Autumn Term

Welcome to Year 1

The children have made a really positive start in year 1.  We have been really pleased with how quickly the children have adapted to the new rules and routines and have seen some excellent independent learning behaviour. We have been very impressed with the attitude and behaviour of all the children. We are really looking forward to this year!

Rocket Challenges 

Rocket challenges are the independent continuous provision activities available for the children to choose when they are not working with an adult. These are important in the first term as the children transition from the style of learning in Reception to that of Year 1. The children will gradually be eased into more formal learning as the term goes on.


Hard work and good behaviour are of course rewarded and celebrated! This is done each day by the chance to earn dojos (merits). Just as in Reception milestones are recognised with badges in Good News assemblies on Thursday morning, everyone is welcome to attend! At the end of each week children will be rewarded with Golden Time. 


Every year children arrive in beautiful new uniform, and every year some of them have lost it within the first week! Please remember to write your child’s name in all items of clothing. 


Home learning is very important and at this age, learning to read is most important. Please read with your child for 5-10 minutes each night and write a comment in their reading record. Reading books are changed on a weekly basis to correspond to the specific phonics lessons taught that week.  Please share any other books you have at home with your child to develop their growing vocabulary. Visits to the library are encouraged.  Children will read with a member of staff in school throughout the week.  Children should also spend 10 minutes on Lexia, our online reading program, at least three times a week at home. login details have been sent home with your child.


The children will have PE on a Tuesday. Children should come to school in PE kit on Tuesdays. PE kit includes a white t-shirt, blue or black shorts and black pumps. In colder weather you may prefer black or blue leggings or jogging bottoms. Children need their hair tied up and we would prefer the children not to wear earrings but small studs are acceptable with a signed consent form.