Spring Bank Primary School

Autumn 1 Newsletter


Thursday 12th September 2019


Dear Parents/Carers,


Welcome to Year 1! We hope that you had a wonderful break, the children have had a great start to the year and are settling in really well. Here is some information you may find useful and an overview of the learning that will be taking place this half term.



PE is on Thursday and Friday.

Please ensure your child has a full PE kit in school (white t-shirt, dark shorts and trainers). It is also really helpful if these items are labelled with your child’s name, as sometimes the kits can get mixed up!


Reading Books

Please try to listen to your child read every day and sign their reading record book. When your child needs a new book they should put their book bag in the box in the classroom when they come in at start of the day and it will be changed. We will remind the children about this system over the next few weeks.

In addition, we will hear the children read in group guided reading sessions at least once a week with books and questions matched to the abilities of each group. We also have volunteers that come into school who will listen to the children read, so please can you ensure that they have their book bag in school everyday.

Our class library day is Monday at lunchtime. The children are able to go and select a book after they have had their lunch before they go out to play.



In Year 1 and 2 the doors open at 8.55. In order to encourage the children to become more independent and to avoid congestion, we would ask that parents/carers do not come into the cloakroom unless you need to speak to a member of staff. Thank you.


End of the day

Please inform a member of Year 1 staff if your child is going home with someone other than yourself, for easier transition at the end of the day.



This half term our topic is “Doctor, Doctor”.

Science – we will be identifying and naming body parts and exploring our senses.

Art – self portraits.

DT – making fruit salads.

History – we will be finding out who Mary Seacole and Florence Nightingale were and why they are important people.




Spelling Shed

This year we will be introducing Spelling Shed to the children. This is an app that you can download onto a device and can be used to help with spelling. We will set a spelling list every couple of weeks for the children to work on. These lists may be linked to the sounds that we have been focusing on in class or the key words that we will be learning to spell this year. For GDPR reasons a consent form will be sent home before we can add your child to the programme.


If you have any questions please do not hesitate to ask.



Yours Faithfully,


Caroline Mitchell

Krissy Killgriff

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