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Year 1 - Kingfishers

Welcome to Year 1 - Kingfishers!




Hello everyone, 

Welcome to the Kingfishers Class!

On this page you will find curriculum information for this half term including details of our learning each week and general information about our class.


The teacher in Kingfishers class is Miss Desmarais and the teaching assistant is Mrs McFarlane-Cushing. Mrs Lalite will teach in our class once a week and we also have help from Miss Moore, Mrs Carter, Miss Trigg and Mrs Brendling

  • We open the classroom door at 8:50 am every day and the register is taken at 9 am.
  • We finish at 3.10pm each day.
  • A reading book is sent home every night – please write down the pages that you have read in the home-school diary. We change our books on Mondays and Thursdays.
  • We do PE twice a week, on Tuesday and Thursday and this is done outdoors whenever possible. Every child needs a full P.E. kit in school and a pair of trainers and /or plimsolls.
  • Homework will be given out on a Friday and it is due in on the following Wednesday. (Starting after October half term)




Our Classroom and shared area

This half term our topic is 'Into the woods'. We will be learning about our local environment in Letchworth as well as the natural world around us. Our focus books are 'Little Red Riding Hood' and 'The Gruffalo' 


For more information see our topic overview or medium term plans above.



Above are links to documents which are always useful when supporting your child's writing. We have included a list of non-decodable words (tricky words) which are useful to practise reading by sight, as well as sound mats showing all the sounds we have been learning in Phonics lessons.

General Information


If you have any concerns your first point of contact is your child's class teacher.  Please speak to them to arrange a mutually suitable time to discuss your concerns.  We ask if you'd like to speak to us at the end of the school day you wait for all children to be dismissed so our full attention can be given.

Parents evening are held once a term for you to discuss your child's progress.

At Hillshott Infant and Nursery school we follow the PenPals handwriting scheme. Our younger children are introduced to four main characters which help them to memorise the sequence for writing each letter correctly. The key thing to remember is that all letters start from the top
(apart from d and e).


Pattern practice and ‘play’ writing are an important part of haandwriting development. Your child will be practicing letter formation in a number of exciting ways: in sand, using paint, in the air, on the interactive television screens and iPads, as well as on paper with a pencil!