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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!

Term 4


Welcome to Term Four!  We hope you all had a super half term break!


This term our themes are 'Food' and 'Easter'.  We will be looking at the stories, 'Handa's Surprise' , 'Oliver's Vegetables' and 'The Very Hungry Caterpillar' before we move on to the Christian celebration of Easter.


As part of our food theme we will be writing recipes, making soup, designing fruit salads, ordering days of the week, writing our own version of The Very Hungry Caterpillar.  We will also be thinking carefully about how we can keep our bodies healthy and which foods are good fuels for us.


Our Easter celebrations will involve sharing the Easter story, baking Hot Cross Buns, an Easter Egg hunt and decorating eggs. We also hope to visit the Church for a traditional Palm Cross service.


Miss Csiba will continue to teach our music lessons.


The children are working really hard with their phonics and maths, please do keep up the support at home.


As always, please pop in if you have an questions or queries and we look forward to seeing parents and carers again at our parent's evenings if not before.


Term 5


Welcome back to Term Five.


We hope you all had a super Easter break and didn't eat too many Easter eggs!!  


This term, our learning will be based our on the theme of 'Fairytales and Castles'.  We will begin with the story 'Jack and the Beanstalk' before moving on to look at Cinderella and lots more traditional tales.  The children will also have opportunity to write their own Fairytales!


Our swimming lessons begin this term and hopefully the weather will be warm.  Please ensure your child can independently dress and dry themselves. 


As hopefully the weather will be warming up, please ensure you apply suncream to your child before school (many last a full day now) and also that your child has a named sunhat.


More information regarding our learning can be found on our newsletter and as always, please pop in if you have any questions or queries.

Term 6


Welcome back to Term 6 - who can believe that the year is nearly over?! This term our topic is 'Under the Sea' and the highlight will be a visit to Skegness aquarium where the children will have the opportunity to see some of the creatures that we have been learning about. We will be looking at the books 'The Snail and the Whale’ 'My Friend Whale' and ‘The Fish who could wish.’ If the children have got any non fiction books about this topic, please feel free to bring them in and share them with the class.  


We will continue to develop phonic skills and understanding, counting to 20 and beyond, doubling and halving, writing two digit numbers and adding and subtracting single digit numbers.  There will also be the regular opportunities for the children to create their own books and follow their own mathematical interests.


As part of our creative activities we will be making and painting sea creatures and also doing some printing.  For their independent creative activities the children always have access to play dough alongside other assorted items,  different types of paper for cutting and sticking and coloured pens and pencils.


Of course this term includes sports day and we have already started to prepare the children for their races. We hope to see you supporting from the sidelines. 


As always, any queries please don't hesitate to contact us!