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.

Welcome back for the Spring term!

Happy new year! I hope you had a lovely break with your children and I look forward to continuing to teach your children during the next term.


During this half term, we will continue to explore addition and subtraction to ensure that the children are secure with this concept. We will also continue to explore place value, shape and money but with the addition of problem solving to help deepen the children's thinking and understanding.


In English, we will be linking our new 'Animal Kingdom' topic to learn and writing about the wonderful animals of our world. The children will have the chance to use their phonics skills to write facts about animals and produce more creative writing based around the topic.

The children have a brand new role play area to help aid their understanding of animals.

The children are still encouraged to use the enchanted wood reading corner to lose themselves in a book. The children have some new stories to explore this half term.


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 and these will now include 'alien words' to help prepare the children for phonics screening tests in the Summer. Please read through the words with your children and test their knowledge.

'Animal Kingdom' topic

This half term, we will be exploring the wonderful world of animals and their habitats. The children will get the chance to learn about a large variety of different animals from many different countries and will even get the chance to spend some time with the school's guinea pigs.


During this half term, we will have PE on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.. This half term we will continue to explore dance and revisit gymnastics.

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. The time you spend reading with your child makes a huge difference and many of the children have moved up books bands and increased their reading skills.

Please support your child with reading and writing by practicing phonic sounds. Please encourage your child to use their phonics when 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 week the children have had!

Over the past week, we have explored shape, character descriptions, collaging and looking at the human body. The children have worked so hard and I am really happy with the progress that they are making!

Below are the children who made our 'Poppin for Success' board and our new 'Creative board'.

Well done to Amelia, Ellamay, Katie, Ben, Nadine, Nicola, Zoya and Misha!

What a fantastic start to our Spring term!

The children have returned to school, ready to learn and what a week they have had!

In English, a dinosaur visited our school and caused a mess in our classroom! The children were brilliant detectives and wrote about what he got up to.

In maths, the children had the chance to show off their maths skills by consolidating their understanding of addition and subtraction.

In Science, we learnt about the different types of animals and discussed which features belong to which animal groups.

Look at some of the great work that the children completed and see who made the 'Poppin for success' board!

Welcome back!

Welcome back after the Christmas Holidays and Happy New Year!

It has been a fantastic first term working with your children. I have been super impressed with their excellent attitude to learning and how hard they have worked. There have been so many successes from all of the children and I am really looking forward to seeing more excellent work during the Spring Term.

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!

February 2018


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