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World Book Day


It was wonderful to be able to celebrate World Book Day.  We all dressed as our favourite book character and brought in our favourite book. We all looked amazing!


We enjoyed sharing our books with our friends in the classroom. We had such a range of stories. 

We illustrated the poem 'I Opened a Book' by Julia Donaldson.


Here are some examples..


I think you will agree we have a few budding illustrators amongst us. 

Our Year 1 Toy Museum


We started our History topic "The History  of Toys" with a one day toy museum. We all brought in our favourite toys and wrote about why they are important to us. We had such a collection of different toys. We thought about the different materials that are used to make our toys and compared my old teddy with a newer one. We looked for clues about how we could tell how old they were. We did observational drawings of our toys too.


As part of our RE work we have been thinking about ways we can care for our environment. We have been making collections of things found in our natural environment; leaves, conkers, acorns, fir cones, sticks, moss and lots more. 

We used these objects to create clay faces on the trees. We all had a ball of a clay that we moulded onto the bark of a tree. We then used our collection of objects to create facial features. Here are some of the results....


Perky the Little Red Hen Visit


We have been learning the story of Little Red Hen. We had a real life chicken visit our classroom. Mrs Forrester brought Perky the hen in. We asked Mrs Forrester lots of questions about to care for a hen.


We got to feed and hold stroke Perky. She was very well behaved! Perky lives in Mrs Forrester's garden and had never visited a classroom before. 

Dear Parents and carers,


All the children have settled in so well and I could not be more proud. They have adjusted to the new routines brilliantly and are a very keen group of children.  We are all enjoying teaching them so much. They really are a credit to you.


Here are a few resources that you may find helpful to help your child at home.



Please read with your child ( this can be reading to your child or listening to your child ) for at least 20 minutes every day. 




The children have a 25 minute phonic session every day. This website is useful and helps you to know the set 1, 2 and 3 sounds and provides some useful links to help with pronunciation etc. 






I have also included the 100 high frequency words and common exception words that children in Year 1 will find useful. If your child is able to spell many of the words we send home you could choose a few of these each week in addition to the ones we send home in their homework book. However, please be reassured that the ones we send home are enough at this stage. Encourage your child to write a sentence containing the words they learn as often they can spell them in isolation but when writing a sentence they can often still be misspelt. 


I hope you find this helpful and if I can help in any other way please don't hesitate to contact me or grab me at the gate and we can arrange a time to talk.


Many thanks


Jo Page 



Please find some useful resources to help your child. 


We use Numicon in class and this website is helpful.





I have also enclosed a 100 square. You could practise counting forwards and backwards, looking for number patterns ( eg odds, evens) or covering a number and asking your child which number is missing and why. Encourage mathematical language such as I know the missing number is ...... because it is one more than, one less than etc. 


There are some fun games to play on this site  https://www.ictgames.com/


                                                     WELCOME TO YEAR 1!!!

We are so excited to be working with you all this year. You have all made an amazing start and we are so proud of the way you have adapted to the new classroom routines. We are going to have so many learning adventures over the next year. I can already see you are a class who are eager to learn!


I thought I would tell you a little bit about myself as I have learnt a few things about you over the last few days. 


I have been teaching for over 20 years. I taught at a school in Wokingham for many years before I came to Coley that was famous for its outdoor learning and creative approach to the curriculum. I love working outside and enjoy taking my lessons out into the school grounds. Some of my favourite places at Coley are the willow dome and the story circle. I love being surrounded by nature as I find it very calming. 

One of my favourite things is art. I love visiting art galleries and have actually seen Vincent Van Gogh's real sunflower painting at The Tate Britain. It wasn't as big as I had imagined but still beautiful.




One of my favourite art galleries is Louisiana Museum of Modern Art in Denmark. It is amazing and right by the sea. 


I also love to read and end everyday with a book. I set myself a challenge to read 60 books this year and I think I will manage to do it! I am on book 39 at the moments so over half way. My favourite book is called Wonder by R J Palacio and one of my favourite children's books is Mrs Pepperpot. 


Most of all I love spending time with my beautiful nephews. They range from age 4 all the way to age 16. They give me endless hours of fun and smiles and keep me up to date with what is cool and relevant ( I hope! )


I am sure we will learn a lot more about each other as the year progresses. 


Here are a few things to remember now you are in Year 1:

PE: We have outdoor PE on a Wednesday and Friday and indoor PE on a Thursday. Please bring your kit in on a Monday and take home on a Friday. Please make sure everything is named!


Reading records: Please continue to sign/write comments in their yellow reading records. 


Homework: Homework will be given out on a Friday and needs to returned the following Wednesday with 2 spelling activities and 1 maths activity completed.


Snacks: Please remember to provide your child with a healthy snack and water bottle every day. The children will be able to have a drink from their bottles in the afternoons as well. 


Lunches: Please remember to order your child a lunch if they are having a hot school dinner. If they are having a packed lunch please remember healthy foods only.





Thank you for your continued support and please remember if you have any questions or queries then don't hesitate to speak to us. 


Miss Page