Appleby Primary School

Appleby Primary School

Welcome Message

Welcome to Class One


Autumn Term 2021


Hello Class 1! Hopefully you have had a lovely break over the summer holidays and are excited to begin a new term, in Year 1. We are looking forward to an busy term thinking about explorers, in space and here on earth.

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. Please let us or the office know if someone else will be collecting them in the afternoon.

Your child 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.


Reading: As in Reception, developing reading skills is a key focus in year 1 and will help in all aspects of their learning in year 1 and beyond. Children will be listened to at school, and we will share progress with you through your child’s reading record. Reading as frequently as possible at home is strongly encouraged; try to build this into your daily routine if you can, and let us know through the reading record how your child got on. Children will also be given password cards to be able to access free e-books on Oxford Owl and on Epic, if they wish to explore a wider range of books independently.


Phonics & English: Alongside reading, daily phonics sessions will help to encourage your child’s fluency, spelling and blending, introducing and revising key letters and sounds. We will continue to explore these themes through comprehension and writing work, which will focus on a variety of ‘explorer’ themed texts including non-fiction and fiction work. If you wish to continue practicing at home, we recommend using the ‘Teach your monster to read’ app/online game to help children with their phonics.


Maths: In Maths we will be using 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. We will also use ‘fluent in 5’ daily challenges to build their fluency and recall. If you wish to continue practicing at home, we recommend using the ‘Numbots’ app to help children build their fluency and ability with number.


History: In History we will be thinking about explorers from the past who contributed to international achievements, such as astronaut Neil Armstrong, and comparing him with another explorer such as Christopher Columbus. We will be learning all about these significant people and how think about how exploring has changed. We may even get to handle a piece of moon rock from NASA if we are lucky!


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 & Design Technology: Our Art and Design technology this term will be linked to the themes of explorers and space, and we will develop a wide range of techniques using colour, pattern, texture, line and space. We will think what it means to design a product thinking carefully about who it is for.


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. Children should bring both outdoor and indoor kit as we will be going outdoors as much as the weather permits. Please make sure all kit and uniform includes your child’s name/surname in it, so we are able to reunite lost items successfully! Earrings should be removed for PE and the children must be able to do this for themselves.


Communication: From Year 1 and above the school uses Seesaw for home-learning activities, announcements/reminders and for communicating with their teacher. Please feel free to to use this, or contact the office to arrange a appointment.


Looking forward to a great term,


Clara Dickinson

Welcome to Appleby Primary School