Welcome to Saplings 2017-18

We are a class of 31 lovely boys and girls and we have all made a brilliant start to our learning in Year 1!! 


We change reading books on Mondays and Fridays. Mathletics homework is set on the website on Tuesdays.


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


Our current class target is to come to the carpet quietly. If we get all our leaves on our Sapling Tree, we will get a class treat!


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