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Pluto Class Year One

We made planets and Astronauts to land on them!

This is Pluto Class


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

Mrs Hicks - Class Teacher

Mrs Howell – Teaching Assistant across Pluto & Neptune

Mrs Hull – Teaching Assistant across Pluto & Neptune

Ms Rickwood - LSA


Autumn Term 2

Coming this term….


We will read Look Up! By Nathan Byron and some non-fiction texts about the solar system. We will also look at the changing seasons and read poems about Autumn. We will learn about Neil Armstrong and Mae Jemison and pretend to be astronauts. We will also learn about day and night.  We are learning the songs: Seasons of the Year and The Solar System.


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.


Our Class Curriculum

In Pluto Class we have enjoyed being back together. We have settled into our class routines and getting used to a new environment. We go outside everyday and we have really enjoyed exploring. We have even started building our pond. Our book has been We Are Here by Oliver Jeffers and we have learnt about the Earth and our place in the world.




In Maths we have been learning to count to 20, one more and one less and we practice counting in 10s everyday.

In Phonics we have recapped the Phase 2 sounds and have started to learn Phase 3 digrahs.

We have written guides to earth.

We really enjoy PE with Mr Owen who is teaching us ball skills.

We have been developing our fine motor skills by threading, making peg patterns and joining.

We looked at our local area and the UK on Google Earth

Finally we love singing “I Can See Clearly Now” by Johnny Nash.


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.



Pluto will have outdoor PE on a Tuesday. Please send your child in with their PE Kit on so they can keep it on all day.



We will teach phonics daily.

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

You can also access a great phonics programme called 'Teach Your Monster to Read'



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 story time at home where you read to them. We have a selection of books that the children can borrow. Unfortunately due to corona-virus 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 practice. As well as this I would encourage you to play maths games at home. These can be traditional board games or online.


Book Review

Choose your favourite book and tell an adult the following:

    Where is it set?

    Who are the main characters?

    What happens?

    What is your favourite part?

    Why is it your favourite book?       


Practise writing your alphabet in capital letters and cursive.  Use the letters below to help you.

Then try and write your name. 


Look around where you live. How many shapes can you see.

Draw some pictures of the shapes you can see around you.

Write your numbers up to 10.


1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9  10

Topic – Identity

Ask the adults in your family about when they were young like you. Can they draw you a picture to look at together.  Or maybe look at some old photographs.

Think about the things that you like doing and draw a picture of yourself doing one of them.

Draw a picture of a Super Hero that you would like to be.



Draw or paint a picture of yourself.




Design & Technology

Make a fruit salad with your adults. Use lots of healthy fruits to share.


Make a model of the planet earth.  You can make a shoebox showing a part of the earth. Or you can use a sphere to show how the earth looks from the sky.

Year 1. Home Learning

Please also try and complete the recommended 60 minutes of physical activity a day.


Each half term we will set a homework grid like the one above. There will be 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.

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.


04.09.2020 WE’RE BACK!


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