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Key Information

PE this term will be on a Thursday afternoon and Dance/Gymnastics is on a Friday. Please ensure that children have a suitable PE kit in school at all times. Please note that children with long hair must wear it tied back and also all jewellery needs to be removed for PE sessions (we are unable to take out earrings, this must be done by the children themselves). 

Forest School will continue to take place on a Thursday afternoon with Mrs Bennett and each class visits on a half termly rotation. Therefore 1AP will visit Forest School during Summer Term One and 1KW will go after May half term during Summer Term Two. Please ensure that your child has their welly boots in school ready!

Show and Tell will continue to take place each Tuesday afternoon whereby the children will have the opportunity to show an object from home. This encourages their speaking and listening skills. Please support your child to select something which is appropriate to bring in. Suggested items could be: things they have made at home; souvenirs from a special day out or a holiday or something which links to our current topics. We discourage children from bringing toys into school. 

Our main topics for this term are World Countries, Neil Armstrong, Plants, Famous Scientists and Inventors. We will also explore the story of Handa’s Surprise and the Lighthouse Keeper’s Lunch during English as well as learning interesting facts about African animals to include in a non-fiction fact file. During Art/DT we will have the opportunity to work with clay to create a 3D sculpture as well as designing and making a rocket which we will then blast off into space!

Please consult our Spring 2017 Curriculum Newsletter for more details about the topics covered. 


This term we are looking forward to our visit to the Milton Keynes Theatre to see Goldilocks and the Three Bears on Friday 21st April.

We also have an exciting trip arranged to the Think Tank in Birmingham on Tuesday 27th June 2017 to support our work on Neil Armstrong.

Home Learning

Homework expectations are as follows:


Please refer to the Year One Instant Recall sheet for more information.


The children will continue to be given a new book each week during their weekly guided reading sessions. Please continue to ensure that this is in school each day as the children will take part in one to one and independent reading throughout the week. The children have been busy learning their highlighted sight words. Please continue to support your child to learn these tricky words as that will ensure their continued progress with both their reading and writing. This will then be individually checked off in school each week once your child can confidently recognise them. 


Your child will have a set of words to learn each week based on the spelling rules they have been taught in class. These will be sent home on a Friday, to be tested on the following Friday. The words on the list are the expected standard, in line with the new National Curriculum. The children should learn to spell them for the weekly spelling test, along with the two high frequency words, which will take place every Friday. Word lists will vary week to week in difficulty, depending on the rule. There are extra challenges listed; however the priority is to learn the spellings and ensure the children know the rule.

Creative Homework 

We enjoyed sharing the children's recent homework projects with them and we were amazed by the children's creative ideas.

This term be as creative as you like by showing us what you have learned by making, writing, drawing or using technology. 

Summer 1 Topic: Non-Fiction writing. (The children can write about any non-fiction topic of their choice).

This will be shared in the class on Friday 26h May 2017.

Summer 2 Topic:  Space—Neil Armstrong (History) 

This will be shared in the class on Wednesday 19th July 2017.

Please consult our Spring 2017 Home Learning Sheet for further details and information regarding homework expectations and the half termly topic tasks.

Useful Websites


DJ Cow

Obb and Bob 

Geraldine Giraffe does Phonics

Dinosaur Eggs


Count to 20   

Numbers in the Teens

Caterpillar Ordering

Shark Place Value Numbers

Problem Solving

Contact Us

If you have any concerns or questions then please feel free to pop in and speak with us and we will do our very best to help. For longer appointments then please contact the school office and we will arrange a suitable time to meet. 

We look forward to a really successful year ahead!