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Year 1 Tawny Owls Newsletter – Autumn  September 2018 - Mrs Friday

Welcome to the beginning of a new and exciting year at Dry Sandford Primary School.

We are all very impressed with how well the children are settling in to their new classroom routine.

This term’s topic is Traditional Tales and Festivals. We will be learning ‘The Little Red Hen’ and we will be thinking about harvest. We will also be exploring other stories, for example we will be having the three bears’ cottage in our home corner. Within our topic there will be lots of focused activities to develop other areas such as, maths, science, and literacy to name a few and the children will have access to planned play-based activities and tasks throughout the day.


 We have outdoor learning in all weathers so please try to bring in named wellies, waterproofs etc. and try to apply suncream before they come to school for those warmer Autumn days. We will also be starting Forest School around week three and we will let you know more details about this as soon as possible.

Tawny Owls will also have PE sessions twice a week so please make sure your children have a named PE bag on their peg. The days for this could still change but they are likely to be Wednesday and Friday. We will confirm as soon as possible. It is handy to leave the PE bag at school for the week.

Helping your child at home

Children can still take a picture book home to share together which they can change every day from the box, which will be on the carpet. Children may also be still chosen to take home one of our special Golden Books to borrow. Will continue to have reading books sent home which will be changed on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays and we have guided reading groups throughout the week. It is ideal if you can read with your child everyday.

Here are some other examples of activities which will support your child’s learning:

  • Matching capital and lowercase letters together, e.g. using magnetic letters, cut out sheets, alphabet posters
  • Reading real and made up ‘alien’ words and discussing which are real e.g. chin zot the Phonics play website has some great resources for this.
  • Ordering, reading and writing the days and the week and months of the year
  • Forming letters correctly when writing cards and lists.
  • Sharing and making up stories or changing the endings of favourite stories
  • Reading all types of books including poetry, nonsense rhymes, fiction and non fiction
  • Reading tricky words and practising letter sounds
  • Practising different ways to make ten
  • Count out groups of objects in 2s, 5, 10,

Additionally the Tawny Owls may have spellings and open-ended fun homework challenges!

We believe that cooking, tasting and special creative activities are valuable learning experiences and in order to make this a regular activity we would appreciate a contribution of £2:00 in September, January and April to help to cover the cost.


We are also always grateful to receive materials for pictures and model making, den making in the garden etc., for example,

Large material, cardboard boxes, carpet tiles, cartons, wool, old Birthday cards, plant pots etc.

We will be sending out letters to keep you informed of what is happening as it comes up so look out for these, and feel free to talk to staff if you have any questions or concerns. These can also all be found on our website.

Thank you for your help and support in your children’s learning!

There will be a sign-up sheet going up this week, on the class room door for individual parent meetings next Thursday 13th September giving an opportunity to meet with me and talk more about your child and answer any questions you may have. Do come and see me if you would like an alternative day or time.


Finally, we love teaching your children so please bring them everyday as they can miss so much and attendance is monitored including late arrivals. Register closes promptly at 9:00 am. Please let the office know if you child can not attend and try to make appointments out of school hours where possible.

Thank you!

Mrs Friday and The Early Years Team