Year 1G 2018 - 2019

Mrs Greaney

Year 1 Newsletter


Dear Parents,

The children have had a busy start to the new half term and I am really enjoying working with them and getting to know them! Only last week we had snow, a school trip and World Book Day! There’s only 3 weeks to go until we break up for Easter and there’s still lots to be done!

The children start their day at 8.50am by carrying out different basic skills activities. These may be spelling, grammar, handwriting or maths based activities. Thank you for ensuring that your child arrives promptly at the start of the day as these early morning activities are very important.

The rest of our morning consists of literacy and numeracy sessions and also a session of Read, Write Inc which is our phonics lesson.

Our afternoon sessions are filled with RE and more topic based activities.


We are currently exploring the story of Dogger by Shirley Hughes. This is a very popular children's story and the class are really enjoying it. We will be using Dogger as our focus for the next 3 weeks. During this time the children will be exploring story settings and characters. The children will be given opportunities to work in small groups and with a partner to act out parts of the story as well as take part in guided reading sessions. We will be creating story maps to help us to retell the story and the children will be bringing these home so they can practise retelling the story to their families. All of these activities will equip your child with the skills and confidence they need to have a go at writing their own version of the story.

We are concentrating on writing our sentences correctly, remembering to use finger spaces, a capital letter at the beginning and a full stop at the end. We are having a big focus on handwriting and presentation at the moment also. During our handwriting sessions we have been practising joining up our letters.


During our maths sessions this term we will continue to have daily counting practise - counting forwards and backwards using a number square or a number line from any given number. We will be counting in 1s, 2s, 5s and 10s. The children will be asked to continue number sequences e.g. 2, 4, 6... 30, 40, 50... They need to be able to order numbers within 20 and some children will be working with numbers up to 100.

We will continue solving simple addition and subtraction problems and the children will be introduced to multiplication and division through doubling and halving.




This week we will be starting our new topic ‘Change’. This topic begins by exploring the changing of the seasons. We will be talking about how we can grow and change during Lent and we will be thinking about the Lenten promises we have made. As the topic progresses, we will be focusing of the story of Easter and the special days that lead up to it - Palm Sunday, Maundy Thursday and Good Friday.


We are going to be looking closely at our locality. Where do I live? What is my address? We will be thinking about the type of house we live in and our journey to school. Moving on from that, we will exploring our local area - Waterloo. We will be researching shopping and eating in our local area and thinking about what people like to do in their spare time - going to the park, library, beach etc. When the weather gets a bit warmer we will be going for a walk to the park and around our local area.


The children are very fortunate to have Mrs. Payett on a Monday afternoon. Mrs. Payett is a music specialist and she plans fun and exciting musical activities for the class each week. They have been focusing on tempo and pitch as well as developing their singing voices.


Mrs.Lennon takes the class on a Friday. She will be teaching them Science in the mornings and art in the afternoons. Our science topic this term is sound.


Homework is sent home on a Monday and we ask that it is completed and returned to school by Thursday. This weekly homework will have either a literacy or mathematical focus and sometimes a topic activity as well.

I will be sending home weekly spellings with my Read Write Inc group every Monday. These spellings will be sent home on a sheet of paper for you to practise with your child for a test each Thursday. Their blue spelling books will now remain in school.


Please continue to read with your child every day for 5 – 10 minutes. Reading books will be changed every Tuesday but can I ask that you keep your child’s reading book in their book bag so that we can listen to your child read throughout the week in school as well.

If any parents or Grandparents would like to come into class to listen to readers or help in any other way then you are more than welcome!! Please let me know if you can spare any time to come in and work with us.

If you have any questions or queries about anything then please do not hesitate to ask.

Thank you for your continued support

Mrs. Greaney

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St Edmunds & St Thomas' Primary School

Oxford Road
L22 8QF

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Tel: 0151 928 5586

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