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John Donne Primary School

John Donne Primary School

Red 1

Our Year 1 team is:
Miss Downer – Class teacher
Miss Kimber – HLTA
Mrs Dzakpasu – Teaching Assistant
Miss Wen is a student teacher who will be joining us towards the end of the term.

Our project is:
‘How do words make us feel?’ We will be looking at a range of poetry, discussing how it makes us feel and writing our own poetry to make a class anthology. We will also be leaning a poem to enter a national poetry performance competition. The legacy of this learning will be that children realise the potential impact of their words and think carefully about the words they use, both in their writing and in their everyday lives.

Monday 15th May – Imagination Lab. This is a fully funded project where children will have a chance to participate in workshops based around the theme of bringing words to life. The trip will be free and as always we will be looking for helpers. More information to follow.

PE kits:
Through school links with Millwall Football Club, we will be having football coaching for our P.E. this half term. This will take place on Monday afternoons. Please ensure your child has their full kit every Monday including trainers as lessons will take place outside.

Please continue to read every day with your child. Even as your child’s reading fluency develops, the adult’s role in discussing books is fundamental to a child’s comprehension skills and enjoyment of reading. We have now finished teaching all of the Y1 sounds. We will spend the remainder of the year practising these sounds in both reading and writing. We will continue to send home weekly spellings and have a spelling test every Friday. Thank you so much to all the parents who practise spellings with their child. It makes a big difference to both their reading and writing skills and children are so proud of themselves when they achieve a high score in the test.

Other information:
At the beginning of June, all Y1 children will have a phonics test which is set by the government. This will be undertaken 1:1 with the class teacher. We will be holding a meeting for all Y1 parents to explain the content and process of this test. More information will follow closer to the time.


Thank you for your continued support,

Miss Downer