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Welcome to Key Stage 1




Year 1 Sparrows- Mrs Warner/ Mrs O'Regan

Year 1/2 Penguins- Miss Dixon

Year 2 Parrots - Miss Bywaters


Term 5


Our topic this term is 'In Our Garden'. We will be linking this theme into all areas of our learning.



The children will be learning about fiction and non-fiction texts. As part of their story writing unit they will be exploring the story of 'The Secret Garden'.  The focus will be on setting description and story structure. The children will also be developing their instruction writing skills as part of the literacy lessons and homework.



We will be developing our self awareness, managing feeling and empathy as part of our 'Good to be me' unit. The children will identify feelings and responses to the feeling with have.



Our geography learning will be based about what grows around the world. This will include identifying seasonal and daily weather patterns in the UK and around the world. We will be learning about what grows in cold areas of the world in relation to the equator and the North and South Poles.


Art & DT

Our famous artist this term is Van Gogh. We will be recreating his famous sunflower picture using a range of mediums. Also the children will be creating pictures using seeds and vegetables. We will be making the most of the sunny weather to perfect our sketching skills using natural light. The children will be learning about nutrition and cooking to design and make their own healthy snack.



Mrs Strongman will be leading our music sessions on 'The Seasons'. The children will be focusing on pitch and performing songs with actions. Also experimenting with body percussion and performing steady beats.



In RE we will be exploring Judaism and our relationship with God. We will be finding evidence to answer our key questions; 'How special is the relationship Jews have with God' and 'What promise did the Jewish people make with God'. We will be making our own promises relating to our relationships with people who are special to us.



Our science focus is on 'Plants'. The children will identify and name a variety of common wild and garden plants, including deciduous and evergreen trees. We will learn about the structure of plants and know the important job each part has in the plant lifecycle. Our experiment focus is growing cress in different conditions to see what plants need to grow.



In computing the children will be photographers! They will use IPADs to take photos outside which they will then edit and enhance to create the perfect picture. We will continue to practise saving and deleting documents.



In PE the children will be developing their gymnastic and athletic skills. In gymnastics our theme is travelling and linking movements to perform a routine. They will have the opportunity to evaluate their own and others performances. Our athletics focus is running, obstacles, throwing for distance and accuracy and jumping for height and distance.


Please ensure that your child has a PE kit in school every week so that your child has suitable clothes for their two PE lessons. Now the weather is warming up you may like to provide your child with a sunhat. PE slots are below.


Sparrows - Wednesday and Thursday

Penguins- Tuesday and Thursday

Parrots - Tuesday and Wednesday


We love reading!

Reading is part of our daily routine and is an important part of our children's development. All children have reading books and reading records that will go home with them each night.  We would love our children to read at least 4 times a week.  This can be a reading book, shared reading, bedtime stories or even road signs and shopping lists! Please write in their reading records to show off your reading at home.


We encourage independence in Key Stage 1 and so would like the children to have some responsibility for changing their own books within their classroom. All staff will supervise this skill during term 1 until the children are confident changing their books.


At the end of each term the children will be rewarded with a special reading certificate presented by Ms Tout in celebration assembly. In their reading records it must clear that the children have read at least 4 times a week, every week.



Homework will be sent home on a Tuesday ready for the following Monday.  Each week children will have spellings and 'my maths'. This term we have set an optional topic homework with fun and creative activities related to our learning.  This is an opportunity for the children to show case their other skills and also involve our families to share our learning. The children will be rewarded with house points which will go towards achieving their bronze, silver and gold badges.


BIG Talk

Every Friday your child will have a BIG Talk homework. This will prepare your children for their independent writing during BIG Write. Please discuss their ideas over the weekend so that they are prepared for their BIG Write on Monday. We encourage the children to make notes, list ideas and draw story maps to aid their writing.


Water bottles

We suggest all children bring their own water bottle into school everyday to ensure they drink enough water to stay hydrated and focused for learning. Water bottles will return home on Fridays to be washed.



Mosaics 1

We have been learning about the story 'Whatever Next'

We've been making dream catchers!