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Class 3 Autumn Term

Welcome to the 2018/19 academic year.  I hope that you and your child are well rested from the summer holiday and ready to embrace the new learning and opportunities in Class 3. A big welcome to our new children who have now moved upstairs from Key Stage 1!

Term 5/6

Our overall topic for this term is ‘The Stone Age’. This will involve a study of what life would have been like in Stone Age times while also concentrating on its place within Britain’s historical timeline. We will also learn about the geography of the time, appreciating the changes to the British Isles in ancient history. The topic gives us a great opportunity to be creative thanks to the study of Stone Age Art /cave paintings and stone artefacts.


Spelling: Children will be given a Spice Up Spelling menu with a list of suggested activities which can be completed each week. If you would rather practise spellings in a different way, please feel free to do so. However, it is expected that a piece of spelling work will be brought in on a Monday in their spelling folder to be checked in school.

Literacy: A homework menu will be sent home, listing a variety of tasks for children to complete each week in their homework book.

Maths: This will reflect current classroom learning, giving children the chance to either consolidate or extend their learning. At times this will be set using Mathletics.

Literacy and Maths homework will be set on a Wednesday, and should be handed in on a Monday. This gives them 5 days to complete their activities. If children fail to bring their homework in on time, they will miss part of their golden time on a Friday. Please see me before school or send a note in with your child if there is a problem on a Monday, and children will then be able to catch up during lunchtime.

Reading: It is expected that children will read to themselves independently each evening. However, children still need to read with an adult at home at least twice a week. This gives you a chance to ask them questions about their reading, helping them to develop quality reading skills outside of the classroom. Reading records have been sent home, and children will also have a school reading record to note down their thoughts and opinions on their reading.

Monday Homework handed in. Spelling activity handed in. New spelling list sent home. PE with Mr Boorman.
Tuesday PE with All Star Soccer.
Wednesday Homework books handed out.


During the first part of this term, we will be studying a book called ‘Stone Age Boy’, a time slip story that also gives lots of information about the stone age. After half term, we will be reading the classic text ‘Stig of the Dump’.


Before half term, we will be focusing on the incredibly important aspect of place value, a concept that underpins lots of other maths in the curriculum. We will then move onto the four main methods of calculation (addition, subtraction, multiplication, division). This will involve a mixture of fluency practice (number bonds and facts, times tables), and reasoning and problem solving.


In science we will be learning about how sounds are made and are heard by the human ear. We will then look at how electrical circuits function.


In art we will be using different natural materials to create our own versions of cave paintings.


This term, we will be considering the question, ‘What is the Trinity?’


This year, our Tuesday PE sessions will be run by All Star Soccer, who will be teaching the class about invasion games. Children will then be learning about dance in our second PE lesson of the week.


In PSHE this year we will be following our new ‘Jigsaw’ scheme. In our first term, we will be looking at ‘Being Me in My World’ where children will learn about their role in making school a positive place. After half term, we will be studying the unit ‘Celebrating Differences’.


In ICT, we will spend most of the first term reminding children how the school system functions, and how to save work and other items correctly in the right folders. We will then be using Pic Collage to arrange photos in different ways.

Forest School

Class 3 will be enjoying forest school sessions with Mrs Godfrey this term. These will take place in year groups. Please refer to the letter sent home last week for more information.

German, recorders and singing will continue to take place each week.

Class helpers

We are always on the lookout for any parents who would be able to come in and give children the chance to do some extra reading or times tables practice.

If you have any questions, please see me after school or contact me at rboorman@blackboys.e-sussex.sch.uk

Key Dates

Thursday 12th September  first forest school session.
Monday 24th September  INSET day, no pupils in school.
Friday 28th September  Year 4 café. European Day of Languages.
Wednesday 3rd October  Harvest Festival and hike back to school.
Friday 5th October  Year 3 café.
Tuesday 9th October  Parental phonics workshop.
Monday 15th and Wednesday 17th October  Parents evenings.
Monday 5th November  Tempest school photos.
Wednesday 7th November  Parental maths workshop (morning and evening session).
Friday 23rd November  Takeover day.
Monday 3rd December  Rainbow Theatre pantomime.
Friday 7th December  Uckfield late night shopping KS2 choir.
Saturday 8th December  PTA Christmas fair.
Thursday 13th December (TBC)  KS2 carol service.
Monday 17th December  whole school Christmas dinner.
Tuesday 18th December  KS1 + KS2 Christmas parties.
Wednesday 19th December  Cup assembly. Last day of term.

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Class 1 Autumn Term

Dear Class 1 Parents,

Firstly, a very warm welcome to all our new Class 1 parents! We are delighted that you have chosen Blackboys CE School and very much look forward to getting to know you and your families over the coming weeks. May I also say welcome back to our Year 1 parents. The Class 1 team very much hope that you all had a wonderful summer and feel rested and ready for the new and exciting year ahead.

As I briefly mentioned to many of you already, Class 1 have had a terrific start to the school year! We are extremely proud of the way in which all the children are settling into school life and for embracing our school’s ethos of ‘Being the Best You Can Be!’

As it is the beginning of the academic year, and for many members of our class the start of their Primary schooling, we feel that it is essential that we spend the first few weeks of this term getting to know your children as individuals, as well as helping them to get to know one another. Therefore during the next three weeks, through our ‘Mr Men, Little Miss and Me’ topic, we will be learning as much as we can about each of your children. We will be encouraging them to share with us their likes, dislikes, their interests, as well as identifying their strengths and areas for development with regard to the curriculum. This information will then be used to inform and personalise our future planning. In addition to this, we will also be spending this period of time helping your children to learn about new routines, expectations, the school Christian Values and the Characteristics of Effective Learning. These key skills are all crucial for all children to learn as they will help support them throughout their school life.

Our topic for the latter part of Term 1 will be “Into the Castle” which will lead fluidly into our Term 2 topic ‘Fire and Dragons’. We will be learning about the parts of castles, their purposes, how they have over time changed and who lived in them. To support this learning we will be looking at local castles and their history, as well as having an educational visit to a castle, at the end of Term 1, to get some hands on experience.


This week your child will been given two reading books, a sharing book and a yellow (YR) or green (Y1) reading record book. The yellow/green reading record is for you to use at home but please ensure that it is kept in your child’s book bag. In the reading record please write daily about the books that you have shared with your child regardless of whether you or they have read it as well as any appropriate comments. You do not need to write a separate entry for each separate book read on the same day. One comment per day is sufficient. When 6 pages of the reading record have been completed then a reading certificate will be given to your child during our weekly Thursday assembly. We will be checking reading records for these certificates on Wednesday so in order to avoid disappointment with delayed certificates please be sure that your child’s reading record is in school every Wednesday.

In Class 1 we believe that ‘reading’ is the best gift a child can be given and as such every child will be read with 1:1 at least once a week by a member of the Class 1 team. This will be in additional to daily shared story times. Whilst we appreciate that life as a parent is often hectic, we would like to stress the importance of you also completing daily reading with your child. Therefore we expect every child to be reading for a minimum of 10-15 minutes every day at home. For YR this reading time may involve looking at the pictures of a book with your child; encouraging them to make up their own version of the story; or it may be you reading to your child. For Y1 please support your child to read their book but also remember to discuss it. You could share the meaning of unfamiliar words; ask questions about what the characters; get your child to pick out their favourite words; or re-tell the story together. The most important thing to do is to make this reading time fun and enjoyable! Thank you for your support with this area of your child’s learning.

In order to keep the changing of books as simple as possible, your child will choose two reading books and one sharing book every Wednesday. These books should be kept in your child’s book bag during the week and should be read and re-read for one week before they will be changed again the following Wednesday. Whilst reading the same book over again can be ‘challenging’ for us as parents, this repetition is very important for new readers as it helps them to gain confidence; familiarity; build their vocabularies; develop an understanding of rhythm and pattern; as well as for developing comprehension skills.


Through the use of practical maths sessions, in which we will promote the use of a wide range of concrete apparatus, the children will be covering the following objectives:

Reception Objectives


Count reliably with numbers from 1 to 5:

  • Recognise some numerals of personal significance.
  • Recognises numerals 1 to 5.
  • Counts up to three or four objects by saying one number name for each item.
  • Count actions or objects which cannot be moved.
  • Selects the correct numeral to represent 1 to 5 objects.
  • Counts an irregular arrangement of up to 5 objects.

Shape, Space and Measures

Explore characteristics of everyday objects and shapes and use mathematical language to describe them. Recognise, create and describe patterns:

  • Beginning to use mathematical names for ‘flat’ 2D shapes, and mathematical terms to describe shapes.
  • Selects a particular named shape.
  • Use familiar objects and common shapes to create and recreate patterns and build models.

Year 1 Objectives

Number - Place Value

  • Count to ten, forwards and backwards, beginning with 0 or 1, or from any given number.
  • Count, read and write numbers to 10 in numerals and words.
  • Given a number, identify one more or one less.
  • Identify and represent numbers using objects and pictorial representations including the number line, and use the language of: equal to, more than, less than (fewer), most, least.

Number - Addition and Subtraction

  • Represent and use number bonds and related subtraction facts within 10
  • Read, write and interpret mathematical statements involving addition (+), subtraction (-) and equals (=) signs.
  • Add and subtract one digit numbers to 10, including zero.
  • Solve one step problems that involve addition and subtraction, using concrete objects and pictorial representations and missing number problems.

Your child will also be given a log in for an online maths learning platform called ‘Mathletics’.  Your child is encouraged to use this as regularly as possible at home to help develop their maths skills. This was very popular last year and the children loved receiving certificates for points earned!

Parent Helpers

If you (or a Grandparent) can spare any time each week to come and help in Class 1 we would be extremely appreciative as it is most beneficial to the children’s learning. Please let me know if this is something you would be able to do - we can be flexible with days and times.

Finally, if you ever have any queries or questions please do not hesitate to email us at:



Very Best Wishes,

Mrs Haverty, Mrs Nobes and the Class 1 team


Children will be developing their vocabulary through role-play, drama, speaking and listening activities. We will focus on a number of different fiction and non-fiction texts to base our literacy work on, including:

Mr Men, Little Miss and Me:

  • Salt in his shoes
  • The Koala who could
  • The Lion Inside
  • The Squirrels who squabbled

Into the Castle / Fire and Dragons:

  • Into the Castle
  • See inside a castle
  • Zog
  • George and the Dragon
  • The Kiss that Missed ...as well as many others!

Our writing focus for Reception children (YR) will be for them to gain confidence using phase 2 phonics to write simple captions independently and for Year 1 children (Y1) to hold and write sentences independently. YR children will be introduced to all of the phase 2 phonics sounds from the ‘Letters and Sounds’ programme. Year 1s will we revisit phase 3 and begin phase 5.

Year 1 Spellings

As a Federation, we will be continuing to use a spelling initiative that encourages children to learn their spellings in a more creative manner and with the emphasis being on these spellings being used correctly when completing any written work at school. Research shows that learning spellings for a test is ineffective for improving spelling in children’s writing and therefore we do not test the children on their spelling words. Instead we will be expecting to see these spelling words applied correctly when children complete written work in school.

At the beginning of each long term your child will be issued with a ‘Spice up Spellings’ activity menu stuck inside their spelling book. Each Monday your child will stick that week’s list of words in their spelling book. They are to learn those words by the following Monday using one of the menu choices. We expect the children to complete one activity per week and for it to be signed and dated by an adult. The tasks can be completed in their new spelling books. However, please remember that spellings will need to be practised regularly at home and in school throughout the week so please ensure that your child’s spelling book is in school daily. For more information on this please check the school website.


We have two PE sessions a week. These take place on a Tuesday and Thursday. Please ensure your child has their full PE kit (fully named) in school for each session. At Blackboys School we are extremely lucky that the Tuesday morning session will be taught by coaches from All Stars Soccer. Whenever possible this session will take place outside so please feel free to also include jogging bottoms, a sweatshirt and trainers for this session to help keep them warm. Please ensure your child’s PE kit is clearly labelled and named.

Forest School

In Class 1 we are extremely privileged to be having whole class Forest School sessions every Monday afternoon. These will be run by a qualified forest school leader and Blackboys’ parent; Mrs Lydia Godfrey. She is very skilled in this area and has been delivering Forest School lessons for us for a number of years now. In addition to Mrs Godfrey, Ms Butler (Class 1 TA) and Miss Pavitt (Class 1 & 2 TA) will also be attending these sessions. Please be aware that additional parents will also be required in order for these sessions to run. If you are interested in helping please speak to a member of the Class 1 team or write your name on the sign-up sheet (outside area).

For Forest School your child will need the following items. Please ensure that your child brings the following items into school every Monday;

  • Wellington boots
  • Long sleeved top
  • Trousers (not jeans)
  • Waterproof coat
  • Waterproof trousers (if possible)

Please be aware that the children will go out whatever the weather and are likely to get wet and muddy so do not send them with their best clothes.

Parent Voice

Parent voice is extremely important to us and we love to hear what your child is getting up to at home, so in addition to your child’s reading books, we will also be sending home a weekly ‘WOW’ slip each Wednesday. Please fill these out if you see your child do anything special. The children love sharing their ‘wow’ certificates with one another.


At Blackboys we pride ourselves on making sure that our children take pride in their appearance as well as in their behaviour and learning. Thank you for ensuring that your child is looking clean and smart for school each day. We do ask that you double check that your child’s uniform, including coat/lunch box, is clearly labelled with their name.

Water Bottles

Staying hydrated is very important for learning. The brain needs a considerable amount of water each day to function effectively. Therefore we encourage the children to drink water at regular intervals. To aid us with this please send a named bottle of water for your child to drink in class. Children are able to drink from the water fountain but having a water bottle in the classroom is a lot easier.

9:05-9:20 Monday morning - share a book!!

In order to promote a love of reading our YR children stay in the classroom during assembly time on a Monday for our class ‘share a book’ session. This is a special time for parents to come into the class and read a story to a pair or small group of children. Hearing different people reading is extremely valuable to the children because as adults we all read with different expression, tone and intonation. The children really enjoy these sessions and younger siblings are also invited to join in the fun. These sessions will begin on Monday 17th September.

9:05-9:20am Thursday Assembly

As a school we like to support local and international charities. Each term a charity is chosen by our school counsel and a collection for that charity takes place each Thursday during our assembly. It would be greatly appreciated if your child brought a small donation (spare change) on this day so they can put money into this collection. Parents are also always welcome to attend this assembly.

Class 1 Outside Area

Please may we ask that when you are waiting to pick up your children from school, it would be appreciated if younger children would not play with or on the equipment in Class 1’s outside area. This distracts the children already in the class and it takes a long time to re-organise ready for learning the following day.

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Class 4 Autumn Term – The Vicious Vikings!

Welcome back to you all after our long summer break. The children are settling in well to the new routines and higher expectations in Class 4.  With regard to homework, we have produced a home learning menu of tasks based around our new topic. This arrangement proved successful last year because children were able to choose their home learning to suit their individual tastes.  Children can select an activity each week from a menu of writing, maths, art, DT, science and topic work. We also expect the children to be reading on a daily basis, at least twice a week aloud to an adult and that children complete their new reading journal - The reading journals will be used for assessment purposes for all the children so it is essential that all handwriting is neatly presented and always legible. The back of the reading journals have the opportunity for children to review their books once they are finished. The children have been provided with a school journal and a journal for home to be completed by the children and signed by parents. Mental maths homework will also continue. This will be given out on Tuesdays and is to be returned on Thursdays.

Our cross curricular topic for this term is a 'The Vicious Vikings' a study of the Anglo-Saxons and Vikings. This will have a geography and history focus.  In PSHE we will be tackling issues such as equal opportunities and diversity as well as preparing for the Lions Roar 2018 project. These topics will relate to our understanding of the school’s Christian values and preparing children for living in 21st century Britain. In RE we will be focusing on Harvest, leading to Harvest Festival which will be followed by looking at and thinking deeper about the Trinity. This year the children will be learning the basics of Spanish, as requested by some of the children.

You will no doubt have noticed that Mrs Vance is currently not in school. Sadly, Mrs Vance is currently not well and we hope she will return soon. In the meantime, Mrs Page will be supporting in class.

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to email me at school on ecross@blackboys.e-sussex.sch.uk or make a before/after school appointment.

Kind regards,

Miss Cross

Numeracy Units

We will be preparing children to feel confident to apply number facts in reasoning and problem solving tasks. There is a heavy emphasis on knowing all multiplication tables and mental arithmetic facts and associated division facts up to 12 x 12. Subjects for this term are:

  • Place value, up to 1 000 000, rounding to nearest 100/ 1000, negative numbers
  • Rounding of numbers.
  • Four operations, bigger numbers in problem solving tasks
  • Solving number problems involving place value.
  • Formal written methods for addition and subtraction increasing to larger numbers.
  • Read Roman numerals to 1000 (M) and recognise years written in Roman numerals
  • Solve addition and subtraction multi step problems in contexts, deciding which operations and methods to use and why.
  • Number – multiplication and division
  • Identify common factors, common multiples and prime numbers.

Anglo-Saxons and Vikings

We will be asking: Who were the Vikings? We will look at where in the world the Vikings came from and where they travelled to. The children will learn about Viking culture and beliefs including sagas about gods and goddesses. In art we are doing Viking weaving. In music lessons the children are learning songs about Viking gods.  We have devised home learning tasks related to aspects of this topic which the children should find engaging!

Attached is a Viking fact-sheet for you to read and discuss with your child.

Physical Education

PE for this term will consist of sessions with All Star Soccer on a Tuesday and a regular PE lesson with the class teacher on Monday.

Please ensure that your child has their PE kit in school all week and brings a water bottle to school every day.  


Our text for this term is ‘Viking Boy’ by Tony Bradman. This action-packed story will form the context for all our writing genres and skills practise. This term we will focus on creating compound and complex sentence. The children will learn how to use clauses and phrases correctly. Spellings, punctuation and grammar skills will be taught on a daily basis. New spelling patterns/ word lists will be taught on Mondays to be sent home and learnt for a dictation every Friday. I will keep parents informed of how their child performs with the weekly dictation. There will be a large focus on writing this year, allowing the children plenty of opportunities to show case their skills. If your child does not have a dictionary to use at home we strongly recommend you do buy one as dictionary usage will be strongly promoted in class. I this proves difficult, let me know.


The units for this term are Electricity and Light. We will learn symbols and draw circuit diagrams whilst investigating variables in circuits. This will be followed by learning about light and shadows.

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Class 2 Autumn Term – Home Sweet Home

Dear Parents,

A big, warm welcome to Class 2! I hope you all had some lovely family time in the sun this summer and feel ready for the year ahead. We have already had such a great start to the school year and I know we’re going to achieve so much and have lots of fun along the way!

This year we will see Mrs Hall returning to Class 2 and teaching the class on a Thursday afternoon whilst Mrs Sullivan has her Planning, Preparation and Assessment time away from the classroom.  This year, Mrs Pomfret will be working as the class TA every morning and Miss Pavitt will be spending half her time with Class 1 and half with Class 2.

Our topic for this term is Home Sweet Home, an exploration of houses and homes, both past and present, and around the world. We have lots of exciting activities planned for this topic. We have already started to think about our own homes and community and will be looking at our place in the world.  We will be conducting a survey around the village of the different types of houses there are in Blackboys.    We will also look at the materials used for building houses and why these are useful.  After half term we will be looking at houses in the past linked with the Great Fire of London.  For DT, we plan to design and make our own houses based on the story of the Three Little Pigs.  We will be having a DT week just before half term, and are planning to have a DT day with our friends at Framfield on Friday 14th October.


Your child will have a Home Learning Book with a menu inside. They may choose any of the activities to complete.  This will be given out on a Wednesday and handed in on a Monday.


Every child should be reading for a minimum of 10-15 minutes each evening. This is perhaps the most important piece of homework! Remember to discuss the book, pick out favourite words, retell the story and make the reading fun! Remember that your child does not need to read really challenging books at home – any more than 5 mistakes on a page and the book is too hard! This is the ‘five finger rule’ that we use in class. If your child is tired, support them by reading together or just sharing a book and talking about the characters, plot, setting – this is very important when learning to read.

All reading should be recorded on the Reading Record Booklet and then brought to school to be stamped – a certificate will be given in Thursday assemblies for each completed booklet.


Your child will have a Spelling Journal into which they can complete the activities on the Spelling menu, or just to practise writing the words on their own or in sentences.  This needs to come into school on a Monday to be checked.  Please remember to sign the spelling menu to indicate which activities your child has completed.


Please continue to work on Mathletics at home.  The children have been given a new log-in card, although their log-in details have not changed!  I appreciate that many parents aren’t happy with their children having a lot of screen time, but just 10 minutes on Live Mathletics will greatly benefit your child’s number handling skills.  I will occasionally add tasks for the children to complete before they can do anything else, these will be related to what we are learning in class.


We have a class teddy, called “Ted”, who would like to visit the children at home to have fun with them.  Ted comes home with his journal in which I would like the children to write about what they have done.  You can include pictures/photos of your time with Ted, but I would like the children to do the writing.  I am, therefore, not expecting pages of writing, but a few sentences (depending on their age and ability) about their time with Ted.  Ted may stay for 1-2 nights.

In Literacy we shall be looking at two lovely picture books.  The first is “The Something” by Rebecca Cobb, which is about a hole in a little boy’s garden and the imaginative ideas his family has about what might be in the hole.  The second book is “House Held up by Trees” by Ted Kooser, which looks at what happens to a well-loved house when the people who live there grow old and eventually have to move away.  Both books should inspire some fantastic creative writing.

I would prefer for the children not to have seen these books before we study them, as I would like the children to make predictions about what might happen.

In Maths we shall be looking at number, focussing on reading and writing numbers and counting. We will have a focus on addition and subtraction for both year groups, with the year 2s moving onto looking at multiplication and division later in the term.  This term the focus will be on gaining a really good grasp of numbers 0-20 for Year 1 and 0-100 for Year2.

Towards the end of the term, we will be looking at shape, making some useful links to our topic work.



School starts at 8:55am. This is the time children should be entering the school building and classrooms. The children's entrance closes at this time and any late comers will need to enter through the front door.

School ends at 3:15. Please be punctual for pick up. Thank you.

P.E. kits

Our P.E. lessons are on Tuesday mornings and Thursday afternoons. Please make sure your child has their full P.E. kit and this is clearly named - thank you.


Please check that all of your child’s uniform is clearly labelled with their name – this saves so much time when trying to sort out clothing! Many thanks.

Water Bottles

Please send a named bottle of water for your child to drink in class. Children are able to drink from the water fountain but having a water bottle is a lot easier and does not require your child to leave the classroom during lesson time. It is important to remind your child to take bottles home everyday to ensure they are clean and hygienic. Many thanks.

As always, if there are any problems or concerns with your child, please come in and discuss it with me.

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Open Mornings

Open Mornings/Evening for Year R, September 2019 are to take place on the following:
Friday 19th October, 9.00-10am and Wednesday 14th November 9.30-10.30am and 6.30-7.30pm.
No need to book. We look forward to welcoming you to our School!

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