Introducing the Key Stage One Team
1KM - Miss Mackey Class Teacher, Miss Goulding, Mrs Mackey & Miss Pittam LSA’s
1FD - Miss Doyle Class Teacher, Mrs Naughton & Mrs Balaam – LSA’s
1JK - Mr Kirk Class Teacher, Mrs Lane, Miss Vaughan & Mrs Mackey LSA’s
2VC - Miss Capron Class Teacher, Miss Martin Trainee Teacher, Mrs Nallasamy LSA
2LM - Mrs Mayer Class Teacher, Mrs Cooper Senior LSA.
This half term our Key Stage One theme is ‘Gunpowder, Treason and Plot’. During this topic the children will be learning about why we celebrate bonfire night, with our main focus being their history skills. They will be learning about the events that happened in history leading up to and including the failed Gunpowder Plot. The children will be looking at the significant people in history - for example King James, Guy Fawkes, Robert Catesby and the plotters and the historical events that lead to the plotters being discovered.
The children will also learn about this theme through their other subjects including Art, Design and Technology and Science.
Across the key stage in our writing, we will be practising our sentence stacking skills. Please keep an eye on the class boards to read our stories each week. In Maths, the children will start the term by looking at number and place value before moving onto addition and subtraction and developing their methods for these operations, as well as looking at division and multiplication.
The children are expected to read every day and they will be given a spelling rule to learn each week. They will also be given discussion homework which will be related to their learning for the following week. The children may be asked to have a discussion with you and complete some research. We shall also be introducing our Family Challenge to KS1. This is an activity that you complete at home as a family and then bring into show us at school. We would also love to see photos of you completing your Family Challenges; these photos can be emailed into the school office. Our Family Challenges will usually be set each half term.
Year 2 - Children in Year 2 will be given times tables to practise at home in preparation for their ‘Multiplication Marathon’ tests each week. By completing these, the children improve their mental maths skills.
Please make sure your child has their home school diary in school every day
Year 1 will have PE on Tuesday and Wednesday
Year 2 will have PE on Tuesday and Friday
The children need to have their PE kit in school every day during term time and it will be sent home with the children at the end of each half term. The children need to have a named Haydon Abbey PE T-shirt and black shorts for inside. As the weather becomes colder the children need to bring in warmer clothes for PE outside. They need to have a pair of trainers in school and they can bring in black or navy tracksuit bottoms and a black or navy jumper. Please remember to give your child an extra pair of socks if they are wearing tights that day.
The children have one PE lesson with their class teacher and the other lesson with Mrs Westcott, PE teacher. Some of these lessons will take place outside so please ensure that your child has the appropriate clothing in school at all times.
The children in Key Stage One will continue to have Forest School sessions in school this year. Class 2VC are doing it every Monday afternoon until half term then Class 2LM will start after October half term and Year 1 will start in the Spring Term next year (letters with more information will follow closer to the time).
The children will need to bring a change of appropriate clothing in a named bag each week. We always need parent volunteers for Forest School so that the sessions can continue so if you can help please speak to your child’s class teacher.
If there is anything else you would like to discuss with your child’s class teacher they will be happy to make an appointment with you.
Incidentally, to help you to keep informed throughout the year, this and further newsletters will be uploaded to the school website.
All of the staff in Key Stage One are looking forward to working with you and your children over the next year.
Key Stage One Phase Leader