YEAR 1 2023 - 2024

Mrs Jones

Mrs Strick

Mrs Partridge

Mrs Caton


Welcome to Year 1 letter for children | Clover Hill Primary School

Autumn Term 2023 

Do keep checking this class page for updates and reminders as we go through the year.

Any vital or short-term changes to the school day will be sent out via text or email as usual.


Class Updates:


  • P.E will now take place on Wednesdays - please come to school dressed in the correct PE kit on these days.

  • Please bring your reading book into school everyday.

  • Forest School will take place on Tuesday afternoon and will commence week beginning 11th September - please come to school dressed in suitable outdoor clothing. 


General Class Information:

Mrs Jones will be teaching the children on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday am.

Mrs Partridge will be teaching the children on Wednesday pm, Thursday and Friday.

Our School Day:

Children can arrive in school from 8.45am, through the EYFS entrance via the playground.

Adults will need to remain on the playground when the children come in to school, as the entrance can get very congested!

Morning register closes at 9.00am

Children can order a school snack if they wish. Payment of this is via ParentPay. Please speak to the office if this needs setting up.

Lunchtime is 12pm - 1pm

Please make sure that your child's school lunch has been pre-ordered via the form sent by the office each week.

Hometime is 3.15pm

Children will be brought to the small wooden gate at the EYFS entrance to be collected by their parent / guardian. Please notify the office if the adult picking your child up is not the designated person that we are expecting.


School Uniform and P.E Days

Please send your children to school in the correct school uniform on Monday, Thursdays and Fridays.

This consists of:

  • grey trousers, shorts, skirt or pinafore dress.
  • white or red polo shirt, or white collared shirt / blouse long or short-sleeved
  • red jumper or cardigan (with or without the Castle logo)
  • black, white or grey socks
  • black shoes (NOT trainers).

Our P.E lessons are on Wednesday. On these days, please ensure children wear the correct P.E uniform.

This consists of:

  • plain white t-shirt or polo shirt (no crop tops)
  • plain black shorts/skorts/jogging bottoms/leggings
  • plain black or red sweatshirt / hoodie, and plain black pumps or sensible trainers.

Long hair should be tied back.

NO JEWELLERY should be worn, including EARRINGS. Please make sure children are not wearing earrings on P.E days.


This Half Term's Topic: Ourselves

Focus texts:

Is There a Dog in this Book?

We're Going on a Bear Hunt.



We will be talking about our families including our pets. 

We will be learning about vets and taking care of our pets.

We will be painting portraits of ourselves.

We will be going on a walk to Mow Cop Castle and creating our own map.

We will looking at our houses and different house types.

We will use cameras to take photos and look at Google Maps.

We will create a pop art portrait based on Andy Warhol.

We will learn about 'The Good Samaritan' and 'Be My Guest.'

We will be singing songs and reciting poetry.


PE - Gymnastics (Mrs Partridge)

Music - Body Percussion (Mr Playford)

Science - Animals and Humans (Mr Alexandridis)


Reading At Home & 'Little Wandle'

Your child will be bringing home a reading book from the Little Wandle range to practise their independent reading with an adult. This will be closely matched to the Little Wandle phonics scheme that we teach in class. They are fully decodable reading books that help your child embed their phonics and tricky word recognition skills, whilst helping them to increase their fluency when reading.

We ask that you provide opportunities for your child to read as much as possible at home; ideally a few short minutes every day, but at least 3 times per week. This is invaluable to their literacy development. KS1 children are learning to apply their decoding skills (phonics) and also comprehend what they read, so try to discuss the book's events or contents as part of their reading practice routine too.The book may need to be read several times in order for your child to grasp some of the tricky words or longer decodable words. Your child will gain in confidence with every read!

Please record reading sessions in your child's reading record and send into school everyday.This is so we can hear them read their book in school, keep track of their progress and change the book regularly.

The 'Little Wandle' reading book will be changed every week, so please ensure you return it in time for the next one!

The children will also bring home a 'sharing' book of their choice from the class library. This book can be read to your child or together with your child at home. This should be an opportunity to instil the positive experience of reading in whichever way your child feels confident with. Both books will be changed on a Wednesday


If you should need to contact us with any questions or concerns then please use the following email addresses:


We are looking forward to a fun-filled term!

Mrs Jones and Mrs Partridge

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Contact the School

Castle Primary School and Nursery

Mow Cop Road, Mow Cop, Stoke-on-Trent
Staffordshire, ST7 4NE

If you wish to request a paper copy of information on our website please use the school email.

Main Contact: Miss J Mason

Tel: 01782 433218

SEN Contact: Miss J Mason

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