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Toucana Summer Term 2019


Staff in Toucana

Class Teacher- Mrs Barrett (Tuesday to Friday)

Mrs Wiles will be teaching Monday morning and Mrs Cartwright Monday afternoon 

Learning Support Assistants- Mrs Fitzgerald, Mrs Stephenson, Mrs Wiles, Mr Delahaye, Miss Briggs and Mrs Garrick



Mr Waites, Mrs Racster and Mr Lidgard


We always welcome volunteers to help hear children read. If you have any spare time, please see Mrs Barrett.

Toucana Summer Term 2019


Hope you have had a lovely Easter holiday. We have lots of exciting activities planned for this term. We are hoping to visit Manston Park as part of our science topic on plants.



Topics this term.

Science: Plants. Visit to Manston Park. Thursday 23rd May at 1pm.

History: Toys. How has Manston Park changed?

Geography: Hot and cold places. Orienteering. Weather patterns. Countries and capital cities of the UK.

RE: Why do we care?

PE: Athletics/Games/Multi-sports with professional coach

Art: Observational drawings. Sculpture. Artist study- Miro. Abstract art – Mondrian.

Music: Timbre, Tempo and dynamics.

Computing: Word processing. Online safety workshop- Tuesday 30th April 2:45-3:15pm

D.T: Making a moving vehicle.

Food Technology: Growing chives. Making scrambled egg with chives on toast.



If your child is absent from school, please telephone as soon as possible that day to let us know.



Tuesday pm/Wednesday pm/ Thursday pm- with the coach for 2 weeks. Please can you ensure that P.E. kit is brought to school on Monday morning. It will be sent home on Friday.

Outdoor P.E kit: Trainers, tracksuit (blue, black) or shorts (blue, black) and team polo shirt. A cap if the weather is sunny.

Indoor P.E kit: pumps, blue/black shorts and team polo shirt.

We will be having our P.E lessons outside this term if the weather is favourable. Please ensure your child has trainers in school. Converse type pumps do not provide adequate grip when we are on the grass.



There will be a variety of homework activities sent home to do with your child. If your child needs support the class teacher will be available at lunchtime. Your child will also be given a reading book and a reading record book. Please read with your child every night and record your comments in the reading record book. We recommend you hear them little and often rather than a long session as this is more effective. Discussing the story is an important aspect of reading, predicting the ending and playing guessing games, looking at the pictures can make it more fun and enjoyable. We will change their reading book when we are confident that they are making progress.


How you can help your child this term.

  • Continue phonics and reading practice.
  • Monthly target homework. Please talk to your child about different plants and trees you can see and any toys you had as a child.

As always please share a book with your child at least 3 times a week as Year 1 is the key age for developing early reading skills, time spent now will make a significant difference to your child’s future progress across the whole of the curriculum.


Book bags and reading books 

Please can these be in school every day, as we will put school letters and homework inside.




Water bottles, fruit and milk

We encourage children to bring fresh water in a named bottle to school every day, especially during summer. Fruit is currently free to all Key stage 1 children.



Please ensure your child has school pumps to wear inside school. We will send them home each term or sooner so you can check that they fit safely.



Please give all letters and envelopes (with your child’s name) to a member of staff. Also please encourage your child to hand in their homework.


Lost property

We often have children mislaying school items/clothing. Your child is asked to place any jumpers or cardigans they remove into the box in the classroom as it is then easy for them to find at the end of the day. Please check your child’s name is on each item of clothing including their PE kit. If your child leaves anything on the playground at playtime or lunchtime they will be put into the lost property bench in the playground, which will be opened for you to check at home time.



We always welcome parents to volunteer in class. There are so many ways you can help, including hearing children read and practise skills. If you would like to accompany us on the park visit it would be appreciated. Please see me if you are interested.


Thank you for your support.

Mrs Barrett and the Year 1 staff.







Year 1 had an art day. They drew some animal inspired art.

Phonics Support - the documents below will help you support your child to learn phonics.