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 working on place value, measurement and shape.. The maths lessons will be very practical and will give the children a chance to really explore the meaning and value of number.


This term we are working on building our comprehension of texts and using our phonics to read and spell words. The children have already explored labels and lists and are now moving on to building a bigger understand of stories whilst continuing to improve their phonics.

I have created an 'enchanted wood' reading corner to encourage the children to lose themselves in a book.


We have spent the first week of this term practising phonics with the children. The children will receive daily phonics teaching and we will be working on strengthening their knowledge of letters and sounds.

Heroes topic

This half term we will be looking at our new exciting topic of heroes. We will be exploring how heroes through history have been remembered for doing incredible things. We will also be looking at modern day heroes and how they are helping our world at present.


We have PE every Wednesday and Thursday. We are very lucky to have Gemma (our school PE coach) teaching the children during one of the lessons.

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 practising 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 wil endeavor to change their reading book once a week.

This Week

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!

October 2017


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