Class 1 Term 3

Dear Class 1 Parents,

Welcome back! We hope you have all had a wonderful Christmas Holiday and would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a splendid 2018!

As you know our topic for Terms 3 and 4 is ‘Let It Snow; Let It Grow’. We have been blown away by the phenomenal home-learning projects that the children have produced over the holidays. The children have clearly enjoyed creating them and have talked enthusiastically about them during our celebration sessions. We very much appreciate all the time and effort that you have put in in order to support this pre-learning so thank you! In Term 3, we will be focusing our learning on Winter and the Polar Regions. We will be learning about what makes Winter wintery; the similarities and differences between seasons with a particular focus on weather; where, how and why some areas of the world are very hot and others extremely cold; comparing ‘who’ and ‘what’ can survive in these cold regions; as well as taking part in experiments involving melting and freezing ice. The children will also be learning about famous polar explorers such as Shackleton, Scott and Amundsen.


Children will continue to have opportunities to develop their vocabulary through new and exciting themed role-plays, as well as a variety of speaking and listening activities. We will focus on a number of different fiction, non-fiction and poetry texts to base our literacy work on, including:

  • Lost and Found
  • Emperor’s Egg
  • Solo
  • The Storm Whale in Winter;
  • Blue Penguin;
  • Once upon a Northern Night;
  • The Teddy Bear’s Great Expedition;
  • Little Penguin
  • Stopping by the woods on a snowy evening
  • Snow
  • Science of snow
  • Penguins
  • Rainbow bear (Michael Morpurgo)                                …as well as many others!

Our writing focus for Reception is to gain confidence to use their phonics to write simple words and sentences independently. In phonics, Reception will be revisiting Phase 2 sounds and will be introduced to Phase 3. Year 1’s writing focus will be on developing their understanding and use of adjectives to improve description. They will also be encouraged to continue applying their growing Phase 5 phonic knowledge to further support their spelling.


As was stressed in September, in Class 1 we are passionate about reading! Firstly, we would like to thank you for the support you have shown with regard your child’s reading. We do appreciate how busy life can be and know that it can sometimes be a struggle to fit everything in. In school, we will be continuing to read daily with the children. One some days this will be 1:1 but every day your child will be involved in hearing several shared stories.

Please continue to support us by also reading for a minimum of 10-15 minutes every day at home. For YR this reading time could still 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. If your child now has a reading book with words you may need to encourage them to sound out simple decodable words and help them with tricky words. Re-reading the text over a number of days will help them to remember those tricky words and support building their sight vocabulary. 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 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.

Following the success of our reading book system, we will continue to provide two book banded books and a sharing book each week. Please remember that the idea of this is that the books should be read and re-read for one week. Whilst reading the same book over again can be ‘challenging’ for us as parents, this repetition is very important for early 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. Books will be changed on a Thursday so please ensure your child’s books are in school on that day. The yellow 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 one comment for each day that you read. When 6 pages of the yellow book have been completed then a reading certificate will be given to your child during our weekly Thursday assembly. We will also be checking reading records for these certificates on Thursdays so in order to avoid disappointment with delayed certificates please be sure that your child’s reading record is in school.


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


  • Estimates how many objects they can see and checks by counting them.
  • In practical activities and discussion, beginning to use the vocabulary involved in adding and subtracting.
  • Records, using marks that they can interpret and explain.
  • Begins to identify own mathematical problems based on own interests and fascinations.

Shape, Space and Measures

  • Beginning to use mathematical names for ‘solid’ 3D shapes and mathematical terms to describe shapes.
  • Selects a particular named shape.
  • Orders two or three items by length or height.
  • Orders two items by weight or capacity.
  • Uses everyday language related to time.

Year 1 Objectives

Number – Place Value

  • Describe the place value of numbers to 20.
  • Compare and order numbers.

Number – Addition and Subtraction

  • Add by counting on.
  • Find and make number bonds.
  • Add by making 10.
  • Subtract (not crossing 10).
  • Subtract (crossing 10).
  • Explore addition and subtraction fact families.
  • Compare number sentences.

Shape, Space and Measure – Time

  • Order the days of the week.
  • Order the months of the year.
  • Length


Your child has a log-in for this online Maths website. Please encourage them 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!

Year 1 spellings

As this is the start of a new long term a new Spice Up Spelling Sheet will be stuck into your child’s 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. Please ensure that your child’s spelling book is in school every Monday.


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 is taught by Mark Potter; a qualified sports coach. 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 this year 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 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. Please continue to complete ‘Wow’ slips or jot down any achievements that we should know about. 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. This term these sessions began again on Monday 8th January 2018.

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.

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.


With our change in topic and the nature of learning environment evolving as your children grow and develop there are a number of resources that we would find very useful. If you have any of these which you are able to lend or give to us we would be most appreciative. If you would like it returned please label with your child’s name. Many thanks in advance!

  • Winter hats, gloves, scarves
  • Zigzag clothes airer
  • Clothes pegs
  • Baskets
  • Cardboards tubes
  • Bottle lids
  • Large pieces of material
  • Tapes – cellotape, masking tape, brown tape etc

If you have any other resources that aren’t listed but which you think may be of use please speak to Mrs Haverty.

Useful Class 1 Dates

Here are some dates that you may want to add to your diary:

Friday 12th January Reception Café
Friday 19th January Year 1 Café
Wednesday 28th February Class 1 school trip – Plumpton
Tuesday 6th March Class 1 assembly

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

Very Best Wishes,

Mrs Haverty and the Class 1 Team