Pirate Class - Reception & Year 1


Welcome back to school everyone! I hope you had a wonderful summer break and ready for action! Firstly, I would like to say a massive thank you to you all for the wonderful cards and gifts I received at the end of the year. Some of the words you had written were so lovely and I was very touched.It was very thoughtful and very much appreciated by myself and the TAs.

We welcome eleven new children into pirate class, Ivy-Rose, Felicity, Archie, Esme, Ruby, Milo, Charlie, Otis, Isaac, Finley and Nancy. We hope they enjoy school and have lots of fun and make some new friends. Please just ask if there is anything you are unsure about that happens at school.

Please can you let me know if you prefer your child not to have a pick and mix (ham/cheese roll) for their school lunch.

There will be a phonics meeting for reception parents on Tuesday 19th September at 9am. the meeting should only take about 30-40 minutes.


The children will have PE with Mr Calver on a Tuesday morning. They will need a school PE T-shirt and black or navy shorts. They may also need long PE trousers as they may be doing PE outside this term. They can wear their school sweatshirt if its chilly.

They will need trainers (not plimsolls please) this term, so please add these to their bags.

Please make sure every item is named, as you can imagine, getting 22 children changed and all wearing the same thing can be very confusing for them as everything looks the same. They can usually identify their own clothing by smell but it is much more affective with their name inside.

Year 1 parents. Please continue to hear your child read and encourage them to put their books in the box to change when necessary. As you know we like to keep their reading books inline with the phonics lessons so sometimes your child may need to keep the book /s for a few days. Sometimes it maybe necessary for your child to have a book they have read before, this might be because they have overtaken the phonics lessons or just to boost their confidence.  

also, children in year 1 will receive their homework books as soon as the new books arrive in school. the first piece of homework will be about Autumn if you'd like a head start.  

Children in reception will receive a homework pack with all the initial targets and activities we need them to practice.  please keep the pack at home until the week before half term.

When your children are ready for a reading book they will have a phonics check to see which book they need to start on. Then when they have used the book at home and practiced writing the key words from it. They may put the book and the reading record in the red box to be changed.


Please see below for this terms learning and topics. If you have any experience in any of our topic areas please let me know. If you would like to help in pirate class as a parent helper by listening to children read, playing games, art and craft activities again, just let me know as I still have some sessions available.


Mrs Payne


Topics for this term are:

Literacy- Traditional tales, recount writing, poetry, instruction writing

Phonics, all letters- Phonemes (sound) diagraphs (2 letters 1 sound) Trigraphs (3 letters 1 sound) Grammar, punctuation and sentence structure, finger spaces,  (plural)es and s words,

Maths-  number, place value, counting to 20+ and writing the matching number.

Science- The seasons

Geography/History- Our local area, The Hamilton's of Easton,

SEAL ( social emotional aspects of leaning)-going for goals

PSHE- School rules, making friends, playing and sharing, taking turns

RE- Christianity- celebrations

Art and Design- Textiles

Design and Technology- textiles

PE- athletics, practicing for sports evening

Computing- we are stories tellers, listening and creating an audio book

Music- playing a tuned or unturned instrument (using the key vocabulary)


Phonics- All phases!

If you would like to help your child at home, these are the phases we work through. Please ask us if you are unsure what phase your child is on. Please don't move them on to the next phase too quickly, it is much better for your child if they are fully confident with reading, writing and spelling the words in their ability phase. We test the children on these every half term.

Phase 2 to read, write and spell

High Frequency words (HFW)-
a, an, as, at, of, off, on, can, if, in, is, it, dad, had, back, get, big, him, his, not, not, got, up, mum, but,

Tricky words-
the, to, I, no, go, into, and, put

Phase 3 words to learn to read, write and spell

Will, that, this, then, them, with, see, for, now, down, look, too

Tricky words-
he, she, we, me, be, was, you, they, all, are, my, her

Phase 4 words to learn to read, write and spell;
HFW- went, its, from, children, just, help
Tricky words-
said, so, do, have, come, like, some, were, there, little, one, they, when, out, what

Phase 5 words to learn to read, write and spell;
HFW- don't, old, I'm, by, time, house, about, your, day, made, came, make, here, saw, very, put
tricky words- oh, their, people, Mr, Mrs, looked, called, asked, could

Phase 6
suffixes- -s, -es, -ing, -ed, -s, -er, -est, -y, -en, -ful, -ly, -ment, -ness

Help with phonics online games.

A good site online with games and activities at each phase.