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Welcome back after the half term break. We hope that the children enjoyed some time away from school and that they have had the chance to recharge their batteries ready for the next eight weeks.


This half term we are going to continue our work on the Titanic. The children were so excited and so enthusiastic after our trip to the Sea City Museum that we wanted to continue this topic until everything is taken over by Christmas!


At some point this week your child will be bringing home their spelling assessment sheets. As discussed at parents' evening this list of words contains both Year 1 Common Exception Words; which they are required to know by the end of Year 1 and High Frequency Words that that they are expected to know by the end of their time in Key Stage 1 (Years 1 and 2). Additional words on the list are words that are good examples of the different spelling rules that are taught in Year 1.  Please work through this list at home with your child at their own pace. We will be teaching these words in class and we will update the website in the home learning section to advise you on the ones we have learnt this week, so that you can reinforce them at home.


Thank you for your continued support especially with reading at home. As a school we are monitoring how often children are reading very closely as research shows that the more reading is valued at home,  the more progress your child can make. Each time you read with your child whether this is using Bug Club or with their book band book from school, it is helpful for us to have your feedback; not only to assist us in building up a picture of your child as a reader but so that your child can get their name on our 'I've read at home' board and  receive a special reading sticker!


All children have a wealth of books ready for them to read on Bug Club so if you need a password reminder please let your child's class teacher know. It is the same password that they will have been given in YR.


We will update this page to let you know of any important information or news and the home learning section will be updated regularly with things that are important for your child to be doing at home.


Many thanks again,

The Year 1 team.







Here is the link to Monster Phonics if you would like to know more!