Mrs Barker & Mrs Parsons



Mrs Parsons & Mrs Barker

Autumn Term 2017

Latest News: Mrs Parsons is now on maternity leave and Mrs Ellis is teaching alongside Mrs Barker.  

Welcome to Year 1. We are very excited to start a new year with our new class; getting to know all of their unique personalities and interests. We will work together to increase their independence and ensure they feel happy and safe in school.

This year the children begin working on the KS1 National Curriculum, where they will continue to develop the skills learnt in Reception and enjoy a smooth transition into Year 1.

We will focus our Literacy learning around exciting different books, ranging from traditional tales such as Goldilocks to Non-fiction books that look at life cycles, as well as a variety of poetry and familiar stories. Using our own experiences, we will practise writing recounts.

Alongside our Literacy work the children will continue to establish their key skills in spelling, handwriting and grammar. The children will begin to receive spelling homework on Mondays to be returned by the following Monday.

To begin the Autumn Term we will revisit some of the phonics phase from the previous year to consolidate their learning, before moving onto the next phase. All of our phonics learning follows the National Curriculum’s Letters and Sounds programme, however we use Phonics Play and a variety of other learning tools to achieve this.

In Numeracy, the children will be working on 5 different areas:

  • Number and Place Value
  • Addition and Subtraction
  • Fractions and Decimals
  • Measurement
  • Properties of Shape

Like with Literacy, we will be developing these skills everyday through focussed group work, independent work and continuous provision.

Science for the Autumn term will focus on Everyday Materials before looking closely at how the seasons change.

During the Autumn term, the Topic will be History and more specifically, George Stephenson. This will be an exciting ride for the children as they learn about the Victorian invention of steam trains. After this they will discover many of the different toys played with by Victorian children, and compare them to the toys children play with now.

A reading book will be sent home every night in each child’s reading pack. These books will follow the Oxford Reading Tree Scheme that is followed by school. We encourage reading every night if possible and the reading pack returned to school with the child each morning. Please feel free to write a comment in your child’s reading record.

PE will take place on Tuesday and Friday. Please help us by naming your child’s PE kit. They will require shorts, T-shirt and pumps or trainers. This is to be left in school until a holiday.

School begins at 8:55 where we will greet the children at the door. Children are to be encouraged to gain independence and enter the cloakroom on their own, where they can hang their coat on their own peg.





Madeleine Parsons & Carol Barker