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Spring Term Overview

A few pics from the last few weeks... Space, Remembrance Day, Art week and more...

Astro dome adventures

Thursday 14th October


What a half term we are having, it is flying by! The children have settled so well into Year 1 and all of our routines, so well done to them all.

As well as keeping lots of things similar to Reception, there are some changes this year which we have gradually introduced to the children and you may have heard about. A brief summary below should help with some of the things the children may have told you about.


House points - the children are all in houses (as per Sports day colours) and came in proudly wearing their colours last week. They can now earn house points throughout the week from any adult in school for good choices made. This could be for behaviour, learning or general good choices. The children put their own house points up on a chart in the classroom and Year 6 count them up at the end of each week ready for a house point assembly where the children can earn coloured badges depending on how many house points they have got. 


Our behaviour system is similar to last year. We have a 'Rainbow star' for fabulous achievements/good choices and a question mark if children need to think about the choices that they are making. This all relates to our school golden thread and children will be involved in a conversation about why they may be on the question mark and what choice would have been the right one to make. Children can be put on either at any point. 


Penny stamps - this is a Year 1 reward relating to writing. Each child has a writing target specifically for them which they all know. They all have a large pencil on the wall with a space for 10 'penny stamps'. They get one stamp each time they do a piece of writing where their target is achieved. Once they have 10, they get a small prize from a secret box!


Star of the week - chosen each week per class and shared in a school assembly on a Thursday. Certificate displayed and can be taken home the following week. 


Hope this helps!


As always, please feel free to contact us with any questions,


Best wishes,

The Year One team. 



Reading and phonics workshop

Wednesday 8th September


Welcome back to school for our Autumn term! It has been so lovely to see all of your lovely children back in school and joining us in Year 1! They have had a fabulous start with some great learning taking place already and lots of enthusiasm for the term ahead.

Below is a copy of our topic web for the Autumn term where you will be able to see the different areas we will be covering. Please also find a welcome letter with some more information about Year 1 in general.


As always, please email or call with any questions or queries you may have.

We look forward to working with you all throughout they year. 


Best wishes,


The Year 1 Team

Year 1 Autumn Topic web

Year 1 Autumn welcome letter

Thank you to those who attended the 'meet the teacher' meeting today in school or via zoom. We have attached the powerpoint for your perusal.

Contact the Opal Class Teachers

If you would like to contact Mrs Pollard or Mrs Wadey, please use the form below. Please note that the response time to this system of contact is three working days.