Welcome to Saplings 2017-18

We are a class of 30 lovely boys and girls and we are all working hard 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. 


Spellings for 25.5.18 onwards (over half term and for the week after) 

This week is 'phase 4 tricky words' for children with Ms. Gilmartin

said, have, like, one, so, some, come, do, little were, there, out, what, when


This week is 'phase 3 tricky words' for children with Ms. Birch

he, she, me, we, be, you, all, are, her, was, they, my


This week is  'phase 5 tricky words' for children with Miss Whiteley and Miss Jones.

Oh, Mr, Mrs, people, called, asked, looked, could, their



We grew our own cress and we made delicious egg and cress sandwiches!! We all really enjoyed them, honestly!! We noticed that our home grown cress was quite peppery compared to shop-bought cress. It's so easy to grow, why don't you have a go at home?

It's summer term in Saplings and everyone looks so grown up after the Easter holidays!! Below is our curriculum for the two summer terms. 


Just a word about homework....

Mathletics homework is set on the Mathletics website on Tuesdays. Spellings are given on Fridays. Reading books are changed on Mondays and Fridays. Please sign the reading record to say you have read with your child so we know your child is ready for their next book. 




Maths Games

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





 Spring Term Work in Saplings





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