Victorian School Day Letter

Dear Parents,

Our history rich learning theme for after half term is ‘Way Back When’, where we will be learning all about the past and how life was for children in the Victorian times compared to life today. Our history learning will include finding out about the life of Queen Victoria and comparing her to the life of Queen Elizabeth II.

To launch our new theme and inspire the children’s learning, we will be transforming our classrooms into a Victorian school. This will involve dressing up and role-play to immerse ourselves in the time-period. We invite your child to come into school dressed as a Victorian child on Tuesday 5th November.

Examples of typical Victorian style clothing can be found below:

If you have any further questions please speak to your child’s class teacher.



Term 1 Week 6


This week we have introduced the children to the subject of history and what it means. We started off by talking about their own personal history and wrote about how they have changed since being born. They also wrote about what they would like to be able to do when they get older. Watching what they want on TV and going to bed really late was very popular!


In maths this week, the children turned their focus to addition to 20. This involved learning about the part part whole method which will help when they look at the relationship between addition and subtraction.

We will be continuing with addition to 20 and beyond next week. If you would like to continue learning at home please visit the website below and select number bonds to 10 and 20.


We have now moved onto phase 4 in phonics. The children learned about what consonants and vowels are. This included making CVCC and CCVC words.






Have a wonderful weekend,

Mr O’Boyle and Mrs Simmonds

Term 1 Week 5

Year 1 have continued their learning using the ‘Tiger Who Came to Tea’ text. This week, we have been writing descriptive sentences to describe what happens in the story and what the tiger looks like. We are continuing to work on letter formation which has included cursive writing for the letters l,i,t,u,y,j and f. If you would like to continue practising these letters at home, please see the attached sheet.

Handwriting sheet

Within maths, we have been learning about more than and less than. This has involved comparing quantities of amounts and using the language of equal to, more than, less than (fewer), most and least.  We enjoyed playing interactive Nrich games that linked to our learning. To access these at home please visit:         (Your child has been given a handout to record their game on).

Next week our learning will have a history focus where we will be discussing how we have changed since birth and how we will change in the future including our ambitions.

Have a wonderful weekend,

Mrs Simmonds and Mr O’Boyle



Term 1- Week 4

We have been reading the ‘Tiger Who Came to Tea’ in English this week. We wrote detailed shopping lists for Sophie and her mum to replace the food that the tiger ate. This included using adjectives to describe the food. With Mrs Williams and Mrs Barnes, we continued using adjectives to describe the tiger in a role on the wall. We will be using this next week to write a character description.

Within maths, we focused on how many ways we can represent numbers. This included using counters, pictures, words and digits. If you would like to continue your learning at home please visit:

Our curriculum newsletter is now live on the website. If you would like to have a look at it, please click on the link below:

Unfortunately our resident hedgehog has decided to move on. We put out a wildlife camera to see what happens in our KS1 garden over night and found that we get many visitors! Here is a snippet of Mr Fox: DSCF0036

Have a wonderful weekend,


Mrs Simmonds and Mr O’Boyle

Term 1 Week 3

In English this week, we have been learning about labels. This has linked to our science where we have been labelling body parts.

We have also been painting our portraits with Mrs Williams and Mrs Barnes this week. Some are now proudly on display in our classrooms.

In maths this week, we have been understanding the concept of 1 more and 1 less.

If you would like to continue your learning at home please visit:

Our phonics has focused on the phonemes ai, ee, igh and oa. If you would like to continue your phonics learning at home please visit: 

You will need to select phase 3 then the phoneme you would like to practise.

Have a wonderful weekend,

Mrs Simmonds and Mr O’Boyle


Term 1 Week 2

This week we have been making time capsules all about ourselves. These are going to be sealed and can be opened up again when we are in Year 6. Inside the time capsules is information about what our favourite things are, a picture of what we look like now and a piece of string showing how tall we are.

In maths this week, we have been sequencing numbers to 20 and beyond. To continue learning at home please visit:

Year 1 have now been set new bug club log ins. Please look in the back of your child’s learning log for their details. The school code is akxa. Your child has been set a series of books to read this term. New books will be set at the beginning of next term so please spread them out as suits. It is expected that children read at least 5 times a week. This can be their LRC book, independent school book (that is changed twice a week), bug club book and any other reading materials from home. If your child reads 5 times they will be rewarded with a SMART spot.

Have a wonderful weekend,

Mrs Simmonds and Mr O’Boyle

Home Learning Term 1 Week 1

We have been so impressed with how smoothly the children have transitioned into Year 1. In maths this week, we have been reading and writing numbers to 20 in digits and words. In English, we have been writing a recount about our summer holidays.

For your first home learning challenge we would like you to:

   Share a special memory from the past and understand ‘why’ it is special to you.

This can include bringing in an object, certificate or photograph. We will be writing about our special memory in the W/C 9th September. If you would like to email your photograph to your class teacher, please see the addresses below-   

Spellings and bug club home learning will be set next week. Reminders of log ins will be given out.

Have a wonderful weekend,

Mrs Simmonds and Mr O’Boyle