Class Holly

Autumn Term 2020

If you would like to contact Mrs Harding or Ms Morson directly, please use the class email address.

Let us take this opportunity to welcome you, as parents, and your children into Year 1 at Overton St Helen’s. We would also like to say an early thank you for everything that you have done so far to help the transition back into school by adhering to the new timings and routines we have put in place. Please continue to follow these guidelines to enable us to provide the safest (and happiest) environment possible.

In this letter we aim to provide you with a few more bits of information that you need to know for Holly Class. Please find a copy of our Half Term Topic Plan attached, it is entitled: Toys -Past and Present.


All books will be changed on Tuesday and/or Friday each week by Mrs Blundell.  Books can only be changed if an adult has signed to say they are finished.  Ideally the children should read for 10 minutes at home every day.  We will continue to listen to the children read as often as possible in class; all children participate in guided reading sessions each week.  The children should not struggle too much with their reading at home; they should be practising the reading skills they learn in school and enjoying the stories. 

School will provide each child with their own plastic reading wallet. This is for school books and letters only – please ensure it only contains these items as it helps to speed up the book changing process!


We have attached a copy of the Common Exception Words that Year 1 children are expected to be able to read, spell and write by the end of the Summer Term. We will be covering these throughout the year, but we have included them for your reference. It would be great if you could help your child learn these words at home.

For now, we will be revisiting the phases of phonics that the children began in Maple Class. We will quickly establish where each child is on their reading journey and allocate groups and sessions to match the needs of each individual child. We will then send home a selection of sounds and ‘tricky words’ that your child needs to focus on, so you can support them at home.


As with reading, we will be covering objectives from Reception and recapping previously learnt skills and facts to start with. We will be using ‘White Rose’ maths resources to help structure sessions and introduce new concepts. Additionally, we have integrated time to consolidate number facts, using ‘No nonsense Maths.’ Maths lessons will involve lots of visual aids, practical equipment and discussion in order to build on and enhance prior knowledge.

Forest School

We visited Forest School for the first time on Thursday and we will continue to visit every other week, so watch out for the forest school sign in the classroom window and a text from school! We will visit no matter what the weather so the children will need to bring wellies and waterproof trousers and coats – please make sure they are named!


You have already received information about PE days, kit needed and arrangements, but just as a reminder – PE will take place on Monday afternoon and children should come to school in their kit on the day.

Water Bottles

Please can you make sure that your child brings a named water bottle to school each day, this needs to be filled and ready to used. We will be sending them home each afternoon to be ready and washed for the next day.


Homework at the moment will consist of reading and phonics (the common exceptions words mentioned above and attached to this letter). Further information about how work will be sent home will be explained later in the next few weeks.

Due to the fact that we are unable to have a ‘Meet the teacher’ evening, if you have any questions or queries, please feel free to contact us via email:

The start of this school term is like no other that we have known. Our main aim is to welcome the children back and to help them to settle back into school life, which is also a bit different at the moment. We hope that with fun and friendship, learning will flourish!

Thank you for your support. We look forward to working with you throughout the term.

Mrs Harding, Miss Morson and Mrs Blundell.