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.


It has been a lovely week and the children have continued to work hard despite the hot weather.

Their Macbeth writing has been stunning. They have written their own spells for the witches. In Maths, we have completed our unit of work on telling the time and the children have shown some really good understanding. In Science, we have been keeping our eye on the results of the cress experiment to find our which conditions the seeds have grown best in.

Next week, we will send summer holiday packs of books home. In order to prepare for this, we have collected all the books that were in school with your children today. Please return the pack on the first day back of the Autumn Term to your child’s new teacher. They will then be awarded with a certificate for their efforts.

On Monday and Tuesday next week, the children will spend some time with their new teachers. After school on Monday, please collect your child from the Year 2 mobiles and drop them back off there on Tuesday morning. They will return to Year 1 at lunchtime on Tuesday so pick up that day will be outside the Year 1 classrooms.



This week in English, we have begun looking at Macbeth and have been overwhelmed by the positive responses we have had from the children. They have been taking part in lots of drama games and have started to write some brilliant description sentences to describe a battle.

In maths, we have been learning about time and are focusing on o’clock and half past. It would be brilliant if children can start practising reading the time at home and begin to relate time to activities during the day e.g. what time do I brush my teeth? What time do I wake up? Etc.

We have been continuing learning about different sounds in phonics and having been looking at alternative /ar/ sounds such as /al/ in almond, /ar/ in car, /a/ in bath and /au/ in draught. We have discussed with the children how sometimes people may not pronounce this as an /ar/ sound but may say it as an /a/ sound instead.

You may have noticed that you have received your child’s phonics report this week. We are very pleased with their efforts and would like to say thank you for all the additional support that has been given at home. All children have made brilliant progress since the start of the year and should be proud of their results!

Our topic we are learning about at the moment is plants and please could we ask that the children, if possible, bring in some leaves early next week to share with the class. Due to the hot weather, it is also important that children are bringing in sun hats or suncream.


Thank you for your support with all the reading at home and keep up the brilliant work!



This week, we have continue learning about plants. The children have produced some beautiful Van Gogh style sunflower paintings and, in Science, they have planted cress seeds in different conditions to see which ones grow the best.

In Maths, the children have been learning about money. They have found some of it fairly challenging so any play-based activities that they could do at home would be superb. They need to recognise different coins and make different amounts of money using the coins.

In English, they have finished their Gigantic fruit and vegetable stories. We were delighted with their efforts. They have pulled out all the stops to include sentence punctuation and a range of adjectives.

Next week, we are starting a two-week unit of work based on Macbeth. Mrs Ellis has been involved in an exciting project run by The Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford. They have trained teachers in exciting methods of teaching Shakespeare to younger children. Obviously, some elements of Macbeth are a little gory but please be assured that we have carefully selected appropriate materials. We will emphasise that it is a fictional story just like a fairy story.

Please ensure that your child continues to read regularly at home and change their books often.

Many thanks for attending Parents’ Evening. It has been lovely to talk to you all about your child’s progress in Year 1.

We shall look forward to seeing some of you at the picnic on Monday for Armed Forces Week.


We have had a lovely week. The children have all tried so hard in their phonics tests and we are so proud of them. Many thanks for all of your wonderful support with learning the words at home. We will find out the pass mark in a couple of weeks and will inform you after this as to whether your child has passed or will need to re-sit it next year.

In Maths. we have continued to learn about division and have looked at halves and quarters. Next week, we will be learning about positional language e.g. above, under, next to. We will also be learning about half and quarter turns.

In English, we have been reading, ‘The Gigantic Turnip’. The children have started writing their own versions of the story.

We shall very much look forward to discussing your child’s progress with you at Parents’ Evening next week.



Thank you so much for supporting our KS1 Sports Day on Wednesday morning by sending the children into school with a coloured T-shirt and by coming to watch the races. We were delighted with the children’s behaviour and good sporting attitudes.

Next week, the children will be tested on their phonic understanding. Each child will work with their class teacher on a one to one basis in a quiet room in school. You will be informed later this term as to whether or not your children has passed or will need a little more practise before attempting it again in Year 2. They have all tried so hard with their phonics this year and we are truly proud of each and every one of them.

In Maths this week, we have been learning more about division through the concept of sharing into equal groups. The children have been dividing sets of objects between 2, 3 and 4. Next week, we will start learning about fractions of shapes and amounts-halves and quarters.

In our topic work, we are continuing to learn about plants. We will be testing out which conditions plants need to grow over the next couple of weeks.

The weather is a little mixed at the moment and the children still need a lightweight coat in school most days. On warmer days, the children need to bring suncream and a sunhat.


We have been busy this week as ever with our learning. The children have been writing lots and are very proud of their progress. They have responded to a book called, ‘The Day The Crayons Came Home’ by writing thank you letters to Duncan and describing a room in the fort he made for them. They have even started to do a little bit of editing of letter formation, spellings and punctuation. This is something we will continue to develop and encourage.

Maths has been fun but challenging this week. We have developed a bit more understanding of multiplication by linking repeated addition, groups of and times sentences e.g. 2+2+2=6, 3 groups of 2 is 6, 3 x2=6. The children have been drawing arrays to show this. You can look up example images online if you want to support your child at home further.

In Phonics lessons over the next couple of weeks we are going to revise the sounds we have been learning this year.

We have been preparing for our trip next week by making some posters celebrating our lovely market. The children are all very excited. Thank you so much to all of you who have volunteered to come and help out on Tuesday.