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My name is Mr Slee and I will be teaching the Swallows Year 1 class with support from my teaching assistant Mrs Simpson. I love the outdoors and have recently been on Forest Schools training, so I am looking forward to developing our outside area and using it to bring lessons to life.


On Wednesdays the class will be taught by Mrs Colley.


This half term in science we are wondering "Why are there so many leaves on the floor?” We will be thinking about the different seasons and changes that happen through the year. We will use our observation and investigation skills to set up simple experiments about temperature.


Our topic is "Where do, and did, the wheels on the bus go?” We will learn about the United Kingdom as a whole, and look at our local area in more depth. We will find out about different ways of travelling and how these have changed in the last 100 years or so.



This term children will have a choice of homework tasks, linked to our topics, to be handed in on set dates. The children will have an opportunity to share their work with the class, and will receive 5 dojos for handing work in on time.


As well as this, there will be a weekly maths focus, which will be assessed during lesson starters the following week.


You will receive a sheet with details of the homework tasks, or a copy is available in the 'Important Documents' section.


Finally, we would like children to read their reading book to an adult and share stories regularly. We have a reward scheme where children can earn certificates and prizes for reading at home. Children can change their reading books as often as they need to- we have a box in the classroom for reading books to be changed.


Important dates for this term

Tuesday 3rd September- INSET day (school closed to pupils)

Wednesday 4th September- first day back for school year 2019/20

Wednesday 11th September- parents' mornings begin for Swallows class

Thursday 26th September- WOW day

Friday 27th September- 9:15am- Macmillan coffee morning

Friday 27th September- Stand Up Derbyshire day, we will be getting active!

Saturday 12th October- 9:00am-12:00pm- Gardening morning. Any help is greatly appreciated.

Tuesday 22nd October- 4:00-7:00pm- parents' evening

Thursday 24th October- 4:00-7:00pm- parents' evening

Friday 25th October- last day of half term


Monday 4th November- INSET- school closed to children

Tuesday 5th November- first day of Autumn 2


Advance notice 

Tuesday 26th November- class assembly

Friday 6th December- Christmas disco

Tuesday 10th December- Christmas play evening performance

Wednesday 11th December- Christmas play morning performance

Thursday 12th December- Christmas play afternoon performance

Class Dojo


Class Dojo is the new reward system that we are using at Longmoor. The teachers are able to give out points for a variety of good behaviours around school.


You should have received a code to allow you to see how many points your child has got and what they were for. If you have not got it yet, please let me know and I will arrange for another one to be sent to you.


You can access the website at or download the app on Android or Apple phones and tablets.



Our PE days will be Mondays and Thursday. Please ensure that children have their indoor and outdoor PE kits in school on these days, and that they have any earrings removed. Thank you.

Phonics Screening Check


In June 2020, all year one children will undertake the national phonics screening check.


To give your children the best possible chance, please do play games with them - there are some useful websites below.


Follow the links below for games that allow children to sound out and read some real and alien (made up) words. Remember to click the back button to return to the Longmoor website.


WHISPER - Anonymous Reporting Tool


Sometimes it is really hard to tell an adult if you feel like you are being bullied. That is why we have subscribed to WHISPER. It is an anonymous reporting tool which allows you or your child to report any incidents of bullying and cyber bullying in confidence.


Click on the web link below to fill in a report. It will then be emailed to Miss Hughes (Online Safety Coordinator). Messages are checked as often as possible. In order to resolve issues effectively and promptly, please include your name. This will be kept in the strictest of confidence.


If you have any concerns or worries about your child regarding online safety and would like further advice, please contact Miss Hughes or Mr Lyons, the school's online safety co-ordinators or speak to Mrs Dainty, Headteacher.