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Holy Cross Primary

Catholic Voluntary Academy

Loved, Valued, Challenged

Class 1

Welcome to Class 1

Mrs Bradley and Miss Duong's Class

Who is where and when:
Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday - Mrs Bradley
Thursday and Friday - Miss Duong

Meet the Class 1 team

Mrs Knight, Mrs Bradley and Miss Duong

This week's statement to live by is:

I understand the importance of peace

This summer term we will be focusing on
'Wider World'
and preparing the children for
their transition into year 1.


The warmer weather has arrived!
Children are welcome to wear the summer school uniform which is blue summer dresses for girls and light blue polo shirts for boys with black or dark grey trousers/shorts. Please ensure you send your child with suitable footwear and a school coat as the weather can quickly change. Please also send your child with a named sunhat. Those that cover the neck are best.

It is also a good idea to ensure your child is wearing sun cream to protect against the hottest sun. School do ensure all children access shade, however the sun is at its strongest during the lunchtime period. Sun cream which lasts all day is most suitable.

This term we are beginning a round the world topic, beginning with the Jungle and the story of Monkey Puzzle. Using the children's ideas from our role-play Travel Agents we will have different themes each week.

We may visit Under the Sea, Africa, Australia, France or even Antarctica. Please have a talk at home and let us know which places you are interested in learning about.

This topic is heavily based on the children learning about different places round the world around them. We will be exploring different cultures in lots of ways, including language, dress, animals, foods, weather, art and music.

Please check the articles below for latest activities and photographs.

Our classroom looks AMAZING! Everyone put a lot of effort into the 3d minibeast models and look fabulous on display. The models were great inspiration for our non-fiction writing.

All children have their own writing targets in their literacy book. We will be continuing handwriting sessions focussing on how to form letters correctly.

Forming letters is an important part of your child's curriculum as good habits now provide a great stepping stone for beginning to join letters in Key Stage 1.

Statistically children who form their letters correctly have more energy to write at length.

In our numeracy sessions we are continuing to focus on understanding number problems which involve addition and subtraction. We will continue to count in 2's, 5's and 10's. There are some fantastic songs on Youtube which help with this.

Please read the parent newsletter below for more information.

Parents meetings
Thank you to those who were able to attend some or all of the meetings. Please leave your feedback at the following website address You will need to register at first, but is a useful tool for prospective parents. Thank you to those who already have done so.

Look at the behaviour chart. Everyday you start on the green smiley face. Can you work really hard to get on the superstar?

Class 1 will have their PE slot on a Tuesday. Please ensure you have your childs full PE kit (t-shirt, shorts, jogging bottoms, plimsolls and trainers) in school at all times in case times change. Please be aware we also do extra physical development sessions in our own outdoor area at differing times.

We will be baking in class starting on Thursday 18th September .
Your child will receive a note the day before to inform you that they will be baking and they will need to bring a box with their name clearly labelled on it.
Thank you.

Homework will be given out on a Friday and will need to be returned on Monday in your child's homework folder. If you have any questions about homework, please let us know.
Thank you.


Every time your child reads, please write in their reading diary along with a comment. We will be reading twice in school.
If you read a total of five times a week, this includes the two reading sessions in school, your child will receive a stamp in the back of their diary.
For every 25 stamps, your child will be presented with a reading certificate.
It is very important your child reads their school reading book at least 3 times to build up their skills and confidence.

To support our teaching of phonics, a website you may wish to visit with your child is On this website you will find a parent section as well as lots of games your children love playing in school...especially the pirate or dragon game. To ensure your child is practising the correct level, ask them who their phonics teacher is and select the correct phase from the options.

We are now focussing on phase 4 phonics which include words with more letters in them and the phase 3 graphemes such as frog, coast, string, chimpanzee.

Star of the week

 Each week we will choose a child to be 'star of the week.' This is a very important job for the whole week as they do lots of important jobs like taking the register to the office and doing helpful tasks in the classroom. On Monday the chosen children talk to their group about themselves and show their favourite toys and important photographs which are special to them. This time is very special to the children as they build confidence in talking in front of their friends. Letters are sent out on a Friday to the chosen children for the following week.

The 'Star of the Week' this week is... Russo

Congratulations to our School Councillors, Evie-Rose and Ronnie, and to our class Eco Warriors Lexie-Mae and Aaliyah. I'm sure they'll do a fantastic job.
Well done!

If you are able to spare a few hours of your time to help in Class 1, it would be grately appreciated; reading, baking and general support within the classroom. Please let me know if you are able to help. 
Thank you for your support in advance.

We are hoping for helpers to check keywords or do group reading. Please speak to a member of staff if you can spare half an hour.

Reading books will be changed on a WEDNESDAY this term.