Appleby Primary School

Appleby Primary School

Welcome Message

Welcome to Class One


Autumn Term 2022


Hello Class 1! I hope you have had a lovely break over the summer holidays and are eager to begin a new term, as Year 1. We are looking forward to an exciting term thinking about different weather, spirals and materials!

To help develop the children’s independence on arrival we would like to encourage children to say goodbye to family outside of the cloakroom, before they hang up their coats and bags on their pegs. The cloakroom doors will open around 9am, with pick up from the classroom door at 3.10pm. Please let us or the office know if someone else will be collecting them in the afternoon.

As your child has now begun Key Stage 1, they will also receive a free piece of fruit/veg daily for a breaktime snack. This is usually something such as a banana, carrot or apple.


Phonics & Reading: We will be continuing with the Little Wandle phonics program throughout Year 1, quickly revising what was learnt in Reception and then beginning to explore some new letters and sounds. To help with this, children will be given two books to read at home: an easily decodable (readable) book, and a book to share and enjoy (to develop their love of reading). Children will have multiple reading sessions each week at school, and we will share their progress with you through their reading record. Reading at home is greatly encouraged, try to build this into a daily routine if you can, and let us know how your child got on through the reading record. Don’t forget that you can also access a huge range of e-books as well through the school’s online library: Appleby e-library


English: Alongside our phonics sessions, we will also encourage your child’s independent writing by exploring a range of books and texts, encouraging their comprehension and developing their handwriting. We initially be thinking about the book ‘Not a stick’ to stretch their imagination and to create captions, lists and labels.


Maths: In Maths we will be using the White Rose scheme to develop your child’s confidence in place value, addition and subtraction within 10 and 20, and developing their knowledge in shape, using lots of practical resources. If you wish to continue practicing at home, we recommend using the '1 minute maths' or ‘Numbots’ app to help children build their fluency and ability with number. Details for this will be sent out shortly.


Geography: We will be exploring the topic of weather this term to help us to identify seasonal and daily weather patterns around us, and thinking about where in the world may have hot and cold climates and how they may be linked to the North/South poles and equators. We will also be trying to build some of our own weather monitoring equipment, and possibly making a weather forecast!


Science: In Science our theme is properties of materials. We will be learning about a range of different materials, where they come from, and what their properties are, grouping materials into different categories based on simple investigations.


Art and Design: Our art and design this term will be linked to the theme of spirals, and we will develop our work using a wide range of techniques exploring colour, pattern, texture, line and space.


Computing: In computing, we will begin to recognise information technology around us, both in school, at home and elsewhere. We will then begin to use some technology to create, manipulate and store our work, through digital painting and other methods.


PE: In Class 1, Children will have PE sessions twice a week, on Tuesdays (am) and Fridays (pm). Children should bring both outdoor and indoor clothing as we will be going outdoors as much as the weather permits. Please make sure all kit has your child’s name in it, so we are able to reunite lost items successfully. Earrings must be removed for PE. PE kit consists of a white t-shirt and black shorts/leggings with suitable trainers.


DT/RE: Children will be exploring various aspects of design and technology and religious education through their work with Miss Andrews on Wednesdays (alternating mornings/afternoons).


Communication: We will use Seesaw throughout the year to send announcements, share photos of significant events/achievements. You can also communicate directly with staff during working hours, and it is ideal for asking questions, receiving reminders and for sharing progress!


Please do not hesitate to send us a question via Seesaw if you have any queries.

Looking forward to meeting you all!


Clara Dickinson

Welcome to Appleby Primary School