Autumn Term

Hello and welcome to Nethercote Class!

I hope you have had a lovely time over the summer and welcome to Nethercote. This term we are extremely fortunate to have both Mrs Harris and Mrs Roberts working in our classroom with us throughout the day, as well as one to one reading with Mrs Plumridge.


For our Year One children joining us this term from Medcroft, one of our main aims is to ensure that the children experience a smooth transition from the Foundation Stage to Key Stage One. The Year 1 curriculum builds upon and extends the experiences that children have had in Reception. Learning through play will continue to be an important part of the school day, and the children will experience more formal learning as the year progresses.


This term our topic is ‘Come fly with me.’ We will be focusing around different areas of flight including both aviation and birds across much of the curriculum. Exploring the history of famous faces in aviation such as Amelia Earhart and The Wright brothers we will learn about the first ever airplane flight and the impact that these individuals had in the world of aviation. We will be visiting Oxford airport to build on our knowledge and understanding of flight, and details of this trip will follow shortly. Please see the topic web on our class page on the website for more details of the curriculum.


There continues to be a focus on reading and phonics in Nethercote and it would be wonderful to see children being read too and listened too daily. Regular reading (be it a book, comic strip or magazine) will really boost reading and inference skills.


For homework this year, children will receive both a mental maths piece of work and spellings on a weekly basis. This will be due in every Wednesday and will be handed back out on the same day, so you have a whole week to complete your task and learn your spellings. A spellings test will take place every Wednesday too.


In addition to this, at the start of term, children will be provided with a range of topic homework activities that would support their learning for our topic. The expectation is that children will complete at least four of the activities over the entire term, from September through to December.  Although there will be suggestions on how these activities could be presented it would be great for the children to put their own interpretations, style and personality on their homework, so it becomes unique and meaningful to them.


The children will be doing PE on Monday afternoons, please ensure your child has their PE kit in school and that all items are clearly labelled. We encourage children to practise getting dressed at home to help them get changed quickly in school!


I hope that you enjoy the new challenges and approaches to learning that Year 1 and 2 has to offer. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or queries either in the morning on the playground or via the school office.

Mrs Niner

Topic Webs

Cycle B September 2017 – July 2018

Cycle A September 2018 – July 2019