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Newton Burgoland Primary School

Newton Burgoland Primary School

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Information for Parents

Class 1 Newsletter Spring 2019

General Information

  • PE will take place on a Monday and Friday; children should come into school wearing their PE kits on these days.
  • All children will have forest schools and PE on a Friday and will need appropriate clothing for both. They should come to school in their PE kit and bring a forest school kit to change in to.
  • The children will need to bring reading books and records into school every day so that we can listen to them read. These should be taken home and daily reading at home should be recorded in the reading records. Key words will also be sent home so that the children can practise them alongside their reading. The children will receive a certificate each week if they read 3 times and it is recorded in their records. We will also choose a reader of the week.
  • The children can bring something in for show and tell on a Friday.
  • Water bottles must contain water and be bought in each day. They can be left on the shelves in the cloak room. The children will be offered snack (fruit) for morning break but can bring an extra piece of fruit if they would like. It would be helpful to put softer fruits in a container if possible.


This term our topics are To infinity and beyond and and Transport! We will be finding out about the planets in our solar system and the first moon landing. We will be looking at transport and how it has changed over time. Later on in the term we will be using our new woodwork area to build our own vehicles! In science we will be exploring the properties and uses of materials and our RE will be based around a visit to a Hindu temple.


We will be reading stories all about space and completing activities based on them. We will be writing our own stories based on "Whatever Next!" The children will also have the opportunity to explore non-fiction books and create their own pages for them.  The children will work towards individual writing targets throughout the year. Guided reading groups will take place regularly in class in addition to individual reading. The children will have the opportunity to practise their handwriting on a regular basis.


The children will be split into two groups for phonics; reception and year one. The children will work through the letters and sounds programme and will learn using practical and interactive activities. I have put phonics mats in the children’s reading records so that these can be practised at home. There will be a phonics test at the end of year one. Further information/resources to support on this can be found in the learning at home section.

Reading and key words

In the early years/KS1 it is important that the children read as often as possible. In school the children will read at least twice a week individually and once in a guided reading session where the children complete follow up tasks. To support reading development it is also important that you hear your child read every day at home so that we can work together to support your child. This reading should be recorded in the children’s reading records. I have also sent home a list of key words and flash cards. These are the words that we expect the children to be able to read by sight by the end of the year. It would be helpful to choose a few of these to focus on each time you read with your child.

Ideas for practising key words at home:

  • Flashcards
  • Display them in a place where your child will see them regularly.
  • Make them with magnetic letters.
  • Write them down.
  • Play games with them e.g. pairs/snap etc. (Let me know if you need any extra photocopies!)
  • Draw your child’s attention to them when reading e.g. can you point to the word “the” on this page.

The sooner these are learnt the easier your child will find it to learn to read.


This term we will be focusing on number skills and calculation. Where possible these will be linked into our space topic. Some of the areas we will cover will be;


  • Counting to 10 and then 20
  • Count back from 10 and then 20.
  • Counting out an amount of objects
  • Ordering numbers according to their size
  • Reading and writing the numbers to 10 and then 20
  • Adding together 2 numbers using objects
  • Taking away from a number using objects
  • Counting in 2's, 5's and 10's

Once children are comfortable with these skills within 20 they will move on to bigger numbers.

Year 1:

  • Counting to 10, 20 and then 100
  • Counting in 2’s, 5’s and 10’s
  • Counting amounts in tens and ones.
  • Ordering numbers according to their size
  • Writing numbers to 10, 20 and then 100 accurately
  • Doubling and halving numbers
  • Partitioning numbers into tens and units
  • Making numbers to 100 with the tens and ones
  • Number bonds to 10 and then 20
  • Addition and subtraction using a number line
  • Using strategies to multiply and divide
  • Solving a range of problems using the above skills

The calculation policy is on the website and gives more information on the methods used in class. The year one children will be working on our new scheme “Maths no Problem” which links to the new curriculum.


Reception homework is to practise their reading books and a few key words at home each day.

The children in year one will be set homework on a Tuesday. This will include spellings to learn for a test on Monday morning as well as a piece of maths homework based on either number bonds or times tables. The children may get occasional other bits of homework or words to learn for assemblies/performances. The homework will be written into the children’s homework books each week and scores from the tests will be sent home.

All homework should be completed in pencil and should be your child’s best work.

Support staff

The full time LSA in class one is Miss Topliss. Miss Anderson is a student teacher and will be working in class one until just after the February half term. Mrs Sharma will be back with us just before the Easter holidays.

The everywhere bear

In Geography we are using Jofli bear to help us to find information about the cities/countries we are learning about. If you are going on a day trip/holiday we would like you to let us know and take Jofli bear with you. We would love some pictures/writing about the bear visiting different locations to share with the class. We are hoping that Jofli will be able to visit lots of places all around the country and even the world!


As always if you have any questions or concerns please feel free to pop into the mobile to speak to me.

Mrs Nicola Hall

(Reception and Year 1 Teacher)