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Curriculum Newsletter - Autumn 1 2017






Parent Information Session: Mathematics

How does your child learn mathematics in Year 1?
What things can you do at home to help them with their learning?

What concepts will they cover this year?

What strategies should you encourage your child to use?

What is that diagram!? 


All of these questions (and more!) will be covered in our upcoming information session.
Please come along and speak with your child's year 1 teacher and collect free resources.


When:  October 11th
Time: Prompt 9:05am start

Where:  School Hall  


Girl with Calculator




We would like to invite you to take part in our half termly STEAM challenges this year. 
These hands-on 'mini' projects will give your child an opportunity to apply their knowledge, skills and understanding of the world around them in a fun and exciting new way. Most importantly, your child will have the opportunity to work alongside their favourite teacher...



Challenge 1: Using household items, make a boat that will hold £1.99 without sinking


The finished products will be showcased at the end of this term!
Good luck and... have fun!

Boy in Rain Puddle with Toy Boat




 Please send your child's named P.E. Kit into school.
We enjoy a range of physical activities, both indoors
and outdoors, throughout the week. 

Nightingale Class will enjoy P.E. lessons on Monday and Friday. 
Please remove all jewellery on these days.




Each week at our Stand Up A Good One assembly, our teachers recognise our efforts. Congratulations to our Nightingale SAUGO Award recipients for Autumn 1: 


Week 1:   Harry for making good choices and being a good friend! 

Week 2  Danny for making sensible learning choices and helping his learning partner.

MATH CHAMPION - Kevin completed his first number bond challenge in 55 seconds! 


Week 3:

Week 4: 

Week 5: 

Week 6:

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Your child will continue to take part in daily Read, Write, Inc. (RWI) phonics sessions this year. This year, your child will learn the vowel sounds and the many alternative spellings. As your child learns a new sound, they will practice reading and writing it at school and at home as part of their weekly homework.


We encourage you to help your child learn their spelling words by adopting the Look, Say, Cover, Write and Check approach. 


To date, your child will have learned their SET 1 and SET 2 sounds and will begin learning their SET 3 sounds this term. They will discover that there are many different ways to make the same sound, e.g. ee as in tree and ea as in tea. In Year 1, your child will begin to create links between these sounds and spelling patterns, helping them to read and write with accuracy and fluency.  


Speed Sounds - Set 3 


ea: cup of tea

oi: spoil the boy 

a_e: make a cake 

i_e: nice smile 

o_e: phone home 

u_e: huge brute 

aw: yawn at dawn 

are: share and care 

ur: purse for a nurse 

er: a better letter 

ow: brown cow 

ai: snail in the rain 

oa: goat in a boat

ew: chew the stew 

ire: fire fire! 

ear: hear with your ear 

ure: sure it's pure?

tion: celebration

tious / cious: scrumtious and delicious

e: he me we she be


Look at the video below to learn from some of our experts: 




High Frequency Words and Red Words 


As your child reads he/she not only is he/she exposed to new words and vocabulary but he/she will also develop a bank of words that they will be able to read quickly. As this bank of words grows, you will begin to notice your child's confidence in reading sky rocket as they develop the ability to read fluently with expression and gain a better understanding of the text. 

High Frequency words are words that appear frequently such as:  and,  it,  him etc. 


Sometimes these words are not phonetically easy to sound out. 
These are called red words. E.g.  was  your  want  etc. 



Look for these in the storybooks you share together; the more your child sees and uses red words the easier they will be to read and write. 





This year, your child will continue to learn math through play and will be encouraged to discover 'math' in their everyday environment. They will also follow the Math- No Problem! approach to learning mathematics which will allow your child to develop their mathematical fluency and mastery. 



We encourage... 


we want your child to generate many solutions
and communicate their findings confidently!



This term, your child will continue to build on their knowledge of number and place value with number 1-100. They will count forwards and backwards from any given number, read and write numbers as words as well as compare quantities. This term, your child will begin to develop their understanding of 'Number bonds' and will learn to add and subtract numbers using a variety of strategies. Your child will also look at shapes and patterns in their environment and explore the concepts of measurement via hands-on learning opportunities. 


We encourage you to access the RMEasimath website where your child will consolidate their understandings and work at a pace that challenges them. Your child can access RMEasimath by clicking the picture below: 


Username:  First name and initial of surname (E.g. JoeS @ milton)  Password:  maths