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Leiston Primary School

Pandas - Miss Wells and Miss Parish

Key information about the school week:


Meet the team:

Pandas (class 9): Miss Wells (Mon-Wed) and Miss Parish (Thur-Fri)

Polar bears (Class 10): Miss Sparks

Class will be supported by; Mrs Meadows and Miss George



This is your child’s reading record book. Sharing stories and practising reading using the phonics they have learned in school is vital to improving a child’s confidence and skill with reading, understanding stories and developing a love for reading. It also has an important role in developing a child’s vocabulary and ability to express themselves effectively. 

We would like each child to read as often as possible, ideally at least 4 times a week for around 10 minutes at a time. Please make sure their reading record is signed each time they have read to ensure that we know when to change their book. If your child finishes a book before one of the allotted changing days they can always read it again as re-reading books is a vital skill in year one and helps a lot with fluency.

Reading books will now be changed on a Monday, Wednesday and Friday.



Year 1 will be sent weekly spellings on a Friday on Seesaw. Please practise these spellings with your child. 

We will also set Maths or Literacy homework as we see necessary on Wednesdays- this won’t always be every week but instead it will be responsive to the children’s needs. This will be set on Seesaw so please have your notifications turned on and/or check Seesaw on a Wednesday.



PE for both classes will be on a Tuesday and Wednesday. Children need to come in their PE clothes on those days. Long hair should be tied up and any earrings should be removed or covered with tape.



 PERSONAL BELONGINGS, PE KITS AND WATER BOTTLES: Please ensure that all children's belongings are named so that any misplaced items can be returned to your child. 


Thank you,

Year 1 team




Long term plan



Welcome to the Autumn term! 


This term our theme is explorers!! Where in the world could exploring take you?



In English we will be reading the 'Snail and the Whale' by Julia Donaldson. We will be working on developing our ability to sound out and write sentences. We will be using a 'Talk for Writing' style approach alongside 'Power of Reading' to develop language, create story maps and develop our fluency in recalling key information and vocabulary from the texts that we read.



In Maths we will be following the White Rose scheme which focuses on developing reasoning and fluency techniques. This term our focus will be counting (both forwards and backwards), finding one more, finding one less, comparing numbers and ordering numbers. We will initially focus on numbers to ten and we will progress as the year goes on. In year 1 the expectation is to work with numbers up to 100 by the end of the year.



We will be learning all about everyday materials. 



We will be looking at the United Kingdom and where we live.



We will be learning all about festivals (fireworks night/Queens birthday) and also remembrance day.



We will be exploring painting. 



Textiles- weaving a basket.



Invasion games - Tag rugby and Handball



Christianity and belonging.



We are explorers- using beebots.



In the groove.


Below are some links to support further learning at home: 


As a school we use 'Read, Write, Inc.' as a scheme to help support our teaching of children to read (Phonics), the link below will take you to the parental page of the RWI website. This will give you access to understanding how a RWI lesson is taught, what it consists of and how you can support your child. 


Support your child further with Phonics:


Find free reading books at:


Support your child further with Maths