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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

 Miss Winfield and Mr Gooch - PPA Cover Teachers


Dates for your Diary


Tuesday 5th September - INSET day

Wednesday 6th September - Back to School smiley

Tuesday 12th September 3.40pm - Meet the Teacher  

Tuesday 19th September - Individual photograph day

Sunday 24th September - Mini Marathon

Wednesday 8th October - Harvest Service

Monday 16th & Wednesday 18th October - Parent's Evenings

Friday 20th October - INSET 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 MissDaniel 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 you 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!






Meet the Teacher 12th September Information Power point

What can you do over half term?

Week commencing 23.10.17


You can practise your number bonds to 10. Use these games to help you.



I Know My Number Bonds 10 | Number Bonds to 10 | Addition Song for Kids | Jack Hartmann



You could create a diary about what you have done during your half term holidays.


Remember to use capital letters, full stops and finger spaces when writing your sentences!


STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths)

We have a big STEM project coming up over the next few weeks! As an introduction we have been having dancing spider races in our classes!

Watch the video to see how to recreate them at home!

Dancing Spider Races

for more information and full directions ---

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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