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Dear Parents/Guardians,

Thank you for all of your support during our Autumn one half term.

Topic: Why is the Ipad more fun than Grandma and Grandad’s old toys?

Why does it go darker earlier in the winter (Science)

In our topic this half term we will be developing our knowledge about old and new toys. We will carry out investigations e.g. what would have been on Grandma or Grandad’s Christmas list? And sorting toys into old and new categories. Linking our topic with design and technology we will also be designing and making a moving toy. In science we will be investigating why it gets darker earlier in the winter, with a particular focus on the book ‘The Owl who was afraid of the dark’.


In literacy, we will be studying letters and lists. We will also be working on composing a sentence orally before writing. We will use phoneme fingers to help us to spell words.

We will also continue to focus on grammar, using our finger spaces, capital letters, and full stops.

Guided reading will take place on Monday for all groups.

Home reading books will be changed on a Monday. During this session, I will check that children’s homework diaries have been signed by an adult. We ask that, in year 1, children are reading most nights. This year, at St. Anne’s, we are focusing on children’s love of reading. Rainbow the reading bear will continue to be sent home each week with a different child for the weekend. We ask that over the weekend, you keep a diary of Rainbow bear’s adventures and perhaps take some photographs of your child reading to Rainbow bear to go onto our class display! Please make sure that the book and bear are returned as soon as possible, preferably on the Monday.


In maths, we will be studying:

· Finding half and quarter of 2D shapes

· Double and half numbers within 20

· Order months of the year and days of the week

· Numbers of days and weeks in a month

· Naming 2D and 3D shapes and their properties

· 1 more 1 less than numbers to 100

· Adding any number within 20

· Number bonds within 10




Homework plays an important part in learning in Year 1.

Maths and literacy homework will be given on a Wednesday for the following Monday (the homework will include small tasks for you to support your child with)

Additional topic/science homework may also be given .

It is very important that all homework is completed on time and to the same standard that we expect in school, in order to make it worthwhile. We value your support with this. I will check if homework is completed and if your child is late handing it in  (without a note) their rainbow badges will be taken until it is completed and handed in.


Spellings will be given on a Wednesday to be learnt for the following Wednesday. Your child’s spellings will link with the phase of phonics they are currently working at within school.


PE will be on a Monday and Friday. Please ensure your child has the correct kit (yellow top, black shorts and pumps).

On Monday, Tuesday, Wednesdays and Fridays Miss Benbow will be the class teacher, Mrs Gore will teach Year one on Thursdays.


Rainbow badges

Your child should wear their rainbow badge with pride each day. If your child misplaces their rainbow badge, replacements are available at the office for a cost of £1.  You will be notified if a member of staff has taken their rainbow badge away for not following the school rules and is working towards earning it back.

Golden Rules

Please continue to talk with your child about the school’s golden rules, they are:


  1. We will do as our teachers ask.
  2. We will take care of other people’s things.
  3. We will not hurt anyone by anything we say or do.



Thank you for your continued help and support.      

Miss Benbow, Mrs Gore and Mrs Yousaf.