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Arksey Primary School

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Infant Class


Welcome to Infants 2021 - 2022.

We are a mixed class of Year 1 and 2 children. 

This term children will be learning about Kings and Queens in history and computing systems and networks in IT. We will be learning all about plants in science and how to make bridges in DT.   

Reading books

Please return your child's reading books each Monday morning. We will provide three Read Write Inc. books each week that matches your child's current reading level. 

Your child will also have the opportunity to choose two new library books every Thursday so please ensure that these are in school for your child to swap. Your child will be able to explore poetry, traditional tales, fiction and non fiction texts over the course of the year. 


Children will have reading practise as homework every day. In order to achieve their true potential we recommend reading their Read Write Inc. phonics books aloud to an adult at least five times a week for up to 20 minutes. We ask that this is recorded by an adult in their reading diary. 


Children in both year 1 and 2 will have weekly Mymaths or learning with parents homework. They will also be set weekly spellings on spelling shed. 


They also have usernames and logins written in the front of their reading diaries. Please can children in Year 2 practice on garage/gig mode for 3 minutes 4/5 times a week. Please can children in year 1 practice on Numbots on story mode for 3 minutes 4/5 times a week. 


Children will also be set half termly theme homework which is about a theme chosen by the children. 


We do not routinely set homework in the school holidays, however, it can be set where it would be of benefit and where parents are happy to support children. We do encourage children to read suitable books during the holidays, however, this does not have to be their Read Write Inc. phonics books and does not need to be recorded in their reading diary. 

Things to remember:

Appropriate footwear: Children feel more confident and grown up when they can fasten their own shoes, therefore, we recommend velcro as a child friendly option. If it is a cold and wet day and you would prefer for your child to wear boots or wellies, please also send shoes for them to change into on arrival as they are often more comfortable for children working or sitting on the floor.

Waterproof coat and school jumper/cardigan: Please send a coat daily. British weather often means that we see several types of weather in one day. To increase ventilation in classrooms, some windows will be left open all day. Please consider layers of clothing for your child, however, this will be balanced with adequate temperatures and coats will not be worn in school. 

Water bottle: Please send a water bottle with your child's name on it so that it is less likely to be lost when carried to PE and the playground. A 500ml bottle should be plentiful for your child. Please choose a non spill bottle which should contain plain water, we do not allow juice or flavoured water. 

PE kit: Children will be required to come to school in PE kit on Fridays. Kit comprises of either black or navy blue shorts, joggers or leggings, a white t-shirt and a navy/black sweatshirt or tracksuit top. Hoodies are not appropriate. 

Reading folder/book bag: Each child will need their own reading folder or book bag to transport their books, reading record and any other resources that we send home, 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. 

School lunch: All children will be provided with a hot meal.

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