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Year 1 Art Day - 4.12.20

Tomorrow is Art Day in Year 1. We will be using paints and getting messy so we advise children come in old clothes and bring an apron (or one of Dad’s old T-shirts!). It is Christmas jumper day, so children can wear jumpers but MUST wear old clothes underneath. Thank you.



Hello everybody!


As you are probably already aware, this year we will be unable to put on our wonderful Nativity performance that we look forward to every year, due to the current restrictions regarding coronavirus. Instead, we plan on putting together a Key Stage 1 Nativity video that will be recorded in our own year group bubbles and then put together to retell the Christmas story.


Year 1 children will be taking on the narrator parts and the singing (as well as a couple of children who will be dancing presents and crackers!). On Monday, (for those who have speaking parts) I will be sending the children home with the lines they need to learn. I will also be sending everyone home with a log in for ‘Charanga Yumu’ which is an online portal we’re using in school for teaching music. Once logged in, the children should be able to access the songs to learn for our virtual Nativity. Any practising they can do at home would be great, as there are still some restrictions around singing in schools due to Covid, therefore we are limited as to when and where we can rehearse.


Thank you for your support!


Miss Harris

Oxford Reading Owl Free Resources

Oxford Owl is a fantastic resource that is currently offering free access to teachers and children. Their website contains many ebooks that link to the Read Write Inc group levels that we use in school, and will therefore be a fantastic resource to use, should our bubble have to self isolate at any point and complete learning from home. Please feel free to use the books with your children in the meantime if you wish to. I have created an account for all the children in Year 1 to use. To access the FREE ebooks, click on the link below and click on ‘My Class Login’ at the top. The username and password is:



James Morris Christmas Card Competition

A message from James Morris: 

It is that time of year again, and I am writing to launch my ‘Christmas Card Competition 2020’.
Since 2010 I have held annual competitions for children who attend a school within the Halesowen & Rowley Regis constituency. The competition has attracted thousands of entries from different age groups. The winner of the competition will have their drawing produced on the front of my Christmas card, which is sent to over 300 people, including local and national press, senior politicians, including the Prime Minister, and many charitable organisations. As part of the competition, prizes are presented to the winner and runners up during school assemblies along with a framed certificate. 

If you would like to enter, please bring your Christmas Card design into school with your name ON THE BACK by Friday 13th November at the latest.

Happy half term everyone!

Thank you parents, for all your support this half term. It’s been a very strange and difficult few weeks, but the children have settled in so well and your support at home has really contributed to this. The children have truly worked their socks off and I’m so proud of them all! Please take the time to look through our ‘Autumn Learning Journey’ so far to see all the fun things we’ve been up to this term. I hope they all have a well earned rest this week and come back refreshed and ready for another busy few weeks leading up to Christmas.

Miss Harris


Operation Christmas Child Boxes

Don’t forget to fill up your shoe boxes for Operation Christmas Child and bring them into school after half term!


Completed shoeboxes to be returned to school by MONDAY 2ND NOVEMBER—please don’t forget to include your £5 donation, in the envelope or online.


Thank you!

Home Reading Records 

Just a polite reminder that the home reading records are primarily for home use. Please rest assured that we are hearing all children read on a regular basis, however we keep our own records in school and don't always have the time to write in the home reading records too. 


With regards to book bands/colours, we closely monitor these in school and move the children on when we feel they are ready. We want children to be able to read their home reading books fluently and be able to enjoy them, and it is in school through Read Write Inc, that children will access more challenging books. Each child should know what colour book band they are on and it is their responsibility to choose the correct colour when they change their book. If we feel they are ready to move onto the next colour, we will make them aware of this so they always know which colour book to choose.  

Homework... thank you!

I just want to say a huge thank you to ALL of our parents for supporting our children with their spelling homework and home reading. The children are so eager to change their books each day and I’m already noticing what a huge difference this is making to their learning... so thank you!

Mini Vinnie Shop - Friday 2nd October!

Next Friday it will be Year 1’s turn at the Mini Vinnie shop! Children can bring in a small amount of money (a couple of pounds should be plenty) to spend at the shop, which sells all sorts of stationary, accessories and small toys, and is run by the Year 6 Mini Vinnies who work hard to raise funds for good causes.

We’ve had a great few weeks settling into Year 1 and have all been absolute superstars! What a fantastic year we are going to have!

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