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Dr. Mae Jemison


This week we have been learning about Dr. Mae Jemison, the first African-American woman in space.


Here are some of the books we made of her life.

This is a story we listened to which gave us lots of information about Dr. Mae Jemison.

Mae Among The Stars

Number Bonds to 10


We are also learning number bonds to 10.

This is a fun song to help your child learn them.

Making Ten (Number Bonds to 10 Song) - Mr. Chris

A catchy, fun song to help children learn their number bonds to 10. It has a Numicon video so the children can see the numbers making the bonds.



Welcome back!!


This half term our topic is space. We are reading a story call Look Up by Nathan Bryon.


This week we have been learning about the Solar System and the night sky.

We made books about the sun.



We sang this song about the Solar System


The Solar System Song

We read Katie and the Starry Night and we learnt that Vincent Van Gogh painted Starry Night. He also painted lots of other pictures.



We made our own pictures of Starry Night using soft pastels. We made swirls like Van Gogh.



We have had a great week!

We are very lucky to have lots of adults working in our class this school year.

Miss Davies - Class Teacher

Miss Anumah – Student

Miss Croft – Learning Support Assistant

Miss Pitter - Learning Support Assistant

Miss Howell – Teaching Assistant across Pluto & Neptune

Mrs Hull - Teaching Assistant across Pluto & Neptune





We’ve had another lovely week learning lots of new skills with the hole punch, scissors, threading and tying knots. We were learning how to mix primary colours and used the colours to make a farmhouse.


Special Day Child

Iyla was our first Special Day Child and she told us all about her LOL doll called Splits who is an amazing gymnast.

‘I Can See Clearly Now’

Finally we’ve been learning this song by Johnny Nash who very sadly died earlier this week.


Johnny Nash August 19, 1940 – October 6, 2020


Another fantastic week! The children are enjoying themselves making new friends and rediscovering old ones. Here is a tiny bit of what we got up to this week.

04.09.2020 WE’RE BACK!


Everyone was so pleased to see each other. It honestly felt as if we had never been away.

Year One Curriculum

To help the children settle in and transition from Reception our curriculum is based on play. We will build on the foundation blocks developed in reception to challenge and motivate the children in their learning. Our topics will be based around quality texts. This is  to allow the flexibility to follow the interests of the children.


Autumn Term 1

The children will spend 2-3 weeks settling back into being at school and getting used to routines and expectations. We will focus on their well- being ensuring that they are happy and therefore ready to learn.

For the rest of this half term we will read at this book ‘Here We Are – Notes for Living on Planet Earth by Oliver Jeffers.

“Our world can be a bewildering place, especially if you've only just got here. Your head will be filled with questions, so let's explore what makes our planet and how we live on it. From land and sky, to people and time, these notes can be your guide and start you on your journey.”

We will also be learning about Autumn and reading Autumn poems taken from Out and About by Shirley Hughes.

“In this wonderful collection of poems, by best-loved and Kate Greenaway Medal-winner, Shirley Hughes, Katie and her little brother Olly go out and about, romping through the changing seasons. They take pleasure in the different elements and weather conditions - sunshine, wind, rain, mist and even snow.”

We will return to both these books as they are a source of rich information about the world, the environment, the different  seasons and a celebration of our diversity.



We will teach phonics daily.

Phonics Play has lots of free games to support your child’s learning.



Every child will have the opportunity for 1-1 reading with a school adult across the week. They will then bring home their reading book so that they can read with you. Please make sure that you read for at least 5 minutes daily. Their reading book will be changed once per week. It is important that they become familiar with the book so please don’t worry if you feel that you are repeating the same book. It is also important that your children have a storytime at home where you read to them. We have a selection of books that the children can borrow. Unfortunately due to coronavirus we can only allow the books to be changed weekly. I will encourage the children to bring home a storybook of their choice.



We follow a programme called Big Maths and each Friday the children complete a ‘Learn Its Challenge’. I will send home their sheets so that you can see what they need to practise. As well as this I would encourage you to play maths games at home. These can be traditional board games or online.

These are some useful websites with free resources.


Each half term we will set a homework grid. There are a variety of activities that you and your child can work on together to support their learning at school. Please don’t feel that you must complete them all. Do what you can, when you can and with what you have available.

Homework Grid Autumn Term First Half 07.09.2020 - 23.10.2020

Keeping In Touch

Although at the moment school is a little strange with the restrictions around dropping off and picking up I want to re-assure you that your children are at the centre of everything I am planning.

If you have any concerns or questions you can email me at and I will try to get back to you as quickly as possible. I will send an individual email once per week to let you know how your child is getting on.

Please keep checking the class web page for photos.