Spruce Class (Year 1)

Spruce Class (Year 1)

Spruce Class Curriculum Map – 2018/2019

Welcome to Year One!

February letter

Dear parents/carers,

I hope your children have enjoyed their first half term with a different teacher – we have been a very busy class and are ready for a well-earned rest! It can be unsettling for some to have a new teacher part way through the year and the children have dealt with the transition very well. There are just a couple of things I wanted to update you on before half term.

Outdoor Learning

Following our outdoor English lesson the other day (which we really enjoyed) we are going to make it our aim to go outside for more lessons next term. If the children require wellies for an outdoor lesson, we will let you know via the app and I will remind the children verbally the day before. Hopefully, as the weather improves, we will not require our wellies to go down to the wooded area. We are so lucky to have great outdoor facilities and it would be great if we can make the most of them.

Reading at School

A couple of parents have queried the frequency of their child’s reading in school. As the class teacher my aim is to listen to one half of the class one week and the other half the following week. During the week we are lucky enough to have volunteers in class who usually cover listening to all the children in the class on a 1:1 basis, therefore, your child should be listened to in school at least once a week. Reading is incorporated into most lessons plus the children have a ½ hour group guided reading session a week. The majority of the reading practise should be done at home with the ‘scheme’ reading books – we suggest around 4 times a week please. We are always welcome of volunteers in school, whether it is for a one off session or more frequently .


Some children have been asking me if they can do some extra work at home. I do not routinely set homework, however, I am happy to send some work home if the children request it. Please do not feel that this is mandatory though. Recently, we have been working on spelling the words of the numbers to 20, the days of the week and the months of the year – these are all tricky – therefore, I have printed off some practise sheets for these and the children who would like to do these over the half term are most welcome.


Every Monday, the website is updated for the previous week so we can share with you what we have been up to in class. Some children have said their parents have had issues when accessing the page. Please visit the main website the website update is under the ‘We have been learning about’ tab next to the main class page. Please do let me know if you are having trouble accessing this and I am happy to show you where the page is.

Important Dates

26th March – Bee Bot workshop with STEM Cumbria (AM)

25th April – Outdoor learning day with Tim Deighton

TBA – Y1 class assembly



A letter from Mrs Stephenson, our new teacher in Spruce class from January 2019!

Dear parents and carers,

It has been lovely getting to know your children over the last few weeks and I am really looking forward to teaching them in the New Year. Our classroom will be open for an informal ‘Meet the Teacher’ session straight after school on Monday 14th January if you would like to come and say ‘Hi’, however, don’t worry if you are unable to make this as I am available after school most days to chat. Communication is very important so please don’t hesitate to come and see if me you or your child have any concerns or questions at any point during the remainder of the school year. We continue to welcome any parent helpers in to the class, whether this is for a ‘one off’, occasional or regular basis. Please let me know if you wish to help.

In the first half of the term, our English focus will be fantasy stories followed by poetry and information texts. In Maths, we will continue to work on number and place value and we will be introducing position and direction to the children. In Science, we will be learning about living things, their environment and life cycles and we will be becoming familiar with an atlas as our Geography focus. We will also be preparing the children for the Phonics screening assessment in the summer, more information regarding this will be sent to you closer to the time.

Mrs. Bannister will continue to support the children in their learning as well as community, student and parent volunteers who will listen to the children read. Outdoor PE will be held on a Thursday afternoon (with Friday as an alternative if the weather is unpleasant) and indoor PE will be on a Tuesday afternoon. Please can your child always have a full PE kit in school and please name all items. For outdoor PE your child will need supportive outdoor trainers (preferably with a Velcro fastening).

‘Scheme’ reading books will continue to be sent home each day and it would be brilliant if the children could please enjoy some time reading to an adult at home at least 4 times each week, if possible. Enjoying reading is so very important at this age and simply the more practise they have, the more skilled they will become! If you find your child is a reluctant reader, little and often might be a good idea. In addition to the ‘scheme’ reading book, your child will bring an ‘own choice’ book home each evening that they have chosen from the class library. This is meant to be shared and enjoyed together, with the adult reading for the most part.

I intend to update the class page on the website as often as possible so please visit to see what we have been up to in Spruce Class!

Our aim is to make Year One as enjoyable and memorable as possible and I am really looking forward to the rest of the school year and working with you and your children.

I hope you all have a restful Christmas and a happy New Year!

Kind Regards,

Mrs. Stephenson


If you are able to help with any of the below please let us know:

  • School events
  • Accompanying children on visits from school
  • Activities in the classroom, for example reading, cooking, art and craft, please give an indication of when/how often
  • PTFA/Community events
  • Something else________________________________________________________