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Welcome to Class 1


In our class, we love to learn through active play and exploration both inside and out. We are lucky to have the support of Mrs Coe and Ms Castle, our fantastic teaching assistants. Mrs Coe takes the class on a Thursday afternoon and Ms Castle is  our British Sign Language Teaching Assistant.


We would  also like to  welcome Mrs Katie Henson for the  year. Mrs Henson is a teaching student from the DTSA and will be working under my supervision. 


Parental Support is very important and would love to hear from you if you are available to help in any way. We hope this page will give an insight into our busy class. The safety and happiness of your child is very important to us so please come and see us at any time if you have any questions or concerns - we're always happy to help.

Thank you for your continued support.


Miss Shawcross

Class Teacher


Autumn Term 2019


This term our topic is 'Beyond your Imagination'. This will include mini topics on the Elmer, Unicorns, Dragons, nursery rhymes and traodtional tales. We will be focusing on learning the routines of the class and ensuring that we always try our best.


Children will have phonics lessons every day where we will be focussing on Phase 2 sounds this term. We will begin to blend sounds together for reading! 


The following books will be used to enrich and structure literacy lesson for Reception children:


Elmer  by David McKee

The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson

Little Red Riding Hood

3 Billy Goats Gruff

3 Little Pigs

Zog by Julia Donaldson

Sugar lump and the unicorn by Julia Donaldson

Who is in the loo by  Jeanna Willis and Adrian Reynolds

The Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister

Is that what friends do? by Majorie Newman and Peter Bowman

Five Minutes Peace by Jill Murphy 


Developing Confident Writers

In order to help children develop their pencil grip, we have added some suggestions for activities at home. Please download the documents below. We recommend everyone does a 'Dough Disco' as often as possible!



Key class information


* With the arrival of colder weather please ensure your child has a coat ( with a hood) in school. If your child brings a hat/scarf/gloves then please help your child to learn to  put these on independently. 

*PE day is a Friday for Year 1 and  on Wednesday for Reception- Please leave PE bags in school until half term and ensure your child is wearing something that they can independently take off/put back on.  Occasionally PE days can change so PE kit must be in school daily.  PE is often outside, please ensure your child has warm clothes.

*Ensure your child has a bottle of water in school every day - no squash please.

*Try to read with your child at least 3x week and make a brief comment in your child's book.

*Please encourage your child to go into the cloakroom on their own in the mornings as we are working on increasing their independence (as well as easing congestion!)

* Homework Year 1 - Year 1's get homework weekly. It includes spellings ( to be tested on Fridays), a maths activity, occasional phonics activities, handwriting and other 'one off' homework. All homework is to be handed in on a Thursday and is given out on a Friday.

* Homework Reception - Homework is optional for Reception children. They are given a homework book with a task to complete each week along with handwriting.

* Reading at home - children are given reading books and children are encourage to read a minimum of x3 a week. This includes Year 1 and Reception.