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Pluto Class Year One

Welcome to Pluto Class Page for 2019-2020.

Class Teacher: Mrs Hicks

Teaching Assistant: Mrs Howell

Teaching Assistant (lunchtime) Mrs Coxgray


The children have all settled in well and have started to learn our routines and timetable.  We have PE on a Wednesday afternoon and Swimming on a Thursday and we would be most grateful if the children can be provided with the relevant clothes for these sessions.  


We started off our year with a fabulous trip to Chatham Dockyard where the children were able to explore and learn about our Topic for this term which is Pirates and Mermaids. 


We hope that your children will be very happy in Pluto class and look forward to speaking to you about any issues, concerns or happy thoughts you may want to share with us.


Home Learning:

In Year 1 children will be expected to read daily and write or draw about what they have read in their reading journal. Ideally your child’s input should be alongside comments from you at this stage of their learning.  Towards the end of this term they will also receive weekly spellings; these will be handed out on a Friday, and tested on the following Friday. Half-termly, children will also be given a project to complete based on their topic.


All children are expected to complete their homework and hand it in on time; please see the teacher if you have any questions or queries.


Planned Trips:

  • Local Parks and community areas
  • Hornimans Museum
  • Beckenham Place Park

Please could you let us know asap of your availability for trips as we always need parent support.



Our focus in Literacy this term will be:


  • Writing list, labels, letter, invitations, etc..
  • Writing simple sentences.
  • Identifying characters, settings and plots.
  • Use correct punctuation.
  • Forming some of our letters carefully.


  • Using our focus text ‘Jake’s First Day’ we will be analysing how different characters feel and respond to their environment.


Grammar, Phonics and Spelling

We will be starting to focus on Phonics to prepare the children for the phonics screening in June 2019. 


Towards the end of the term the children will also have a list of spellings that they will need to know by the end of the year and we will be sending lists home each Friday for them to learn ready for short tests on the following Friday.  We will also be thinking about how we can extend our sentences.



We are continuing to use the Big Maths program which the children have loved, including daily CLIC sessions.

Big Maths is an interactive framework which allows the children to engage with activities at school, and at home. We will be supporting the learning of mental maths skills, particularly counting in 2’s, identifying number bonds and ordering numbers. Please support your child with their counting skills as this will be this term’s focus.

We will assess each child throughout the term to see where they are and what they need to do to reach their full potential in Mathematics.


PSHE – The children will be encouraged to explore their feelings and learn about keeping safe.

P.E –Exercise and Ball games.

 Children will also have a swimming lesson each week.


The Arts

Drama will be integrated into our topic work. 

Art and D.T –Making our own items from recycled materials. The children will also learn how to use the art equipment and further explore mixing colors.

Music – instrument/sing up/singing