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Colston's Primary School A Co-operative Academy

Celebrating Diversity, Learning Together


Introducing the Year 1 team:

                      Starlings: Miranda Dinwoodie, Sally Saunders & Esther Wilcox           (PPA teacher Manda Davies)

Nightingales: Mike Reddecliff                                     

 Kingfishers: Emmeline Smith, Emily Henderson & Danielle Feenan    

We are looking forward to a very exciting year in Year 1; on this page you will find some details on upcoming lessons, topics and activities, plus we'll try to keep you updated with what's going on in class!


Please ensure your child has a water bottle and book bag every day so they can be at their best!



It's really important that children do as much reading as they can! Ideally, they should be changing their book every day to consolidate phonics learning and progress with their decoding and comprehension. Here are 3 top tips...

  1. Check your child's book bag and reading record every day; there may be important notes or letters and tips or phonics to work on in the reading record.
  2. Read with your child. Try to spend about 5-10 minutes daily with your child reading to you. They also benefit from being read to, for example a bedtime story.
  3. Make a note in the reading record.  This could be a comment or just a tick. Most children will probably be able to finish a book at this level, but a few pages is fine. We'll see how the child is progressing and change their reading book when finished.

Each class has also has a lego challenge tower, which children add a brick to every time they change a book. Every time a child changes a book, the tower grows, and the winning class is announced in Friday assembly! They love it, and it really inspires more reading!

Thanks for your ongoing support! 



LITERACY: We will be practicing our phonics, handwriting and letter formation in writing.  This term we are going to continue to practice writing sentences with sentence openers and remembering to include full stops, capital letters, finger spaces and sounding out in our writing.  This term, we will be finding out about and writing some non fiction facts about sea creatures. 

NUMERACY: We will be learning about adding and subtracting, practising bonds to 10 and counting back skills. The children will learn to use careful counting and problem solving skills to apply their learning. To help at home, please practice bonds to 10 or 20 orally e.g. "What goes with 3 to make 10? 7! What goes with 5 to make 10? 5! If they have mastered these, have a go at some number bonds within 20. e.g. "What goes with 8 to make 18? 10!" 
This term we will be learning about the different value of coins and revisiting place value.






TOPIC: Year One are excited to start our new topic for Term 5 - Water World.  We will be exploring what is needed to help plants grow and the children will be taking part in some experiments. 

PE: Tennis

Please ensure your children have white shirt, shorts and appropriate shoes/ trainers for PE.