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Dear Parents and Carers,


Welcome back to school. We hope you had wonderful Christmas breaks and we look forward to welcoming all of the children back to school. Our topic this term will focus around 'Bristol Long Ago' and we will have the chance to explore our local history during our visit to the SS Great Britain.


Diary Dates

6th January - Inset day - school closed

7th January - First day of term

28th January - SS Great Britain trip - Beech and Cherry class

29th January - Park trip - Apple and Elm class

10th - 14th February - Science Week - focus on Sound

11th February - Safer Internet Day

3rd and 5th March - Ashton site parents evenings



This term we will be focusing on phase 5 sounds, this will involve learning the sounds themselves and also spotting them within words. We will look at real words and also in nonsense or alien words. Any extra practice blending at home will be a great help for the children. We will also continue to recap sounds from previous terms and on blending.


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Please continue 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. Coloured 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 their reading record to let us know how they have been getting on with reading at home.


Parent Reading

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.


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. 


Water bottles

Please provide your child with a labelled water bottle.



Please can your child bring in a plain t- shirt, shorts/tracksuit trousers and daps which are all named in a bag.  The kit will stay in school but will be sent home every half term. Each class has their set PE day but we are also lucky enough to have extra PE on occasion, so it is useful to have PE kit in school everyday. 



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


Best wishes,


The Year 1 team.