Pirate Class - Reception & Year 1


Welcome back to school everyone! I hope you had a wonderful Christmas and happy new year!

Firstly, I would like to say a massive thank you to you all for the wonderful cards and gifts we received at the end of the term. It was very thoughtful and very much appreciated by myself and the TAs.

We have a short but busy term!

We are very proud at Easton to be chosen again as a host school for a student teacher. We value student teachers greatly as an important addition to our school. Mr Payne ( believe it or not no relation!) will be working in pirate class under my direction. It is great for the children to be taught by a different teacher for a while. This has always worked very well and your children will be getting two for the price of one for the spring term! Please welcome him to our school and talk to him about your children, he is here to learn on the 'frontline' what it is really like to be a teacher. We hope he enjoys Easton and I am sure he will learn a great deal from our wonderful school. 

This is our second term in school and there will be events/workshops/meetings happening so please look out for dates on the newsletters. Please continue to ask questions big or small so that you are confident about what is happening in school. I will still write reminder dates on pirate class parents notice board to help you. 

The children will continue to have PE with Mr Calver on a Tuesday morning. They will need a school PE T-shirt and black or navy shorts. They may also need long PE trousers as they may be doing PE outside this term. They can wear their school sweatshirt if its chilly.They will need trainers (not plimsolls please) this term, so please add these to their bags.

Please make sure every item is named, as you can imagine, getting 22 children changed and all wearing the same thing can be very confusing for them as everything looks the same. They can usually identify their own clothing by smell but it is much more affective with their name inside.

They will continue to have yoga on a Monday afternoon. We are also very please to welcome on a Tuesday afternoon Carol Rook from Easton church who will be working with all children across the school on reflective stories.

 Please continue to hear your child read and encourage them to put their books in the box to change when necessary. As you know we like to keep their reading books inline with the phonics lessons so sometimes your child may need to keep the book /s for a few days. Sometimes it maybe necessary for your child to have a book they have read before, this might be because they have overtaken the phonics lessons or just to boost their confidence. 

I was very impressed by some of the year 1 homework about musical instruments! Some amazing sounds were made and the children were proud to show them off in our end of term music assembly. Children in year 1 will receive their homework books next week, as we only have a short term I will keep the project short, but it maybe a good idea to get started straight away. 

Children in reception will receive a  homework pack of any activities or practice we feel they still need. If your child has a reading book now please remember to do all the activities in the front and back of the book, including practising writing the words found in the book. When you have exhausted the book please ask your child to put it in the red box for changing. 


 Please see below for this terms learning and topics. If you have any experience in any of our topic areas please let me know. If you would like to help in pirate class as a parent helper by listening to children read, playing games, art and craft activities again, just let me know as I still have some sessions available.


Mrs Payne


Topics for this term are:

Literacy- stories from fantasy worlds- The Little Prince comparing text and film as narratives

Phonics, all letters- Phonemes (sound) diagraphs (2 letters 1 sound) Trigraphs (3 letters 1 sound), tricky words phases 2, 3 and 4. Grammar, punctuation and sentence structure, finger spaces,  (plural)es and s words,

Maths-  number, place value to 20, counting to 20+ and writing the matching number in words

Science- Animals and Humans

Geography- maps and globes

History- kings and queens of England

SEAL ( social emotional aspects of leaning)-getting on and falling out

PSHE- School rules, making friends, playing and sharing, taking turns

RE- Judaism 

Art and Design- Textiles

Design and Technology- design, create and make afternoon tea.

PE- Games

Computing- We are TV chefs

Music- Choosing music, evaluating what we like and dislike. learning a song to sing at our tea party.


Phonics- All phases!

If you would like to help your child at home, these are the phases we work through. Please ask us if you are unsure what phase your child is on. Please don't move them on to the next phase too quickly, it is much better for your child if they are fully confident with reading, writing and spelling the words in their ability phase. We test the children on these every half term.

Phase 2 to read, write and spell

High Frequency words (HFW)-
a, an, as, at, of, off, on, can, if, in, is, it, dad, had, back, get, big, him, his, not, not, got, up, mum, but,

Tricky words-
the, to, I, no, go, into, and, put

Phase 3 words to learn to read, write and spell

Will, that, this, then, them, with, see, for, now, down, look, too

Tricky words-
he, she, we, me, be, was, you, they, all, are, my, her

Phase 4 words to learn to read, write and spell;
HFW- went, its, from, children, just, help
Tricky words-
said, so, do, have, come, like, some, were, there, little, one, they, when, out, what

Phase 5 words to learn to read, write and spell;
HFW- don't, old, I'm, by, time, house, about, your, day, made, came, make, here, saw, very, put
tricky words- oh, their, people, Mr, Mrs, looked, called, asked, could

Phase 6
suffixes- -s, -es, -ing, -ed, -s, -er, -est, -y, -en, -ful, -ly, -ment, -ness

Help with phonics online games.

A good site online with games and activities at each phase.