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Autumn Term 1     Newsletter       Miss Smith

Ms Brame and I would like to welcome you to the start of a new academic year. We are really looking forward to working with your children and we have lots of exciting things to look forward to.

We have some exciting new themes this year and are starting off with ‘Where does our food come from?’ which we will study this half term.  Through this theme, the children will develop their knowledge about where foods come from, how food is grown, farmed and produced. Our science is linked to this topic as we will be looking at  what we and plants need to survive and how to keep our bodies healthy.  This will lead into DT where we will be creating a healthy snack for ourselves by using our knowledge of food and considering safety in the kitchen. I am hoping to arrange a trip for the end of this half term to Tesco where the children can have the opportunity to experience a practical approach to growing and producing a range of foods.

Maths This term the main focus will learning about place value, addition and subtraction, as well as, recapping on number bonds to 10 and 20, as well as number formation. The expectation

 for year 1 is that by the end of the year they will know their number bonds to 10, 20 and count up to 100 as well as being introduced to concrete and visual methods of multiplication and division.

English This term the focus for English, is books in familiar settings which is called ‘Last Stop on Market Street’. As well as writing a list of instructions for making a healthy snack. The children will also be  writing in other subjects throughout the year.

 Spelling- the children will be learning the year 1 spelling rules and common exception words.

Grammar-will be taught through the English lessons and some discreet lessons.

Phonics- some children will still be having phonics sessions to support both their reading and writing.

RE is a core subject and this term  the children will be learning about places in Christianity, this will include a visit to St Mary’s church.


PSHE Through PSHE the children will learn about tolerance, differences and similarities between people-safety and relationships.


PE is a core subject and every child is expected to take part in these lessons.  Our lessons will take place on a Monday andFriday. Please ensure your child has their PE kit: black or navy shorts, plain white or blue school t-shirt and plimsolls in school for these days and that earrings have been removed. (We are not allowed to remove them.)  As the weather gets colder please send leggings or tracksuit bottoms so that we can still go outside.

Each year we are left with lots of un-named school uniform. Could you please make sure all clothing is named as it is much easier to find if it is misplaced.

Dates for your diary

Tuesday 26th September International Languages Day

Tuesday  10th October  Late Parent's Evening

Wednesday 11th October  Early Parent's evening

Thursday 19th October  New intake sessions 2-3pm and 6-7pm.

Friday 20th October Open Day

Reading: Your child will be reading daily in class through different subjects. I will be attaching reading targets in your child's reading record so that you  are able to support there reading progress.   Please ensure you listen to your child read, discuss  and ask questions about the books, as often as possible during the week and note in their reading record that you have done.  If you are unsure of the type of questions you should be asking please make an appointment to see me so that I can advise you. The more their reading skills improve, the more opportunities open up to them. Reading is key to all learning.

Please ensure your child brings their reading book into school every day.


We are going to be setting English and Maths homework using Sumdog, an app that can be accessed via the school website. The children will have their own log on details and I will be tracking their progress through the program. New homework will be set every Monday.  If your child does not have access to internet to complete their homework please let me know.

Spellings- will be sent home weekly. there will be a focus on  common exception words and then learning spelling rules. These will be sent home on Mondays and the children will tested on these spellings on Fridays. I have attached a copy of both year 1 and 2 common exception words which the children need to be able to read and spell. 


If you have any concerns or require further information about what your child is going to be doing in school, then please feel free to come and see me. Please support your child with their homework and if your child or you are not sure what is expected, please just ask.


Miss Smith





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