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John Donne Primary School

John Donne Primary School

Green 1

Dear Parents and Carers,         

Our Learning

Our topic for this term is all about William Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale. This is closely linked to a project that we are part of with The Globe theatre. We will be investigating our question; Can we have more than one friend? and linking our Reading, Writing, Science, and Geography to this Project.

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


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

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 one book that is at their current level and two bedtime books. Please encourage your child to read their levelled book to you each night. Feel free to read the bedtime book to your child and encourage them to ask and answer questions about the text


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 Wednesday. Your child needs to bring their PE kit in a bag each week and not wear it under their school uniform. Dressing and undressing is an important life skill that they need to learn. PE kits need to including trainers, trousers/leggings, 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.

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, please feel free to speak to any member of the team.


Kind regards,

Miss Littlechild and the Green 1 Team