Appleby Primary School

Appleby Primary School

Welcome Message

Welcome to Class One


I hope all of the children have had a fantastic summer and are ready and raring to be back at school.  Things are slightly different this year with Class One being a combined Year 1/2 class. 


The school day begins at 8.45 when we will take the register and move straight into Little Wandle reading groups. This will then be followed by phonics or spelling depending on the year group. After this we will move into our usual lessons, with time built in for year 1 to access continuous provision and for full class guided reading. The school day ends at 3.15 pm. 


We will have PE lessons on Wednesday and Friday afternoon from the second week of term, but I would like kit to be sent into school on Monday and stay in all week if possible.  Our PE sessions will be focussed on invasion games and teamwork. 


In English this half term we will be reading stories by Oliver Jeffers, in maths our focus will be place value, with numbers up to 20 for year 1 this half term and numbers up to 200 for year 2.  


Our science topic is materials and we will also be observing seasonal changes. In history we will be learning about explorers and why they are famous and in computing we will be looking at examples of technology that the children use. 


Homework and spellings will be set on a Friday, to be returned on the following Thursday. This is to allow me to mark them on Thursday night and return them on Friday morning. 


 We encourage children to read as often as possible at home to an adult, as this will greatly support the development of their literacy skills. Children who read regularly at home make more rapid progress in all subjects. We have a “three times a week” reading challenge in our class to encourage reading at home with children who read five times a week getting additional dojo points.  With this in mind, I will be inviting parents in as volunteers to hear children read this term. Please let me know if you can spare an hour. 


 If you have any questions, please message me on Seesaw, or contact the office to arrange an appointment.


Mrs J. Tyson


Welcome to Appleby Primary School