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Year 1

Welcome to Year 1!

4th March 2021, Lockdown letter from the Year 1 teachers


Dear Parents and Children in Year 1


 We are nearly there, just one more day of home learning to complete and then we will be back to school on Monday. We are all so proud of both the children and parents for all your hard work. This last 8 weeks has not been easy for any of us, but you have all shown Patience and Determination. We hope you are also very proud of yourselves for working so hard and keeping up with your learning. We have particularly enjoyed watching the videos of your learning which you have uploaded. We miss seeing your smiley faces and watching you enjoying your learning. 


On Monday when we return to school, we will spend some time sharing our news and working on or social skills. We are sure the children will want to talk to their friends and rebuild those strong friendships. The children will have the chance to play games and complete social skills activities to readjust to school and being with their friends again. We are so looking forward to having the classrooms filled with your smiley faces and voices again.


This is also a good time to practise your reading before we return to school. We are really hoping to be able to move some of your reading book bands up when we hear you read at school. Please remember to put your reading book in your school bag ready to return on Monday. Also don’t forget to wear your PE clothes on your PE day. You teacher will remind you if you have forgotten which day you have PE.


The staggered times for drop off and pick up are the same as during the Autumn term, please try not to arrive too early or late as we are trying to limit the number of people on the school site at once. Please remember to keep your distance from others when you are lining up. It is also important to leave as soon as you have dropped off or picked up your child. We understand that parents have missed the social aspect of school too but please try to avoid hanging around talking on the playground after you have dropped off or picked up. We also ask that you wear a face covering to help stop the spread of the virus. If you have any questions or concerns, please email the class teacher instead of speaking to them at the class door as we are trying to limit the contact with people as much as possible due to the high rates of infection still in Luton. We will then get back to you as soon as we can. A reminder of the drop off and pick up times and the gates to use are below.


Drop off time

Pick up time


Pine Class

8.50am - 8.55am

3.00pm - 3.05pm

Reception Gate

Oak Class

8.55am - 9.00am

3.05pm - 3.10pm

Main Gate

Maple Class

9.00am - 9.05am

3.10pm - 3.15pm

Reception Gate

Willow Class

9.05am - 9.10am

3.15pm - 3.20pm

Main Gate

Beech Class

9.10am - 9.15am

3.20pm - 3.25pm

Reception Gate


Also attached to this email are copies of the information that was sent home at the beginning of this week regarding the return to school on Monday. Please make sure you read through it.


To make sure you are all wide awake and ready to learn on Monday when we return to school try to make sure you get to bed early and wake up at normal time. This will help you feel your best on Monday morning.


Please feel free to contact us if there are any questions about the work or any concerns about returning to school using the class email address. We will get back to you as soon as we can.


We are so excited to see you all on Monday. Remember to bring your big smiles to school with you next week.


Bye for now,

Mrs Kirsop, Miss Crawford, Miss Hawkes, Miss Line and Miss Begum

Life in Lockdown Photos

We asked you to send in photos of the children being creative, baking cakes, enjoying family time and playing with their siblings. Take a look to see if you recognise anyone in the gallery below.

Click on the link below to take you to the Home Learning page.

Isolation Activity Grid

The isolation grid is to be used by children who are self isolating in addition to any work that is sent home via Google Classroom. The grid has a wide range of activities that can be completed in your home, including Maths, English and Science tasks, as well as well-being and creative activities like baking, drawing etc.

PE Information

Your child will have PE twice a week but they only need to come into school wearing their PE kit on the days listed below. Children will need to wear a white T shirt and dark leggings or tracksuit bottoms, but please ensure that they have elasticated ankles for safety reasons. Children will also need to wear plimsolls.

PE Timetable Monday Pine Class
  Tuesday Beech Class
  Wednesday Willow Class
  Thursday Oak Class
  Friday Maple Class


Children’s home reading books will normally be changed twice a week on the days listed below. Your child will get the greatest benefit if you can hear them read as often as possible, a few pages each night is ideal, you don’t need to worry about reading the whole book every time. Each time you hear your child read can you please sign and make a comment in their reading diary. Please bring your reading book to school each day.

Reading Books

changed on:


Pine Class, Willow Class, Oak Class, 

Beech Class

  Tuesday Maple Class
  Wednesday Willow Class
  Thursday Oak Class, Beech Class

Maple Class, Pine Class,


All children use the school library each week to select a new library book which is chosen by the children to reflect their interests and enjoyment. These books are to be looked after : please do not allow younger brothers and sisters to play with them. Any loss or damage will need to be paid for before your child can borrow another book.

Please see below for your child's class Library day:

                                        Monday         Pine

                                        Tuesday         Beech

                                        Wednesday   Willow

                                        Thursday        Oak

                                        Friday             Maple



English & Maths

During English and Maths we plan work to meet the needs of all children based on the English and Maths Curriculum.

Within English children explore stories and story features such as settings, characters and story plots. They also look at poetry and think about rhyme and rhythm. Children also develop their understanding and interest in non-fiction texts such as recounts and instructions. Grammar is a key focus in the National Curriculum. Children learn to apply grammatical features into their spoken and written work.


During Maths children learn a range of mathematical skills including counting and number skills, calculations, shape and measure. Children use a range of equipment such as cubes, counters and objects as well as number lines and hundred squares to assist counting and addition and subtraction calculations. We use practical equipment to explore shapes. We aim to use a practical approach to enable the children to explore and develop skills before they formally record their work.






Creative Curriculum

Within Year 1 the children have the opportunity to learn through a creative approach. We work on a new topic each half term and aim to link Maths and Literacy as much as possible. At the beginning of each topic the children have the opportunity to share what they already know about a topic and express what they would like to learn. The children experience a range of activities which enable all children to achieve.