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1R2 June Newsletter


First of all, a massive thank you to parents and children for all the amazing effort put into creating Wacky Race day dragon costumes. Everyone looked roarsome! I can tell an awful lot of time and effort was put into this, so thank you. The class were fantastic on the day and I’m pleased to say that we came fourth overall. Don’t forget to check out the videos from the day on our school youtube channel.


The end of the year is quickly approaching but we still have lots to do to keep us busy.

This year our topic is Ghana. We are learning all about the country, its people, culture and animals. We are also focussing on Ghanaian dancing and music. We are working towards a carnival day where we will present our dance and a themed float to the rest of the school. Luckily I seem to have several children in class who are extremely knowledgeable about Africa and are helping to teach the class. If any parents also want to add their knowledge, please let me know.


All year one children will be completing the phonics screening check in the week commencing Monday 15th June. This entails the children using their phonic knowledge to sound out and blend 40 real and alien words. Parents will be informed if their child has passed or failed, but this is nothing to worry about as it has no impact on the child’s progression through school, they will simple just repeat the test at the end of year 2. Please come and see me if you would like a more thorough explanation. We have had several practice tests so the children are familiar with the test format and they seem happy to show us how much they have learnt. I am already really impressed by the progress they have been making in their reading. Please encourage your child to do as much home reading as possible over the next few weeks.


Next week will also see the start of the transition period to Year 2. All of 1R2 will be staying together and moving into miss Durn’s class. She has heard lots of lovely things about our class and can’t wait to meet them! Like this year, the children will still have the chance to mix with their friends in other classes during Read Write Inc, maths lessons and play times.


Points to note:

Reports will be sent home in July.

Sport’s day is on Thursday 25th June.


Thank you for your continued support. 




Welcome back! I can’t believe the children are now in their final term of Year One!


The children are settling well to our new timetable. They are particularly enjoying our nurture time in the morning as it gives them the chance to express worries and solve any issues before heading to lessons. The class are also responding well to our new behaviour policy and we have already collected lots of house points. So far behaviour in 1R2 has been brilliant and everyone has stayed on yellow and agree and earned all their reward time.

Thank you for your support in signing and returning the behaviour agreement to school. If you haven’t yet done so, please bring these back as soon as possible.


As you are aware, our new topic is Wacky Races, meaning we will be learning all about different vehicles, movement and forces. The children produced some fantastic homework with great ideas for a go-kart and we are looking forward to putting these ideas into practise when designing and building our very own class go-kart. Later on in the term we will be competing against the other classes to see whose go-kart has the best design and is the fastest around a race track. Fingers crossed for 1R2! If you have any expertise in this area, please, please, share it with us, we would love to hear your ideas.


Since coming back to school the weather has been fantastic and the children have enjoyed playing out in the sun. I am hoping to move the classroom learning outside for several lessons. Please ensure your child comes to school with suntan lotion on when necessary and appropriate clothing such as shorts, sunglasses and a sun hat. Sun cream and water bottles can also be stored at school in case children need them throughout the day, but they must be labelled with your child’s name. Please be patient if your child temporarily misplaces jumpers, coats etc, they will turn up if clearly labelled with names and classes.


Our class now has an addition PE lesson during the week, so kit is need on Wednesdays and Thursdays.


Reading books are only changed once a week due to a very hectic timetable so please make sure children have their books in school on their reading day. If possible, encourage your child to bring their book bag every day.


As always, if you have any questions or concerns feel free to speak to any member of staff in our class.

Many Thanks

Miss Pugh & Miss Nunn

We are now half way through Year One and it is fantastic to see how much progress the children have made since September!


 Thank you for your continued support with reading and homework, last week’s cooking homeworks were particularly brilliant!  Please let me know if you have any cooking expertise you would like to share with the class.



We are already well underway with our new topic ‘the world’s kitchen’. Year One have chosen to study Japan and we are now experts in sushi making! Come in and look at our photographs. We are now working hard on writing our instructions and will be making a video for you to use at home. We have also made some Japanese decorations including fish, Japanese blossom tree pictures and origami birds ready to decorate the hall for school’s Japanese school dinner in a few weeks.


This week we have also been enjoying learning about Harry Potter for World Book Day. Ask us about the potions and stories we have been writing!



Mathematics and Read Write Inc lessons are still going well and we have now introduced extra daily phonics lessons to prepare us for the summer phonics screening test. More information on this will be provided in parent’s evening on 26th March.



PE is still on a Wednesday and lessons may be indoor or outdoor so please ensure your child has appropriate kit for all weathers. Please remember to label any new kit with children’s names as some children still haven’t yet mastered the art of keeping their belongings in one place!


Reading books are changed once a week, however book bags are useful in school everyday for letters etc.  Gruffalo group have their books changed on Mondays, Hungry Caterpillars and Rainbow fish on Tuesdays, Elma group on Thursdays and Mr Men group on Fridays.


As always, if you have any questions or concerns feel free to speak to any member of staff in our class.


Many Thanks

Miss Pugh & Miss Nunn

1R2 Newsletter January 2015

The children have just returned to school full of tales of exciting Christmas Adventures. Thankfully they have returned calmly, well rested and ready to learn! I’ve been really impressed by their holiday homework and the children are already proving to be experts on the Ancient Egyptians. This half term we are going to be learning all about Tutankhamun and we have already completed our own excavation and dug up some ancient Egyptian treasure buried in the ground. We will also be learning about Pyramids and will be trying to build our own out of clay, sugar cubes and construction bricks. We will learn about the Egyptians Pharaohs and will be dressing up as Pharaohs to enjoy our very own Egyptian feast. We are also hoping to go on a trip to a museum to learn some fantastic facts about the Egyptians.

We are also ready to build on the fantastic progress we have been making in Read Write Inc and we are excited to start that our maths groups will be taught by a different year one teacher to last term.

Our class is particularly excited this half term as we are being taught by a lovely  student teacher Miss Paterson and we are keen to impress her with our knowledge and brilliant behaviour. We have also been joined by a new teaching assistant Miss Nunn who is an expert on Egypt as she has lived there for a couple of years.

Feel free to come in and ask any of the staff about our learning and progress this half term.

Welcome to Class 1R2!


We have now settled in brilliantly to year one and are making our teachers very proud.


Last half term we learnt about ‘crazy climates’ and found out about different types of weather around the world. We enjoyed acting as a weather reporter in the role play area and keeping a diary of the weather in Leeds. We can also now name all the continents and oceans of the world. We particularly liked learning about what it is like in Africa and Antarctica and finding out about the animals that live there. We also learnt about seasonal change, enjoying autumn art activities such as making hedgehogs and owls and printing with leaves.

Just before the holiday we had loads of fun learning about and celebrating Diwali and Halloween. We got to dress up in scary costumes and stay late at school for a disco!


After a well-earned week off, we came back to school excited to share our research on Robin Hood for our new topic ‘Royals and Rebels’. We have already had great fun dressing up as Knights and Princesses and playing in the castle. We have produced some fantastic writing about Robin Hood and have learnt lots of facts about what life was like in the medieval times. In art we have designed coats of arms and made crowns and we are beginning to look at portraits of Kings and Queens. We are excited to learn more about our topic and we can’t wait to share our knowledge in a book we are making, which will be displayed at the Royal Armouries.


This week we were thrilled to learn it’s friendship week and we have had lots of laughs dressing up with our friends and having our photos taken in the photo booth.



* Please ensure your child brings their book bag and reading book to school every day as their reading day may change.

* PE is on Wednesdays so please make sure they have appropriate clothing and footwear in school. Please also help the children to look after their belongings by labelling their clothes with their names.

* Homework is issues on Fridays and must be returned by Wednesdays.

Thank you.