“The school is a shining example of Christian love and care"
“The school is a shining example of Christian love and care"
Mr S Middleton

Mr Middleton's Class Autumn Term 1 Newsletter.


Welcome to Year 1!

I would like to take this opportunity to welcome your child and you to my class and to year one.

Over the course of this year we'll go from a fairly informal style of learning where as much as can be, will be taught through play and collaborative exploration to a more structured and formal approach as we end the year with children who are ready for year two.

I have been teaching at St. Mary's for a good number of years now and am delighted and excited to have moved back to year one this year!

I am a dad to two children who come to St. Mary's and I know how important your child's happiness and enjoyment is to both you and them. I believe that learning starts with a happy child and will try my hardest to ensure that your child loves coming to school and loves learning.

I am always about to chat about your child's school life, so don't be afraid to come to speak to me about any aspect of your child's time here at St. Mary's this year.


This newsletter will give you some information on what the children will be learning during this term.


Our theme lessons this term are all about a man who has an incredible legacy in our local community. The children will be learning about Charles Wicksteed and the ever-popular Wicksteed park.


Our maths lessons this term see us learning about place value and number. The children will build upon previous knowledge and use this to solve a range of problems and challenges.


Our English lessons this term will see us focussing on using and developing our phonics skills to help with reading and writing. We will look at different genres and will focus on a different short story every week. 


Our young scientists will be investigating common plants including wild plants and trees. The children will be finding out just how amazing the plants we see everyday really are!


Our P.E. lessons this term will see the children developing their throwing and catching skills. Using a range of equipment, the children will take part in lots of different games and activities. As well as this, we will be finding out how we can live and healthy and active life.


The children's R.E. learning this term will see us finding out about places in Christianity. We will look at a range of places of worship and will visit St. Mary's Church.


We will be beginning our computing journey this year by developing and recording sequences of instructions as an algorithm.


We will explore subjects such as disability and e-safety, allowing the children to discuss and debate their opinions.

Art/ D.T.

The children will be looking at different types of playground equipment and finding out how they work. They will also design and make their own models of playground equipment.



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.


Number bonds/times tables daily number bonds/times table practise is essential for the children’s learning journey.


Reading Your child will be reading daily in class through different subjects. 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 so. 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.


PE Kit

PE is a core subject and every child is expected to take part in these lessons.  Our lessons will take place on Mondays and Tuesdays. 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.



St Mary's Church of England VA Primary Academy
Fuller Street  

NN16 0JH

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