Year One


Dear Parents,

Welcome back to the new school year. We have a busy term ahead and we are all excited to get started.

For the rest of this year Ms Kelly will be teaching St David’s with Mrs Evans and Ms Golub as the Teaching Assistants. St John Bosco will continue to be taught by Miss Gavure with Mrs Joseph as the Teaching Assistant. We are also fortunate that Mrs Perry will be adding some extra teaching capacity on a Tuesday and Wednesday to both Year 1 classes.



Reading continues to be a priority in Year 1. We ask that you read with your child daily for up to 20 minutes and record what they have read in their Reading Records. Children should read aloud to an adult, tackling unknown words by carefully sounding out and then blending the sounds together. Your help really will make a difference.

We will ensure that we read individually with your child at least twice a week and change their reading books as frequently as is needed.

They will also be taking a reading for pleasure book of their choice home. Your child does not have to be able to read this independently and consequently they may choose a difficult or detailed book. This is for you and your child to enjoy. You could read it to them or they can just enjoy the pictures and the experience the pleasure you get from spending time with a book.



We have changed how homework happens in Year 1. Homework will still be handed out weekly on a Thursday and should be returned on a Tuesday. However, at the start of every term you will find a list of homework task in your child’s book. There will be a choice of up to 8 activities and your child should choose one to do every week.

Weekly spellings will focus on the high frequency words that your child will need in their writing. Spellings will be at the back of the homework book and should be learnt for a testing on a Friday.



Our main P.E. lessons will now be on a Friday morning and taught by our P.E. specialist Mr M Maher. This term these sessions will be indoor, focusing on developing gymnastic skills.

We will also be offering a second PE session, focusing on ball skills, which will be outdoors. Please ensure that P.E. kits are in school and that all items are named. I have attached the school uniform list for your convenience.


Dates for your Diary

  • 18th January 2018 – St John Bosco School trip – Environmental Centre
  • 5th February 2018 – St David’s School trip – Environmental Centre

As always, if you have any concerns or questions please do come and see one of the team. It can be a little difficult to talk in the mornings as the children are coming in, but we are more than happy to arrange a mutually convenient time. This can be done by asking us or by contacting the school office.

Thank you for your support,

Yours sincerely,

St David’s Class Teachers:

Fiona Kelly


St John Bosco Class Teacher:

Vimbai Gauvre