Animal visit + cardboard city day!

Hello parents!

Can I remind parents to please sign and return the animal visit letter as soon as possible? If you have not received a copy then I can provide a new one 🙂


The ‘big finish’ for this term will be our annual, Year 1 special, cardboard city day! This is a lot of fun every year and the class get a lot of learning from the chance to build and create worlds together. Please can I have any spare cardboard boxes you have lying around? Ideally, please only send in cardboard about the size of a standard box, but any donation is welcome!


I will be able to provide a blog update on all the fun and learning we have achieved this week at some point this week so look out for news on our maths work and what we have been doing in P.E.


Mr Markham


1-minute Maths

FREE App that you can download to help your child with their Maths number fluency.

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  5. Helpful hints match those used in class.
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Have a wonderful break!

Hello parents,

I wanted to post and say a big thank you for the wonderful presents, cards, and general support this term. This is such a lovely and special class and a real joy to teach! Next term is massively important as we continue to give Year 1 the best possible start to their school life, and the reading skills they use for the rest of their lives. I am coming at them with everything I’ve got next term so lets all enjoy our rest and have fun.

I have sent home a mini-report centred on my observations on each child’s reading based on the assessments this month. Overall, the sound knowledge aspect is well ahead of schedule (fantastic!). I want to work more on applying this fluency into their reading next term, including reading multisyllabic words, and building speedy readers.

Have a lovely Christmas/holiday/season! I’m looking forward to seeing everyone when we are back.

P.S. I have spoken to the class about the danger with ice in response to the terrible news recently.


Mr Markham