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This term children will be learning about plants and growing their own beanstalks.  They will also learn about the Great Fire of London and enjoy learning to bake bread. 


Reading books

Please return your child's reading books each Monday morning.  We'll provide three Read Write Inc books each week, to match your child's current reading level.  Two library books will be chosen by each week by your child, a fiction and a non-fiction book.  First class red change their books on a Wednesday and first class blue on a Thursday.

What children need


Shoes for running and independence: Good grips are the highest priority to reduce the likelihood of trips and slips during play times.  Children feel more confident and grown up when they can fasten their own shoes, therefore, velcro is usually the most 'child friendly' option.  If boots or wellies are chosen for cold, wet days please also send shoes or trainers which are often more comfortable for children sitting or working on the floor.

Waterproof coat: Please send a coat daily, sometimes it seems that children face all four seasons in one day!  If shopping for new, please select a waterproof one with a hanging loop to enable your child to put it safely on their peg. 

Water bottle: A standard sized bottle will fit in our carrier crates and is less likely to get lost when carried to and from the play ground.  Please choose a non spill 'sports top' which should contain water - we do not allow juice or flavoured water.

PE kit: Children will be required to come to school in PE kit on Tuesdays and Fridays, therefore we politely request that they do not bring a bag to school so that we can limit the number of items that are transported back and forth, therefore reducing the risk of sharing germs at this time.  Kit comprises either black or navy shorts, joggers or leggings, a white tee-shirt and a navy sweatshirt or tracksuit top.  Hoodie's are not appropriate.

Reading folder: Each child will need their own reading folder to transport their books and letters to and from school each day.  Our expectation is that children share a book with an adult at home five times a week and that this is recorded in their reading record book. 

Cool Milk If you would like your child to have milk at snack time, please ensure you sign up as soon as possible on the cool milk website.



Children will have reading practise as homework every day and in order to achieve their true potential we recommend reading aloud to an adult at least five times a week. Enjoying a variety of different texts will enable your sons and daughters to learn the features of different text types.  They will have the opportunity to read both fiction and non fiction books from our library as well as their reading scheme book. 


Children in year one will have a weekly spelling piece of homework and they are to complete My Maths activities, details of their username and password will be sent home.  


In the First class we hope to help your children to develop their independence and organise more of their belongings than they used to.  To support them with this, please encourage them to remember their own coat, water bottle and reading books each day.  PE kit should be worn on a Tuesday and a Friday.



Read, Write, Ink - SET 2 sound videos

ay sound - may I play? -

ee sound - What can you see? -

igh sound - fly high -

ow sound - blow the snow -

oo sound - poo and the zoo -

oo sound - look at a book -

ar sound - start the car -

or sound - shut the door -

air sound - that's not fair -

ir sound - whirl and twirl -

ou sound - shout it out -

oy sound - toy to enjoy -


Read, Write, Ink sounds - SET 3 videos


ea sound - cup of tea -

oi sound - spoil the boy -

a-e sound - make a cake -

i-e sound - nice smile -

o-e sound  - phone home -

u-e sound - huge brute -

aw sound - yawn at dawn -

are sound - care and share -

ur sound - nurse with a purse -

er sound - better letter -

ow sound - brown cow -

ai sound - snail in the rain -

oa sound - goat in a boat -

ew sound - chew the stew -

ire sound - fire fire -

ear sound - hear with your ear -

ure sound - sure it's pure -

ph sound - take a photo -

au sound - Paul the astronaut -

wh sound - whisk, whisk -

tion sound - pay attention, it's a celebration -

cious/tious sound - scrumptious, delicious -




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