Appleby Primary School

Appleby Primary School

Mrs Barker & Mrs Braithwaite

Welcome to Class One


Welcome to a new school year and to Year 1, Class 1!   This term will be hectic with lots of exciting learning opportunities to enjoy as we lead up to Christmas and all the fun that is associated with that time of year.


We encourage children to become more independent on arrival at school, so we suggest a goodbye at the cloakroom door and they can put their things on to their coat pegs in the cloakroom.  At the end of the school day, we ask you to collect your child from the classroom outer door.  Please let us know if someone else will be collecting them in the afternoon.


During this autumn term, our topic will be the Fire of London.  Our learning across the curriculum will relate to this whenever possible.  We will explore the historical facts associated with the Fire of London, geography related facts, learn about firefighters and bakers, so it will be a broad and interesting topic with which to start.  Our English lessons will start with using Michael Bond’s Paddington Bear stories and Paddington’s trips in and around London. 


Developing reading skills in year one is a key area of learning as it helps children with all their learning.  Each child has a reading book and reading record book.  Your recording of the reading you do with your child in their record book is most welcome.   It is significantly helpful to children to read at home and we ask that you do this as often as you can. 


Our science learning will be learning about Materials, we’ll do some investigative work and use this to discover the properties of materials.  Our science will also include looking at seasonal changes and recognise the feature of the seasons throughout the year.  It will be a good opportunity to develop recording skills of data. Art and Design Technology will link to areas of the curriculum as well as offering the opportunity to develop new skills in these subject areas.


There will be P.E. sessions twice each week. Please ensure there is a P.E. kit in school each day, these can be left on their peg in the cloakroom. Children should have indoor and outdoor kit available as we like to go outside as and when the weather permits.


Please ask if you have any queries about any aspects of year 1.


Looking forward to a busy and productive term!


H. Braithwaite and C. Barker

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