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 Summer term!

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


I was super impressed with the fantastic maths work that Nightingale class completed during our Spring term.

During this half term, the children will begin to problem solve more and apply their thinking to maths. We will revisit place value, addition and subtraction and time. The children will begin to consolidate their knowledge of these concepts to give them a great start to year 2!


We will be linking English with our new topic 'Once Upon a Time'. We will be exploring several fairy tales and the children will get the chance to go on a fairy tale adventure when we go on our trip to Perlesthorpe Education Centre.

There will be a big focus on story writing for this half term and the children will begin to write short narratives which will help consolidate all of the skills that they have learnt so far.

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 new 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 term. Please read through the words with your children and test their knowledge.

'Once Upon a Time' topic

This half term, we will be exploring the magical world of fairy tales. The children will get the chance to revisit some of the classic fairy tales and we will introduce them to some less familiar stories. This topic will strengthen the children's story writing and extend their vocabulary to prepare them for the transition into year 2.


During this half term, we will continue to have PE on Tuesdays and Thursdays and we will be exploring athletic sports and dance. We are lucky to have a boot camp coach with us for this half term. He will be giving the children some fun and challenging athletic activities to help improve their sport skills.

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.

April 2018


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