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Year 1

Welcome to Year 1!

Fiennes, Da Vinci, Dickens and Blake

The Year One team


Kirk Campus


Dickens Class: Miss Foyle is the class teacher and year group leader and Mrs Smith is the teaching assistant. 


Blake Class: Miss Gibbs is the class teacher and Miss Stenning is the teaching assistant.


King Campus 


Fiennes Class: Mrs Francis-Pollin is the class teacher and Miss Venters is the teaching assistant.


Da Vinci Class: Mrs Murphy is the class teacher and Miss Marriner is the teaching assistant. 


Important Information



This half term, PE will be held once a week however it is suggested that PE kits stay in school all week as other activities may crop up.  Children will need a change of shoes for PE, either trainers or plimsolls. As the weather is turning colder, it is also suggested that children have a tracksuit in their PE bags to wear if they go outside. PE days for each campus are as follows;

Kirk: Wednesday

King: Thursday


Forest School

Year 1 will have Forest School this half term. King campus will be on a Wednesday morning and Kirk campus will be on a Thursday morning. Each class will alternate weeks so your child will have a Forest School lesson every other week. As lessons are in the morning, on their Forest School day, children may come to school dressed in warm, waterproof clothing and wellies and then bring their school uniform in a bag to change into afterwards. Lessons will take place on the following dates;

Da Vinci: 05.01.22, 19.01.22, 02.02.22. 

Dickens: 06.01.22, 20.01.22, 03.02.22.

Fiennes: 12.01.22, 26.01.22, 09.02.22.

Blake: 13.01.22, 27.01.22, 10.02.22.

Please keep an eye out for emails, messages via the school app and notes in the classroom window for any changes to dates as well as reminders of your child’s lesson.


Home Learning

Reading: Please read with your child as often as possible at home and record in their home school book. These are checked daily. Please aim to read with your child at least 4 times over the course of a week. Children will receive a raffle ticket for each week that they read 4 times or more and this will be put into a prize draw.

All children are encouraged to take part in our school wide reading challenge, which can be completed over the whole school year. This will give children the opportunity to read a range of genres and develop their pleasure for reading. The reading challenge can be found on the school website.



The Tiger who came to tea.

Commencing Tuesday 4th January, we will begin a 3 week project based around the popular story book ’The Tiger who came to tea’. This project will have an English, Science,  DT and Art focus with the children writing their own version of the story as well as creating their own animal puppets which they will use to retell their story. Children will bring home a separate home learning and vocabulary sheet for this project. 

Fire Fire

Commencing Tuesday 25th January, we will begin a 5 week project called ‘Fire Fire’ which will have a History, English and Art focus. Children will become Historians, travelling back in time 356 years to learn all about The Great Fire of London. They will learn about the chronological events of the fire, including the impact of the fire and subsequent changes that were made to fire safety. Children will continue to develop their writing skills during this project, in particular their sentence writing, use of punctuation and application of phonics.  They will apply their writing skills by producing a newspaper report and diary entry. To launch our project we have arranged for drama company to visit the school to put on special themed workshop for the children. Additionally, as part of this project, we will be having a special themed day where children will take part in a range of activities and are invited to come to school dressed as a person from the era of 1666. Further information to follow.  Children will bring home a separate home learning and vocabulary sheet for this project. 



We will be continuing to use Tapestry this year and we will be uploading pictures and videos of your children at school. Please continue to check your child’s profile to see updates of their time at school. Likewise, please do continue to upload photos and videos of what your child is getting up to at home. We will always make time for your child to share this with the class. 

Remote Learning 

Year 1 will use Tapestry as their platform for setting home learning to any children who are unable to attend school due to isolating. If we are notified that your child is not going to be attending school for a period of time, we will upload the learning that they would be completing in school to Tapestry for them to complete at home. Please check your child's Tapestry account daily for home learning. Your child's teacher is also contactable through Tapestry and will be more than happy to help with anything home learning related. Additionally, please do share pictures and videos with us of the home learning that your child is getting up to. 


Below, you can also find links to useful home learning documents. 


Dates for the diary 

January 2022

21st - Inset Day

25th - Great Fire of London Workshops for both campuses.



Please do speak to us if you have any queries or concerns. It can be a little tricky to speak on the door so it is advisable to write a note in your child’s home school diary or book an appointment though the office. Please be reminded that your child’s class teacher is your first point of contact.