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Dear Parents and Carers,


It's going to be a busy term with the lead up to Christmas, a term filled with interesting and exciting learning.  We are all looking forward to getting started.  Here is an overview of what your child will be learning.


In Science we will continue to learn about animals and humans.  We will be finding out about carnivores, herbivores and omnivores as well as classifying animals into mammals, reptiles, amphibians etc.  We will be observing the weather, continuing to find out about different seasons and going on an Autumn trip to the local park.  In Art we will be making Christmas cards and finding out that 'practice makes progress'through drawing an animal several times. In Geography we will be finding out even more about our school and in DT we are going to make moving pictures with a Christmas theme!  In computing we are going to learn about staying safe whilst online and in PSHE we are going to think carefully about what we can do when things go wrong as well as having an anti-bullying week.  In R.E. we are going to continue to discover and discuss why some places are special to us and learn about the Nativity.  Addition and subtraction are our maths focus and in English we shall be writing stories, poems, facts and much more!  We will be having a spelling quiz each week and in letters and sounds we will be applying the sounds that we learnt in Reception and Year 1.



Please aim to read with your child at least three times a week. There are no set days for your child to change their reading book. Your child is encouraged to change their own book once they have finished reading it. Reading boxes are accessible in the classroom for your child to change their book. The best time to change reading books is first thing in the morning, so a quick reminder at the classroom door works really well. remember to write in the reading record to let us know how they have been getting on with reading at home.


We would love to have parents come in to help with reading. If you would like to come in and help please see your child’s class teacher to arrange a suitable time.


Stay and read

We welcome you to come and read with your children on the following dates:

Term 2 Friday 1st December

Term 3 Wednesday 7th February

Please come into the classroom from 8.50 am and stay for half an hour to share books and read with your child.


Snacks and Milk

All children receive free fruit and vegetables. If you would like your child to have milk, please contact the milk service on 01934 510950. Please note that milk is no longer free as your child is now 5.



Cherry class will have P.E. on Monday morning, Apple class on Tuesday morning, Beech class on Wednesday morning and Elm class on Thursday morning. Please can your child bring in a white or royal blue t- shirt, shorts/tracksuit trousers and daps. Please make sure all clothes are labelled. The kit will stay in school but will be sent home every half term.


Dates for the diary

Friday 3rd November 9.15 - 11.00 am - Autumn walk at Greville Smyth Park. We will need some adult helpers so if you are available and would like to come then please see your child's class teacher.


As always we are available if you have any questions or queries.


Best wishes

The Year 1 team.