Welcome to Saplings 2018-19

Hello there. I hope you have found your child's green and black spelling book. These spellings will be the focus of our phonics classes for this week. Please bring in your child's spelling book every Monday for new spellings. Be sure to have a little go at reading and writing them at home. Thank you so much!

Here is the slide show shown at the Welcome to Saplings meeting at the start of term.


Hello from Ms Gilmartin!

Everyone has had a lovely first day in Saplings today. We have been getting to know our classroom and routines as well as doing a little bit of drawing in our new books. 

We are soon going to be sending your child home with some reading books to read at home, they will appear over the next few days. In Year 1 I would like the children to read as independently as possible, and they should be able to do this without struggling. If you feel your child is struggling, please make a comment in their new reading record. Take time to enjoy looking at the pictures first, then read and don't forget to ask your child questions about what they have read.

We 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 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




Welcome to Saplings Meeting: Monday 10th September 4:15-4:45 p.m

Early Years/Key Stage 1 Celebration Assembly: Friday 14th September at 3.00 p.m. 

Fun with Phonics! - There will be an information evening on Monday 17th September 3.45-4.45 p.m.

Individual photos: Friday 28th September