Year 1 (Donaldson) 2023 - 2024

Miss Weston

Welcome to the Donaldson class page! Here you will find important information about our class.

Miss Weston is the class teacher. Donaldson class will also have Mrs Ebbage and Miss Rutter supporting them.


The children will have daily reading lessons, along with their daily phonics sessions, to develop their decoding and fluency skills as they become reader. This will mean that your child will not bring home a reading book to practice reading to you, until they have finished the relevant learning in school (this usually takes around 3-5 days).  They will, however, be bringing home a ‘Reading for Pleasure’ book to share with you.  We now have a wide range of non-fiction, poetry, picture, and chapter books for the children to select from.  These quality texts are to foster a love of reading and the children are encouraged to select from a range of titles to help develop their vocabulary and comprehension.  These books are not for the children to read independently, as they could be beyond their reading capabilities at present.  These are for you to read together and to enjoy. Once the children are ready to bring home their Read Write Inc book, they should be able to read the book confidently to you: accurately, fluently and with expression.  They will also bring home a ‘Bookbag Book’, which is an unfamiliar book, but very similar to the Read Write Inc book they have been reading in class.  This gives the children an opportunity to practice what they have learnt in a different context. Going forward, the children will change the Read Write Inc books and Bookbag books with their teacher during a reading lesson.  They will be given a set day to change their ‘Reading for Pleasure’ book, and this will be written on the inside of their reading diary. All reading, whether shared or phonics (Read, Write Inc) should be recorded in your child’s reading diary. Please remember home reading does not only include school reading books - encouraging children to read a selection of different text types, including comics, magazines, leaflets, non-fiction books will help to develop breadth and variety in their reading. Miss Weston and team are excited to see how many certificates Donaldson class can receive this year! 

To further support your child's comprehension skills, please ask a range of questions from the back of your child's reading bookmark and record this in their reading diary. 

If you would like to discuss your child’s reading or strategies to support them at home, please don’t hesitate to speak to Miss Weston. 


Donaldson class PE sessions are on Monday afternoons. Children should come to school wearing their PE kits. 

Jewellery should not be worn in school. This is especially important for PE.
Please ensure that if your child has long hair it is tied back for PE. 


In Year 1, the children have access to fruit at snack time. Alternatively, they can bring a healthy snack from home. As we have children with nut allergies in school, please ensure that snacks from home are nut free. 

Children will continue to have access to water throughout the day. 


Water bottles

Children are allowed to bring water bottles into school. These can be kept in the crate by the sink so that they are easily accessible throughout the day. Please ensure that water bottles are named, and are taken home each day for washing.


If you have any questions or queries at all, please don't hesitate to get in touch (


Many thanks,

Miss Weston 

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