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Autumn 2 Newsletter


Year One Parent Newsletter Autumn 2 2017


I hope you have had a lovely half term and are looking forward to the rest of the half term.


We will prepare the children for the birth of Jesus and discuss what it is like to await the arrival of any baby. We will learn in great depth about the Nativity and baby Jesus. The children will also prepare for our class Nativity and explore how Mary, the Mother of Jesus, is our mother too.


Why is the iPad more fun that Grandma and Grandad’s toys?

We will compare toys from the past and the present. Homework research on this was given before the holidays to promote discussion. Children will be able to order pictures from Grandparents time, Parents time and Modern toys. We will explore homemade toys such as ‘go carts’ (With pram wheels) and why not many toys in the post needed batteries


We will start the half term with list poems. We will explore our senses for Halloween and Bonfire night. We will continue to make poems for Autumn too.

Our writing will be linked to our topic of toys. We will read and work around the text, ‘The Robot and the Bluebird.’ We will write our own toy stories.

Guided reading:

Guided reading will take place on Tuesday for all groups. Homework diaries need to be signed for this day and will also be signed by teachers too. This is very valuable source of communication.

Class reading books will be changed on a Tuesday during this session.




In maths, we will be counting and ordering numbers, saying our times tables, adding, subtracting and using money. We will sing number songs and include lots of practical learning too. We will use our ‘Toy shop’ in the open area as a valuable opportunity to use and understand money.


We will continue to learn about the season of Autumn and consider changes we can see. Now the leaves are falling, we will go on an Autumn walk and produce artwork too. We now need to consider why the nights are going darker more quickly and will make links to Bonfire night and Halloween.



Homework will be given on a Wednesday and should handed in by the following Tuesday – feel free to hand it in earlier if it’s completed. Occasionally 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. We will check if homework is completed and if your child misses their homework they will be reminded to complete it for the next day. If it is still not handed in they will lose their rainbow badge until it is completed. (In line with school policy)

Please sign your child’s diary to show they have read at home.

Percy Panda

Your child will get the opportunity to take home Percey Panda our class toy. Please join in by completing a diary and including photographs and pictures. It's a fantastic chance for your child to speak and read out their diary with their friends.



Spellings will be given on a Friday to be learnt for the following Friday. The spelling test result will be recorded in the homework diary and any mistakes on the test will be highlighted. These are tricky but by writing a couple out every night your child will become more confident in using them.



PE is on a Thursday afternoon. Please ensure your child has the correct kit (yellow top, black shorts and pumps) Please also pack an outdoor PE kit for this term (hoody/tracksuit/ trainers). Lessons will be both indoor and outdoor.

Please see website for diary dates and events and more information on the curriculum and what the children have been up to: http://www.stannesrc.oldham.sch.uk/

Here are the ‘Rainbow Rules’ that we will remind and expect all of our children to follow every day.

  • I will be safe.
  • I will respect others.
  • I will be in the right place at the right time.
  • I will co-operate.
  • I will control my feelings and emotions.
  • I will communicate appropriately and use the correct language.

Thank you for your help and support.      

Mrs McHale and Mrs Hoyle



Homework Wednesday 29th November due in Tuesday 5th Dec

Add 3 or subtract 3 from the following number sentences.

12+3=          15+3=          3+3=           7+3=

16-3=          7-3=                19-3=          20-3=


1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20

Write the plurals for the following words.

Remember to add ‘s.’

RULE – If the word ends in x, ch, sh, z or s you add ‘es’ not ‘s.’































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