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Arksey Primary School

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First Class

Welcome to the First Class


Children will be learning about 'Toys' this term, for our youngest pupils in first class red this will include working out how to make them toys work, grouping them according to similarities and differences and developing their social and communication skills as they interact with their friends.   For the pupils in first class blue, the learning will be linked to materials that toys are made of, and why a material (wood, metal, fabric) is best suited to a particular function.  They will also learn about similarities and differences between the things they play with and the favourite toys of someone born in the 1950s.  


Children in first class red will be learning about Penguins and Polar bears and the weather patterns across the UK.


You can help by supporting your child to wear a watch and to tell the time.  The first step is to learn o'clock times, then half past each hour, followed by quarter past and quarter to before moving on to identifying the five minute intervals.  Children are allowed to wear a watch to school but we ask that those with games and cameras are left at home.  You can support the teaching of time by encouraging your child to notice when it reaches a particular time and by helping them to recognise how time on an analogue clock is represented on a digital clock.  First class blue children should also work hard to learn their times tables and use TT Rock Stars to support them.  They should learn their 2, 5 and 10 times tables and once confident with these ones move on to mastering the three's and four's too.


Pupils in first class red will be sharing books called The Highway Rat and Shark in the Park and learning to retell the stories independently.  They will also learn the names of 2D and 3D shapes as they make models and patterns of their own.  You can support their learning by sharing other books by Julia Donaldson and by spotting triangles, rectangles, circles and squares in your home and in the environment.  Children in first class blue will be reading Diary of a Killer Cat, by Anne Fine.  By rereading the books and becoming very familiar with the story structure your children will get the opportunity to master different voices for different characters and to anticipate key phrases and events.  We are seeing the incredible progress made by pupils who are reading very regularly both at school and at home, please keep up the great work.  Fluent reading is a wonderful skill that they deserve to acquire; with our help.


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 a more appropriate choice than laces.  If boots or wellies are chosen, please also send shoes or trainers which are often more comfortable.

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.

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.  Our expectation is that children share a book with an adult 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 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.



First Class Red Long Term Plan

Year Two Long Term Plan