Heathwood Lower School

Heathwood Lower School

Class 1 Autumn Term Newsletter 

Welcome Back!




Key Dates:

Wednesday 30th October – Stunning Start Day 1: An introduction to Guy Fawkes.

Tuesday 5th November 2019 – Stunning Start Day 2: Firework Art Day

Wednesday 13th & Thursday 14th November – Parents Evenings (appointment letters will follow shortly).



The first half term of the school year has flown past and here we are beginning a new half term that promises to be just as busy and exciting. Our new topic is ‘Crash Bang Wallop!’ which bases itself around the subjects of science and history. As we all look forward to celebrating bonfire night the children will begin their topic with an ‘Introduction to Guy Fawkes’ day on Wednesday 30th October 2019  and then continue their stunning start work on Tuesday 5th November 2019 with a Firework Art Day.


They will then continue learning all about Guy Fawkes and the Gunpowder Plot during Literacy and History. As well as writing a non-chronological newspaper report based around the Gunpowder Plot and their own Firework poems using alliteration and rhyme. In Science the children will be continuing their learning about everyday materials and their properties during a very exciting science investigation afternoon based around materials, light & shadows!! For the investigation please can we take this opportunity to request that the children bring in a small, named torch on Wednesday 13th November 2019.


In phonics the children will begin to learn Phase 5 phonics which aims to teach many of the alternative spelling choices for the sounds already learnt in Phases 2 and 3.


The children have been working super hard on their reading and we are very proud of all of them! I would like to say a big thank you to all of you who have been reading with your children at home and letting us know with a short note in their home-school diaries. Please can we remind you that if there is no comment in the children’s diaries we will assume their reading book hasn’t been read and therefore won’t issue them with a new reading book on that day.


Reading Book Change Days:

Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays


Towards the end of this half term we will, of course, be starting to think about our Christmas activities. Further details and important dates will follow when they have been confirmed.

 Miss Candler

Class 1 Teacher




Class 1 Curriculum Leaflet - Autumn Term 

Reading Workshop Information for Parents

Handouts from Reading Workshop

Phonics Presentation for Parents

How to Help Your Child Learn to Read

Parents' Guide to Phonics and Reading

Maths Presentation for Parents