Year One

Autumn 2019

Welcome back! We hope you had a fantastic holiday.  It has been wonderful to see the children return to school happy and full of enthusiasm.  We are writing to share some information about life in year 1.


Our two classes are Robin’s class with our teachers Mrs Davies (Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday) and Mrs Rodemark (Thursday and Friday) and Wrens class with Miss Lymer.  Our teaching assistants are Mrs Evans, Mrs Perrett and Mrs Downs who will be supporting our learning.


Beginning and End of Day

As you have seen, this year the children will be entering and exiting Year 1 via the Infants Door (beside Wrens classroom).


Curriculum and key dates

During the Autumn term we will be exploring our big question ‘Who should look after our world?’ to encourage the children’s curiosities about their local environment and beyond. The children’s ideas and questions will inform our learning. The classroom environment will cater for children’s different learning styles through activities such as role play, small world, art, construction and problem solving.  In science and DT the children will discover more about the properties of materials and how they are used and re-used in the real world. An overview of the curriculum can be found on the website at


All the children in Year 1 will take part in an outdoor learning/Forest School session on Thursdays, further details will be sent in a separate letter.


We will be having an Open Classroom on Tuesday 17th September from 3.30pm until 4pm where you will be able to meet the teachers and see your child’s new classrooms.


Homework and reading at home

Children will continue to bring their book band reading books home from school and they should be reading for 10 minutes every day. Please fill in their home school book each time you read at home, filling in the title and page numbers. If you would like to write a brief comment about how your child got on that is always helpful. The children will again be taking part in the reading challenge where they will be earning certificates for reading 20, 50, 100 times and beyond and these will be awarded to the children during assembly times.


Maths homework is linked to the learning that we have been doing in class.  Spellings will be linked to the year 1 curriculum and will be tested in the back of their homework books, so that you can see how your child is progressing.  The homework will be sent home on a Thursday and books are to be returned the following Tuesday.


If you have any questions about your child’s homework please come and ask.






Please ensure your child has a waterproof coat in school every day.  All clothing, including PE kit, should be labelled with your child’s full name.  Lost property is located in the first aid area, near the infant toilets.



PE in year 1 will be on a Thursday and Friday.  Please can your child have their PE kit in school every day. PE kits will be sent home to be washed on the last day of each half term.  If there is any reason why your child cannot participate in a PE session, please let the class teacher know through their reading diary.  A pair of jogging bottoms and a sweatshirt (ideally navy) are useful in the colder months.  If your child does not have an alternative sweatshirt, they will have the option of wearing their school one.  Children with pierced ears must be able to remove their own earrings or cover these with tape provided from home.


Water bottles and snacks

Please remember to bring in a named water bottle every day. Children will be provided with their fruit snack for playtimes.


If at any point you have a message for your child’s teacher, please come and speak to us, alternatively write it in their reading diary as they are checked at the start of each day.  We are looking forward to working with you and your children.


Please do contact us if you have any questions.


Best Wishes



Mrs R Davies, Mrs S Rodemark and Miss A Lymer