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


Welcome back to the second half of spring term!

Thank you so much to the 'Mystery Reader' volunteers we have had so far. The children have really enjoyed all the stories you have read to them. We will be continuing 'Mystery Reader' until the end of summer term so please let us know if you are interested (or would like to come again!)


Please ensure you check the Key Stage One notice board and your child's book bag for any news of upcoming events and important information. Also, please take some time to look at our new Key Stage 1 newsletter which is available on this page and on the KS1 notice board.

One of us will always available before and after school; please do not hesitate to come and see us if you have any questions or concerns.


Miss Sutton and Mrs Holt


Important Dates


Monday 25th February - Back to school

Monday 4th March - KS1 Dinosaur Day

Thursday 7th March - World Book Day (letter to follow)

Friday 15th March - Comic Relief (letter to follow)

Monday 25th March and Wednesday 27th March - Parents' Evening 4-7pm

Friday 5th April - End of Term




Please ensure your child has a PE kit in school at all times. Long hair must be tied back. Earrings must be removed or covered by tape (supplied by school).
PE days are Tuesdays (badminton with a specialist PE coach) and Wednesdays (led by Miss Claypool and Mrs Nuttall).


Water Bottles
Please ensure your child has a water bottle in school daily. These will be kept in the classroom.
Our Curriculum Focus this half term

Maths- Following the Maths No Problem approach we will be looking in detail at: fractions of shapes and amounts (including halves, quarters and three quarters) and telling the time to the nearest 15 minutes.


Phonics- We will be continuing with Phase 6 of Letters and Sounds. A letter will be sent home each half term with details of the children’s weekly spellings. We would be very grateful if these could be practised at home to support your child’s learning in school.


English- We will be continuing to work on 'The Dark' by Lemony Snicket before moving on to 'Halibut Jackson' by David Lucas. The National Curriculum reading and writing skills developed in these units are:

  • draft and write by noting ideas, key phrases and vocabulary, and composing and rehearsing sentences orally;
  • sequence sentences to form short narratives;
  •  write for different purposes including about fictional personal experiences, poetry, non-fiction and real events;
  • reread and evaluate writing to check it makes sense and make simple revisions;
  • use new and familiar punctuation correctly;
  • use sentences in different forms;
  • expand noun phrases to describe and specify



RE- Jesus is Special - We will learn about friendship and Jesus's friends the Disciples. We will read the stories of Jesus's miracles.

SEAL- Going For Goals                                                                                   

Science- 'Types of Animals'. The children will recognise that different animals live in the local environment and they will be naming some of them. They will recognise similarities and differences within and between animals, classifying familiar animals according to their characteristics. They will gather information on animals and present the data in tables, Carroll diagrams and bar charts, making simple interpretations of these using them to answer and generate questions.


Topic- 'What was it like when dinosaurs walked the Earth?' Through this exciting topic children will be naming dinosaurs, identifying features of different types of dinosaurs, creating simple timelines, looking at historical evidence as to how we know dinosaurs roamed the Earth, examining fossils and creating a dinosaur collage. This topic will continue for most of this half term before we begin our new 'Blue Planet' topic.


Learning at Home 

Spellings- The children will have a spelling test each Friday which will comprise of words they have been working on in phonics and English lessons throughout the week. For the second half of spring term these words will be taken from the Year 1 and Year 2 common exception word list which has been sent home. Details of the words are sent home in a half termly spelling letter (also found at the bottom of this page).
Home Reading Books are changed every Friday.
Home Learning Challenges will be sent home and are due in on Monday 18th March. 

Bug Club will be set each half term - please let us know if you have any trouble accessing the website and we will do our best to solve any issues. Two books will be allocated initially. Further books will only be allocated once these have been read.

TT Rockstars-usernames and passwords have been sent home for the children to access Times Tables Rockstars. It is a fantastic way for children to become more confident with their times tables and related division facts. We have allocated the 2, 5 and 10 times tables to your child as that is what we will be learning in class this year.  

Reading Books
We will change Cedar class reading books every Friday. The purpose of the home reading book, and Bug Club online 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 is updated every week.

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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