1N Newsletter 24.05.24

The children really enjoyed their visit from Olympian Rebekah Green who came to school to tell everybody about Freestyle Kayaking. She showed us some clips of her on the water and as you can imagine the children were very impressed by all the flips and tricks she did.

In Science this week we have been learning about evergreen and deciduous trees. The children could name and sort some the trees and drew their leaves.

In Maths we have been learning about fractions and finding half of a shape and quantity.

The children will be bringing home a sheet with QR codes for the different sounds they can practise over half term. Please can you ensure they take a look at these and read as much as they can over the holiday. They will still be earning lots of class dojos!

I hope you all have a wonderful week and I look forward to seeing the children back in school on Tuesday 4th June.

Mrs Nicholls

1N Newsletter 17.05.24

The children have been working really hard this week.

In RE the children have been learning about the 5 pillars of Islam. They have enjoyed learning and talking about different faiths and how people may worship in different ways.


In PSHE we have been talking about friendship and people who are special to us. We spoke about different times when we may have needed a friend or when we may have been a good friend to others. This also linked in to our class worships where the children have been reminded about how we keep safe in school and who they can talk to if they have something troubling them.

In Maths we have been learning how to make and share equal groups and how to make an array. The children have identified what a row and a column is and used efficient ways to count. For example recognising when to count in 2s, 5s and 10s.


In Science we have been discussing healthy and unhealthy plants and what they need to grow.

This week there will be an exciting opportunity for the children to meet an Olympian. They will be coming into school on Wednesday to do a short fitness circuit with each class. A few weeks ago, sponsor forms were handed out with the children, so please ensure if these have been completed that they return to the office.

As the weather is getting warmer, please can you ensure that children are bringing a water bottle.



Mrs Nicholls

Read Write Inc Videos – 17.05.2024

Dear Year 1 and 2 parents,

The children have really been working with all of their hearts with their phonics learning this half term. All children will be reassessed over the coming week and class teachers shall inform you of their progress. Please check their reading logs for any updates!

To further support your child in preparation for the upcoming phonics screening check, please scan the QR code to watch the corresponding video.

RWI QR codes

Your child’s teacher will send home a paper copy of this, over the next week. They will highlight any particular digraph or trigraph your child needs further support with.

Please find further information below:

PSC Parent Handout 2023

PSC Parent Meeting 2023


Thank you for your continued support,

Mrs Smith

(Reception Teacher and Reading Leader)

1N Newsletter 10.05.24

What a lovely week we’ve had. The sun has finally come out.

On Tuesday we had a lovely surprise from a local theatre company, who came to perform The Jungle Book to the school. The children really enjoyed watching the different characters and listening to the different songs.

This lovely weather has meant that we’ve noticed lots of changes in our seeds. We have made observations of new shoots and leaves and made sure they have enough water.

We have had a busy week of learning. In our Geography this week, we have been learning about Australia. The children have done a fantastic job remembering the 7 continents and this week have have been using a compass diagram and a map to locate different oceans and continents near to Australia. The children enjoyed learning about the animals that live there and listening to the sounds of a didgeridoo.

In our Maths we have been learning how to recognise and add equal groups and continuing to practise counting in 2s, 5s and 10s.

Have a lovely weekend.

Mrs Nicholls


1N Newsletter 03.05.24

The children have finally won the ‘Golden Lunchbox’ and we enjoyed the special treats this afternoon. The children had worked as a team to earn as many pop poms as they could. Well done 1N!

Everyone has been working really hard this week, especially in preparation for their phonics screening. We have been looking at lots of alien words and playing lots of phonics games.

Please use the links below to watch and do with your child at home.




Please check your child’s homework folder as they have been given some alien words sheets to read with you at home.

In Maths we have been learning to count on in steps of 2, 5 and 10. They are doing really well and this is their homework for this week.

The children have really enjoyed watching their seeds grow and making observations as part of their science work.

Have a lovely bank holiday weekend.

Mrs Nicholls

1N Newsletter 19.04

This week the children have enjoyed using a range of measuring equipment to investigate and make comparisons about the mass and capacity of objects and containers. The children have been consolidating their learning by finding objects that are heavier and lighter and comparing the volume of different containers.

Maths Homework


Week 2 Year 1 25.04.23 Spellings

In Science this week we have been learning the names of the different parts of a plant and identifying which type of plants we are able to eat. The children enjoyed sorting these into veg and fruit groups.

In Geography the children have been learning about the continents and naming them on a world map.

In our class worships this week we have been talking about our school rules of being Ready, Respectful and Safe and recapping the PANTS assembly. We then used this as a discussion point for what we understand as appropriate behaviour. The children have been working extremely hard this week to try and get as many pom poms as they can and lots of them are approaching the 200 dojo milestone, whereupon they can win the golden ticket  and come to school in their own clothes.

I hope you all have a lovely weekend.

Mrs Nicholls


Workshop with Team GB Freestyle Kayaker Rebekah Green on 22nd May 2024!

John Fletcher of Madeley Primary School will be receiving an inspirational visit from Team GB Freestyle Kayaker Rebekah Green on the 22nd of May 2024 and we need your support!
The pupils will benefit from physical activity through our fitness circuit, an inspirational talk including medal display and a Q&A session.

John Fletcher of Madeley Primary School is promoting health and wellbeing throughout the school and with the help of a visit from Rebekah Green, this will be enhanced across all year groups and staff, they are also focussing on encouraging diversity and raising the aspirations of the pupils through sport.

John Fletcher of Madeley Primary School will benefit from the money raised as they will be able to provide new equipment, fund opportunities for the children, and more.

How can you help?

We’re asking all parents to help make it a memorable event for the pupils with the help of Team GB Freestyle Kayaker Rebekah Green and to raise funds for key resources for John Fletcher of Madeley Primary School.

If you are a local business or a friend of the school and would like to contribute to help us get to our target then please do make a donation and share our project as far as you can.


The photographer will be in school next week on the 17th and 18th April.


Wednesday 17th

Class photos will be taken. If the weather is good the photos will be taken outside.


Thursday 18th

All sibling groups will be photographed in the hall. Once these have been completed then a Year 6 Leavers image will be taken, followed by an individual image of each of the year 6 students.


1N Newsletter 12.04.24

The children have had a fantastic first week back at school. In Maths they have been learning to measure lengths using objects and had great fun exploring the classroom for things that were longer and shorter than.

We are continuing with our RWI sessions in preparation for the phonics screening tests in June. The children have been proof reading their sentences and ensuring they are not missing any punctuation marks.

In Art the children created some beautiful chalk work linked to the solar eclipse.

In Science we have been exploring the wonderful outdoors (once the weather was kind enough) to find things that were living, dead or had never been alive.

As mentioned in the previous post, new reading books, homework and spellings will be going home with the children tomorrow. If you do have your child’s reading book at home, please could you ensure that it comes in  tomorrow ready to be changed. Remember it is 5 dojos for every time you listen to and sign your child’s reading diary.

Have a great weekend!

Mrs Nicholls

Welcome Back!

A warm welcome back to the Summer term. It has been so lovely to see the children back in school and they have settled so well into our school routines. We have a busy term ahead with lots of exciting new topics. (Please take a look at the Year 1 Curriculum web)

New reading books, spellings and homework will be going out on Friday.

Our PE days have remained the same- Thursdays and Fridays, so please can you ensure children come to school wearing the correct school PE kit . Last term there were a number of school uniform items that were lost, so a polite reminder to make sure that everything is named.

Many thanks

Mrs Nicholls

New School Dinner Menu 2024

May be a doodle of text that says "Vegetarian 1968-2018 Week 1 Monday Meatballs Wednesday work at it with allyour heart Week 3 Whatevyou do, Week Monday Thursday Chicken Curry Monday Tuesday Thursday Custard Tuesday Thursday servedwith Selection, Cream eatwell Selection Cookies Tuesday Chicken children. Friday Friday Jumbo Friday Wednesday Green edwith Selecbon Chocolate Brownie Hope Couscous, Selection Aspirations Topped Beans, Sponge Wednesday FOOD FACTS Pudding Bar Fish Jacket Potato Fresh available daily Cheese Crackers Friday. Individual hursday tems FUN FOOD FACTS quckythaty"


Dear Families,

Please see a copy of the new school dinner menu which will begin the week that we return to school after the Easter holidays.
Physical copies will be distributed to the children as soon as we have copies of them in school and digital copies have been sent via ParentPay and email.
When we return to school, we will be on week 1.
Kind regards,
The John Fletcher of Madeley Team.

1N Newsletter 15.03

It was lovely to see so many parents at the consultation evenings this week. The children were all very proud to show off their work.

The children have had a busy week of learning. In RE we have been learning about the Easter story and we were lucky to have a visit from Reverend Marcus, Superintendent minister of the Methodist Church in Newport who joined us for collective worship.

In Maths we have been developing our understanding of numbers up to 50.

This week, the children have listened to the story of Sam who went to Sea. They wrote letters and imagined what Sam could see, smell, hear, taste and touch on his sailing adventure.

Last week the children thoroughly enjoyed World Book Day and had lots of opportunities to read a range of books in their ‘snuggly’ clothes and share stories with their friends and family.

It has been lovely to see so many children wearing a ‘splash of red’ to celebrate Red Nose Day. They have enjoyed a range of activities and learning about what different charities do with the money that has been raised. Many thanks for those who have donated.

The children are really looking forward to our trip to Park Hall farm next Wednesday. A letter has gone home today with a reminder about the trip and details about suitable clothing and footwear etc.

Reception and Year 1 Visit Park Hall Farm, Oswestry

Dear Parents,

The children are all looking forward to our upcoming trip to Park Hall Farm on Wednesday 20th March. Here are a few reminders in preparation for our visit:

The children will be leaving school by coach at approximately 9:00am and will return to the school by the end of the school day. Please ensure your child is in school on time to facilitate this.

  • All children must be in their school uniform and wear suitable shoes for outdoor and muddy conditions – we advise wellie boots.
  • It is advised that all children should wear a waterproof jacket as several activities will be held outdoors.
  • Please remember to provide your child with a nutritious packed lunch, unless you have opted for a school packed lunch.
  • If your child has an inhaler in school, please provide your child with a backpack. This will ensure that your child always has their inhaler on them in case an adult is required to administer this.

Yours sincerely,

Mrs Smith and Mrs Nicholls

Reception and Year 1 Class teachers



1N Newsletter 01.03.24

The children have been very busy during assessment week. They have tried so hard with their writing this week and have produced some lovely work that they can be proud of.

They have listened to the story of Little Red Riding Hood and wrote about the character of the wolf. They then sequenced the story and retold it in their words.

Over the next week, the children will be working with Mrs Smith on their mock phonic screening tests. This will then indicate which sounds children may need to work on further.

In Science the children have been naming and labelling parts of the body.

Homework this week is counting and adding – (see worksheet) and spellings are practising 10 high frequency words. We were unable to do the spelling test this week so we shall do it on Monday.

Please can you check that your child has come home with the correct jumpers as a few have gone missing and may have been taken accidentally.

Parents evening return slips to come to either myself or to the office.

A polite reminder for any outstanding trip payments to be made to parent-pay please.

Have a fantastic weekend

Mrs Nicholls

1N Newsletter 23.02.24

Year 1 have had a busy week of learning.

In Maths we have been learning how to subtract numbers in different ways. We have been using number lines to count back and learning how to find the difference.

In History we have been learning about John Fletcher. The children enjoyed learning a little more about him and thought of research questions that they would like to find out more about.

The children have enjoyed their PE session this week, travelling and moving across apparatus in different ways.

Maths homework this week is to practise their number formation and spelling up to 20.

English homework this week is to unscramble the sentences. Making sure that each sentence begins with the capital letter and ends with a full stop.

Please see the spelling sheet in your child’s homework pack. The test will be on Thursday.

As you will have seen on the letter that was sent out this week, there will be a Y1 phonics screening meeting on Tuesday 27th February at 3.30. Please could you complete the reply slip and return to school.

The Y1 trip to the farm is Wednesday 20th March. Please could you ensure that this has been confirmed on ParentPay. If we do not have enough contributions, then the trip may not be able to go ahead.

Wishing you all a lovely weekend.