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Neptune Class Year One



Class Teacher: Miss Davies

Class TA: Miss Croft

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Finish time 15.15 (14.15 ON FRIDAYS)

Please be on time at the beginning and the end of the day.


PE IS ON TUESDAY. Your child must wear their PE kit to school on this day.


ICT and music are on Tuesday afternoons.


Our topic this half term is Toys.

Our book is Traction Man is Here by Mini Grey.

You can watch a video of the story here:

Traction Man is here - Books Alive! Read Aloud children's book

Books Alive! Read aloud Traction Man is here by Mini Grey. The everyday hero performing extraordinary bravery in the realms of the home. All in a days work f...

She has written a number of other books which we will also read at story time this half term:




In science we will learn about materials and their properties. We will learn to identify a material and describe its properties and say what it is used for.

Take some time to listen to this science song that we have been learning to help us learn about materials.

1c Materials Song by Peter Weatherall

Simplest Science: a series of animated songs and videos covering units 1 and 2 of the UK primary school science curriculum. They should be equally useful for...

We will learn about the history of toys and where in the world they are made. We will also learn about the different toys that children play with around the world.

Please have a look at the homework grid. If you can work on one or more of the projects with your child please bring them in to school or send photos to


What a busy term it has been.


We began by learning about space and in particular Mae Jemison, the first African American woman in space. She had a really interesting life and we researched about her and wrote our own fact files.

You can watch a story about her here.




Mae Among The Stars


We also enjoyed reading Beegu. We thought about how we would treat Beegu if she landed in our playground.

The book is by Alexis Deacon. In this video he reads the story and then demonstrates how he created the illustrations.

You might want to have a go and draw along with him.

Puffin Storytime | Beegu + Draw-along with Alexis Deacon


Our final book of the half term was Look Up, about an ambitious girl called Rocket who wants to become an astronaut when she is older. We learned the difference between a meteor and a meteorite.

You can watch Nathan Bryon read the story and learn how the illustrations were created by Dapo Adeola.

Puffin Storytime | Look Up! | Full read & draw-along activity | 20 mins


Finally in art we learned about secondary colours and made our own colour wheels. We were inspired by the artist Mondrian to make our own paintings using only primary colours.


Spring 2 was all about growing.

We planted beans and investigated the best conditions for seeds to grow. We discovered that they need light and water to be really healthy.



We read Jack and the Beanstalk and came up with lots of adjectives to describe the Giant.



We have finished off the term by looking a poem by Shirley Hughes.

It is called Out and About and it is all about Spring. We have really enjoyed reciting it.

Here is the poem if you want to read it at home.

Out and About

Shiny boots,

Brand new,

Pale shoots

Poking through.

In the garden,

Out and about,

Run down the path

Scamper and shout.

Wild white washing

Waves at the sky,

The birds are busy

And so am I.



I hope everyone has a really fun Easter holiday.


Things to do in and around Lewisham

Easter Craft at Lewisham Shopping Centre


Lots of Easter Acvtivities at The National Maritime Musuem in Greenwich


Horniman Spring Fair is on 16th April


Beckenham Place Mansion

You can see a puppet show of Pinocchio


There is a free Easter Egg Hunt on Sunday


Whatever you do I hope you have fun together and I will see everyone back at school on Wednesday 20th April

Homework Grid

Please click on the link for the Homework Grid

In Neptune we have been very busy planting bean seeds. They are growing really well and we can’t wait to see if they produce beans.


We made an instruction book “How to Plant a Seed”


We learnt the story of Jack and the Beanstalk and we’ve used the story to inspire our writing. We’ve used adjectives to make a wanted poster for the Giant. We learnt when to use exclamation marks and question marks by writing a letter to Jack’s mother describing his adventure. Finally we all wrote a version of the story remembering to use capital letters and full stops in our sentences.


Homework Grid


Please click on the link for the Homework Grid for Autumn 2


This week we have read the story of Rama and Sita and learned about Diwali. We learned that the candles lit on Diwali symbolise the triumph of good over evil. You can watch a version of the story here.

The Hindu Story of Rama and Sita | Religions of the World

Diwali is celebrated by people who follow the Hindi religion and they light candles in small pots called divas to remember the story. We each made a diva and on Friday we enjoyed seeing the candles. It was very atmospheric.

We learnt that there is another festival in India at this time of year for Sikhs. It is very similar to Diwali and it is called  Bandi Chhor Divas

You can watch this video to find out more.

Meaning of Bandi Chhor Divas (Sikh Diwali) - Mini documentary

Of course it is fireworks night on Friday and Saturday. I hope you and your families enjoy. Please stay safe.



The first half of the Autumn Term has flown by, and we have all had lots of fun.

Please read the Newsletter for more details and to find out what’s coming up in the next half term.

We have read lots of stories that have linked with our learning. Here is a selection of videos of some of the stories.

Read Aloud: All Are Welcome By: Alexandra Penfold and Suzanne Kaufman

Follow a group of children through a day in their school, where everyone is welcomed with open arms no matter their race, religion, or background. With vivid...

The Colour Monster

The Colour Monster - by Anna Llenas. Read aloud by Sherry. With QUIZ!⭐️⭐️⭐️ Do you want to make an EMOTIONS CRAFT? - Checkout our easy 'Colour Monster' stand...

My Five Senses by Aliki

My Five Senses by AlikiI do not own the copyrights to this book. All rights are given to Aliki & Harper Collins Publishers, 1989. This book was read under th...

Don't Touch My Hair! by Sharee Miller

The Proudest Blue by S. K. Ali

Have a great half-term!

Show Racism the Red Card


Neptune Class was proud to take part in the Wear Red to School today. We are an inclusive class and united. Racism has no place in our class.

“In a racist society it is not enough to be non-racist. We must be anti-racist.”

Angela Davis

SRtRC's Wear Red Day 21

WRD21: On October 22 people across the UK will wear red to help fund anti-racism education."Education is the greatest weapon you can use to change the world...

Year One Curriculum


We are committed to make learning exciting, meaningful and memorable for our learners. With this as a focus we aim to provide quality and excellence through an exciting, stimulating environment providing an education which will develop social skills and encourage children to become active and responsible citizens within the school community and beyond.

Our topics are based around quality texts which aim to reflect the diversity in our school community.



We will teach phonics daily through a program called Little Wandle. There are videos on their website to support you and your child at home.


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.



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. Please use the Big Maths website at home. 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. There will be a certificate for children who have completed the highest number of activities from the grid.  

Resources for Parents


I am looking forward to teaching your children. It is going to be a wonderful year. If you have any concerns or questions please email me and I will try to get back to you as quickly as possible.

Autumn Term 1



The children will learn about their identity – what makes them who they are. They will learn about parts of the human body and what they are for. We will explore the five senses and learn which parts of the body are associated with each sense.















They will draw self-portraits and learn about great artists such as Frida Khalo and Vincent Van Gogh.

We will make maps of the local area in geography and in history the children will make a personal timeline.

We will be learning how to say hello, goodbye, good morning, good afternoon and goodnight in Spanish.

Please read the curriculum leaflet for further information.