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smiley A very warm welcome to Year One smiley




Meet the Team


Miss Wain - Maple Class Teacher

Miss Daniel - Oak Class Teacher

Miss Fitzgibbon - GSA SCITT Trainee Teacher

Mrs Hosker - Teaching Assistant

Miss King - Teaching Assistant

Miss Maitland - Teaching Assistant

Mrs Hawker - Reading Teacher

 Mrs Barrs and Mr Gooch - PPA Cover Teachers




Year 1 – Dates for your Diary


WC 12th February– Whole School RE Week

Wednesday 31st January  - Local Walk (info to follow)

Friday 16th February – World Culture Day


Bug Club has been updated!

Maple Class have received their new logins and passwords today!

If you're having trouble using it, let Miss Wain or Miss Daniel know.

Maple Class: Your username is your first name with a capitial letter and the first initial of your last name (with a couple of exceptions due to children in school with the same forename and initial.)

e.g. Missw

and everyone's password is maple. 


Oak Class: Your username is your first name (no capitals) and the first initial of your last name (with a couple of exceptions due to children in school with the same forename and initial.)

e.g. missd 

and everyone's password is oak.


Happy Reading!






Where do you live?

The topic this half term is 'Where do you live?'. We will be finding out about the local legend Robin Hood. We will look at Beeston, Nottingham and the United Kingdom. We will also look at the changes that have happened in  the last five years in Beeston.

What are we learning this week?

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This week we are learning about measuring length and height.




Introduction to Non-Standard Measurement for Kids: Using Paper Clips to Measure



This week we are learning about poetry. We will be reading and performing poetry, writing list poems, and learning about rhyming words (even though not all poems have to rhyme!)


Miss Wain LOVES poetry! Below, is her favourite poem by Michael Rosen.

And a fun rhyming game!

Chocolate Cake - Kids' Poems and Stories With Michael Rosen

This poem comes from 'Quick Let's Get Out of Here' (Puffin Books). Michael Rosen performs a series of poems titled 'Poems And Stories About My Family'. The poems are all taken from Michael Rosen's books and this series of performances was produced by Joe Rosen. Check out Michael's website for news, updates and fun.

Exercise, Rhyme and Freeze | Rhyming Words for Kids | Exercise Song | Jack Hartmann

Rhyme with Jack and each time the words rhyme exercise with Jack. If the words don't rhyme freeze each time. This is a fun freeze and exercise song with rhyming words. Lyrics Everybody up!

Art and DT 5.2.18


This week, following our visit to see the famous 'Bee Man' sculpture of Beeston, we will be designing and making a new sculpture for our home town. 


You could talk about your ideas with your grown ups at home!

What are we Learning this term?

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Letters Home

Reading in Year 1


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At John Clifford, we believe that reading is very important. We allow the children to engage in reading in a number of ways, including:


- daily whole class story time

- children being able to choose their own reading book

- open reading mornings and afternoons

- reading buddy classes

- guided reading sessions

- access to a range of text types in the classrooms for children to choose to read. 


We ask that to support your child with their reading that you read with them at least three times a week at home. For each time your child reads at home, they are rewarded with a class bee token to put towards their hive total. 


We are always looking out for reading volunteers too to help read with children at school. If you have the time to spare, please see Mrs Laud who will be able to give you some more information. 



Year 1 Reading National Curriculum Key Objectives

Reading Targets


Your child is given reading targets as part of their guided reading sessions. Their targets are discussed with them. You can see what your child has been working on at school by taking a look at their reading target sheet in their Reading Diary. Please feel free to tick when you see these targets being used at home too. smiley


We teach phonics discretely for 20 minutes each day. Phonics is them applied through reading and writing lessons so that they children have lots of opportunities to apply their knowledge. Take a look at some important information about phonics below.

The Phonemes of the English Alphabet Code - Synthetic Phonics

Writing in Year 1

In Year 1 we encourage the children to write at every opportunity. They may be writing in a book, in sand, with chalk on the playground. It may be guided, modelled, free written. We believe that that more opportunities and experiences they encounter with writing, the more confident they will become as writers. 

Year 1 Writing National Curriculum Key Objectives

Maths in Year 1

In Year 1, we teach Maths through strands in the National Curriculum 2014. You can find links to websites and videos below which we have used in the classroom. Just click on a paint splat! smiley

Year 1 Maths National Curriculum Key Objectives

Weekly Maths Task


Each week we will be setting a 'Math Task' for your child to complete at home. The task will be a skill to practise or a follow up activity to a lesson they have had. We will not be asking for homework to be returned to school but hope that you and your child will continue to practise these important skills. 

What can you do to help?

Here are a few ideas for activities that you and your child can do at home together. We'll keep adding ideas as we come across them to. If you find something great which you and your child really enjoy, let us know! 

Science in Year 1

Year 1 Science National Curriculum Key Objectives

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