South Petherton Church of England Infants and Pre-School

South Petherton Church of England Infants and Pre-School

Heron - The Shed

Summer Term

Dear Heron Year 1s and Parents

I hope you have all had a refreshing half term holiday, enjoyed the sunshine and are ready for the final block of the Summer Term. We are so fortunate to be able to be part of the beautiful learning environment at the SHED and to know that we can enjoy all it has to offer in the coming weeks. 


We have a busy time ahead of us with our learning and also will be celebrating some important events. We will be supporting Nick Bragg from Frogmary Green Farm in his next great cycling endeavour and will post some more details soon! We would like to take part in the National Thank You Day on 4th July, showing our thanks for those who have helped us during the difficult times of the Covid pandemic. We are also starting an environmental mini topic, looking at ways we can help to care for our wonderful world.


As always, please do keep reading at home every day with your child. Reading for pleasure is the most important way to help your child succeed as a learner. Every time you read, you help to build vocabulary, understanding, thinking and imaginative skills. We really hope you will take part in our School Summer Reading Challenge too, which runs until 14th July We have been pleased to be giving out so many Mathletics and Readiwriter certificates to celebrate the practice you have been doing at home. Keep going Herons!


With best wishes,

Mrs Spurway

Dear Herons, Parents and Carers


Welcome back to school after our much-needed Easter break. I hope you've had a chance to do lots of fun and relaxing family things, and go a little further afield than in recent months. After a very strange year, its really hard to believe that we're about to start our third and final term of Year 1.  I'm really looking forward to some dry and sunny weather at the SHED so that we can enjoy the great outdoors a little more, in our work and play.


We have a busy term ahead with new topics - Superheroes and then afterwards an Environment Topic where we think about ways to look after our wonderful world. The Y1 newsletter will include more curriculum details.


As always, we ask for daily home reading to help work towards reading for pleasure, fluency and understanding. In your child's yellow home reading and communication book, you will see a laminated list of red words to practise. These should be read daily to help develop sight recognition of these trickier words. In time, your child should be able to spell them also. Mathletics and Readiwriter are always available for extra practise too. I have been so pleased to be giving out so many certificates so do keep up the good work!


With best wishes

Mrs Spurway

Spring Term

Dear Heron Children and Parents

Firstly Happy New Year and my best wishes to you all for a brighter 2021. I'm really hoping that we will be able to get together at the SHED soon. Meanwhile, stay safe, look after each other and keep up the excellent learning you've done during the last term. I will put learning activities on Tapestry.

Have fun and enjoy our Spring Mini topic on Jim and the Beanstalk! I'm looking forward to hearing about what you can do.

With very kind wishes

Mrs Spurway

Autumn 2

Dear Parents, Carers and all our Herons

Our return to school has been thankfully very busy amongst all the changes due the the second Covid lockdown. We are very pleased to be in our beautiful learning environment and know that we can provide a safe and happy place to learn. The children have been busy finding out about Guy Fawkes and the Gunpowder Plot. They have also contributed some stunning Remembrance bunting which is on show in the windows of Stoodley's in the village.


Thank you for your ongoing support with home reading. The books sent home aim to promote fluency and confidence. You can also extend this with your own range of books at home. Could you please sign off the Reading Record each day when you hear your child read. We now have quiet ERIC time each afternoon (where Everyone Reads In Class). For this, your child will need their book packet in school every day. Please can the 'Common Exception Word' booklets be also kept in book packets as we like to see how your child is doing.


We will also be setting some Home Learning on Tapestry in the near future so look out for a message to explain this further. 


Sign up for 'Parents Meetings' is on our School website. I look forward to talking to you then.

With best wishes

Mrs Spurway

Autumn Half Term

Dear Parents, Carers and Herons


Many thanks to you all for your support during this first half term. The children have all impressed us with their resilience and positive attitudes. It has been such a pleasure to see them play together up at the SHED and really enjoy the fresh air and to connect a little closer with nature. We have had amazing views of the autumn colours from our classroom windows!


We are most appreciative of all your efforts to support your children during the Spring lockdown. As we regain our school routines, phonics, reading and maths have been very much at the forefront of our efforts. We are very pleased to be sending home reading books for your child’s home reading practice. These books fully support the Read, Write, Inc (RWI) phonics programme used in school. At this stage we aim to develop secure blending of familiar sounds. We will give 2 books every Monday so your child can maintain regular, daily practice. This also means each book can be read twice. Please initial, tick or leave a comment in the Reading Record. Books can be returned from Thursday onwards so that we may quarantine them over the weekend. Please make sure that book packets and bookbags come into school each day. After half term we will start our ERIC sessions (Everyone Reads in Class!) where we all settle down for 10 minutes of quiet reading after lunch. This helps build confidence and fluency. We have also asked you to support your child with learning to read and write chosen 'Common Exception Words' (Red Words). There are dated tasks in the booklets we have given you. Well done if you have already started!


We thank you for all your efforts and wish you a very happy half term break.


Mrs Spurway


Welcome to Heron Class!
And not forgetting Amie, who will be with us soon...

In Heron Class we have a happy bunch of 17 Year 1 children, who have settled well into one half of the large classroom Shed at Frogmary Green Farm. We are very lucky to be able to do our learning and play in such a special place. There is a fabulous outdoor play area with grass, paved areas and also a playground. We can see the pond beyond our fence. Last week a very tall digger was at work clearing and tidying the pond and this was very exciting!

Mrs Spurway teaches from Monday to Wednesday in Heron Class. Mrs Walker and Mrs Witcombe are class teaching assistants. Mrs Walker is also our lunchtime assistant. On Thursday and Friday our class works alongside Buzzard Class and will take turns to do Phonics, Maths, Science, Forest School, Music and Handwriting. Mr Halford also has the support of a student teacher, Mrs Simmons, who is with us for the Autumn term.


For the first 2 weeks back at school we have used the wonderful and inspiring book'The Dot' by Peter H. Reynolds. You can find an online Read Aloud at We have had fun experimenting with some new art techniques, just like the painter Georges Seurat in the 1880s. You can see photos just below of our artwork....

Dots on plates and 'not a dot'

Dot printing with cotton buds

More details will be added soon about our learning plans for the term ahead. For now please do keep reading and sharing books at home.

The Oxford Owl at Home webpage: provides free e-books and support for Read Write Inc Phonics.  In addition online Mathletics has lots of maths practice and games to play.


We are just establishing our weekly routines and we're sure you will understand that things may change a little in these unusual times. Thank you very much for all your support in helping your child make the transition into Year 1. We know that this year is very different and please be assured that we have every child's interest and well being in mind. As always, if you have any concerns or questions please do let us know. 


With kind wishes

Mrs Spurway

Year 1 Curriculum Newsletter Sept 2020

Have a wonderful Summer Holiday