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Dear Parents

Welcome to Nazareth Class. The teachers are Mrs Cousins and Mrs Hudson supported by Mrs Downey,Miss Ottley and Mrs Wales.

We have a student teacher called Mrs Al-Tarafi with us until Easter.

  This term we are learning about Toys. We will be reading 'Dogger' by Shirley Hughes and 'Traction Man' by Mini Grey. We will be looking at a range of genres with story writing, lost posters and descriptive writing featuring this term.

Our Topic sessions will focus on the differences between Toys now and in the past. In our DT we will be making our own peg toys.

Number bonds

By the end of year 1 the expectation is that all children should know their number bonds to 20. We will cover these in class, but please practice with your children at home as much as possible. Some ideas of activities are:

  • You say 18 and your child would have to say 2 etc.
  • Number bond bingo
  • Number bond pairs
  • Number bond snap

It does not need to be boring and time consuming.

Helping to Enrich our Topic

It is always great to have items or visitors that support our topic, so if anyone has any experience or items that may help us with any of the work above that we could hear about or borrow, we would love to see and hear about them.


Please make sure your child brings in a water bottle each day with fresh water; ensure all jumpers are labelled and bring a coat for any wet weather. Our PE days are Wednesday and Friday please ensure that your child’s PE kit is always in school on these days.


Please read with your child regularly. You may like to add a positive or helpful comment in their reading diary, but please acknowledge the fact that the book has been read by signing and dating in the comments space. A member of staff will be checking reading records during the week and children are expected to have read at least 3 times a week with an adult. Adults at school will not write in the books as we have our own records.

Many thanks for your continued support,

Mrs Cousins

Useful Websites:

If you’re looking for ways to support your child the following website will be helpful:


Questions you could ask your child about their learning this term:

  • What toys did they use to play in the Victorian Times?
  • Why do we need full stops?
  • When did the Ancient Greeks live?
  • Do you know your number bonds to 20?

Vocabulary we will learn this term:

  Can you use words and phrases like:

 · old and new

· before and after

 · past and present

· then and now

 · a long time ago