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Dear Parents/Carers,


Welcome back to school and Year 1, I hope you all had a wonderful summer break and are looking forward to your child beginning the new school year! I had a great summer and can’t wait to start my journey with you all at St Johns!




I will be teaching the class Monday to Friday, with the exception of a Thursday afternoon and a Friday afternoon when Mrs Webber will be covering the class. Mrs Bridgeman is our class teaching assistant and is with us Monday to Friday, all day.


Curriculum overview


This half term our learning will focus around the theme, “Marvellous Me”. You can find a curriculum overview on our Year 1 class page on the school website which explains what we will be covering in our learning this term.


Physical Education


Year 1 will have PE on a Tuesday afternoon and a Friday afternoon and it is important that your child has the correct kit so that they can take part with their class. Please ensure your child has a named PE kit in school at all times.


Home Learning

In Key Stage 1 we will be continuing with the home learning challenge. There are lots of different home learning activities for the children to choose from in their home learning book. They can choose whatever activity they like each week. When they have created an activity, they can cross out the box and colour in the correct number of stars.


The children:

MUST complete the grey boxes

SHOULD aim to earn 20 stars by half term

COULD earn more than 20 stars by half term


If any of the children manage to earn more than 20 stars by Friday 19th October, they will receive a special home learning certificate. Please remind the children that home learning books/completed activities should be handed in every Wednesday.




Developing your child’s confidence in spelling is very important in the early stages of writing and regular practice is essential to this. The spellings that I set each week are linked to the children’s current Phonics Phase and are designed to support and reinforce their learning in this area.


Spellings are stuck into the children’s spelling books on a Friday, along with the results of their weekly spelling quiz/test. This is so that you can monitor their progress and support them to practice any spellings that they may have struggled with. Please make sure that the spelling books are in school every Friday.




As with spelling, regular reading practice is essential in developing fluency and confidence. Please listen to your child read regularly and record this in their reading record. In order for your child to make their best progress, they should be reading to someone every day for 5 – 10 minutes. It is also important that they have the opportunity to talk about the book that they are reading to develop their comprehension skills so enjoy having a chat together about the book afterwards too!


To encourage reading at home, Year 1 will be having a reading competition this half term. I will check each child's reading record every Friday and if they have read to an adult at home three times or more that week, they will be given a special reading raffle ticket. This ticket will then be put into our class reading jar and if it is one of the three tickets picked out in the draw held before half term, the child will receive a special reading prize!


We are keen to hear from anybody who has some spare time to hear children read during the school day. This can be for as little as 10 minutes at the end of the school day. Any time you have to offer is always greatly appreciated and makes a real difference to the children.


If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to make an appointment to come and see me. Additionally, messages can be left on the class DoJo, and I can be emailed at


Thank you for your support.


Yours sincerely,


Miss Connolly


Year 1 Class Teacher