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Giraffes - Year 1

Visit by Toy Museum - Monday 28th October


We had a great first day back after half term when Vivacity visited with some old toys from the museum.  We looked at a doll that was 150 years old and a teddy that was 80 years old.  We also got to play with some toys from long ago.  In the afternoon we were toy makers and made a cup and ball and a pop up clown.

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Teddy Bears'  Picnic - Thursday 10th October


To help with our instruction writing we made jam sandwiches and shared them with our bears.  The bears really enjoyed their mid-morning snack.

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Harvest Church Service - Monday 7th October


Well done to all the Giraffes for their fantastic singing at the Church.  They did brilliantly.  Thank you parents for your continued support in joining us at this service.

Poet Visit - Tuesday 1st October


We were very lucky to have poet Neal Zetter with us in school today.  We listened to him perform some of his poems and then learned The Lollipop Man to perform in the Poetry Slam.  The children did really well learning the words and actions for the poem.

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Welcome to Giraffes!


It is hard to believe that the Summer is over and it is time for Hedgehogs to become Giraffes. We are really excited to welcome your children into Year 1 and we hope that your children are looking forward to coming back to school, catching up with their friends and learning new things.


Our topic for this term is Toys, a theme I'm sure your children already know lots about! We will be learning about the History of toys and completing art and design activities linked to toys.

In English we will be using texts such as The Tiger Who Came To Tea to stimulate our writing. We will be consolidating our ability to read, write and understand numbers to 20 in maths, using practical resources and applying our understanding to real life situations. 

Your child will read regularly with an adult at school, sometimes individually, especially during the first couple of weeks when we will be checking your child's book level, and at other times in a group. We will write in the reading log when we have read with your child. We will check your comments in the diaries and count your child's reads weekly, usually on a Monday.  They will work towards certificates for 20, 50 and 100 reads! Your child will also have daily phonics lessons and we will closely monitor your child's progress through our phonics scheme.


We really look forward to getting to know you and your children better as the term progresses. If you have any comments, questions or concerns we are always available in the Giraffes' outdoor area from 8.45 in the morning and we can chat after school when we have said good bye to the children. Please bear with us at home time as we get to know your faces and those of friends and family who pick up your child. It might take a little while for us to check that each child is going home safely with the correct person at the start of term.

Here's hoping for a sunny September and lots of fabulous learning experiences!