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Welcome to Class 1

Welcome back after our half term break. This term will be very busy as we continue with our exciting learning journey and prepare for all the extras at Christmas.

Outdoor Learning

Class 1 are enjoying experiencing outdoor learning in the Forest School every Friday for this half term.

Visit to The Gildhouse

Class 1 spent a very enjoyable day at The Gildhouse in Poundstock where they had the opportunity to make bread, create cob bricks, brew ginger beer, dressing up as peasants and then nobility and playing tudor games. We were kept extremely busy and would highly recommend a visit if you have the opportunity.

Our Year 6

Our Year 6's are enjoying having their new hoodies for the whole year.

Termly information letter.


14th September 2017

Dear Parents/Carers,

Welcome back to a new school year! We hope you had a lovely summer break and had some fun and relaxing times. We are looking forward to a busy term ahead with a great variety of exciting learning planned. Our main topic is Tudors and some of the subjects will work in a cross curricular way to explore this exciting period in history.

Miss. Archer will teach the class every Tuesday to Friday and Mrs. Zoeftig every Monday. In addition, Mrs. Zoeftig will be working with some groups of children as well on a Wednesday morning. Rosie is the class Teaching Assistant all week.

In class 1 we have high expectations and encourage the children to be as independent as possible. We hope that you will support your children by helping them to be organised, eg by packing their own school bags, knowing when homework needs to be completed, bringing the correct equipment to school etc. This is vital preparation for when they move on to secondary school.

Literacy; The class will focus on Traditional Tales and will write their own stories. We will link diary writing with our Tudor topic. We will also be looking at Information and Explanation Texts. Poetry and plays will be our focus on the lead up to Christmas. Through all our writing, we will be working hard to improve our grammar, spelling and punctuation.

Maths; We will continue to develop our number and calculation skills and also shape and space skills through a wide variety of different investigations, discussion, challenges, use of ICT and book work etc.

Science; Our topic this half term is Forces with lots of interesting investigations to carry out. We will also be learning about the human body with a focus on healthy living which will include teeth and digestion.

PE; We have a yoga instructor coming in to teach yoga on a Monday afternoon for the first half term and then we will be focusing on gymnastics. We will also be focusing on football and hockey.

Art/DT; We will be doing some portraiture work linked with the Tudors. We will be improving our skills and techniques with charcoal, drawing, pastel and collage work.

PSHE/Philosophy; Our focus is building positive and healthy relationships and recognising and celebrating strengths. Also setting simple and challenging goals. We will also be exploring how we cope with and manage our feelings.

Music; We will be learning and performing a musical drama about Henry VIII during this term.

ICT;      This term we will be focusing on graphic art, learning about online-safety and producing posters and power points linked to safety online and creating cartoon animations.


Homework reminder:

Please try to hear your child read and discuss with them what they are reading at least three times a week and record in the homework diaries which your child should bring to school every day. Reading is a key life skill and is essential in all areas of learning. Reading for pleasure is also a wonderful hobby! Your support and encouragement at home is vital and appreciated. In addition, all children will be asked to gather exciting vocabulary from their books. Your children will be able to explain this in more detail to you. We have attached a sheet about ideas for supporting your child with reading.

Inspirational Journals are books for the children to follow their own learning through what interests and inspires them. We will discuss with the children how to get the most out of these books and they can explain in more detail to you! These should be brought into school on a Tuesday to be shared with the class. Occasionally your child may be given a maths or literacy sheet to complete to help reinforce work covered in class. This can be done INSTEAD of their Inspirational Journal.

Spellings will be given on a Wednesday and tested on the following Wednesday.

Folens Maths should be completed at home and will be marked on a Friday. Please practise times tables at home as these are essential for helping your child to be more confident at maths. There are many good online resources.


We thank you for your continued support in helping to make your child’s learning as positive and rewarding as possible. Please do not hesitate to contact Miss. Archer or Mrs. Zoeftig if you have anything you wish to discuss.


Thank you and best wishes from

Miss. Archer and Mrs. Zoeftig.

and the Class 1 team




Helping in the Community

We will be continuing to take it in turns to help at the local Methodist Chapel's regular monthly hot lunches. We help to serve the meals and with the washing up. We look forward to helping and like feeling we are being useful in our community. We go three of us each month with Rosie so we will all get a chance to go throughout the year.

If you would like an enjoyable lunch please come along on the 3rd Tuesday of each month. The meals are 2 courses and a tea or coffee. The price is very reasonable at present they are £5.50 per meal. If you are interested please contact Mrs Val Tape 01288331263 to book your place.