Cawthorne Church Of England (VC) Primary School

Welcome to Class One!

Reception and Year 1

Class Teacher: Mrs G. Bottomley

Teaching Assistant: Mrs E. Bradbury

Our classroom environment:

Information for new starters to school and returning Year 1 children, September 2021:

Welcome to Cawthorne CE (VC) Primary School.

We are really looking forward to welcoming you into our Foundation Stage (Reception) in September!

Please click on the PowerPoint presentation below for an introduction to our school.

New Starters Introduction to School PowerPoint 2021.pptx

You can use the PowerPoint presentation below to talk to your child about what to expect when they start in Class 1 and see what the classroom will look like. There is a printed version of this in your welcome packs that you have now received from school so your child can continue to look at the photos to prepare them for coming to school. There is also a video tour of the classroom below.

New starter welcome info PowerPoint.pptx

New starter video tour.mp4

We regret that you are unable to visit school in July, due to the current circumstances, but we will do all we can to help you with a smooth and exciting transition to school in September. Last year the children settled extremely quickly, despite being unable to visit in July and we are confident that your child will also settle at school well.

Please contact us if there is anything that you need before September and we will see you all soon!

Hello Year 1s,

I am looking forward to seeing you all back at school in September and I am so pleased that I will have you in Class 1 to help the new children settle in! I know you are going to work hard now you are in Year 1 and also enjoy still being able to play in all our lovely classroom areas and the outdoor area!

In September you won't need anything new to bring to school. You will need to continue to bring these things to school, as usual:

A book bag,

Black pumps for indoor use,

A small drawstring bag (no large rucksacks) containing black or navy shorts, white t-shirt and trainers for PE.

Our PE days and library book changing days are changing for September so please see the information below on this page.

See you soon!

In the 2021-22 year we will be learning about:

  • Ourselves
  • Festivals and Customs
  • Homes
  • Our Amazing World
  • Plants and Minibeasts
  • The UK

You will learn lots of new skills through these topics and more! Every day you will have Read Write Inc. Phonics lessons, learning sounds to help you learn to read, English (reading and writing) and Mathematics. Every week you will have PE lessons, Music and Drama, Topic lessons and Circle Time / Wellbeing.

In Class 1 we learn a lot through play and you will access the 'Continuous Provision' in the classroom and outdoors every day. Activities here are planned to match your learning, enable you to practise newly learnt skills and develop independence in using them. Through this planned, purposeful play you won't realise how much you are learning!


Things you will need in Class 1:


PE kits - Tuesdays and Fridays.

Library books - Tuesdays only. 

Reading books - every day!

Year 1 homework books - Fridays.



  • Bring your book bag with your reading books in every day. We will put any letters in here for you to take home. We read with children on different days each week.
  • PE kits should be in a separate, small drawstring bag. (White t-shirt, navy or black shorts, trainers).
  • On rainy days, wellies and a waterproof coat. On sunny days, a sunhat. (Sun cream should be applied at home before school).
  • Please do not bring any other personal items to school, including stationary.
  • Please write in your child's reading record book every time they read. We only change reading books if they have been read at home. Book changing days are Tuesdays and Fridays.

IMPORTANT: Please name all items of your child's school uniform and PE kit.

Also remember to name: water bottles, bags, coats, pumps and shoes!