Meet the Year 1 Team..


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Mrs Gilbertson


Mrs Loveday


Miss Warren


Mrs Horler


Mrs Harris

1W and interventions


What is happening this week?

16th October 2017


Last week we were spotting question marks and we got really good at it.  Encourage the children to continue being punctuation detectives!  We also had a great time breaking numbers between 3 and 10 into two parts and identifying all number bonds within 10.  They should keep going with these too as they will help with all addition and subtraction work.

This week: 

  • Mathematics: subtraction stories moving onto subtraction number sentences.
  • English: time conjunctions to help with writing about our Windsor trip.
  • Topic: visit to Windsor castle!

If anyone is able to come and hear readers in 1GL on a Thursday afternoon it would be very much appreciated.  Please let Mrs Gilbertson or Mrs Loveday know.  Thank you in advance.


Your child should have brought home today a letter about our medieval day.  If you don't seem to have a copy then please download it here:


Letter to parents medieval day 2017.doc


Useful information

  • PE will be on Tuesday and Thursday (week 1) and Wednesday and Friday (week 2). We are doing our PE outside whenever possible this term. Please make sure your child has a pair of trainers or plimsolls that fit.
  • Library: Thursday afternoon
  • Medieval day/ morning: after half term we will be having a dress-up and activity day to consolidate learning of our topic. Please could you start to look out for (or make) a simple prince, princess, king, queen costume for your child to wear.  

Useful Websites: 

    Please take a look at the yearly overview for Year 1, this will give you an insight into the topics and curriculum areas your child will be covering.


    Important Dates.


    End of first half term

    Friday 20th October






    Topic -

    Once upon a Time


    Your children will be assessed and grouped for phonics during the first few weeks of this term. If you would like to support your child further in their phonic knowledge at home we would recommend the websites below or downloading the Twinkl phonics app that we use in class.

    Phonics and spelling homework will be handed out on Friday and collected in the following Wednesday.

    Numeracy tips

    Try making maths a part of every day.  When in a car on a journey, what numbers can they see on number plates?  Can they think of one more or less than that number?  Can they say what 10 more or less than that number is?  

    Ask your child to find the cost of two items from your shopping basket or trolley.  What coins could they use to pay?  Let them pay.

    When walking up the stairs to bed or bath, ask your child to count back in 1s, 2s from 20 or count up in 2s, 5s or 10s.  Getting out of the bath or shower count down together.  

    There are lots of ways of involving numeracy skills in everyday life, it need not be a chore. Have fun with it and the more they do it the better they will get.

    Some useful websites for fun numeracy games:



    Our reading books will be changed twice a week, on a Monday and a Wednesday.

    We will be starting guided reading sessions each morning in Year 1. During the session your child will either be reading to the teacher, doing a basic comprehension on the text, a phonics based activity or reading independently.  We will write a comment to you each week once we have read with your child.  

    If we have parent helpers, they will still read with your child as an additional practice. 
    We ask you to listen to your child read every day for about 10 minutes, encouraging them to use the phonics they have learned in school. 

     Take a look at the document below, this will give you ideas of ways to help your child develop a love for reading.

    Ways to help your child in reading.pdf

    Our library day is Thursday.

    The children will have the chance to choose a book to bring home and then will need to make sure it is in school to be returned the following Thursday.

    Our P.E. days are Tuesday, Thursday or Wednesday and Friday dependent on the week. Please can you ensure that your child has their named P.E. kit in school every day.

    It is worth checking their kit on a regular basis to make sure it is all in the bag and that their plimsolls still fit. We will send kits home at the end of each half term for a good clean!


    Show and Tell will happen on Mondays, beginning on 11th September. Please ensure anything your child brings in links to our  topic and that they can talk about the item they bring in. However, we also welcome any achievements from outside school and would love to celebrate them with your child in class.


    Water bottles: The children can bring named water bottles to school each day. Please fill the bottles with water, rather than juice or squash. Thank you.




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