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Newton Burgoland Primary School

Newton Burgoland Primary School

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Information for Parents

Class 1 Newsletter Autumn 2020

General Information

  • PE will take place on a Monday and Thursday- children should come into school wearing their PE kits on these days.
  • All children will have forest schools on a Wednesday for the first half term and will need appropriate clothing. 
  • 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. 
  • Water bottles must contain water* and be bought in each day.  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.  

* NHS advice is that only water should be drunk between meals for healthy teeth.


This term our topic is Hot and Cold Places. In this unit we will focus on looking at the lives and habitats of different animals from safari to polar regions and discover how these place are different to our own. We will also be finding out about the explorer Ernest Shackleton and his expeditions to the Antarctic


 The core texts this term will be "Lost and Found" and "Handa's Surprise". The children will be creating super sentences for story writing using a few of the 'lenses' for writing (what they feel, see, hear etc) and developing ideas to create non-fiction facts about the different animals and Shackleton's expeditions as well as creating a leaflet for an Ice Planet theme park.


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.

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 will also send home a list of key words 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 where possible these will be linked into our topic. Some of the areas we will cover will be;


  • Counting to 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

Year 1:

  • Counting to 100 and back
  • Counting in 2’s, 5’s and 10’s
  • 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
  • Number bonds to 10 and then 20
  • Addition and subtraction using a number line
  • Simple fractions
  • Division by sharing and grouping



Reception homework is to read their reading books and practise key words and phonics sounds at home each day.

The children in year one will be set homework covering the topic and can hand in their books every Tuesday for an adult to check. Spellings and phonics will be added weekly.

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

We are teaching a cursive handwriting style in school and an example of how to form the 'pre-cursive' letters is in the front of the homework book. Please encourage your child to practise these when they are writing.

Support staff

The LSA in class one this term is Miss Topliss.

Questions or queries

As always if you have any questions or concerns please contact the office at present.

Thank you for your support.

Mrs. Chloe Lupion

(Reception and Year 1 Teacher)