Baines Road, Gainsborough, Lincolnshire DN21 1TE


The Gainsborough Charles Baines Community Primary School

Together we achieve

Year 1

Hello - I'm Mrs Toward and I am your child's teacher - For those parents who don't know my background, I have worked at Charles Baines for 10 years. I have worked in year 1 for 6 years as well as working in years,3, 4 and 5. 

The other adults supporting your children in our class are - Mrs Sylvester, Mrs Morrison and Mrs Brook

Welcome to our Year 1 class page

This term our topic is DINOSAUR PLANET

As you can guess it is all about Dinosaurs.

This is such a fun topic to learn about! 

  • We learn about how they lived on Earth
  • We look at what fossils are and who and how they found them.
  • We paint our own dinosaurs.
  • We research about different types of dinosaurs and what makes them different.
  • And much more fun things to do! 


Please support you child with their reading

Reading books are sent home every week. Once your child has read it twice they will be given a different book.

Some of the children are now on Accelerated Reader which is a reading programme that supports their level of reading. The children, once they have read their book twice, will do a short quiz all about their book. They will put their score in their diary for you to see how much they achieve. Once they have scored over 80% or over 3 times they move onto the next level of book for example 1.2 to 1.3. The more they practise reading, the more they understand books and move up the levels.

In the inside of your child's reading diary is a sheet to give you ideas about how you can help your child practise reading.

Please can you write in their reading diaries when they read to you. We love reading about how well they are reading at home.

Once your child has read 45 book titles they will get a prize of a brand new book of their choice from Mrs Simmonds. 



Maths this term 

We are developing our counting skills so we can count to 50 backwards and forwards from any given number and writing the number, understanding how many tens and how many ones.

We will be learning about fractions, finding half of a shape, amount and object.

We will be understanding how to use the +, - and = signs in addition and subtraction calculations.

We will be recognizing and learning the value of different denominations of coins and notes.

We will be comparing length and height of objects, using the correct vocabulary.


Cursive Handwriting

We have had a good start to practice the cursive letters in our writing.  The cursive handwriting helps them much more easily when they get to the stage of joining their letters together in year 2 and above.

Every letter starts on the line and this is something the children find difficult, once they have mastered this they find it much easier to write the letters cursive.  Your help with this is greatly appreciated. Thank you. 

If you need any support with your child's learning, please contact me either via school office and I will get back to you as soon as I can or by email -

I am always here to help and support you and your child in any way I can.

Thank you

Mrs Toward