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Giraffes - Year 1

Outdoor Learning


Over the past two weeks we have been looking for the signs of Autumn in the forest area. We also built hedgehog homes for any hedgehog that might need a cosy place to hibernate.

DT Dips and Dippers


The children have been tasting dips and dippers to see which are the tastiest so that they can make their own later in the term.


Just a reminder that PE is on Thursdays.  We will start PE from the week beginning 14th September so our first PE day will be Thursday 16th September.  Children will come to school in their PE kit and stay in their kit all day.

Bookman Visit


The children have had a busy first two days exploring the classroom and outdoor area, as well as catching up with friends. We also had a visit to the classroom from Bookman. The children are able to send Bookman any pictures of themselves reading at home to Bookman’s email address.

What are we learning this year?

Thursday 3rd September


It was fantastic to have the children back today and everyone had a good time exploring the classroom and playing with friends.  



Year 1 PE day is a Thursday and children will come to school in their PE kit and remain in their kit for the day.  Thank you for your assistance in this.

Welcome to Giraffes


It is hard to believe that the summer is over and it is time for the Squirrels to become Giraffes.  I am really excited to welcome your children into year 1 and I hope your children are looking forward to coming back to school, catching up with their friends and learning new things.  We are very lucky to have two teaching assistants working with Giraffes class, Miss Oxbury and Mrs Naylor.


Our topic for this term is Toys, a subject I am sure your child already knows lots about.  We will be learning about the history of toys and completing lots of activities linked to toys.  In English we will be using texts such as The Tiger Who Came  to Tea to stimulate 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 with an adult in school both individually and within a group.  During the first few days we will be checking your child's book level and aim to provide all children with a reading book at an appropriate level by Friday 11th September.  Your child will also have a reading log which will be written in when a child has read with your child.  We will check your comments in the diary and count your child's reads weekly.  Your child will need to hand in their reading journal and book on a Friday and this will be returned on the following Monday (letter to follow). Your child will work towards certificates for 20, 50 and 100 reads.  There will also be daily phonics lessons and we will closely monitor your child's progress through the phonics scheme of work.


We really look forward to getting to know you and your child better as the term progresses.  If you have any comments, questions or concerns we will be in the Year 1 outdoor area from 8.40am.  Please bear with us at home time as we get to know your faces and those of friends and family who pick your child up.  It might take us a little time 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.


Miss Sargeant