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Term 3 & 4 Newsletter – Class 1

Dear Class 1 Parents,

Welcome back! We hope you have all had a lovely break and that you are now ready for all the exciting learning that will take place in terms 3 and 4.

Our themes are ‘Blackboys our Village’ and ‘Journeys ’. In Term 3, we will be focusing our learning on our local environment Blackboys Village. We will be learning about where we live by looking at maps, historic photographs and taking part in fieldwork around the local area. We will be focusing on key geographical vocabulary of human and physical features in the local area such as; village, town, city, sea, hills.  The children will also have the opportunity to learn about the history of the first aeroplane and the journeys they made over time.


The 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:

Goldilocks and the Three Bears
Six Dinner Sid
Owl Babies      
Non-fiction Foxes
Non-Fiction Hedgehogs
Non-Fiction Owls
The Naughty Bus

...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 the single letter sounds and learning diagraphs. 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 phonic knowledge to further support their spelling. There will be a focus for both year groups on writing sentences with the correct capital letter and full stop.  The children will need to use finger spaces so separate words can be easily read by others. 


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



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!


There will continue to be a focus on developing our mouse skills to complete a computer program.


We will be exploring Salvation and how we help others who are in need. The children will listen to the story ‘The Good Samaritan’. We will also being learning about Diwali the festival of light.

Forest School

Forest school will continue run on a Monday afternoon. The children will attend fortnightly, please see the new rota for details of the dates for your child to attend.

Additional parents will also be required in order for these sessions to run. If you are interested in helping please speak to the school office.

For Forest School your child will need the following items.

• 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.


We will be looking at maps of our local area to support our field work and drawing our own maps. The children will look at aerial views of the local area to help them understand the human and physical features in the environment. We will be using geographical vocabulary when drawing our maps.


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 regards to 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. On some days this will be 1:1, on other days group or choral reading, but every day your child will be involved in hearing several shared stories.

Please continue to support your child with reading at home. The children will have a new phonic book sent home each Friday. This book maybe a Monster Phonic book or a Dandelion book. These are the books your child reads to you. Please remember that the idea of this is that the books should be read and re-read. 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. The larger ‘real book’ changed on a Wednesday is the book you can share together. 

The 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 white book have been completed then a reading certificate will be given to your child during our weekly Friday assembly. We will also 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.

In the next couple of weeks Reception children will be receiving the next set of letter sounds and high frequency words to learn.


We will be learning about plants by naming the parts of a plant, looking at the life cycle of a plant and making observations about a cress experiment.


We will be learning about Blackboys Village a local history topic. We will be finding out about how Blackboys got its name and how the village has changed over time. To support this learning we will be completing field work around the local area. In term 4 the children will learn about how vehicles have changed over time e.g. trains, cars and aeroplanes and start to look at timelines.


In term 4 we will be learning about Winding mechanisms. We will be assembling, joining and combining materials in order to make a vehicle with moving wheels.


We will be looking at the artist Elizabeth Harbour. We will use charcoal to recreate her landscape picture using the skills the children have been taught.


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.

Year 1 Homework

The children will continue to be given a weekly maths sheet to complete. The common exception words your child needs to learn to read and write are at the front of the homework book. Homework books will be given out on a Friday and need to be handed in on a Thursday morning.


With our change in topic and the nature of the 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!

• Nocturnal animals
• Transport small world toys
• Zigzag clothes airer
• Clothes pegs
• Cardboards tubes
• Bottle lids
• Junk model materials
• Tapes – Sellotape, masking tape, brown tape etc

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


Very Best Wishes,

Mrs Booth, Mrs Nobes and the Class 1 team

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