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Autumn 1

Week beginning 20th September

Hello everyone! We have had a super week in 1C.


We have begun our new phonics scheme, Floppy’s Phonics and the children are well into the swing of things. Please read Mrs Walkden’s update below.

Your child has brought home their sounds and reading folder containing their sound sheets
(homework), shared reading book and a sounds or phonic book. The homework is something we have done in school but is to be repeated at home to give your child extra practise and boost their confidence! Just to remind you the sounds or phonic book is very important as it consolidates the learning in class.

We will be changing the books once a week, and giving out the new sound sheets (homework) on a Thursday or Friday. The completed homework will be collected from their folders by the end of the week for us to mark and return to you as soon as possible. This gives the children one week to complete their reading and the sound sheets homework.

Please make sure that your child’s reading folder is in their book bag EVERY DAY. The children don’t have a set reading day so their reading folder is needed daily.

We have also been learning how to represent numbers using different equipment in Maths.

The children are also enjoying the music session on Oak Academy. We have been learning about loud and quiet dynamics.

Once again thank you for your patience while waiting at the gate on Howard Street.

See you on Monday!

Love Mrs O’Connell and Mrs Al-Noah Xx

Friday 17th September 

A wonderful week in 1C.The children are really getting into the swing of things.

In maths we have spent time looking at odd and even numbers and practising counting backwards from 20. The ability to do this really helps the children with their subtraction skills.  We have been listening carefully to hear and then write pairs of rhyming words . We also identified rhyming words in familiar nursery rhymes. We are encouraging the children to recite these rhymes in front of the class and are very impressed with their confidence. We also used playdough to help with phonic knowledge.

The children had their second football session and are developing their ball control skills.

As part of our topic work we have been looking at paper maps and also finding out about how people can use the technology of google maps to find places. We found out about the journey of a letter and have talked about putting an address on the envelope. It would be really helpful if you could help your child learn their address- and post code if possible!

We enjoyed more painting on Friday and this week we added white paint to a colour to make it become lighter and lighter. We talked about  “pale colours.”

Your child will have brought home their new plastic phonics/ reading folder in their book bag. Inside is a reading book to share and a  yellow reading record in which you may like to write a comment.This can be to say how well they have read, enjoyed the story or anything they may have found tricky.Please support your child with reading this book, especially with any unfamiliar words. Next week they will also start to bring home a phonics book and phonic homework sheets to complete. We will be sending an accompanying letter to explain how this will work on a weekly basis. We are excited about introducing our new scheme . The children will soon become familiar with the activities and their growing phonic knowledge will really help their literacy development.

Have a lovely weekend everyone 😊


Mrs Al-Noah and Mrs O’Connell

Friday 10th September

Well done on your first full week in Year One! We have been very busy in the classroom with lots of number work and reading. Everyone has written all about their families - well done! We have also talked about how we look after each other and decided on our own class rules. laugh

We talked about how we take care of pets for science, and even created our own patterns using pitch for our music work. The children have also enjoyed mixing colours and painting their own pictures. I have added some photographs so you can have a sneaky peek. 


PE Update: We have now been given both of our PE slots. Our sessions will be on MONDAYS and THURSDAYS. Please send your child into school dressed for PE, wearing jogging bottoms/ leggings, trainers, their white PE top and usual green school jumper on these days (including Monday 13th September). Please remember that long hair should be tied up.


Have a lovely weekend and I will see you on Monday. 

Mrs O'Connell xx

Tuesday 7th September

Hello everyone! I'd just like to say what a super couple of days I have had, the children are working very hard and you should be very proud! laugh It is a pleasure to get to know them all.  

You are also welcome to email us if you need to:

Monday/ Tuesday/ Wednesday Mrs O'Connell 

Thursday/ Friday Mrs Al-Noah

Enjoy the sunshine!

Mrs O'Connell xx

Friday 3rd September

It has been great to welcome the children back to school this week. They have certainly made a good first impression 😊 They have been so sensible and well behaved and already seem like Year 1s. 
It is a pleasure getting to know them and we look forward to the year ahead.The children have enjoyed playing with the new resources in 1C and becoming familiar with new routines. 

Mrs O’ Connell and I are always available to speak to if you have any questions or issues.

Have a lovely weekend, 

Mrs Al- Noah