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Welcome to Oak class

Welcome to year One! I hope you all had some time to relax and enjoy family time during the holiday. I can’t believe how fast the new year has come around. The children look so grown up and have settled into new routines quickly and happily.

The Oak class team this year includes me, Miss Carter, Mrs Timmis and Mrs Mason.

For children new to KS1 there will be changes to the routines and expectations. The children are encouraged to and are expected to take more responsibility for their belongings including taking responsibility for changing their home reading book. Although the children will still learn through play we will also be encouraging children to be independent in their learning and working towards the children being able to complete tasks unaided. The behaviour policy and expectations are as reception and there is a zone board in the classroom.  The children will bring home a reading book to record daily reading at home, this can also be used to write notes to myself, we will expect and encourage the children to bring the book to one of the adults if there is a note that you would like us to read. Similarly we will tell the children to show the book to you if we have put a note in for you to read.

A typical day in KS1 will be more structured than reception. It is important that the children are in school by 8.50am so that we are all ready to learn.

PE will be on Monday and Thursday. Thank you for sending PE kits on the first day back, they will bring them home at each half term. Should you wish to take them home at weekends to wash please make sure their named PE kit are back in school for Monday’s PE session. Long hair needs to be tied up and earrings, if worn, should be of the stud type. We do at times, do P.E outside, trainers are more suitable than pumps There are no plans for forest fun this half term but waterproof coats, old clothes and wellies are always useful to have in school. We do use the outdoor environment in our day to day learning.


We expect the children to be reading at home daily whilst in school we will be working with target groups however all children will be heard in school at least once a week by an adult. Remember reading at home does not need to be confined to school books, it is good for children to have experience of reading various types of text, fiction, non-fiction, magazines, comics – (do they still make them?),sport reports etc. The children will have the opportunity to change their book every day; they are responsible for this task.  


This half term the focus will be on number, place value, adding and subtracting, measure and shape, a busy half term is in store for our budding mathematicians


Phase 5 Phonics will be taught every day. In addition children will work on the aspect of phonics relevant to their needs. The children will also be practising cursive handwriting, spelling high frequency words and developing their sentence writing.


Our topic is Awesome Authors and Illuminating Illustrators.  Details attached. Early Years, Reception and Year 1 are using Julia Donaldson stories as base for our learning this half term.

As it is Roald Dahl’s 100th birthday year we will also be reading Georges Marvellous Medicine and will be visiting the theatre next half term.


For those new to KS1 we use learning logs as our homework. The first learning logs will come out on the 14th of September Children can record their learning however they want, if you are stuck for ideas come and look at the fantastic examples in the reception area of the school. The children who are familiar with learning logs really enjoy taking ownership of their learning and produce fantastic work!

If you want or need to speak to the Oak class team, in the mornings there will be someone on the playground to take messages but I will be available if you need to speak to me personally.  I am usually available after school. If it is after the children come in, Mrs Rolfe is usually available to take a message.

Finally, if you are able to volunteer or support in school we welcome and appreciate any time you are able to give.  In particular if anyone can spare a little time for reading we would be most grateful, just come and speak to any member of staff and let them know days and times you are available.


Thank you for your continued support.


Mrs Murray, Miss Carter and Mrs Timmis


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Cutnall Green C of E Primary School
School Lane
Cutnall Green
01299 851256