Sparrow and Owl

Welcome to Sparrow and Owl Class Page

Sparrow class teacher is Miss Gill

Owl class teacher is Miss Palmer

We have a very exciting term planned for the children. Our topic during this term is Autumn and Nights Drawing In. Through this topic the children will be taught about seasons, cooking, weather, and the locality where we live. Next half-term we will look at the Great Fire of London. 

Our topics will support our English studies, which will include instruction writing, story writing and letters. In Maths, we will focus on early number skills and counting and some simple addition/ subtraction.  We will also be learning the days of week and the months of year to support our topic learning. Throughout the term we will be sharing some of the children’s work with you via Class Dojo.


PE Lessons: This half term the children will be taking part in 2 PE lessons per week: Thursday and Friday. On a Thursday class teachers will deliver PE lessons and Onside Coaches will deliver PE on Friday. Children should come to school wearing their PE kits on both days.

PE kit: White shorts or tracksuit bottoms, plain coloured t shirt linked to your child’s house (no football shirts), sweatshirt, trainers and socks if your child wears tights. Friday PE needs to be joggers and no shorts because Onside coaches take the children outside.

Forest School: We will be taking part in one Forest School session every Monday.  Children should wear their uniform on top. On the lower part they may come into school in leggings and/or joggers. They should bring wellies/trainers if appropriate and a coat/ waterproof that you do not mind getting muddy. Please make sure that your child has a coat in school everyday as aside from playtimes, we also access the Year 1 Outdoor Classroom daily and in all weathers, so a light waterproof is needed at all times.   


Spelling and Phonics:

Homework will just consist of phonics and spelling homework in Year 1. Once we have assessed the children and grouped accordingly for Phonics the sounds that they are learning will be posted on Class Dojo every Thursday for your child to practise over the weekend/ week.  They will need to be able to sound out and read words with these sounds in them and to spot words with the same sound when reading with you or being read to by you.  They should also practise sounding out and writing these words as spelling is most important in Year 1.  They need to do both each night. 


Handwriting: We follow the Letter Join handwriting scheme and you can practise writing letters and words at home using the login information below. Please do not encourage your children to join their letters just yet as we want to focus on individual letter formation until at least the end of the Spring Term.

Username: ak58293

Password: home


How to help at home: Children will also have the opportunity to take part in a variety of activities. Each month a maths challenge is set- copies of the challenge can be found on the school website and outside Miss Longworth’s office. Details of the tasks will be posted on the school website and newsletter. Children will be encouraged to take part in as many tasks as they wish during the half term and then bring their completed tasks in to school before the half term break, when their work will be celebrated. As well as supporting your child in completing their homework you can also support their learning by: reading with your child each day and asking them questions about the texts that they are reading. Children will have a reading book provided weekly by school but should be encouraged to read aside from this e.g. posters, leaflets, computer information.  They should also be read to as often as possible to model good expression and how to read around punctuation.  

Handle with Care If your family is experiencing difficulties at home, I would like to provide additional support at school. I understand that you are not always able to share details and that is okay. If your child is coming to school after a difficult night, morning, or weekend, please send myself or Miss Longworth a message stating ‘Handle with Care’ on Class Dojo. Nothing else will be said or asked. This will let me know that your child may need extra time, patience or help during the day.