Dear Parents


We hope that you had an enjoyable half-term break and that your child was able to rest and recharge their batteries after what was a very long and fun-filled first half term.   The children have now settled into school beautifully and they are well and truly members of our ‘Stoke Family’. 


This half term the children will be learning about ‘Celebrations’.  We will be exploring Diwali and look forward to looking at the things we celebrate with our families, weddings, birthdays and finally Christmas during the next six weeks.



The children have made excellent progress in their phonics. They have worked very hard to develop their blending skills (putting sounds together to read words) and we hope to consolidate these skills over the next few weeks.

We will be working hard to really develop the children’s segmenting skills this half-term.  We use segmenting skills when we spell words; we say the word aloud then break it into its sounds in order to write it (e.g. ‘cat c-a-t’).  There will also be a focus on handwriting, ensuring that children are holding their pencil correctly and forming each letter in the right way (starting at the right place and moving their pencil in the right direction).  There will also be a focus when writing their names. Some of the children are already able to write their names, however we will be working hard to ensure that they are forming all of the letters correctly when doing this.


We will also begin to send home high frequency word and tricky word resources for you to use with your child. High frequency words are commonly found in children’s books, and tricky words are those that we can’t ‘sound out’.  We hope to teach the children to recognise this list of words and to be able to read them on sight.  


Any extra practice at home of the sounds we have taught, tricky words, handwriting, synthesis or segmenting skills would be really beneficial to the children’s learning. 



We are very proud of the progress the children have made in their maths so far.

By the end of the year we hope that most children will be able to:

  • recognise the numbers 1-20;
  • be able to instantly hold up a given number of fingers;
  • understand and be able to say what is one more than and one less than a number up to 20;
  • be able to add and subtract a single digit number from any number up to 20.


Thank you to those parents who have logged into their child’s tapestry account. It is lovely to hear some of the fantastic things your children are doing at home. For those who have not already done this, your email will have now expired, but we will be resending this email to enable you to login.


Snack time

As you may be aware the children have been having one slice of brown bread and butter with their piece of fruit at snack time. This was something we trialled as all the KS1 teachers were finding that the children were very hungry by 10.30 and a small piece of fruit was not really satisfying them. The trial proved very popular and effective and we would like to continue this provision. The initial trial was funded by school, however this is not sustainable and so we would like to request a single contribution of £1.00 per child this term to cover costs.


Wish list

In foundation we are always hunting for new and exciting resources to engage the children in their learning through play, if you think you may have any interesting things that we could add to our collection we would be very grateful for any donations! Here is a list of a few of the things we are currently trying to get our hands on.....

play chairs and table, old saucepans, sieves and kitchen utensils, real bricks, odds and ends of wallpaper, discs of wood, planks of wood, tarpaulin, buttons and beads, small world toys (farm sets, people, animals, dinosaurs), old electrical items to take apart and explore......


Diary Dates

*Parent meetings 07.11.18

*Evening carol service 13.12.18

*Afternoon carol service 14.12.18

*Christmas dinner 18.12.18

*Christmas afternoon disco: 19.12.18

*Last day of autumn term: 20.12.18



  • Book bags must be brought to school each day, please check your child’s book bag as this is where we will put any letters or important information.
  • Please also ensure your child has their sound book and reading book with them every day.
  • Please name all clothing and personal possessions.
  • Please let somebody know if someone different is picking up your child at the end of the school day.
  • The children are provided with a free fruit snack and glass of milk during the day.  They do not need to bring in a snack from home.
  • Please ensure that your child has a named pair of wellies in school each day.


If you have any queries, concerns or anything you would like to discuss, please do not hesitate to come and see us.


Yours sincerely


Mrs Thomsett                          Mrs Moore