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message from the headteacherAlthough there are many other events to look forward to between now and the end of the term, our final day, Thursday 29th March, also brings with it THE EASTER EGGSTRAVAGANZA at 10.00am. So, start thinking how you can decorate an egg or - for Reception and Nursery - how to construct an Easter Bonnet. We always have the most imaginative ideas from families so join in the fun!

Year 1 LB
We'd like to say a huge thanks to everyone for supporting their children on World Book Day to find a magic-themed outfit... It was wonderful whole-school experience and the children really enjoyed sharing their costumes and talking about their favourite stories with each other.

We were disappointed that the trip to Jodrell Bank had to be cancelled due to weather conditions; however, the children (and staff) had lots of fun playing in the snow and enjoying a warming hot chocolate and a picnic lunch in school.

We are very pleased to announce that the trip has been re-scheduled for Monday 19th March. Letters will be coming home this week.

Thank you for all you do to support your child's learning.

If you have any questions or concerns please speak with either Miss Limbert or myself at any time.

Miss Brash

Learning Goals
In Year 1, the children participate in daily Numeracy, Phonics and Literacy lessons and the children begin to take more responsibility for their own learning, working independently and in groups. Much of our learning takes place through creative activities and planned play opportunities. As the year progresses, the children will begin working in a more and more structured way, in preparation for Yr 2. We try hard to ensure the move from Reception into Key Stage 1 is as smooth as possible.

Later in the year, the children will take part in a Phonics Screening Check. It is very important that school and home work closely together to support your child with their early reading skills. Please listen to your child read as often as possible and help them to learn their spellings each week. A pack of sound cards will be sent home with your child. Please use these cards on a regular basis and help your child look out for these sounds when they are reading and encourage them to use them in their writing. (Should your child wish to spell adventurous words, then they should use their sounds as a staring point i.e. 'j-igh-n-or-m-a-s' instead of 'ginormous', 'b-i-y-oo-t-i-f-u-ll' instead of 'beautiful'. At this stage in your child's learning, these spelling attempts are perfectly acceptable and you do not need to correct all of their efforts. Your child will learn alternative spellings for such words as the year progresses). To be in the best position possible, when taking the Phonics Screening Test, your child will need to recognise each sound quickly and confidently so regular reinforcement at home will prove invaluable. If you have any questions about the Phonics Screening Check, please speak with me at any time.

Literacy and Numeracy homework will be set on alternate weeks and this will be stuck in your child’s homework book. Your child’s homework will relate to work we have been, or will be doing in class at that time. It is intended to consolidate the weeks learning, or prepare your child for the weeks learning ahead. Homework books will then be collected every Wednesday and the new homework will be sent home on a Friday. Spellings will also be sent home each week. These will be tested on Friday.

Numeracy homework activities and extra reading material can be found by logging into this site: www.activelearnprimary.co.uk

Your children will soon have their own login details.

Visit www.uk.ixl.com if you would like to practice your maths skills at home. This is a great website and can be used throughout school by all year groups.

Thank you for all your support.
Taylor Road | Altrincham | Cheshire | WA144LE | 0161 926 8646 | oldfieldbrowps@yahoo.co.uk