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Term 1 & 2 Newsletter – Class 1

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.

In Class 1, Mrs Booth teaches the class from Monday to Wednesday, with Mrs Nobes teaching Thursday and Friday.  We have 2 super Teaching Assistants: Miss Butler a higher level teaching assistant and Mrs Mylon an apprentice.  On a Friday afternoon, Higher Level Teaching Assistant, Mrs Hall, takes the class for PE and home time routine.

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 first couple of weeks, through our ‘People Who Help Us’ theme, 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 theme for Term 1 will be “People Who help Us” which will lead fluidly into our Term 2 topic ‘How can I be a Superhero?’ We will be learning about the different emergency services and how they help us. To support this we will be having an educational visit to a Raystead, at the end of Term 1, to get some hands on experience of local heroes. A letter will be sent out shortly giving you more information.

The children will be learning about different local heroes in their community such as fire fighters, doctors, nurses and the police. If any of you work in these fields and would be willing to come in and talk to the children it would be greatly appreciated. The children will learn about significant nurses in the past such as Mary Secole and Edith Cavell. We will also be looking at our bodies and our five senses. We will find out about materials and the best materials for certain superhero equipment! We will be doing lots of learning about ourselves including likes, dislikes, rules and routines.


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:

People who help us/ Superheroes :

Non-fiction books about people who help us
Super Daisy
Supertato stories
Super Duck
Elliot and the Midnight Superhero
Superhero ABC
On the Way Home
...as well as many others!

Our writing focus for Reception children (YR) will be for them to gain confidence in their phonics to write simple words independently and for Year 1 children (Y1) to hold and write sentences independently using capital letters and full stops.


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 - Number - 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.

Reception Objectives - 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:

I can count and read forwards from any number 0-10.
I can count and read  backwards from any number 0-10.
I can find missing numbers in a number sequence 0-10.
I can find the number between two given numbers.
I can count one more than a number to 10 (record as a number sentence).
I can count one less than a number to 10(record as a number sentence).
I can use one to one correspondence to compare groups.
I can compare groups using language such as equal, more/greater, less/fewer.
I can compare sets of objects and use <, > and =.
I can compare numbers.
I understand the meaning of zero.
I can recognise and use ordinal numbers.
I can solve problems related to ordinal numbers.
I can sequence a random set of numbers to 10. 

Year 1 Objectives - Number - Addition and Subtraction:

I can use the part-whole model to partition a number into two or more parts.
I can use the addition symbol.
I understand addition fact families.
I can record addition facts.
I can use the part-whole model to fill in missing numbers.

Your child will also be given a login 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!


We have two PE sessions a week. These take place on a Tuesday and Friday. Please ensure your child has their full PE kit in school for each session. Whenever possible these sessions will take place outside so please feel free to also include jogging bottoms, a sweatshirt and trainers to help keep them warm. Please ensure your child’s PE kit is clearly named.

Parent Voice

Parent voice is extremely important to us and we love to hear what your child is getting up to at home. Please let us know any achievements that your child has completed that can be celebrated at school with the class.


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 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.

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 council 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. Please come to the hall after drop off.

Class 1 Outside Area

In the Class 1 outside area we have a ‘Mud Kitchen’ which the children have the opportunity to use. This can become messy so we would like to ask you bring in a pair of Wellington boots for your child to wear. We will provide them we overalls.

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


This week your child will be given three reading books: a sharing book, a reading band book and a Monster Phonics or Dandelion book. There will also be a reading record which 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 read with your child regardless of whether you or they have read to keep us informed. 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 act of worship. We will be checking reading records for these certificates on Wednesday so in order to avoid disappointment with delayed certificates please double check that your child’s reading record is in their book bag 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 at least once a week by a member of the Class 1 team. This will be in addition 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 initially 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.  In time, we expect your child’s skills to be ready for them to read to you.  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 reading books to be changed on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. These books should be kept in your child’s book bag during the week and should be read and re-read before the books are changed. 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. The Monster Phonics or Dandelion books will be changed weekly by a member of staff as we have a very clear system to follow.

Year 1 Spellings

At the beginning of each term your child will be given a list of spellings they need to learn each week. There will also be a list of ideas about how you could support your child in learning these spellings. Your child will also practise their spellings in school and they will have a weekly spelling test. Please send the homework book in every Thursday and we will write the results in their book for you to see how they are getting on.

Forest School

In Class 1, pupils are extremely privileged to be having Forest School sessions every other Monday afternoon. These will be run by a qualified forest school leader and former 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, Miss Pavitt (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 rota and sign-up sheet displayed on the external classroom door.

For Forest School your child will need the following items. Please ensure that your child brings the following items into school on your child’s set Monday (a forest school calendar will be made available).

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 can sometimes get wet and muddy so do not send them with their best clothes.


This year we are starting a new phonic scheme called ‘Monster Phonics’. The children in reception and year 1 will be introduced to all the different letter sounds through a hook of a monster. The children will also learn to recognise common exception and High frequency words during the sessions. The sessions will then be followed up by Monster Phonic reading books being sent home as well as the current Dandelion books introduced last year. A phonics workshop will be held on Tuesday 14th September at 7.00 p.m. to give you more details about how we teach phonics in school and it will give you top tips on how you can support your child at home.

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.

Parent Helpers

If you (or a Grandparent) can spare any time each week to come and listen to the children read we would be extremely appreciative as it is most beneficial to the children’s reading development.  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 Booth, Mrs Nobes, Miss Butler and Mrs Mylon

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Term 5 & 6 Newsletter – Class 1

Dear Parents,

I hope you have all had a wonderful Easter break. Our main theme for Term 5 is ‘Kenya’ and Term 6 is ‘We’re Going on a Bug Hunt’. We have lots of exciting learning opportunities planned for the children.


The children will be exploring African animals and insect themes through fiction and non-fiction books.  Our focus for reception children is to gain confidence to use phonics for longer pieces of independent reading and writing.  Year 1 writing focus will be on persuasive letter writing, stories, poetry and explanations about life cycles. Year 1 children will also be using their knowledge of phase 5 phonics to read and write and will be extending their understanding of punctuation, grammar and vocabulary.

These are some of the books we will be sharing in class:

Little Red and Hungry Lion
Non-fiction African animals
Handa’s Surprise
The Very Hungry Caterpillar
The Bad-Tempered Ladybird
Mad About Minibeasts
Because a little bug went kachoo!
Bog baby

and many, many more!

Maths - Year 1

The children will be learning about weight, money, length and the language related to this such as; heavy, light, coins, notes, longer, shorter for the reception children. The year 1 children will be solving problems in relation to halves and quarters.

In number the children will also learn about doubling, halving, partitioning of numbers and also addition and subtraction of single digits for the reception children and 2 digit numbers for the year 1 children.


We have two PE sessions a week. These take place on a Tuesday and Friday. Please ensure your child has their full PE kit (fully named) in school for each session.


The children will be learning about different African animals and different types of weather/climates we experience in locations around the world. The children will learn about the human and physical features in the UK and Kenya.


The children will be exploring colour mixing and will be using these skills to create an African sunset picture.


In RE we will be thinking about what makes every person unique and special. We will be listening to Bible stories about Jesus welcoming children into God’s family.


Every child should be reading for a minimum of 10-15 minutes every day. Remember to discuss the book, pick out favourite words, retell the story and make the reading fun!  Children will be able to change their books every Monday, Wednesday and Friday each week. The children choose their books from specific coloured boxes; we are encouraging the children to be more independent to choose their books.

This term the children will also start to bring home a Dandelion book. This book is a phonic based book that the children will be able to read using the letter sounds they know. Can you please make sure this book is in their book bag each day and can you record in their reading records when they have read it a couple of times and completed the activities. We will then know when your child is ready for the next book. This book will be changed by a member of staff on a Friday.

May I also remind you that when 6 pages of their reading record has been filled in your child will receive a reading certificate during Friday morning assembly.

Year 1 Spellings

This term your child will be given individual spellings to learn. They will be either the Y1 common exception words or phase 5 tricky words. Please continue to help your child to read and write the words. We will continue to practice these in school.


We will find out about food chains and the parts of flowers and trees. We will be doing lots of learning outside and observing the insects and animals in our role play areas as a farm shop and minibeast investigation area! In term 6 we will be looking at the life cycle of a butterfly and observing caterpillars growing in our classroom! The children will also be pond dipping in our very own school pond and going on minibeast hunts!


All children will be continuing their daily phonics sessions. Please do continue to help your child practice reading and writing the sounds from their appropriate phase. The Reception will be learning Phase 4 in phonics and the Year 1 children will continue to extend their knowledge of Phase 5. You can find the phonics phase sound mats on the class 1 page of the school website.

P.E. kits

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


Please check that your child’s uniform is clearly labelled with their name. Many thanks.

Water Bottles and Sun Hats

Hopefully the weather will start to get warmer so please can I ask that your child brings a named bottle of water to drink in class. A named sun hat is also useful to have in school on particularly bright days, so that should we go outside for any long periods of time, these can be worn.

If you have any queries or questions, please do not hesitate to come and speak to either of us after school or email us at sbooth@blackboys.e-sussex.sch.uk or jnobes@blackboys.e-sussex.sch.uk.

Many thanks

Mrs Booth and Mrs Nobes

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