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First Class

Welcome to the First Class


We are delighted to be welcoming the children back after half term on Monday, 4th November at 9am.  The children will hopefully feel refreshed after their break and eager to get back into the routine of working hard and learning with their friends. 


This half term 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.


Pupils in first class red will be sharing a book called Ten Little Robots by Mike Browlow and learning to retell the story 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 'Ten Little....' books by Mike Brownlow, and by spotting triangles, rectangles, circles and squares in your home and in the environment.  Children in first class blue will be reading Mrs Wobble the Waitress by Allan Ahlberg.  You might like to share other 'Happy Families' books by Allan Ahlberg, for example Mr Biff the Boxer or Mr Creep the Crook.  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.


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.


We look forward to welcoming your children back into the First Class on Monday, 4th November and look forward to hearing all about their half term breaks.


Parents evenings for children in first class blue will take place during the week beginning Monday, 11th November, please arrange a mutually convenient time with Mrs Stoddart. 






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 Red Long Term Plan

Curriculum Plan, Cycle B 2019 - 2010

First Class Blue Long Term Plan