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Year 1: Rocket Class

Welcome to Rocket Class, where:

 Practice Makes Progress – The Teaching ToolsHere you will find our class newsletters, photos, and any important information you may need to know!

Our class teacher is: Miss Newey 

Our wonderful teaching assistant is: Mrs Hoffman.


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:

Tuesday and Thursday 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.

Term 5

Key Dates:

Important dates:

Monday 8th April – School starts again

Wednesday 1st May - Year 1 and 2 Trip to The Living Rainforest

Monday 6th May – May Day Bank Holiday (School closed)

Friday 17th May – FOBS Disco

Friday 24th May – Break up for half term at 3.15pm


This term our topic is called 'Bourton to Brazil'. It has a main Geography and Science focus, but we are also going to be doing some Art and ICT as well.

- In Geography, we are looking at the physical and human features of Bourton and comparing it to a non-European country, where we have chosen Brazil.

- In Science, we are looking at animals, their life cycles and their habitats.

- Our focus in Art is sketching using different sketching techniques.

- In ICT, we are going to be programming a BeeBot and learning how to send and receive emails.

We are hoping to arrange a trip for this half-term; we shall keep you updated with details and payments as soon as we have confirmation.


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



This term we are looking at 3 different units; time, fractions (including doubling and halving) and measure (including knowing the different coins). We will also continue to recap our knowledge of numbers 11-20.

As part of Maths Passport, we will look at number bonds on a regular basis. We will also be looking at worded problems and how to use our problem solving and reasoning skills in Maths.

Our Maths Passport will be tested in school on a fortnightly basis - if you would like your child's home copy updated, please send it into school (an up-to-date school copy remains in class). 

Your continued support at home with reading and Maths passport practise will help your child progress further and develop more confidence with reading and number knowledge. 



Mindfulness is being aware of our feelings and emotions and how they impact us.

In class, we have been learning about mindfulness and wellbeing. We often do 'mindfulness for children videos' after lunchtime, and in case your children would like to do them at home, I have included some of the link below:

Rainbow Relaxation: Mindfulness for Children (

Bubble Bounce! Mindfulness for Children (Mindful Looking) (

Thought Bubbles! For Anxiety & Worry. (

Balloon (Peace Out: Guided Meditation for Kids) | Cosmic Kids (