Newsletter 1 (9th September2016)

Class One News

Friday 9th September 2016

A big hello to all new parents of children in Class One and to existing parents of our older Year One children: we hope you all had a wonderful summer holiday (and a restful one too!)

We have thoroughly enjoyed our first full and very busy week at school: the children seem to be settling in and are already getting used to the various routines of the school day. It will take time for these little people to adjust, so expect some very tired children!

It was lovely to share with you what happens in Class One at our ‘Meet the Teachers’ meeting yesterday. We hope you found the information provided useful and that those thoughts and questions were answered. However, if you went home and thought “I wish I asked…..” then please don’t hesitate to pop in after school and speak to one of us, or leave a message in the little pink reading diary in your child’s book bag.

We hope that this fortnightly newsletter will provide a little insight on what the children have been doing in school and what they may be doing over the following weeks. Occasionally, homework may be set with little tasks: these may help your child with a specific topic or area of the curriculum at home, or extend their learning.

Next week our focus will be on friendship and sharing, with a fishy tale from the author Marcus Pfister and a Bible story from the New Testament.


Each week our children will be concentrating on correctly forming a letter of the alphabet and its accompanying sound. In class we like to set up a sound table where the children can bring in items beginning with the letter in question, and earn some very important ‘Well Done’ stars.

Next week’s first handwriting long ladder sound will be ‘Ll’, followed by ‘Ii’ the week after. Please remember to bring in items beginning with the letter “L” on Monday which will be kept in school until Friday (don’t send in anything too precious).

Also, linked to the ‘Read, Write Inc scheme, handwriting sheets will be sent home. These are used for practise and need not be returned to school.

We hope your child has enjoyed sharing their ORT pre-readers with you. The children are quickly picking up the six character’s names, enabling them to share and make up some exciting stories. If possible, we like to encourage all parents to practise listening to their child read for five minutes every night.

Each morning your child will be involved in a quick 15 minute warm up session to get them ready for learning. Each day the focus changes and is linked to the seven areas of the EYFS. On Mondays our warm up session will be called ‘Magazine Monday’, linked to Literacy and Social Development. Every Monday we are asking children to bring into school a comic, magazine, book or poster to share with their friends. (anything your child loves to read!)

Year One

This term our children in Year one are focusing on building their confidence to spell words independently and to write key words. Shortly your child will bring home with them a spelling booklet. Practise at home makes perfect!  We will be playing games to reinforce these words in school and the children will be rewarded for their accuracy.


Finally, please remember that P.E. kits are to be kept in school until you feel they may require washing. We have P.E. on Tuesdays and Dance on Thursdays, but sometimes extra sessions may occur..

Please remember to sew or write names clearly into all new clothing (P.E. kits and uniforms) and over the weekend it would be a good idea to remind your child where they can find their name in their clothes.

Have a lovely weekend,

Mrs. O’Sullivan and Mrs. Turner

  • Kilby St Mary's Church of England (Aided) Primary School,
  • Main Street, Kilby, Wigston,
  • Leicester,
  • LE18 3TD
  • Tel: 0116 2402434
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