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Arksey Primary School

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First Class

Welcome to the First Class


We are delighted to be welcoming the children back after the summer break on Wednesday, 4th September at 9am.  This brief message should help to ensure you are ready for your return...


Rest, relax, return refreshed!  The long summer break is a great opportunity to catch up with friends, play games, enjoy days at the park and eat lots of ice lollies in the sunshine.  Enjoy a great summer with family and friends. 


What we need

Shoes for running and independence: If you are planning new shoes, 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 a more appropriate choice than laces.

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 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.

Draw string PE bag: A draw string bag will fit on your child's peg without causing their coat to fall on the floor.  Please leave full indoor (shorts and white tee shirt) and out door (track suit, tee shirt and trainers) kit in school all week.  It is sensible to add a spare pair of pants and socks too incase your child ever requires a full change of clothes. 

Reading folder: Each child will need their own reading folder to transport their books and letters to and from school each day. 

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.


We look forward to welcoming your children into the First Class on Wednesday 4th September and look forward to hearing all about their exciting summer breaks.






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 Oxford Reading Tree scheme book. 


Children in First Class Blue will have a weekly spelling piece of homework and they are to practise their times tables through logging onto the Times Table Rockstars website. 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 did last year.  To support them with this, please encourage them to remember their own coat, water bottle and reading books each day.  PE kit should be brought on a Monday and can be taken home for a wash on a Friday.


The first parents consultation meetings will take place during the week of Monday 23rd September for children in First Class Red and during the week of Monday, 11th November for children in First Class Blue.  We look forward to being able to show you how well your child has tackled the challenges of a new school year. 

First Class Blue Long Term Plan