Harris Academies
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Year 1

Welcome to Year 1:
Kato Class & Matisse Class

Miss Noll is teaching Kato Class this year and Mrs Kenton is the class teacher in Matisse Class.


Welcome to year 1! We hope you find the information below useful as your child starts the year with us. This information will help you support your child at home with the organization of their week and their learning at home.

Key Times


Homework will be set every half term. Your child will be asked to work on a number of projects, designed to enrich the learning taking place in school. This approach to homework has been designed to enable you and your child to work together in a creative way and to develop a love of learning. Please see the homework document for Autumn.


In year 1, the PE days are Tuesday and Wednesday. Please ensure that your child has their PE kit on these days.


In Autumn term we will be visiting the Odeon cinema in Beckenham. We would welcome parent helpers who hold Kent House DBS checks, so please contact the class teacher about this.

Inspire Workshops

The topic of the inspire workshop this term will be Spelling and Grammar. We would welcome parent involvement in this, and look forward to seeing you then.

Key Times

The school gates open at 8:30 in the morning. In KS1, children will be dismissed at the end of the day at 3:20.



Read it

Research it

Make it

This half term we will be reading the book ‘The Jolly Postman’ by Janet and Allan Ahlberg. Your task is to choose and read another book by the same author.

Write sentences about the story.

Some of the books by the same authors include:

•           Burglar Bill;

•           Please Mrs Butler;

•           Funny Bones.   

IPC – We Are What We Eat

Find out about foods eaten in different countries. You may wish to choose one country to focus on or compare a few different countries.

Think about:

  • Tradition food
  • How the food is made
  • If it is eaten at special occasions

You may choose to display your research in any way you wish – just make it colourful and interesting!

Look carefully at your map design.

Colour and cut out buildings and stick them onto paper/card making your own 3D Jolly Postman map.

Try adding other buildings that The Jolly Postman might see along the way.

Be as creative and as adventurous as you like with your map.

Use a variety of materials to add detail.

Practise it

Write it

Design it

Spend some time practicing the skills we are learning in school:

  • Spelling – practise weekly spellings.
  • Reading to an adult every evening.
  • Handwriting – practise forming the letters of the alphabet clearly and accurately.

Counting to 100 in 1s, 2s, 5s and 10s.

In literacy this term we are reading a book about The Jolly Postman. Your writing task is to write a letter to a friend or family member. Tell them you are reading Jolly Postman and include the following:

  • What is your favourite part of the story and why?
  • Who is your favourite character?

Tell them about you learning at school.

This will link with your ‘make it’ in the box below.


Your task is to design a detailed map of the journey that the Jolly Postman took throughout the story book.


A note to parents, over the course of this half term please work with your child to complete the above. Each of the activities has been designed to support, enhance and enrich an aspect of the curriculum. We are looking forward to seeing the results of your work together.

The homework will be due in on the second-to-last week of half term, which begins 11.12.17

What are we learning?

In literacy we will begin by reading “The Jolly Postman”. This is a delightful story about a postman that delivers post to various fairy tale characters. Through this, children will be learning instructional writing, poetry and making inferences to what they see and hear. In maths, we will be focusing on multiplication and division, then moving on to shape and geometry before Christmas. We focus on these for a term so that children have a good foundation of number skills before moving on to other areas of mathematics. Our topic learning will be based around food and the importance it play in our diet and well-being. We also look at foods from around the world.

How can I help at home?

One of the key ways every parent can help is to ensure that your child is at school every day and on time. Other than this, the main way you can help is by ensuring that your child reads every day, for at least 20 minutes – this can be with you, or on their own, but it is the most effective way of ensuring that your child progresses and learns outside of school. Children have a Mathletics login – please encourage them to use this frequently, as it will really help with their quick recall of mathematical facts. They are also given a login to “word mania,” which can be used regular to help develop spelling and fluency.

If you have any questions, please talk to Miss Nolls or Mrs Kenton, or you can arrange a meeting at the office.

Mrs Kenton and Miss Nolls