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John Donne Primary School

John Donne Primary School

Red 1

Dear Parents and Carers,    

I hope you all had a great holiday.

Thank you for all your support. As we continue to transition the children I’d kindly ask you to drop your child at the door to help build their independence.

Reading/Book bags

Home reading makes a real difference to children’s learning and progress. At this stage in their schooling, reading with your child for 20 minutes every day is the best thing you can do to help them. When you read with your child, please sign the journal or write a comment about how they got on with the book. We are encouraging children to select books independently and in order to do so we will change books once a week. Your child will bring home 2 level appropriate books and one bedtime book. Please feel free to read the bedtime book to your child. We are just getting to know the children so if you would like us to change the colour band of your child’s book, please let us know.


School starts at 8:50am and finishes at 15:15pm. If you are unable to collect your child please contact the school office with details of who will be collecting them.


Please make sure the office has up to date details of any allergies or medical conditions your child has. Also, please ensure we have the correct contact details for you.

Name labels

Our school can get quite warm throughout the year and children may need to take their jumpers off at some stage in the day. Please help the Year 1 team and your child by marking their name clearly in all items of clothing.


PE will be every Friday. Your child needs to bring their PE kit each week including trainers, shorts or trousers (weather dependent), a t-shirt and jumper. Kits also need to be labelled. I am happy for your child to leave their P.E kit in school during each half term.


Classroom Reading

As well as helping your child with their Early Work for the first half term, we would like to welcome parents and carers to the classroom to read with the children on Wednesday mornings at 8:50am until 9:10am. After trialling this last year, we noticed a huge difference in children’s attitudes to reading so we would really encourage all parents to attend as much as they can.

Our Learning

Our topic for this term is all about William Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale. We will be taking part in weekly workshops run by a theatre practitioner from The Globe.

We will be going on a trip to visit a local theatre as part of our project where we will be looking for parent volunteers, details to follow.

In maths we will be focusing on addition and subtraction, place value within 50, multiples of 2, 5 and 10 and measurement. Please take every opportunity to count with your child and recognise numbers in everyday life. By the end of Year 1, children need to be able to recognise o’clock and half past the hour times. It would also be very helpful if you could encourage your child to become familiar with coins and notes and get used to paying for items costing up to £1.00.

Please ensure your child brings their book bag and has an appropriate jacket/coat with them in school every day.

If you have any questions throughout the year, feel free to speak to any member of the team.


Kind regards,

Ms Renouf Donaldson