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Spring Term 2

Hello and welcome back! 

We hope that you all had a fun yet relaxing half-term and managed to re-charge your batteries. 

I hope you found parents evening both informative and useful, 10 mins is such a short amount of time to tell you all of the wonderful things your child has achieved so please accept my apologies if you had a long wait. I am sure you all know now how much I love a chat and I am so proud of the little beans that I  couldn't stop myself. I also hope that you had a chance to look through the books and saw just how far the kids have come since Semptember. Thank-you for all the support you give them at home because without that none of this would be possible. 

Such a lot of learning happens in the spring term and the children seemed to enjoy the challeges they were met with. 

In maths we will continue to develop fluency and confidence as the children work with numbers to 100 in counting, addition, subtraction and problem solving. We also worked hard on recognising coins and adding values of coins. At the end of last half-term we started learning about time. This was a really tricky concept for all of our children who in a digital world don;t always have access to analogue clocks or watches. Could we ask that to support your child with learning to tell the time that you encourage them to wear a sensible watch for school. Ask them regularly to tell the time. This half term we will look at multiplication and division, using the 2x, 5x and 10x table. We will start by counting in muliples and then look at how we can work out groups of amounts etc before moving on to formal written methods. We will also be learning about fractions this half-term, this is always fun, especially if we use food to cut up into halves and quarters :). 

In literacy we are kick starting the term with a unit on Traditional Tales. We will start our focus on folk tales from around the world. The children will be writing their own tales by the end of the unit. The children have LOVED learning how to join up handwriting and many are starting to apply this to their work. We are working really hard to form sentences on the line, use capital letters and full stops or other forms of punctuation, use our phonic knowledge and our understanding of new common exception words and also to write things which are interesting and make sense! An awful lot to expect but we are all getting there at our own pace. 

Our next topic is Geography. We are going to be looking at seasons and how they change. We are still getting lots and lots of Flat Stanley mail which is so exciting! I just need to keep up with it as it arrives! After this we have a 2 week Art topic where we will be learning how to paint portraits. 

As part of our next Geography topic (where food comes from) I have provisionally booked a workshop in Pizza Express Herford (in April), please watch this space for info regarding this trip. I am hoping I can plan another trip before I head off to have the baby but if not I will plan one for the sumer term. 

PE. Mrs Barrie teaches PE on Tuesday's. Unfortunately there are a large number of children who do not have a PE kit in school. Please ensure that your child has navy short, a white Tewin top and their house team colour top in school ALL the time. This also includes outdoor shoes and a water bottle. If the children do not have trainers they are not allowed on the apparatus or on the field. This causes a lot of upset and distress so please send the children with the right kit everyday. 

PTA money: each class has been given £100 towards classroom resources. I have so far invested in some new books for guided reading (star wars and traditional tales), a new world puzzle (request from the kids), cooking and craft bits, some storage for bookbags, paper and books for literacy. A huge thanks to everyone who donates money to the PTA this is such a great help! 

Here's to another super half-term! 

Miss Fairhall and Miss Morris 


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Happy New Year!

Wishing you a warm welcome back and a very happy new year from us all in Birch Tree Class! 

Firstly, Mrs Barrie, Miss Morris and myself would like to say a huge THANK YOU for all of our wonderful gifts, cards and vouchers! We were really spoilt and very grateful :) 

We hope you all had a super break, managed to spend some time with your family and friends and enjoyed the festivities. 

We are getting straight back into the swing of things this half term (as we only have 5 weeks!) In English we are learning about tales from Africa. We will be focussing on sentence writing, using capital letters, full stops, finger spaces and correct letter formation. There will be greater emphasis on spelling and handwriting this term. Your child will be bringing spellings home each week and we will test them at school (there will not be a set day for spellig tests). To support your child's hand writing and sentence structure try practising writing a few of the spellings in simple dictated sentences. 

In Maths we will be starting the term working on place value. Looking at numbers to 100, up down and across from any given number. We will move on to addition and subtraction. If the children know their number bond facts up to 20 they find this much easier. keep practising! This term we will also cover fractions, 3D shapes, time, money and counting in 2s, 5s and 10s!! A super busy time ahead!!! 

This week the children will be learning about Epiphany and the journey of the kings in RE. We would love it if you could join us for our service at church on Friday (details to follow!). Next week in history we will be learning about food and how it has changed over the years, this is followed by a geography topic of where our food comes from. We will hopefully be organising a little trip as part of this topic. Watch this space! 

In ICT this term we are learning about using the internet to search for things. 

In PE we will be using the apparatus and learning different skills, this will still happen on a Tuesday so please ensure your child has the right kit in school all the time. 

Coats, outdoor shoes and water bottles: Please ensure these are in everyday. We do not have any spare cups to provide drinks in other than at lunch time. Children are not allowed to play on the apparatus in school shoes. 

We teach guided reading first thing in the morning. Please ensure your child arrives promptly as it disrupts the rest of the group if we need to start again. 

New learning log homework is coming out this week, you have a whole half term to complete it. Some outstanding pieces have been completed so far! Well done!! 

Phonics Screening happens in June, it is a national test for all year 1 children in the UK. We will be working hard to prepare them at school (this is not a scary test and the children are not under any pressure to 'perform' and are unaware they they are being tested!) I will be running some before school phonics clubs for any children who I feel will benefit and you will recieve a letter shortly. We will hold a phonics screening session for parents so that you feel you are prepared and supported. If in the meantime you want to know more you can google phonics screening year 1 and you will get the idea. 

Here's to lots of learning and fun!

Can't wait to see the kids tomorrow!!!! 

Miss Fairhall, GIRL Bump (aka puddin') and Miss Morris :) 

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In year 1 we are keen to continue learning through play. In order to keep our play challenging and to ensure that we are appropriately stimulated we are asking for donations of second hand/new toys. Please see our list and if you have anything floating around that id in your way we'd make great use of it!

  • LEGO
  • KNEX
  • Other construction toys
  • Wooden blocks
  • small world play i.e plastic farm animals/ sea creatures/ dinosaurs/ fairies etc
  • Cars and a garage
  • marble run (we have a new one but it's quite small)
  •  art and craft stuff 
  • buttons
  • beads
  • hama beads
  • loom bands
  • board games .i.e. snakes and ladders, ludo, frustration
  • BrainBox games 
  • picture books
  • magazines (kids, gardening, motorbikes or cars, cooking etc) 
  • sand and water toys

Thank you in advance :)

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The first couple of weeks

Hello and welcome back to school after a long and lovely summer. We have been blessed with (mostly) lovely weather as autumn embarks upon us. 


The first week in year 1 we settled back into school and our new learning environment really well. We learnt about how to stay safe of the internet and how to be a kind friend. We looked at the books Giraffes Can't Dance and Penguinpig and the children produced some super work. 


Last week we started to get back into our normal routines and started our new English unit which is poetry. The children have written their own poems about worms and we will continue learning about adjectives this week to write even better ones this week. 


In maths we have been recapping counting and place value. We had an exciting new delivery of maths resources this week which we can't wait to put to good use! Who is still practising number bonds? remember not to just learn in multiples of 10. bonds to 4 or 7 are just as important :)


In phonics we will be moving onto phase 4 and 5 but to start with we are recapping phase 3. Please continue to support your child's phonics learning at home as lots have forgotten over the hols. Year 1 is the phonics screening year where the children are equired to read a series of nonsense words using their knowledge of phonics. I will give you more info on this shortly. 


Our new PE day is Tuesday, please ensure that your child has a PE kit and TRAINERS in school. We were unable to do PE last week because so many children did not have trainers in school. They are also not allowed on the field without trainers and this can be very distressing at playtimes for the children.


We are learning about transport in History with a focus on the first flight.


In science we are learning about our bodies and senses.


Please let me know if there is anything you need at all


Knid Regards


Miss Fairhall and Miss Morris :)  





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