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Check us out on twitter under the username 'ccwalshaw'.

We regularly update it with pictures and tweets about different things happening in our class and as a whole school.

Welcome to the Spring Term! 

Thank you so much for your generous Christmas cards and gifts at the end of term. 

Your child will have 2 Bug Club books set every fortnight, please can both books be read every 2 weeks ready for the next books to be set. 

Your username and password will be the same as last year and should be in your childs' Reading Record. 

If this is not the case, or you have any trouble logging in, please contact one of the teachers and we will be happy to help! 


Please see the Spring 1 Key Stage 1 Newsletter at the bottom of this page, it contains useful information and will be updated every half term. 


Important Dates

Monday 7th January 2019- Beginning of Spring term

Friday 11th January- Adrian Bowden's Science Show

14th-18th January- Science week

Monday 21st January- Key Stage One Home Learning Challenge Celebration afternoon from 3.00pm 

11th-15th February- Children and teachers from Datong in China to visit school

Thursday 14th February- School Disco

Friday 15th February- School closes for half term 


"Why would a dinosaur not make a good pet?" Children will discover the Jurassic world and find out about it's inhabitants and the landscape. They will name dinosaurs and find out about how they lived. They will learn about how fossils were made and about the people who discovered them including Mary Anning. They will consider the theories on as to why the dinosaurs died out and look at some dinosaurs that still exist. They will produce art work using dinosaurs as their starting point through the medium of collage.


Please ensure your child has a PE kit in school at all times.
This term, PE will be on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Please check your child's book bag for letters and information daily.


Wednesday PE kit needed
Thursday PE kit needed

Reading book due in

Bug Club set fortnightly


Our Curriculum Focus this half term

Maths- Following the Maths No Problem approach we will be looking in detail and developing our maths skills in: 

- Adding and subtracting by using number bonds

- Positions and positional language

- Numbers to 20 including writing number names 

- Comparing and ordering numbers 

- Using more than, less than and greater than 

- Investigating shapes and patterns

Phonics- We will be working on phase 5 of the letters and sounds programme. In this phase the children will learn new graphemes for reading.

English- We will be working on a non-fiction text based on dinosaurs. ' 
       The reading skills we will be developing are:


- Applying phonic knowledge and skills appropriately

- Reading accurately by blending sounds in unfamiliar words

- Reading common exception words and words with more than one syllable

- Reading aloud accurately

- Discussing the significance of the title and events

- Making inferences on the basis of what is being said and done

- Predicting what might happen on the basis of what has been read so far

- Developing pleasure in reading

The writing skills we will be developing are:

- Saying out loud what we are going to write about

- Sequencing sentences to form short narratives

- Using a capital letter for names of people, places, the days of the week, and the personal pronoun ‘I’

- Beginning to punctuate sentences using a capital letter and a full stop, question mark or exclamation mark

RE- Our themes will be 

cience- Identifying materials- We will be sorting and grouping materials according to their properties. 

Types of Animals- 


Learning at Home

Spellings will be sent out shortly.
Home Reading Books are changed every Friday.
Bug Club will be set on Friday’s every fortnight- please let us know if you have any trouble accessing the website and we will do our best to solve any issues.

Reading Books
We will change Year 1's reading books every Friday. The purpose of the home reading book is to consolidate decoding skills and comprehension and develop fluency and expression. Please read with your child each week, asking them questions about the story, and sign the reading record so we know to give them a new book. Any additional comments in the reading records are welcomed. Bug Club will also be updated every fortnight.

In school the children will also have two guided reading sessions each week. These sessions will provide differentiated teaching of reading and will secure progress by providing opportunities for children to practice their learning. We currently use a breadth of reading schemes including Bug Club books, Oxford Reading Tree, Collins and Big Cat.

In the teaching of Phonics we follow the Letters and Sounds programme. Children are taught within differentiated groups for 20 minutes daily.


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