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(Year 1) Toucana

Dear Parents/Carers,
Unfortunately, Mrs Barrett is currently off school due to ill health. In order to best cover her absence and provide as much continuity as possibility Miss Oddy will be covering Year 1 for four days of the week with Mrs Westlake (Supply teacher known to pupils) covering Year 2 on Monday and Year 1 on Tuesday.
Kind regards,
James Clay

Head Teacher

Manston Primary School

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Class Teacher

Class Teacher 1 Mrs Barrett - Monday to Thursday
Class Teacher 2 Miss Oddy - Friday

Welcome to Toucana

Year 1

Toucana Spring Term 2020


 Happy New Year. We hope you had a restful Christmas holiday.  Many thanks on behalf of the all the staff in Year 1 for your lovely Christmas cards, messages and gifts.

 Staff in Toucana

Class Teacher- Mrs Barrett: Monday- Thursday

Class teacher – Miss Oddy: Friday

Learning Support Assistants- Mrs Fitzgerald, Mrs Joul and Mrs Des-Rosiers

HTLA- Mrs Cartwright (Tuesday afternoon)


Mr Waites


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



We have lots of fun activities planned. Here are the topics we will be covering this term:

Maths Topics: Length and Height, Addition and subtraction to 20, Solving word problems, Numbers to 40, Multiplication and Division

Science: Materials. Changing seasons.

Geography: Kenya. Fair Trade.

History: A study of John Smeaton.

RE: Belonging to a church or mosque.

PHSE: Myself and others. Feelings. Around the house.

PE: Gymnastics and Yoga

Art: Drawing using pastels. Looking at the work of the artist Anne Berenge and Picasso.

DT: Designing and making a healthy fruit salad. Designing and making a drum.

Computing: Internet safety. Revelation art, using Beebots, word-processing, data handling. Silhouette pictures.

Music: Pulse and rhythm. Listening to music.

Literacy: Books we will be sharing this term: Handa’s surprise, The Leopard’s drum, Anancy and Mr Dry Bone.




Tuesday pm and Friday am. 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 are essential, a tracksuit (blue or black) and a team polo shirt.

Indoor P.E kit: Pumps, blue or black shorts and a team polo shirt.



Please encourage your child to give any completed homework to a member of staff. 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. Discussing the story is an important aspect of reading and predicting the ending, playing guessing games and looking at the pictures can also make it more fun and enjoyable. We will change your child’s reading book when we are confident that they are making progress. Your child may have been given sounds and words to practise for their phonics. Please record in their reading record book any sounds which they are finding difficult and we can practise these in school. An LSA will also make a record of their progress so please practise any specific sounds more at home if necessary. There will be a reading club on Thursday morning 9:00-9:20 in Toucana classroom to support the teaching of phonics.

Please hand completed homework books in on Wednesday. New homework will be given out every Thursday.


Numbots and Bug Club

Numbots is a fantastic maths resource which the children love. There is a Monday lunchtime club which your child can attend and a weekly opportunity to practise in school too. We use Bug Club weekly in class to support our reading scheme and your child has been given an online library of books to enjoy. Your child has been given a username and password so they can access these online resources. If you need these again, please ask.



If your child is absent from school, please telephone as soon as possible that day to let us know. A short note explaining the reason for absence should be brought to school when your child returns. This will ensure that absences are recorded correctly in the register.


Water bottles and fruit

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.



School pumps need to be worn inside school. We will send them home each half term or sooner so you can check that they fit correctly.


Book bags and reading books 

Please ensure that these are in school every day, as we will put school letters and homework inside. Please pass on any correspondence to a member of staff.

If your child is in breakfast club a Learning Support Assistant will check their bags.


Please ensure that all book bags, water bottles, PE kit, clothing and footwear are labelled with your child’s name so that they can be returned if they get lost.


Thank you for your support.

Mrs Barrett




Year 1 went to visit Crossgates Library. They had two fantastic stories read to them by the Librarian Kirsten and they chose some books to bring back to school to read.

Year 1 went on a nature walk to collect seeds with Mr Joul. We collected lots of acorns, played a fun true or false game and even pretended to be squirrels! We also observed water shrimps from the Cock Beck.

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