Class 1

Spring 1

Class 1 Spring 1  2023 Curriculum Letter

Land Ahoy: What did we find?

Welcome back!  We hope you’ve all had a lovely Christmas break.  We have lots of fun things planned to help us learn this half term. Here is our topic information – we hope it gives you an idea of the things we’ll be doing and learning about over the coming weeks.

A few reminders –

Reading.  We will still be sending  home a book to learn and a book to love on Fridays. Please return these the following Friday. However these are going to be RWI books which link with the reading book we are learning in school. We will also continue to send home the online link for their book.

P.E. is on aTuesday and Friday. Children should come to school wearing their PE kit.

  • Please keep a spare pair of pants/tights/socks/joggers in school should you think this is necessary. It’s always nicer for a child to change into their own clothes as opposed to school spares.


If anybody has any Actimel bottles (empty and clean) we would love to have them in school. We are also working with our year 5 buddies this half term on an art project. We really need some shoe boxes or similar type of box, one per child , if you have any please bring in. Thanks.

Also we are hoping to be able to access our outdoor area more this half term, so if your child has any spare wellies or waterproofs, please bring in. Please name them and the bag.


We’re heading to Haldon Woods at some point to look at the woods in Winter, looking at and comparing the changes since we looked at trees in the Autumn. This will also link to our learning around Stick Man. More information and date to follow asap.

We are also welcoming a new student teacher Mrs Sarah Evans to Class 1, initially she will be with us Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday until half term, then full time after half term.

We very much look forward to the term ahead.

Please email or phone if you have any questions.

Verity Edwards and Rachel Garner


Autumn Term 2022 Second half

Curriculum Overview for Class 1

‘To infinity and beyond’

A very warm welcome back after what was a very busy first Autumn half term. Where does the time go?  We were delighted to see how well the children settled into school life in such a short space of time and we were so proud of how they all performed in our Harvest celebrations – a first for all of our Reception children.


The attached topic web will hopefully give you a flavour of some of the things we’ll be doing and learning about this term. All children will undertake learning based on the same themes but it will be tailored to their different needs and learning abilities.


Our topic this half term is ‘To infinity and beyond’ – ‘Space’ to those who may not be familiar with the famous quote from Toy Story’s Buzz Lightyear.


A few reminders:



Children can come to school in their PE kit on a Thursday and Friday for PE

Keep a spare pair of pants/tights in PE bags if you think it necessary.


Labelling of clothes

Please ensure you label all your child’s clothing so we can get the right clothing back to you.


We have snack time twice a day. Please send in a fruit snack, daily. A government scheme provides a second fruit snack. Your child’s water bottle needs to be named and brought in on a Monday. We will send the bottle home on a Friday – and will obviously refresh it daily.  (Please do not send any other fruit products – such as fruit Bear Yo-yos or fruity bars. Pure fruit/ dried fruit only.)




Mrs Edwards will be in Class 1 on Monday mornings, Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

Mr Baxter will be teaching in Class 1 on a Monday afternoon.

Mrs Garner will be in Class 1 every Thursday and Friday.

Mrs Hamer and Mrs Martin will be our Teaching assistants.





Foundation Stage: Ideally children will share a book for around 5 – 10 minutes every day with a grown up as this helps greatly with progress towards becoming a reader. If you and your child have any energy left at the end of a busy day to read together that would be wonderful!


Year 1

Homework will be given out on a Thursday. This will be a topic based format to be completed over the half term, with a show and tell style celebration each week, on a Monday. Children do not need to bring in their Homework book every Monday for this but it will be the only day of the week homework will be shared due to our busy timetable. The last opportunity for you child to share their homework with us will be the final Monday before the end of term (Monday 12th December). We will then keep the books until we set the next homework for the Spring term, in January.

Numbots Children now have their Numbots logins (now stuck into reading records for your future reference) and should be getting to grips with using the app. The children have shown a real enthusiasm in using this program and it is already proving clear in our Maths lessons who has been practising their number skills using it. Keep it up everyone!



We still hope to get Spelling Shed up and running for Year 1 children but still need to confirm a few things before we set the children up with logins etc. In the meantime, feel free to find and play some phonics games with your child. Phonics Play has a great selection of free games.


Reading – we expect your child to be reading to an adult every day. Please make sure your child has their reading book and reading diary in school every day and help them change their reading book when needed. It would be really helpful if you can sign the reading diary, when they read.

Children will continue choosing and bringing home a ‘book to love’ – not a school reading scheme book but a book to share with you and enjoy together over the week.  The ‘book to love’ will come home every Friday and must be returned by the following Friday, ready to be changed.  Children will need a book bag and this should come to school every day.





If anybody has any unwanted magazines, we would love them!


Any empty egg boxes or finished toilet rolls would be really welcomed as we have recently purchased the following fantastic books to inspire the children in our junk modelling area.



Parents helpers

We are looking for more parent helpers to listen to the children read (in addition to our guided reading sessions) If you are interested and have any time to spare us, please see the office for a DBS form.



Please pop in to see us if you have any questions or if you need to tell us anything and do remember to let us know if someone new is collecting your child from school, preferably via the office rather than via your child. We need to be informed of this so we are confident that we are sending your child home with the right person.



Thank you for your support

Rachel Garner and Verity Edwards

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