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Year 1: Rocket Class

Welcome to Rocket Class!

Here you will find our class newsletters, photos, and any important information you may need to know.

Our class teacher is: Miss Newey and our wonderful teaching assistant is: Mrs Hoffman.

Our topic for this term is: 'The Vikings are Coming!'

If you have any questions, please feel free to speak to either of us at the end of the school day; alternatively, you can email the school office to arrange a meeting with Miss Newey.

Important Class Information:

Monday and Friday are our PE days

- for safety reasons, if your child wears earrings, please ensure they are either removed on PE days, or they come in with tape covering the earrings.

- PE kits will be sent home to be washed on Fridays; please ensure they are back in school ready for Monday morning.

Monday and Thursday are our book changing days.

- we encourage reading at home daily, of either their school book or a book at home.

- please ensure your child has read their Phonics Read Write Inc book x3 a week, that it has been ticked off, and any comments added to the reading record book, before getting it changed. Reading it more than once allows your child to consolidate their knowledge of sounds and helps to build fluency and expression.

Key Dates:

May 1st - Bank Holiday

May 8th - King's Coronation

W/C 15th April - Year 2 SATs Week

May 26th - Break up for Half Term


Learning to read is a life-long skill and a key thing your child will learn at our school. Everything else depends upon this skill, and so at Bourton we put as much energy into ensuring that every single child not only learns to read but learns to love reading!

Phonics is the key to unlocking reading and writing, and it is why we have chosen to use the Read Write Inc (RWI) phonics and writing scheme at our school. Children have daily RWI lessons, which includes an English lesson (made up of reading and writing) and a Phonics session (made up of sounds, words and spelling). Children are assessed termly to identify their progress. Learning to read is a life-long skill and the most important thing your child will learn; we encourage you to embrace your child's journey with phonics, and have included Set 1, Set 2 and Set 3 sounds below:

   Phonics - Swanmore CE Primary School  Phonics - Swanmore CE Primary School     Phonics - Swanmore CE Primary School


Our topic this term is: 'The Vikings are Coming!' which will have a history, science and DT focus. Children will be learning who the Vikings were, where they came from, and how they travelled. In Science, we will be investigating which materials are waterproof and which are not. In DT, we will design and make a Viking longboat to sail down the river Windrush!

During PSHCE (our wellbeing curriculum) we will be focusing on keeping safe on the Internet, exploring our emotions and looking at different types of families and what makes us as individuals 'unique'.


We will be consolidating our number knowledge and re-visiting multiplication and division in the first Summer term. Any support you can give at home, such as number formation and basic counting alongside your child's maths passport targets, will only build your child's confidence in maths.