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Year 1

Year 1 team 

Class teachers - Mrs Emma Neville  in Madrid class and Miss Nico Brooks in Athens class

LSAs /1:1  - Mrs Su Kingston and Mrs Nicola Tapp

Dear Parents,

Welcome back! We hope you all had a fun and restful half term!


During Term 2, children will be learning through the theme ‘What’s it made of’. Which focuses on Grouping and classifying materials.

This unit of work is part of the International Primary Curriculum. This curriculum sets out very clearly what children will learn – the learning goals – in three different areas:

1.  The subjects of the curriculum. The learning goals for each of these subjects are at least as challenging as anything taught in the curriculum in your child’s own country. In many cases, the learning goals are more challenging.

2.  Personal development – the characteristics which will help children become more responsible, independent learners.

3.  International understanding – which will help children develop both a sense of the independence of their own country and culture and the interdependence between countries and cultures.

Each unit of work is based around specific targets derived from the learning goals for one or more of the subjects.

During this unit we will be focusing on Science, Technology and International.

In Science, we’ll be finding out:

  • What objects are made of
  • How we use different materials
  • How to test materials
  • How materials are the same or different
  • How we can group materials
  • How to choose materials for specific uses
  • Where materials come from

The children will be visiting the school library every Tuesday. Please try to remember their library book so they have the opportunity to choose a new book. Unfortunately we cannot let the children take more books unless they have returned previously borrowed ones.

We are happy to now begin Tuesday reading mornings. You are welcome to read with your child in the classroom from 8.40am to 8.55am.  This is an exciting opportunity for you to read with your child. For the first reading morning, please choose a reading book with your child from the colour coded book shelf outside the Year 1 area. Please continue to change your child’s reading book either Tuesday mornings or at the end of any school day, when they finish reading it. Please remember to prompt them and question them on what they have read. We kindly ask that you keep this area tidy.


Please be reminded that school fruit is free and will continue to be provided for all Key Stage 1 children at morning playtime.  Please encourage your child to eat healthily by having a piece of fruit, or by bringing a healthy alternative from home.  Please avoid salty or sugary snacks e.g. crisps or biscuits.

Children in Key Stage 1 are not provided with free milk, but if you would like your child to have milk please order it through the office.  We also encourage children to drink plenty of water and they will continue to have their school water bottle in the classroom.. 


Tapestry is up and running for Year 1. Please be aware that the amount of tapestry you receive is significantly less than what you were used to last year and only one or two pieces will be sent per week.

If you are having trouble logging on, please don’t hesitate to contact us to sort this.

PE Kits

Last term we had many children without the correct indoor and outdoor PE kits. If you wish to put both kits into one bag, this is fine.

Indoor kits: White or red T-shirt, black shorts and plimsolls

Outdoor kits: White or red t-shirt. Plain coloured tracksuit (jumper and jogging bottoms) and a pair of trainers. The weather may be getting colder but outdoor PE will go ahead in most weathers so please make sure your children have something warm.


As the weather begins to change and become unpredictable, please make sure your children come to school with appropriate outdoor clothing. Coats must be warn at playtimes and a hat and scarf for much colder weather. Waterproof jackets in wet weather are recommended.

Water bottles

The children should be bringing home their water bottles each day to be washed and returned the following day. If your child has lost their water bottle, please let us know immediately so we can replace it.


Yes it’s that time of year where we begin our rehearsals for the Christmas performance. The children have given 3 choices of characters they would be happy to play and these will be decided in the first week,

Once your child has a role, we will send out a costume request. We try our best to make these as simple as possible, however if you do need some help, please come and see us as we make some of the props at school.

Some children may have a few short lines to learn. We will send these home in the reading diaries. Please practice these with your children as often as possible.

If you have any matters that need dealing with or that are worrying your child, please come and speak to us.  If it is likely to take more than just a minute, after school would be preferable as we have more time then.

We look forward to a fantastic term. Thank you in advance for your help and support.

Yours sincerely,

The Year 1 Team

Miss Brooks          Mrs Neville