 20 but some children are able to use higher numbers).

Counting Caterpillar

Flying Saucers



Judging by the number of certificates which we have already given out, the children are enjoying using Mathletics. Well done to those children who achieved their first bronze certificate this week. We look forward to giving out many more! If you would like to see your child’s progress and achievement, you can sign up to receive weekly reports. Please click here to find out how to sign up.



You will soon be receiving a letter telling you how to access an educational website, if you wish, called Skoolbo with your child’s log in and password. This website gives children access to literacy and numeracy activities. Please ensure that your child does the first couple of activities as independently as possible because the website gauges the child’s level from these activities. If they have help then they may find the activities aren’t at the correct level. The activities are based on fun racing games and children are rewarded within the game by collecting points to ‘buy’ objects for their avatar.


Please could we request that children bring a coat in to school every day, even if it is sunny first thing in the morning, this can change during the day and we will be using the outdoor learning areas in all weathers. Please could we also ask that children bring a pair of boots into school to use in the garden if they haven’t already done so. It can get muddy on wetter days.

Thank you for your support

The Year 1 team