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Term 6


The children enjoyed term 5’s topic and learnt lots of interesting facts about Canterbury.

We would like to thank all those parents who volunteered their time and walked with us on our visits around Canterbury. These trips brought the learning very much to life for the children and they produced some lovely work as a result. This term as part of our learning about animal classifications  and looking at a contrasting locality, we will be visiting Folkestone for the day. A separate letter will follow.


As always the children presented their learning at the ‘End of Topic’ celebration in an impressive way. It was particularly rewarding to see how far the children have come with their reading and in the confidence to read and speak aloud. Thank you for support with reading and we would take this opportunity to remind you that all the children have a ‘reading’ day when we hear them read and change their books.


This will be a very busy term as we begin to get the children ready for their transition into Year 2. The children will be participating in a topic called Paws, Claws, Scales and Tails, which will link some more outdoor experiences with learning about the wonderful range of creatures in the animal kingdom.


This term will also see the children participate in the phonic screen, a national check of all Year 1’s phonic knowledge. Results will be available later in the year and any child who is not yet ready to meet the expected standard will have additional support and the opportunity to redo the screen in Year 2.  The children do not know they are being screened and all work is done within normal class lessons and routines.

We have sent home all the phonemes (sounds) the children should know again, just in case your original one has gone astray and would ask that you continue to practise these with your children as part of their homework.


Mrs Brooker, Mrs Harris, Mrs Loosley and Miss Spokes


Term Five

Welcome back to term five. We hope that you had a relaxing and joyful Easter break.


It was a pleasure meeting you all during parents’ consultation evenings and looking at the progress the children are making, if for any reason you were unable to attend, please make an appointment via the office as soon as possible.

We think the highlight of term 4 had to be our chicks and seeds and the enthusiasm shown and great care the children took of these living things.

Last term the children took part in a number of assemblies, acting, singing and speaking and made us all very proud. Thank you to those parents who have supported their children with learning readings for assemblies.

The children learnt the Easter story and took part in a successful egg hunt as well as taking part in lots of Easter themed craft activities.


This term our topic is Where I Live or as we like to call it ‘Welcome to Canterbury’. We will be  visiting lots of local features and will need some additional adults to support us with this. Another letter will follow about this. Since we will be getting out and about this term, it is essential that children get into the habit of bringing a coat with them. As we live in England and the weather is subject to change, it may be gloriously sunny when you leave home but cool and wet later. All children should have a light coat for the summer and it needs to be in school every day.


Mrs Brooker, Mrs Harris, Mrs Loosley and Miss Spokes

Year 1 team.

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Term 4:

Growth and Change

Welcome back to term four.


This term our topic is Growth and Change. We will look at a variety of fiction and non-fiction texts as we look at plants, life cycles and seasonal and weather changes. We will be doing some planting and getting outside to observe changes in our environment as the term progresses.

We are very excited to have eggs in the classroom and enjoying watching them hatch!


We welcome Miss Spokes to the year one team.


There will be Parent Consultation Meetings at the end of this term (details to follow) and we look forward to seeing you all then to share your child’s learning and progress.


Mrs Brooker,Mrs Harris, Mrs Loosley and Miss Spokes



Key Dates for this term:


Trip to Toddlers Cove- Tuesday 19th March.


DT Day: Friday 29th March


Please note there is no RE celebration this term.


Term 3 DT Day - Existing products and designs


On DT day we look specifically at Superhero logo's and masks. We considered how good we thought existing products were and why costumes were designed the way they were. With all this in mind, we set about designing our own superhero outfits which we made prototypes of later in the day.