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Class 1

Please view our topic map for Summer term 1 2017

Please view our topic map for Spring term 1 2017

Please view our topic map for Autumn 2016 here



Year 1 Phonics Screening Check 2015


Welcome back after the summer holidays!


We are thrilled to welcome your child to Class One and we are pleased to introduce ourselves, Mrs Wilson and Mrs Belfield, as your child’s Class Teachers. Mrs Jagger, Ms Drysdale and Mrs Drummond will continue to work as the Teaching Assistants in Class One. We are positive that we have a great year ahead of us!



Mrs Wilson

Mrs Jagger

(Mr Holmes – Sport)


Mrs Wilson

Mrs Jagger and Mrs Drummond


Mrs Wilson

Mrs Jagger and Mrs Drummond

(Mrs Cooper – Read, Write Inc (RWI))


Mrs Belfield

Mrs Jagger, Mrs Drummond and Ms Drysdale

(Mrs Cooper – RWI)


Mrs Belfield

Mrs Jagger, Mrs Drummond and Ms Drysdale

(Mrs Cooper – RWI)


Our aims in Class One is for your child to learn and develop and of course have lots of fun along the way!

The following information will be useful to you for this term. 

Reception Children

In Reception your child will be learning skills, acquiring new knowledge and demonstrating their understanding through 7 areas of learning and development. Our curriculum is the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) and the 7 areas of learning are:
Prime Areas:
•    Personal, Social and Emotional Development (PSED)
•    Communication and Language (CL)
•    Physical Development (PD)
Specific Areas:
•    Literacy (L)
•    Mathematics (M)
•    Understanding the World (UW)
•    Expressive Arts and Design (EAD)
Our lessons are often play based, both inside the classroom and in our large outdoor area, and we spend time each day on child-initiated activities as well as in groups on adult-led activities. Children learn to interact with others in a positive, constructive and respectful manner. They develop concentration, co-operation and communication skills whilst becoming creative, confident thinkers.


We, as teachers are constantly observing all children, taking photographs and writing comments. It would be lovely if you as parents could also carry out observations which demonstrate your child learning and developing. We would like to invite you to add any comments/photographs about you child doing activities at home which we don’t see. This would help to create a clearer picture of your child. Within the first week we will place ‘What have I achieved at home?’ sheets within your child’s book bag.

Year One

Transition from Reception to Year One
Our aim is to ensure that the children experience a smooth transition from the Foundation Stage to Key Stage One. The Year One curriculum builds upon and extends the experiences that children have had in Reception. Learning through play will continue to be an important part of the school day, and the children will gradually be eased into more formal learning as the year goes on so that they remain motivated, enthused and eager learners.


Ideas for planning will continue to be led by the children. From observation and assessment, we are able to pick out topics and themes that the children are interested in and we will continue to use questioning to develop their interests and thoughts. We recognise the importance of parents and staff, working together for the benefit of the children and we hope that you will continue to share in the children’s learning with us.

  • Sometimes children will be set topic-associated projects and your help with this is much appreciated.
  • Year One children will continue to be sent home reading books and key rings. Once Reception children are ready we will send individual reading books home. Please could you spend time reading and discussing the text with your child, as this will help both reading and comprehension skills.
  • READING: Further information will be sent out separately.
  • Sometimes work linked to phonics may be sent home when appropriate.
  • PLEASE... check your child’s book bag each evening.

We look forward to celebrating your child’s success and achievements in this exciting year ahead. We hope that you always feel welcome in our classroom at all times throughout the year and will contact us immediately, should you have any questions or concerns at any time throughout the year.


Mrs Wilson and Mrs Belfield

Below we have provided a brief outline of what we will be learning over the next term. We hope you will find this useful when planning any trips to the library, weekend visits, web based research etc that you may wish to carry out together as a family and also to enhance your child’s learning. A ‘Topic Web’ for this half term will be sent in a separate document.

Our themes for the Autumn term are:  ‘Cosy Cottages’ and ‘Creepy Castles’


Literacy (L)


Year Ones will follow the National Strategy and Reception will follow the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) with attention to developing handwriting and presentation.

We will be using the scheme, which includes reading, writing and phonics.

Mathematics (M)


Year Ones will follow the National Strategy and Reception will follow the EYFS to develop their mathematical understanding. These skills will be used to support work in other curriculum areas. Children will practise and develop both oral and mental skills daily.

Science (UW)


This term we will be focusing on ‘Materials’. We will be learning about the different properties of materials and how materials can be changed. The children will learn how to conduct ‘Fun’ scientific investigations, learning about how to carry out a fair test.

Geography/History (UW)


Within this area of the curriculum the children will be comparing their lives now to lives in the past. They will be learning about the Great Fire of London and Comparing their homes now to homes in the past. We will also be investigating our school location, mapping journeys in our local area and how our local area may have changed over time.

Art & DT (EAD)


In Art & DT we will creating Gingerbread men and houses as well as Castles and Dragons. The children will also learn how to use different natural materials to make their own 3 Little Pig Houses and Knights shields.  Throughout the term a large emphasis will be placed on developing artistic techniques to support work in other areas of the curriculum.

Music (EAD)


The children will use the’ Journey of the 3 Little Pigs’ and ‘Medieval’ Music as a stimulus for their own musical pieces. We will be using instruments to act out the story. Children will learn to select appropriate instruments and to use different tempos and rhythms and loud and quiet sounds.



PE will take place on Monday and Fridays. Children will have the opportunity to play games, develop gymnastic skills and express themselves through dance. Please ensure that your child brings the correct kit and it would be helpful if a named PE kit is kept in school at all times. We encourage the children to change for PE themselves. Our aim is working towards children being able to undress and dress themselves. Please encourage your child to dress and undress independently as this will help when we are changing for P.E 


In RE we will be thinking about ‘How do we Show we care?’ We will also be finding out about the special festivals within the religious year. We will be learning about the Christmas story and the children will also learn about Harvest and the importance of Harvest time.

Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE)  (PSED)

The children will be encouraged to think about ‘New beginnings’. Focusing on how they and how others may be feeling and how to manage these feelings. They will also be thinking about ‘Safety’ linked to the home and community.


We use Information and Communication Technology in almost everything we do to support the curriculum, but we will be focusing on Key Skills in ICT.


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