Whole School Homework: The Environment

​As part of our half-term focus on the environment the whole school homework will be to design and make a diorama using recycled materials. In July they will be displayed in the school hall with prizes for the most innovative and interesting entries.

Please see some examples of dioramas below (it is really just a scene in a box!)

Good luck and we can’t wait to see what you produce!

The Year 1 Team


Year 1 Phonics/Reading Workshops

Dear Year 1 Parents,

Thank you very much to those of you who attended the workshops for Reception and Year 1 over the last four weeks. We covered topics including: sounds, blending and segmenting, tricky words and reading for meaning.

If you were unable to attend and would like to have the slide slow with suggested activities that we handed out, or would like some suggestions for resources, please let your class teacher know.

Kind regards,

Miss Gordon and Miss Marshall

Homework due Thursday 2nd May

We will be recapping lots of sounds next week in phonics.  We will be looking at the ‘ur’, ‘ir’ and ‘er’ sounds.  Is there a rule about where these sounds come in a word?


Spellings this week are therefore:

herb, term, after, surf, church, curl, turtle, first, thirteen, circus

Can you put them into sentences once you have learnt them?


We are learning about place value in Maths.  Can you draw dienes to represent these numbers, showing how many tens and how many ones?

35         64        89        22        6        10

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Have a lovely weekend!

Reading Workshop Tomorrow

Dear Year 1 Parents,

This is a reminder that the final Phonics/Reading workshop is taking place tomorrow. It is on reading for meaning and will have appropriate levels of challenge for all abilities. It will be held in Badgers classroom just after 3.30.

Reading for meaning is one of the most important aspects of reading for your children as they go into Year 2 and begin preparation for SATS.

Kind regards,

Miss Gordon


We have had a very busy end of term in Badger Class.

In Maths, we have been looking at measurements, including height, length, width and weight. We have used weighing scales to see how heavy things are, comparing weights and estimating how heavy things might be. We have used different techniques such as cutting out hands and feet to measure things with!

What other ways can you think of to measure items around your house?

In English, we have been looking at the story of Handa’s Surprise, with our Big Write being an alternative ending to the story. There were lots of animals moving around in the story and we thought of adjectives (describing words for nouns) and adverbs (describing words for actions/movements) about the animals.

Can you find any exciting and interesting adjectives or adverbs by looking in a dictionary or another book?

In Science, we have been thinking about the seven continents. We learned a great song that you can find on Youtube called The Continent Song. We are making a book with fact files all about each continent. Stay tuned to see more!

Can you make a fact file book about something that you are interested in?

Have a lovely Easter break!

Miss Gordon and Mrs Hayler 🙂

Badgers: Spellings

Dear Parents/Carers of Badger Class,


From now on, I will be sending home spellings on sheets and publishing a list just for Badger class.

Spellings are a requirement alongside reading. I have been noticing a slight dip in marks and I want these to start improving in order for children’s writing accuracy to improve.

In light of this, there will continue to be ten spellings each week. However, I will highlight the first five, which I expect EVERYBODY to learn. The following five will be an additional challenge that most children should also be accessing. This means each child should be getting at least 5 out of 10 each week.

If this is unclear, or you would like some help with ideas of how to teach spellings, please let me know.

Over the holidays, please continue to have a look over the tricky words in the front of your child’s reading diaries.

Thank you!

Miss Gordon