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Welcome to Toucana

Year 1

September 2019

 Toucana Autumn Term 2019

Staff in Toucana

Class Teacher: (Monday) Mrs Wiles

Class Teacher: (Tuesday – Friday) Mrs Barrett

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

HTLA: Mrs Cartwright (Tuesday afternoon)

Volunteer Helper

Mr Waites

We always welcome volunteers to help hear children read. If you have any spare time, please see a member of staff.


We have some exciting activities planned for the Autumn term.


Science: Animals and Ourselves.

Geography: Our Local Area.  Local Area walk. What is Manston Like?

History: How has our local area changed? Homes in the past.

RE: Which stories are special? How do we celebrate special occasions?

PHSE: Keeping the body healthy. Making friends. Physical Health and wellbeing. Keeping safe and managing risk.

PE: Outdoor Games. Dance

Art: Painting self-portraits. Collage. Wire sculpture.

DT: Design and make a page for a pop-up book.

ICT: Internet safety. Revelation Natural art. Programming Beebots. Pictograms and Digital photography.

Music: Harvest songs. Nativity songs. Listening to different types of music. Responding to music. Performing music.

Literacy: Books we will be reading this term: Rosie’s Walk, The Rainbow Fish, The Tiger Who Came to Tea, Owl Babies and Harvey Slumfenburger’s Christmas Present.



Monday pm and Tuesday pm. Please ensure that P.E. kit is brought to school on Monday morning. It will be sent home on Friday.

Outdoor P.E kit: Trainers (as these provide a secure grip on the grass, the MUGA and on the playground), a tracksuit (blue or black) and a team polo shirt.

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







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.



Please encourage your child to give any completed homework to a member of staff. Your child will also be given a reading book and a reading record book. Please read with your child at least three times a week and record your comments in the reading record book. We recommend you hear your child read little and often rather than one long session, as this is more effective. 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 their reading book when we are confident that they are making progress.



If your child is absent from school, please telephone or email as soon as possible that day to let us know. 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 term or sooner so you can check that they fit correctly.


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 and the Year 1 team.





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.