Welcome to Year 1 - Nightingale

Welcome to Nightingale class

My name is Mr Gritt and I am the class teacher in Nightingale class. I believe that every child can do amazing things and I look forward to watching all of your children grow and develop new skills over the next year.

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 second half of the Summer term!

Welcome back to Nightingale class for the final term in year 1! I hope you had a lovely break with your children and I look forward to seeing the wonderful things your children are going to create over the next eight weeks.


I was very proud of how hard the children worked during the last half term and they continue to surprise me every day with their brilliant knowledge of maths.

During this half term, the children will revisit time and measurements to ensure they have a secure understanding of both concepts. We will also visit addition, subtraction, multiplication and division in more depth, to gain a deeper understanding of each of these concepts.


We will be linking English with our new topic 'On the land and under the sea'. We will be using some brilliant stories, such as 'The Squid and The Whale and 'The Rainbow Fish' to help the children to improve their writing skills.

The children continue to use the enchanted wood reading corner to lose themselves in a book. The name of this area takes its inspiration from our class reading book, 'The Enchanted Wood' by Enid Blyton.


The children will continue to have daily phonics lessons to help strengthen their knowledge of letters and sounds. The children will continue to bring word sheets home every Friday and these will continue to include 'alien words' to help prepare the children for the phonics screening tests this month. Please read through the words with your children and test their understanding.

'On The Land And Under The Sea'.

This half term, the children will get the chance to gain a greater understanding of the world around us. Through many cross-curricular activities, the children will increase their geographical vocabulary and have the chance to explore what makes our land so grand and how majestic the sea is.


During this half term, we will continue to have PE on Tuesdays and Thursdays and we will be exploring character building through Commando Joe activities and Gymnastics.

With the weather getting hotter, 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.

PE kits and uniform must 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 continue to read with your child at least 3 times every week for 5 minutes a day. The reading that you do at home makes a huge difference to your children's reading development and helps to instill a love of reading. Those children who have improved with their reading are those that read regularly at home so it does make a big difference!

Please make sure to sign your child's diary so we can see how they are getting on with their reading at home. If the children have read 3 times, they have the chance to win a prize from Mrs Kaur.

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

Forest School

We have Forest School's on Monday morning so please make sure that your child comes to school with warm clothing. Your child may also wear wellies. Please bring these in a plastic bag.

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.

March 2019


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