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Year R/1: Sweet Chestnut, Horse Chestnut, Maple

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Mrs Harris - Sweet Chestnut


Mrs Reay and Mrs Baker - Horse Chestnut


Mrs Flack - Maple


Reception and Year 1 Weekly Update

Reception and Year 1 Weekly Update

Friday 25th September


We have all had a fantastic week and have enjoyed exploring the new track with our classes. This week the children have had fun finding out interesting facts about each other.


PE with Plymouth Argyle for Year 1:

For the next three Wednesdays the Year 1 children will be receiving football coaching from Plymouth Argyle. This will take place within the school day. Children MUST have appropriate foot wear (trainers not football boots) and clothing as they will be going outside for their football session no matter what the weather! They will need their raincoat and please make sure they have a change of clothes on their peg in case they get very wet and muddy. Each class will also have the opportunity to join one after school club session. You will receive an email about this the week before your child’s class club session is due to take place.


Bike to School Week:

Bike to School Week is a week-long event across the UK from 28th September to 2nd October 2020. We are taking part in this event, as we are keen to promote the positive impact that an active lifestyle can have on pupils' health and wellbeing. Don’t forget the Park & Stride scheme - you can park at Splash and cycle to school from there.


Next week we will be holding a competition to find out which Year R/1 class had the most children bike, scoot or walk to school each day!  


General reminders:

  • Children need to wear comfortable shoes that are practical for outside play and sports activities. Please don’t send your child to school wearing lace up shoes or buckles until they can manage these independently. It is also important that your child does not wear sandals or strappy summer dresses as we may do PE at any point throughout the week.
  • Water bottles should contain water only please.
  • Please could all children have a pair of wellies to keep in school. Our bottom playground can get very wet (and muddy) as the weather starts to turn more autumnal.
  • Book bags need to be in school every day. (Year R we will let you know when to start bringing your book bag).
  • Please label all clothing with your child’s name (if they have clothing that has been passed on from a friend or sibling, please make sure the label clearly says your child’s name and not someone else’s!


This week we are starting a new phonics scheme called ‘Read Write Inc.’ There will be more information to follow soon. We look forward to introducing your child to Fred the Frog! If your child comes home talking about ‘Fred talk’ it means they are starting to sound out words.


School Council:

The Year 1 children have the opportunity to be elected as a school councillor. If your child is keen to do this, they will need some support at home to complete their manifesto, which needs to be returned to their class teacher by Wednesday 30th. All of the children that have shown an interest in this have been given a manifesto form to fill in. The class will then listen to the manifesto’s anonymously and vote to decide a Year 1 councillor for each class.



For children who may be starting to miss home, we would like to recommend a book called ‘The Invisible String’ by Patrice Karst. We have read it to the children and believe it is one approach to overcoming the fear of separation in a warm and delightful story which teaches that we are always connected to the people we love. If you would like to share this story with your child please use the link below:


Have a lovely weekend,


Year R/1 Team




Keeping Safe Posters (made by each class).

Horse Chestnut

Sweet Chestnut Class - first week of learning

Maple Class - first week of learning

Coming into School Yr R & Yr 1

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