Cycle 3

We have had a very successful Cycle 2! This cycle, we have focused on becoming resilient, resourceful and independent learners. We have been working tirelessly to focus on reading as our target and have made excellent progress. Our attendance has been fantastic and we have won the attendance trophy several times. During Cycle 2, we have had the opportunity to take part in Greek Day, celebrate Pancake Day and much more – here are some photographs to capture Cycle 2:

Overview of Cycle 3:

English Skellig by David Almond


Diary entry



Mathematics Place value

Addition and subtraction

Multiplication and division



Science Forces


Topic The UK and London


PE Benchball

Football Training with Manchester United



  • PE takes place on Tuesdays and Thursdays – please remember the appropriate PE kit (children can bring tracksuit bottoms and a jumper to wear outside for football training)
  • Children must read every night and his/ her diary must be signed
  • Homework is given out on a Friday and must be handed in by Wednesday
  • Children are looking very smart – please ensure your child is wearing his/ her jumper and blazer every day

Don’t forget, our trip to The Houses of Parliament will take place on the first Tuesday back (Tuesday 27th February).

Thank you for your support. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask.

Miss Gilmore


Cycle 3

Our fantastic trip to Chester Zoo – February 2018

Cycle 3


Reception’s Key Texts this cycle are Yucky Worms by Vivian French and A Great Big Cuddle by Michael Rosen.


We are very excited to be having the opportunity to hatch ducklings during this cycle. The children will learn all about the life cycle of a duck. We hope this will be an unforgettable experience for the children.

Focus child

We have three focus children per class, per week. We record additional information on paper to be kept in the child’s folder in the classroom. Parents can contribute to this by bringing in or emailing photos to the Early Years email address. Examples of photos might be: A trip to the park, visiting family, swimming lessons. The photos may be used as prompts for your child to share news with the class or to write about. You will receive a letter when your child is selected as the focus child.


The children are sounding out simple words and then blending the sounds together to read the words, e.g mat, can, ship. Please practise this when reading with your child at home. Most children are beginning to write simple words using the sounds they know. Please encourage them to write at home aswell. Others are beginning to write simple sentences.


In Maths the children will be practising simple addition and subtraction, doubling and halving.

Always Rules

A reminder of the Always rules are:

  • Always have kind hands
  • Always have kind feet
  • Always have a kind mouth
  • Always follow the high five rules


The children in Reception are able to enjoy our outdoor area in all weathers. As the weather is now turning much colder and wetter please ensure your child has appropriate clothing in school including; a hat, gloves and a warm/waterproof coat. Wellies are essential!

  • Please ensure your child has a spare change of clothes at school in their bag at all times.
  • Please ensure your child has their reading book in school every day with a comment in their reading record book about their reading at home. Your child’s class teacher will read with your child at least once a week and change their book.
  • We aim to offer a range of snack options for the children, therefore we ask for a voluntary contribution of 50p per week to enable us to buy this. Please give this to your child’s class teacher every Monday.
  • If you would like to sign up to target tracker please ask your child’s teacher for a consent slip and we can invite you to join online. All you need is an email address! This is a lovely way for you to see comments and pictures about what your child is learning in school.





Cycle 3


Welcome to Year 1 Coral class! I am delighted to be teaching Year 1 this year and cannot wait to see every member of our class learn lots of new things and succeed every day! We are going to have so much fun in a warm, caring and creative environment. I am so happy to be your teacher! We will also have the wonderful Mrs. Richardson and Mrs. Walsh in our class to help us. They say a big warm hello and welcome too! See you soon, Mr. Bannister.

Note to parents:

Each child has been given a reading record for their reading book at home. It is important to date each day and sign your initials to let me know that your child has read with you. Reading books will be changed every Monday. By reading one book over one week, it will allow your child to become secure in their reading application.

Homework is given out on a Friday which will include literacy and numeracy. This must be handed in by the following Wednesday. It is preferred that parents read what the challenges are, with the child then completing the learning independently.

P.E. will be taught on Monday and Friday afternoons. The uniform for P.E. is: white t-shirt, black shorts, black pumps/trainers.


In Phonics, we will review previously taught sounds and practise these, before moving onto learning new sounds. We will apply our phonics skills to reading speed sounds, speed words and tricky words – and not forgetting our alien words! We will also focus on spelling and writing sentences.

In English, we will be reading and exploring two amazing books. The first book, ‘The Robot and the Bluebird will allow the children to sequence and retell a story set in a fantasy world. The second book, ‘The Snail and the Whale’ will allow the children to create a recount. Handwriting and spelling practise will be at the beginning of each lesson.

In Maths, we will be using our clever brains to practise lots of skills to apply in our lessons which will focus first on addition and subtraction and revisiting place value and using higher number. We will be practising counting in 2s, 5s and 10s every afternoon.

In Time for Reading, we will spending time together in small groups, reading a different text each week, answering questions as we focus on applying different reading skills. These small lessons will consist of one group spending time with their teacher each day.

In Science, we will be learning all about plants. We will observe and record our very own planted beans and describe how they grow. Then we will find out and describe how plants need water, light and a suitable temperature to grow and stay healthy.

In Geography, we will be learning all about Australia. We will name and locate the world’s seven continents and five oceans and understand geographical similarities and differences. Then we will be using world maps, atlases and globes to identify the country and surrounding oceans.

In Art, we will be learning to design and create our very own aboriginal paintings as well as a digeridoo! Using our learning from our Geography lessons, we will design, make and evaluate our art work – using artistic skills, terms and vocabulary.

In P.S.H.E., we will be continuing to work with Mrs. Walsh on our journey into Philosophy – asking key questions and learning how to listen to other pupils’ thoughts, and how to think in different ways. This will help our goals of building learning power.

In R.E., we will be learning about Jewish people and their beliefs, focusing on important and special items found in a Jewish house. Then we will learn about important and sacred activities undertaken throughout the week and year.

In P.E., we will be having a great time learning skills in two different lessons. On Monday, we will be doing Gymnastics and on Friday, we will be doing Physical Literacy. Both of these lessons will help us to become competent and confident movers.