Rec/Yr1 – Mrs Railton

Welcome to Mrs Railton’s Reception/Y1 page

We are a class that learns hard but in a fun and enjoyable way! Our class aims to achieve the school motto: “May Christ Be Seen In Us” by being good friends, following rules and doing the best we can every day.


What are we learning about?

Maths: Our focus is on number and being able to count on and back from any given number. We are perfecting our addition and subtraction skills – we will add and subtract one digit and two-digit numbers to 20, including zero, as well as represent and use number bonds and related subtraction facts within 20. We will be learning about fact families. We will try to solve missing number problems. This term Year 1 will also be looking at halving and doubling as well as looking at how we can split numbers into tens and units.

Literacy: We will be focusing on adjectives and creative writing. We will remember to write in sentences using capital letters, finger spaces and full stops. We will try to remember to use our spelling rules and spelling words when writing. This half term we will also look at changing words using suffixes (-ing, -ed, -er, -est) and making our sentences more interesting by using adjectives, connectives and similes.


R.E.: We will recognise some religious signs and symbols and use some religious words and phrases in our work. We will begin to say what we wonder about. This half term we are looking at special people within our church community. We hope to have the Deacon come and cisit our class and answer any questions we may have about and who helps at church.


What your child needs to bring in to school:

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Book Bag Book Bag Book Bag Book Bag Book Bag
Water bottle Water bottle Water bottle Water bottle Water bottle
Homework returned PE kit Homework given
Tuck shop (Y1) Spelling book/ new spellings (Y1)
Tuck shop (Y1)


How can I help my child?

Reading at home – make reading fun and easy – something you both look forward to!

  • Share the reading, take turns or see whether your child wants to read or be read to today
  • Visit the library together and help them choose books to share
  • Talk about pictures in books
  • Sing songs, read poems and make up rhymes together – the funnier the better
  • Be a role model. Let your child see you enjoying reading and talk about what you are enjoying
  • Point out words on signs, shops and labels
  • Play word games like “I Spy” and “Simon Says…”


Writing at home – make writing fun

  • Help your child write an alphabet letter, then go letter hunting in your house or in a book to find that letter
  • Encourage them to write shopping lists or make birthday cards
  • Water and a paintbrush on a dry path and a stick on sand are fun ways to write letters and words.
  • Help them create a scrapbook with pictures. Encourage them to write stories under the pictures and talk to you about them.
  • Ask them to write about pictures they draw – on paper or on the computer. Or get them to tell you the story and you write it under the picture.
  • Have felt pens, pencils, crayons and paper available
  • Put magnetic letters on the fridge – ask what words they can make with the letters.

Don’t worry if your child’s letters or words are sometimes backwards or misspelt at this age. The important thing is that they have fun writing at home and are making an effort.


Maths at home:

  • find numbers around your home and neighbourhood – clocks, letterboxes, speed signs
  • count forwards and backwards (clocks, fingers and toes, letterboxes, action rhymes, signs)
  • make patterns when counting “clap 1, stamp 2, clap 3, stamp 4, clap 5…”
  • do sums using objects such as stones or marbles eg 2 + 3, 4 +1, 3 + 1 …
  • make up number stories – “you have 2 brothers and 2 sisters. There are 4 of them”
  • let your child prepare and share out food – “two for me and two for you”. Ask, “How many for each of us?”
  • talk about time – “lunchtime”, “storytime”, “bedtime”
  • usie words in everyday play like “under”, “over”, “between”, “around”, “behind”, “up”, “down”, “heavy”, “light”, “round”, “circle”, “yesterday”, “tomorrow”. You can get library books with these words and ideas in them too
  • ask questions like “How many apples do we need for lunches? What do you think the weather is going to be like today/tomorrow? What are we going to do next?”

Here’s a tip – use lots of mathematics words as your child is playing to develop their understanding of early mathematics (eg “over”, “under”, “first, second, third”, “round”, “through”, “before”, “after”). Use the language that works best for you and your child.

If you have any questions or you would like to discuss something with us, please come and see us in the morning or afternoon when picking up your child.

Thank you for your continued support!

Mrs V Railton and Mrs D Husband