Welcome to Year 1 - Nightingale

Welcome to Nightingale class

My name is Mr Gritt and I am the class teacher in Nightingale class. Mrs Kerry and Mrs Kaur are our amazing teaching assistants who cover our class.

Our class name

Nightingale class is named after Florence Nightingale.

Florence Nightingale was born in Florence, Italy in 1820. She was brought up in Derbyshire and Hampshire.

Florence is famous for her nursing work during the Crimean war (1854-56). She changed the face of nursing from a mostly untrained profession to a highly skilled and well-respected medical profession which set standards that still form the basis of modern day nursing.


This half term we are continuing to work on place value and understanding the value of number, We will also be exploring capacity, money and fractions through a range of fun and practical activities.


This term we are continuing to apply our phonics to read and spell words. We will be exploring poetry and stories based around our topic of 'Let's Celebrate'. The children will begin to write using full sentences and focusing on adding interesting words to their writing.

The children have continued to use the enchanted wood reading corner to lose themselves in a book.


The children will continue to have daily phonics lessons to help strengthen their knowledge of letters and sounds. The children will be bringing word sheets home every Friday. Please read through the words with your children and test their knowledge.

'Let's Celebrate' topic

This half term we will be exploring celebrations through different religions and cultures. We will be comparing our own traditions and celebrations to other countries and the children have a new roleplay area to go alongside this new topic. If you have any questions about this topic, please do not hesitiate to speak to me.


We have PE on Mondays and Wednesdays.. This half term we will be looking at competitive games and playing sports such as Volleyball and Dodgeball.

Please make sure that your child brings in their PE kit on these days or we are happy for you to leave them at school in our PE box.

They will need a white t-shirt, navy shorts or tracksuit bottoms and trainers. Please make sure that PE kits and uniform include name labels. This will help to avoid any items being lost or taken home by the wrong child.

Things you can do at home

Please read with your child at least 3 times every week for 5 minutes a day. Please make sure to sign your child's diary so we can see how they are getting on with their reading at home.

Please support your child with reading and writing by practicing phonic sounds. Please encourage your child to use their phonics whilst reading at home.

Things to Remember

  • Please make sure all items of clothing are clearly named.
  • Ensure your child brings their reading book and diary to school every day - we will endeavor to change their reading books on Tuesdays and Fridays.

This Week

What a great two weeks we have had!

Nightingale class have had an amazing start to this half term. We have had a very busy couple of weeks but the work that the children are creating is amazing!

The children have been learning how to structure a sentence in English by using the story of 'The Tiger That Came To Tea'. Look at some of the fantastic sentences that the children have written.

Welcome back!

Welcome back after the half term holidays. I hope you had a lovely break with your children. We are starting this new term with our fantastic new topic, 'Let's Celebrate' and the children will continue to improve their maths skills, reading and writing through some interesting and fun activities.

What we got up to last half term

We worked extremely hard last half term and produced some amazing work. Well done to all of Nightingale class. Enjoy your half term and I will see you in November.

Improving our reading and taking measurements

This week the children of Nightingale class are using their phonics to help to improve their reading during our English lessons. We are using the story of 'Supertato' to help improve the blending of sounds and the children's overall comprehension.

In maths we are looking at length, weight and height. The children are learning the correct mathematical vocabulary to help their overall understanding of measurement.

Look at some of the amazing work that the children are doing!

Harvest festival songs

The children have started to learn two songs for the harvest festival. The links for the songs are below. Please encourage your child to have a look at the songs at home so they become even more familiar with the words before the festival.

https://youtu.be/NTdIrlTlXks - Harvest Samba

https://youtu.be/JRQEQgyGAGA - Cauliflowers fluffy

Exploring the great outdoors with forest school.

The children have forest school every Monday so please ensure your child brings warm clothing. Wellies can also be brought in for forest school.

Go bananas for reading

I encourage the children to read as often as possible to help to improve their phonics and broaden their vocabulary. The children even use their 'snack time' to show off their reading skills. The children loved reading their 'banana skin' words and this might be something fun to try at home with your child.


The children have all received their first reading book for this year. Please read this book with your child over the next week. I am excited to hear about how they got on!

December 2017


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