Homework this week

There are no spellings this week, however please make sure you are practising all of your phonic sounds at home.


You can find them all at the front of your reading diary and there are some helpful links and videos below:

Mr Thorne: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC7sW4j8p7k9D_qRRMUsGqyw

Phonics Play: https://www.phonicsplay.co.uk

The Year 1 Team



Badgers: Phonics Screening Letter

Dear Badger Parents,

There were quite a few letters left behind after school today, so please see a copy of the letter that was sent home this weekend regarding the phonics screening next week.


Badgers: Pop Art

In Art, we have begun a new topic – POP ART! Our focus today was on Andy Warhol, who made really bright and colourful pictures of everyday objects and famous people. The picture we decided to look at for today’s lesson was the iconic Campbell’s Soup Can image.

Image result for campbell's soup cans warhol

We spoke about how the cans are actually the same image in a repeated pattern, but the bright colours change in each version of the picture. Using a template of four cans, we created our own but used our own names! Miss Gordon’s Chocolate Soup was a big hit – coming soon to a supermarket near you!

CHALLENGE: Try Googling Andy Warhol’s picture and choose what your favourite one is – remember to explain why!

Badgers: English Story Writing

This week in English we were introduced to a video that will the basis for our writing over the next couple of weeks. Have a look at it below!

Bubbles Video

We have been really thinking about making our stories interesting and exciting by using describing words (adjectives) in our work. To help us do this, we explored some elements of the story. We thought about describing words for bubbles…in between popping them! We also saw that the setting for the story began on a beach and so made some mind-maps for describing words about seagulls, sand, shells, waves and water. We listened to the sound of waves while we felt sand, shells and water. Miss Gordon found it difficult to find a real seagull so we had to make do with a picture…oops!

Can you draw a picture of the settings from the video? (The beach, the sky, under the sea and space!)

Badgers: £ Money £

In maths, we have returned to looking at money. We began the week by looking at the properties of coins and how we could describe them. For example, a 1p coin is small, round and copper.

Then, we moved onto thinking about how many 1p coins we would need to use to make the value of other coins. If we wanted to have the same value as a 5p coin, we would need to have five 1p coins. We also did the same thing using 10p coins – if you wanted to have the same value as a £1 coin, you would need ten 10p coins!

Today, we practiced totalling up the value of a group of coins. We pretended to have a piggy bank with four coins in it and practiced adding up the value, using cubes to represent the coins. A 1p coin was represented with one cube, a 2p with two cubes, and so on.

Can you help your adults by adding up the value of their loose change for them?

CHALLENGE: How many ways can you make 30p?

Proud to be me

Please see below the topics we will be covering in each subject as part of the whole school theme this half term.  We have linked all the themes together this year by teaching that we are all different and we are all equal throughout each theme.  If you have any questions, you are welcome to speak to your class teacher.


During story time and reflection time at the end of the day. Teachers will use the books below to support discussions on the following themes:

  • Different families
  • It’s good to be me

Teachers will present a lesson on anti-bullying using the Anti-Bullying presentation written by Rachel Evans, Deputy Headteacher. Teachers will continue to use the class ‘worry box’.


Books from the following list will be used in class this half term:

ABC a Family Alphabet Bookby Bobbie Combs

Families Families Familiesby Suzanne Long and Max Lang

Basil and Sageby Nick Rolfe

My Two Granniesby Floella Benjamin and Margaret Chamberlain

Stella Brings the Familyby Miriam B. Schiffer and Holly Clifton-Brown

Julian is a Mermaidby Jessica Love

Oliver Button is a Sissyby Tomie dePaola

The Lion Insideby Rachel Bright and Jim Field

We’re Not So Different After Allby Lissette Lent and Jessica Frampton

We’re Different, We’re the Sameby Bobbi Kates and Joe Mathieu

Whoever Heard of a Tiger in a Pink Hatby Nicola Stott McCourt and Leah-Ellen Heming

Spoken Language/ Drama/ Debate

Pupils will be taught to use spoken language to communicate effectively through all aspects of school life and present work on whole school themes to parents, family members and other children.


Learning about the lives of significant individuals in the past who have contributed to national and international achievements. Children will look at a range of sports personalities including Hannah Cockcroft, Nicola Adams, and Tom Daley. Children will build a timeline of significant figures in history. 

Art & Design

Learning about the work of a range or artists, craft makers and designers (including those linked to whole school focus areas) describing the differences and similarities between different practices and disciplines, and making links to their own work. Children will study the work of Andy Warhol. They will create a class piece – ‘we’re all different, we’re all equal’ by collating their self-portraits.


Children will learn and perform the following songs:

 This is Me from The Greatest Showman

True Colours by Cyndi Lauper

Born this Way by Lady Gaga

Firework by Katy Perry

You’ve Got a Friend in Me from Toy Story

Just the Way You Are by Bruno Mars