Welcome to Saplings 2017-18

We are a class of 31 lovely boys and girls and we are all doing very well in Year 1.


Spellings in Year 1

Our spellings follow our phonics learning for the week. When your spellings come to you on Friday, please practise them with your child and they will help your child in their phonics lessons in the following week. We focusing on approximately 2 sounds a week.


This week is igh and oa for children with Ms. Gilmartin


This week is words with ch and sh for children with Ms. Birch



Please try this one more and one less game at home! We enjoyed it in class today!!


Happy New Year to you all!

Many thanks again for the lovely Christmas gifts for Miss Gurney and myself. We were taken aback by your generosity! We have all settled back into school and are currently loving our new topic about penguins. If you have anything penguin related to show, please bring it in for our role play and display area. 

We are changing the day for spellings. It will now be Friday. Please bring any outstanding books for Friday 19th and we will give your child spellings to practise over the weekend for the coming week in phonics.  

From the week starting January 22nd, we will be looking at old and new toys in history. If you have any old toys that mums and dads played with, or even grandparents played with, we would love to see them. They will be looked after by myself and not played with unless you tell us we can. We look forward to seeing what you used to play with!



 Spring Term Work in Saplings






Just a word about homework....

Mathletics homework is set on the Mathletics website on Tuesdays. Spellings are given on Fridays and practised the following Friday. 


We change reading books on Mondays and Fridays.    


Reading books: Please sign the reading record to say you have read with your child. We are encouraging your child to empty and pack their own bags. Please remind your child to take out any letters or books out of their bag in a morning.  We will remind them to pack their bags at the end of the day. We will endeavour to check that children have packed their books but if they haven't, please let us know.


Hello from Ms Gilmartin!

Everyone has settled in well to their new Year 1 style classroom. The children have been getting to know where things are and starting to get used to our new routines.

We are soon going to be sending your child home with some reading homework to practise sounding out and blending...as independently as they can please! Now that your children are in Year 1 I would like them to read as independently as possible, aiming to read their book, cards or letters fluently with only a few mistakes. Please take time to ask your child questions about their reading and practise at least twice.

Last year Ripponden started to use a national book band chart to record levels of our reading books that children take home. They start from lilac through to pink, red, yellow, blue, green and orange. The levels can be found on a little sticker on the spine of the book. We have a caterpillar poster in class and in the reading area which shows the children these stages. They really enjoy seeing their progression in reading on the caterpillar!

Year 1 is the time when your child's reading really starts to take off so enjoy your reading together and please encourage your little ones as much as you can! 

Thank you so much,

Ms Gilmartin


We love the Big Number Song!

Please follow this link to find it on You Tube. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e0dJWfQHF8Y


Below is a review of what we will be learning in Autumn this year. Following it is a review of the whole year.


Here is the welcome presentation from Monday night's meeting. Please feel free to get in touch if you have any questions. And please watch the video on 'Growth Mindset', it is fascinating! It clearly shows how our brains process new learning!





Growth Mindset Video