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Mrs Gordon & Mrs Major

Welcome to class R/1GM's webpage. We are a friendly group of Reception and Year 1's who are very enthusiastic about our learning. Our class teachers are Mrs Gordon and Mrs Major and our teaching assistants are Miss Cook (Monday-Wednesday) and Miss Bradley (Thursday-Friday). We also have Mrs S Webb (1:1 support assistant) for two hours each morning.


General Information

Reading: We change our reading books three times a week on a Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Although we do ask for book bags to be brought into school every day as often there are letters that need to go home. It is important that we read as much as possible and for the Year 1 children, the minimum our teachers would like us to spend time reading at home is three times a week. Every Friday, Mrs Gordon will take our reading diary's in to monitor this and will reward house points accordingly. 1 house point for reading three times a week and 2 house points for 4x or more.


Library: Once a term on a Thursday, we are very fortunate to be able to visit our local library where we have the opportunity to choose a book to take home and listen to a story. However, these visits wouldn't be possible without the continued support of parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles! So if you are able to offer your time to accompany us, please let Mrs Gordon/Mrs Major know. There are a list of dates below and we thank you in advance. We look forward to discussing our favourite stories with you!


Thursday 21st September

Thursday 16th November

Thursday 25th January

Thursday 22nd March

Thursday 3rd May

Thursday 5th July


PE: Our indoor PE session is on a Thursday morning but again we ask for PE kits to be in school every day. In addition to this we will take part in our '5 a day' workout every morning and afternoon. We will send kits home to be washed at the end of each term, or sooner if necessary!


Year 1’s Spellings and Homework: We will receive a term's worth of homework in our homework folders at the start of the term, however only the relevant sheet is to be completed each week. It will be collected in on a Wednesday to be marked and handed back out again on a Friday. Spellings will be given out on a Friday and tested in the classroom on a Thursday.


Special Box: Each week, one of our names is picked out of a hat to take home 'The Special Box.' We can choose up to five things (which must fit in the box!) to share with the rest of the class. Giving time to really listen to each other is something that is important to our confidence and our sense of belonging.


Our Belongings: Can parents and carers please make sure all their child's belongings are named, from gloves to water bottles and plimsolls! Your help in this is very much appreciated as our lost property box is overflowing!


We ask that water bottles are taken home, washed, refilled (with still plain water only) and brought back the next day. In addition, we can bring in a healthy snack for break time.


Please also note, if your child is being collected by someone else, Mrs Gordon/Mrs Major must have notification (either written or through telephoning the school).


If you have any questions, please pop in and ask or make an appointment to see Mrs Gordon/Mrs Major, again through the school office.


Many thanks and we hope you are as excited about the new school year as we are!

Term One


Welcome to St. Andrews. Our termly newsletter can be found further down the page.


At the beginning of the term we will focus on settling in and getting to know the children (and them us!). We will then move to celebrating Harvest and thinking about Autumn and the changes in our environment.


We will be using the texts of 'The Little Red Hen,' 'Leaf Man' and 'Scarecrows Wedding' as starting points for our work.


We encourage all the children to be independent coming into school and finding their pegs etc. We thank you for your support in this matter.


If you have any questions, please pop in and ask or make an appointment to see us, again through the school office.

Many thanks and we hope you are as excited about the new school year as we are!



Term Two


Welcome back to Term 2 - we hope you have had a lovely week off! We have got a busy term ahead of us, looking at the following topics: Diwali, Transport and Christmas. 


Our ‘Diwali’ activities include:

  • Reading Divali Story
  • Making Diva Lamps
  • Creating Rangoli Patterns


Our ‘Christmas’ activities include:


  • Making items to see at the Christmas Fair
  • Writing about the Nativity Story
  • Making and Advent Calendar
  • Writing Letters to Santa.


Miss Csiba is in the process of choosing our Christmas performance and we look forward to showing you it at the end of term. 

Term Three


Welcome back to Term Three.  Happy New Year to you all - we hope you have had a wonderful Christmas break.

The children have come back ready and eager to learn and we are so impressed with how much they have remembered after having a two week break.


This term our theme is 'Space' and some of the books we will look at are 'Whatever Next' and 'Bob the man on the moon.' The role play area has been transformed into a space station and the children are already having so much fun and it's so lovely to see their amazing imaginations!


The whole school are taking part in an International Week and our class are looking at the country France. We are going to be learning some simple phrases in French, facts about the Eiffel Tower, songs in French and lots more!


More details of our work to be covered can be found on the Newsletter on this webpage and also the copy sent home.

As always, if you have any questions please pop in and ask.


We look forward to another fun-filled term!