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Term 1

                                                              Welcome to Year 1!


We hope you all had a good summer. Myself (Mr Jones) and Ms Brown-Jackson (our class Learning Assistant) have really enjoyed getting to know all the wonderful children in Willow class.


 Our topic is 'Caring for animals' and we have planned some exciting learning, trips and visitors linked to the topic.


Our PE days are Wednesday and Friday so please make sure your child has a PE kit in school on those days.


We will hear your child read once a week and change their reading books at this time.


We welcome parents and carers coming in to help, feel free to speak to myself or Ms Brown-Jackson if you would be interested in helping in anyway in school.


We are looking forward to an exciting term and will soon add some photos to show you what 1 Willow have been learning. 


Mr Jones and Ms Brown-Jackson

In Maths, the children have been learning to count in twos, fives and tens. Here is a link to a song we have been singing to help remember how to count in twos;

We have learnt so much about animals!


We hope you were able to see Year 1 perform the 'Animal Song' in the playground. Here is the link to that song if you would like to sing along at home !


This was part of our celebration for World Animal Day and our first fundraising activity for our Year 1 charities; the RSPCA  and Windmill Hill City Farm.

We had a really interesting talk from Cordelia, a visitor from Bristol Animal Rescue Centre (the Bristol branch of RSPCA). Cordelia explained how the centre cares for a  range of animals and told us some real-life rescue stories.

We loved our trip to the farm. The children were able to feed  some of the farm animals, go in the goat enclosure, hold a rabbit and learn all about how farm animals are cared for.

We also visited the park to look for invertebrates and have been sorting animals into groups (mammals,reptiles,amphibians,insects, birds and fish).  


Please continue to support your child to develop a love of reading and to practice their reading skills.

Here are a few ideas;

-read books in your child's book bag, a little and often is best. Find a time that works for you and your family

-share books in your home language, enjoy stories at bedtime, and revisit favourite books and rhymes 

-talk to your child about what you are reading yourself and what you enjoy reading

-help your child to discover and learn new words and what they mean  


The Oxford Owl  website has free access to ebooks which you could read with your child. It also has short videos which explain more about phonics.