This week we have had a fantastic week in Year 1. We have begun learning about Romeo and Juliet and the children have been very excited taking part in drama activties. This is part of a RSC project with a cluster of local schools. The children learn much of the story ‘on their feet’ as it was written as a play to be performed. They have made some freeze frames of the Capulets and Montagues and taken some walks around Verona. They are doing some lovely writing too and we are so proud of them.

In maths, we have begun looking at our numbers to 20 and have been practising forming these correctly. Next week, we will be learning more about place value in the context of numbers to 20. We will talk about tens and ones. Some children continue to reverse the teen numbers e.g. 41 for 14. Learning about place value will help to reinforce the correct positioning of numerals.

Regarding the knowledge organiser sheet we recently sent home about our topic of materials, we hope these are proving useful in highlighting to you what the children will be learning in school. Any conversations or games you can play with your child to discuss the information about materials would be really helpful. They could go on a material hunt at home and find objecets made from wood, plastic, fabric etc. They could sort materials into opaque and transparent.

Thank you for your ongoing support with home reading. One or two children in each class are still regularly forgetting to bring their books in in the morning and, therefore, are unable to change their books. Please could you ensure that their books are put back into their bag each evening after you have read them together.

The NSPCC representative came back to school on Wednesday to do a special assembly thanking them (and you) for all the brilliant fundraising.



Thank you to all of those who attended the parent workshops this week. If you missed these the presentations and any resources will be available shortly on the website.

The children have had a lovely week finishing off their work on the three little pigs. They have produced some amazing writing using the story maps in class. Over the next two weeks the whole school will looking at Romeo and Juliet and the children will be taking part in a lovely range of drama, reading and writing activities.

In maths, we have been looking at shape and pattern and will be moving on to numbers to 20. At home, any counting or writing numbers to 20 games you can play would really help the children with their learning next week.

In topic, we will continue to look at materials and will also have a focus on PSHE next week as it is Anti-bullying week.

Please can we remind you about how important it is to read with your child daily and if not possible at least three times a week. From our experience we know how beneficial it is for children to have this exposure to reading. Also, it is really helpful if you could remind children to change their books and let one of the adults know if they have any important letters or notes in their book bags to give in. Thank you for all your support at home.


The children have been writing sentences this week about ‘The Three Little Pigs’. One thing that we have noticed is that some children are not making the letters with ascenders tall enough e.g. b, k or d. All letters need to sit on the yellow lines in their books but the tall letters need to go to the next black line up. If you have the chance to do some practise writing at home using the sheet that we handed out at our Open Evening, that would be really useful. The children are getting much better at remembering to use capital letters and full stops in their sentences. As a school we are having a focus this year on developing vocabulary. When the children write, we always discuss which vocabulary would be good to use. Often we act out new words e.g. cunning or ferocious.

In Maths, we have been using different methods to subtract e.g. drawing dots and then rubbing some out and using a number line. As part of a mastery curriculum for maths, we encourage the children to find different ways of visualising number sentences. Next week, we will start learning about 2D shapes e.g triangles and rectangles.

In topic, we will continue learning about different materials and how they are used. We are going to have a go at making dens.

Thank you so much for all the bottles that you have sent in. The children are in the middle of making their poppies for our school remembrance display.

We are looking forward to seeing some of you at the parent workshops next week. There are two KS1 workshops – English and Maths. Each one will run twice. They will provide an overview of what we teach in school and discuss ways in which you can best support your child at home. If you would like to come along please book a place on our online booking system so that we know how many people to expect.

Please keep reminding your child to regularly change their reading book. We do have time to do this each morning.


The children have settled really well into their routines after the half term break.

Oak Class has been busily learning their parts for their assembly today. We are so proud of how hard they have worked in such a short period of time.

In English this week, we have been reading a book called, ‘The Ugly Five’. It is a super story about how the beauty that matters is found on the inside.

In Maths, the children have been using part, part, whole models to add and start to subtract numbers.

In Science, the children learnt about carnivore and herbivore diets by examining pretend poo! It was a throughly enjoyable afternoon. Next week, we are starting a new topic all about materials.

As a school, we are starting to develop knowledge organisers for each topic that we study. These are sheets with all the key information and vocabulary that children will be learning during the half term. At the start of each topic, we give the children a quiz to find out what they know already and, at the end of the topic, we give them the same quiz to see what new learning has taken place. We have attached a copy of these to share with you. We will use them in school as a teaching tool. Any support that you could do at home over the next few weeks to help develop understanding of key words and concepts would be fantastic. We will send home a pair copy with your child early next week.

We will be doing some junk modelling on Thursday next week linked to materials so if you have got any empty boxes etc you could send in, we would be very grateful. We will be reading and writing about The Three Little Pigs next week in English and, in phonics, we will be learning the /er/ sound spelt which is Unit 6 of Sounds-Write. 

In Maths, we will continue learning about subtraction and do some problem solving. 

Just a couple of other reminders: Please could you try and send in a 2 litre plastic bottle next week so that your child can make a poppy for Remembrance Day.

The NSPCC fundraising event will run throughout next week – sponsor forms were sent home on Wednesday.


This week we have continued to learn about animals with a focus on adult animals and their young. We have also been creating animal pictures in the style of Henri Rousseau which the children have had great fun doing!

In maths we have been looking at how to represent numbers in different ways ready to display in the main corridor after half term. We have used various equipment, drawings and mathematical representations to show numbers to 10. Next week we will be looking at formal addition and showing the children a number of different strategies such as counting on in our head, using a number line and drawing visual representations.

In English and topic next week we will be learning about Autumn ready for the Oak class assembly on the first Friday after half term. We will be reading a book called Autumn is Here.

We are still continuing to have a focus on forming letters and numbers accurately through daily practise.

In our phonics we are continuing to learn the /oe/ sound next week which is unit 4 of our programme.



We’ve had a lovely week in Year 1 this week. The children have really settled in to the routines of Year 1 and are adapting well to the more formal learning.

In maths, we have been practising simple addition using the part part whole model. We have been using practical equipment to add two numbers and find out how many we have altogether. Next week we will be continuing to look at addition within 10 and developing our fluency within this area of mathematics.

In English this week, we have read The Tiger Who Came to Tea and have produced some lovely written pieces of work where the children have tried really hard with their handwriting. Next week we will be reading The Gruffalo’s child and continuing to focus on our handwriting and formation of letters.

In phonics, we will be moving on to look at the /oe/ sound (<o, oa, ow, oe, o-e> which is Unit 4 of the Sounds Write Extended Code on your word list sheet.

Please can we remind you that children need to bring both their reading journal and reading book everyday, even if they do not need to change their book. We have a brilliant team of adults who regularly read with children and it is really helpful if they always have their book in school.


The children have had a very exciting time in school this week. We have very much enjoyed our visit from the mini zoo and we are all looking forward to learning even more about animals throughout the rest of our topic!

In maths, we are continuing to learn about our numbers to 10 and will be moving on to looking at number facts e.g. 6 + 4 = 10, 3 + 7 = 10, 1 + 9 = 10. We will be using the part part whole model to represent the beginnings of addition and partitioning. For example the if the whole is 7 and the parts could be 3 and 4.

In English, we will be reading The Tiger Who Came to Tea and having a focus on handwriting and letter formation. As we mentioned at the open evening, this is a big priority for children in Year 1 and any additional writing they can do at home is extremely beneficial.

In phonics, we will be continuing to learn about the /ee/ sound and the different spelling (ea, ee, e and y). We will be doing some paired reading and looking at lots of different words which contain this sound.

Thank you for all your support with reading at home. The children are beginning to settle in to the routine of changing their books as soon as they come in in the morning. To ease this process please could you remind your child if they need to change their book before they come into school. Additionally, it would be really helpful if you could write the name of the book they are currently reading in their reading journal.

In Year 1 we do not have specific time allocated to do show and tell however if your child has something particularly special that they have done at home or would like to show, for example a special piece of writing, photographs, art work or an exciting activity they have done that they would like to talk about we are happy to try and allow them time to show/tell this when possible. Please can we ask the children do not bring toys or Lego cards into school though.

We have had a lovely and very kind bank of volunteers say they would like to read in Year 1 this year. If anyone else would like to volunteer, we are looking for reading volunteers in Cherry class on Tuesdays and Fridays.

On a final note, we found two ladies rings in Oak class after the open evening. If you think they may belong to you please contact the school office.


It was wonderful to chat with so many of you on Wednesday at our Open Evening. We apologise for the technical issues we had with the powerpoint presentation. We have attached it for your reference. If you have a moment, please follow the hyperlink to the little film clip about the importance of home reading. It has such a powerful message.

We have been overwhelmed by how many of you have approached us to offer some of your time to support reading in school. It means the world to us as we know that it makes such a positive difference to our children, especially those who just need a little extra support to boost their reading confidence. If you have spken with us or are interested in joining our reading team, please could you send us an email at either oak@meadowdale.leics.sch.uk or cherry@meadowdale.leics.sch.uk and let us know what your availability is. It doesn’t need to be for the whole year or every week. I know some of you have said that fortnightly would suit you better. Please let us know by Wednesday 19th September, and we will then draw up a timetable and invite you in for a short safeguarding session with Mrs Martin or Mr Norman and a mini training session on how best to support the children’s reading when you are with them.

At the Open Evening we handed out little packs of support materials for handwriting, phonics and spelling. If you could not make the evening but would like one, please email us or send a note or catch us at the door at the start of the day.

Next week in Phonics, we will be starting to learn the /ee/ sound which is Unit 2 in the list of words that are included in your pack.

We have now sent all the children home with a reading book and a reading record. We will happily change these books as often as suits you and your child. If your child needs to change their book, please can you remind them in the morning and we can collect the reading books in the morning ready to change them during the day.

Finally, please can we remind you that the Mini Zoo is visiting us on Thursday 20th September. If you are able to make a voluntary contribution towards this event, please could you do so within the next few days. Many thanks.


We have had such a lovely week in Year 1 with the children really getting used to their new routines.

We have talked a lot about the importance of kindness and we have certainly seen lots of it in action.

In Maths, we have been investigating different ways to make 10 and, in English, we have been writing about Splat the Cat!

Each day, the children have been practising their handwriting in their new writing books. They have also had a daily phonics lesson where the focus has been on the different ways to spell the <ae> sound e.g, ea, ay, ai and a-e.

We are really looking forward to meeting you for an informal chat, showing you our classrooms and sharing information about Year 1 in a short presentation at the Open Evening next Wednesday.


As this academic year comes to a close, we have been reflecting on the achievements of our wonderful Year 1 pupils.

Late last August, the children made the transition to Year 1 all bright eyed and bushy tailed. They had made a fantastic start in Foundation Stage and were ready to start on the next step of their academic career. During those first few weeks, the children played, they learned new routines and they began a new formal way of learning with whole class lessons. They built some new friendships and started to adjust.

In the beginning, they put pencil to paper and started to build words and write a sentence. Fast forward a few months and the children are now writing diary extracts linked to Macbeth! You can imagine our pride yesterday when we put their books into their book bags for the final time and looked back on their progress across this year. They have all worked so hard and their achievements have been richly deserved.

They have learned to add, subtract, multiply and divide. They have started to learn to tell the time and recognise more shapes. They have learned about the world around us. They have leaned about major world religions and how they affect daily lives. They have learned new songs and poems. They have continued to learn about the value of friendships and how to look after friends.

Every day, they have greeted us with smiles and enthusiasm about the day ahead. They have shared their exciting news from home and asked questions about what we are going to learn. In essence, they have grown and are now ready for the next adventures ahead!

We can’t thank you enough for all your support with their home learning, with hearing them read at school and coming on school trips. We very much value that ongoing relationship between school and home.

We wish all of the children a happy and productive year ahead in Year 2. Have a wonderful summer.