Ribbleton Avenue Infant School

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21st January 20
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Welcome to Wrens!

We are a mixed class of 30 Year 1 and Year 2 children. Our class teacher is Miss O'Hara and we are supported by Mrs Patel.

Our PE days are Monday and Tuesday. Can we please make sure children have a full PE kit in school which is named. If your child wears earrings, can you make sure these are taken out on this day.

Homework will be given out each Half Term and will include activities linked to previous and current learning. Your child can choose which one to do each week and bring it into school.

Spellings will also be sent home each Thursday for the children to learn and they will be tested the following ThursdayPlease help your child learn them so we can get them all right. 

Reading books are changed every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. We like to read in Wrens and ask that our grown-ups to listen to us read at home and comment in our diaries so we can get our book changed.

We have a special reading scheme to encourage reading and we receive prizes for reading certain numbers of books. We really enjoy this!  If you have any concerns please call in to see our teachers.




Phonics is very important as it supports your child with their reading and writing. Each day the children will have a phonics lesson where the children will learn to use segmenting and blending skills to read and write words.

In June, every child in Year 1 will sit the 'Year 1 Phonics Screening'. This will test your child's ability to use their phonics to read real and nonsense words.

Please try and support your child at home with their phonics. Below you will find a link to free games the children can play to help them with their phonics.



Please ensure that you listen to your child read, daily if possible, to help them to progress. We will change your child's book on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. If we feel your child is ready, we will move them on to a more difficult level. It is very important that you also do other activities with their reading book, for example:

* Ask questions about the pictures

* Talk about what has happened

* Discuss the character names and how they felt

* Predict what will happen next or how the story might end

* Find your favourite part of the story

* Retell the story with or without the pictures

Remember to write in your child's reading diary so that we know about all the hard work that is going on at home!

This is what we do in school and it would be brilliant if this could be continued at home!

Thank you.



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Important Dates


Dates for your diary

28th October - 8.55am - School Opens

1st November - Diwali Day (Wear party clothes)

3rd December - Pantomime in School

13th December - KS1 Festive Sing Along

18th December - Christmas Day Dinner

19th December - Party Day

20th December - Finish School for Christmas Break










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What have the Wrens been up to?

Photos will be added throughout the year so please keep checking!


We have been following instructions to make Halloween Pizzas in English. We even got to eat them! Yummy!

Victorian Food Tasting


Wrens have been tasting foods that may have been eaten during the Victorian Era. We tried toast with marmalade, plain rice, porridge, cheese and even sardines!

The children enjoyed tasting the different foods and some of them enjoyed the sardines so much they had seconds!



Wrens have been really enjoying our Victorian role play. We have been dressing up in Victorian clothes, acting out as a Victorian teacher and playing with Victorian toys.

In English, we have been using our 5 senses to describe Christmas. We have been tasting, smelling, feeling, listening and looking. We will use our describing words to write a senses poem.

Victorian Day


To finish our learning of the Victorians, the Wrens stepped back in time to the Victorian Era. We attended Victorian School for the day, wore Victorian clothes and had Victorian names given to us. In the morning, we started off the day with a nail and shoe inspection. Next, we had a drill in the hall. Then, we had handwriting on chalkboards with chalk and a timetables chant. In the afternoon, we had a sewing lesson followed by technical drawing. Throughout the day we followed Victorian School Rules. We had to stand when an adult entered, we weren't allowed to put our hands up, we lined up in girls and boys lines and we had to sit up smartly at our tables with our hands on our laps. We really enjoyed the day and learnt lots about how school was in the Victorian Era.

Our Learning


Spring 1


In English, we will begin our learning with a range of traditional tales and look at some alternative versions of these! We will investiate who the real baddies are and use the text to justify our answers by locating evidence. We will write our own version of a traditional tale in a talk for write style and enhance our writing with adjectives, adverbs and punctuation.


In maths, we will look at a range of subjects including place value, addition and subtraction, measurement, multiplication and divsion, shapes and statisitcs. We will use our knowledge in these areas to solve lots of problems to apply our learning! We will use a range of methods to solve these, focusing on our jottings.


Our topic this half term is called 'Carnival' and is a whole school theme. This is a new topic and will be used to build on our geography skills using maps, atlases and globes. We will name and locate the continents and oceans. We will then focus on the UK and Brazil and use our knowledge to make comparisons of weather patterns thinking about the equator. We are going to look at different foods and have a taste of the foods that come from Brazil. We will finish off our theme by creating a moving picture using levers as part of our DT.


In Science, we will explore different materials and their propertes. We will be able to categorise materials after our hunt around school and use scientific vocabulary to describe them. We will be using our knowledge of materials and their properties to design and test a coat which will keep us dry.


Our PE this half term is gymnastics on Monday's and we have coach on Thursday's for dance. We will be focusing on a range of skills to create our own sequences to perform to others.


As part of Religious Education this half term, we are learning about Hinduism. We will look at different forms and qualities of the deities and where Hindus worship. We will learn more about gratitude and how this might be shown.


In Computing, we will be learning about coding and look at how we can programme Beebots using steps. We will also be looking at online safety.