Y1/2: Ms Palmer's Class 2018 - 2019

Mrs Palmer

Welcome to the Autumn Term

Welcome to Ms Palmer’s class page! This page is where to go to find out what we have been learning about, any exciting activities we have participated in and any other information you might need.

If, for any reason, you need to discuss something that has happened or something that you are unsure about, I am always available before the beginning of the day or at the end of the afternoon. I want the children to feel as happy and comfortable as they possibly can and to enjoy their days at school so if anything is ever bothering you or your child, please let me know and I’ll be more than happy to help out!

What’s happening this term

Welcome back to school,we've all settled in really quickly and have already been having lot of fun learning new things! Our topic this half term is 'The Great Fire of London' where we will learn all about the history of the event  whilst also linking our learning to our work with materials in Science and our writing in Literacy. We will be getting a visit from the local Fire Brigade to help us carry out an experiment and to teach us all about Fire Safety. There will also be a trip later this half term linked to our topic and letters will go home with all the details closer to the time. 

Every week we have star writers to acknowledge progress and effort. We will also be awarding a behaviour star of the week, handwriting role models and enthusiastic reader awards so there are plenty of opportunities for the children to shine! 

Class rules 

The children have been working on their class rules together this week and I will include them on this page shortly. 





Homework will be given out on a Monday to be returned on a Monday.

All children will receive spellings each week to learn and will be tested on them each Monday morning. Not all children will have the same spellings as they will be linked to their current phonics stage. All spelling homework will now be posted on class pages for any children that may have misplaced their original copy. 

Maths homework will also be given out weekly which will help to consolidate the area they are currently working on. A general overview of what homework has been set for each Maths group will also be posted each week. 



Reading is essential to your child being able to access the curriculum and the best thing you can do to support them is to read as often as possible with them. This could be anything from 5-10 minutes or as long as your child is engaged and wants to read. Find a quiet time when possible and make it a special time where they have your full attention.  We understand that with out of school activities it is not always possible to read every night but we would encourage you to do it as often as possible as this is what will help your child to progress quicker. Please sign your child’s diary every time they read at home and feel free to write any notes or use the diary to ask us anything about their reading. The children will earn certificates for the number of times they read at home starting with White award for 15 times and going up to Diamond for 150 times.

Reading books can be changed by your child every day. This is done after register in the afternoon. We will ask the children who need to do a book change and the onus is on them to then go and change their book in order to build up their independence. I if your child forgets to do this, come with them to let us know at the end of the day and we can remind them of the correct time to swap books and also let them go and choose a new one,

The expectation when it is your child’s day to read is that they bring us their reading record to be signed as their group is called to read.


This half term the children will have an outdoor PE session on a Tuesday afternoon; learning Rugby skills with their class teacher.

They will also have a dance session with Jules, an outside specialist, on a Thursday afternoon. 

The children will wear their PE kit each week, so it is important that it remains in school. As they will be outside for PE this half term you may wish to send in trainers and something to cover their legs.

Long hair will need to be tied back and any earrings will need to removed or covered with medical tape provided from home. 

Class News

9.9.18 What a fantastic first week the children have had! They have settled in nicely and are all showing themselves to be great classmates so far!

17.9.18 We've been learning lots in the past week and are really focused on our handwriting and letter formation. We are also looking at designing and building homes so any cereal boxes or similar sized cardboard items would be much appreciated! 

18.10.18 Thank you very much for all the cereal boxes, we have been busy all week creating our 17th Century houses. We have an exciting visit from the Fire Brigade tomorrow where we hope to carry out a very interesting experiment. Watch this space!!

19.10.18 The Fire Brigade came to visit to talk to us about the Great Fire of London and fire safety. While they were here they helped us to carry out an exciting experiment! We have been busy making houses for our DT project in the style of the 17th Century and the Fire service kindly helped us to set them on fire and watch our recreation of Pudding Lane burn down. This allowed the children to immerse themselves in their learning and have a deeper understanding of how quickly the fire spread and why. As you can see and hear in our gallery they also thoroughly enjoyed themselves!

25.10.18 We had a fantastic time on our trip! We learned all about the life of a servant during the 17th Century and even more about the events surrounding the Great Fire of London.

We have sent firework or bonfire poems home for the children to practice in addition to their usual homework. Have a fantastic half term break!


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