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Year 1 - Woodpeckers

Welcome to Year One Woodpeckers Class!

Miss Tullett is our class teacher.

Mrs Wilkinson is our teaching and learning assistant.

Term 4

Where I Live 

In Term 4, our topic is “Where I live” and we will be exploring our local area and the UK including our main towns and cities.

We will be exploring our local area during Environment Week; looking at how to take care of trees, oceans and our planet.



In English we will be looking at fiction texts using the books "Beegu" and the popular children's book "The Snail and the Whale". We will be writing letters, diary entries, character descriptions as well as acting out scenes from the stories. We are focusing upon texts which involve journeys to different places in the world - you may like to focus upon this at home as well!


In Science, we will be undertaking investigations about different materials. We will be finding out about materials and their properties e.g. A water bottle is made from plastic and it is transparent. There are some great activities on Purple Mash that you can interact with at home if you wish.


In Maths, we will be looking at length and mass, numbers 50-100 and beyond as well as problem solving. Please remember you can access Mathletics at home and I will be awarding certificates from Mathletics when you reach certain targets. 

Term 3

Heroes and Heroines 


This term in Woodpeckers we are diving back in time to look at our topic of “Heroes and Heroines”.


We are going to be looking at our own heroes including family members and friends and what makes them special and unique. We will then link this to the story ‘Traction Man’ where we will be writing setting descriptions, diary entries and wanted posters. We will also be looking at poetry where we create and perform our own poems using alliteration and onomatopoeia.


We have a History focus this term where we will learn about some heroines from the past and how they have influenced our lives today such as Florence Nightingale, Mary Seacole and Grace Darling. We will also look at the heroes Louis Braille and Tim Peake.


In Maths, we will be adding and subtracting numbers within 20 as well as exploring numbers up to 50. We are going to be revising our topic of the time and number bonds within 20.  


It is great to see so many websites that can help your child with their learning: Phonics Play, Mathletics, Purple Mash. If you require log ins again, please let me know.

Term 2 

Let's Celebrate 


In term two our theme is “Let’s Celebrate!” We will be learning about celebrations in different cultures. We will start with Bonfire Night and then move onto Eid and Diwali. We will also think about why we celebrate Christmas.


In English we will be looking at poetry using the book "Zim Zam Zoom" and the popular children's book The Jolly Postman. We will be writing letters, diary entries, character descriptions as well as acting out scenes from the story. 


In Maths we will be looking at numbers within 20, addition and subtraction within 20 and starting to look at telling the time. Any extra Maths you can do with your child at home will be beneficial! You can use the websites Mathletics and Purple Mash for this.


This year Woodpeckers class will be taking part in a singing video based on a very popular Christmas song- watch this space for the video release date!


Term One

Amazing Me!


Welcome to Woodpeckers Class 2020-2021. We hope you have had a wonderful summer with your family and friends. We are so pleased to be back at school and cannot wait to start learning together again. We hope you are as excited as we are!


Our first topic in Woodpeckers is called 'Amazing Me.' We will be looking closely at what makes us special and unique as a human being including our body parts and senses. We will also explore animals including pets and how similar and different we are to a variety of animals. We will be undertaking fun activities linked to all of our senses such as a blindfolded walk, making pizzas and exploring our sense of hearing.


We will be focusing a lot on key skills to enable all children to catch up any learning they may have missed over the school closure. In English, the whole school will be learning about the book ‘Here We Are‘ by Oliver Jeffers and then in Year 1 we will be moving onto using the books “The Emperor’s Egg” and “Grace and Family” which link with our topic. We will be writing exciting entries into our Learning Books of our adventures over the summer as well as all about our family and friends.


In Maths, the children will be carrying on taking part in Maths Mastery lessons. In Year One we will be focusing heavily on number. We start off looking at numbers 1-10 and taking a mastery approach ensuring we are secure with our understanding of ordering, comparing, number bonds, doubling, halving as well as odd and even numbers. This forms a foundation which we will be building upon throughout the year.

During our Maths Meetings we will be revisiting key concepts from Reception including shape, space and measure as well as problem solving and showing our understanding in a variety of different ways.

In PSHE this term we will be learning alongside Jigsaw Jack. We will be looking at 'Being me in my world'. This year we will take part in indoor and outdoor P.E every week. In our first term we will explore Gymnastics and Attack, Defend and Shoot. 


Reading is a huge priority in Year One so please continue reading every night at home. Please could you sign and comment in your child’s reading record book when you have listened to them read. We will continue sending home reading books with your child that are appropriate to their level.


We will be continuing to teach phonics throughout Year One. We will start off the year recapping phase 2 and 3 sounds before moving onto phase 5 sounds.


We will take our time learning the new rules in Year One whilst also making sure we have lots of fun with the curriculum, being back with our friends as well as learning new knowledge and skills.

Welcome to the journey of Year One – I am sure it will be an exciting one!


Key Information


We have PE twice a week (days to be confirmed). Your child must have a named PE kit consisting of a t-shirt, shorts and trousers with plimsoles or trainers. A fleece or jacket should be provided in the winter months. Earrings must be removed for PE before school by an adult for health and safety reasons.


Forest School will be taking place with Mrs Wood (day to be confirmed).  It is important that your child has named welly boots in school along with gloves for winter months and a hat for summer months.

Forest School is an exciting part of the school day in which the children will be exploring our topics and other areas of the curriculum, in the outdoor environment.


We are unable to provide plastic cups so it is vital you’re your child has their own named water bottles - even in the winter! Being well hydrated helps us to concentrate and learn.


Your child has the opportunity to change their reading book every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. We will be recording who is reading regularly at home and there will be prizes for the top readers!

We will also continue with Buster Book club where the number of minutes read should be recorded on the Buster Book club bookmark every Wednesday night. In Year One the children have a target of reading for 10 minutes.


Homework is set on Fridays and due in on the following Wednesday. This will consist of either Maths or English. Please help your child to complete their homework and ensure it is in on time. If you have any questions about homework please contact me via Class Dojo.


Phonics is taught daily with an emphasis on children being able to segment, blend and read words. It is also important that your child is confident putting words into sentences to show they understand their meaning. In Year One, we also practice writing words using our phonics knowledge and putting them into full sentences. Throughout the year, I will be giving out alien and real words for your child to segment, blend and then read aloud. This will prepare them for their Phonics Screening test in June 2021. More information on this to follow.


Children are not allowed to bring in pencil cases or other objects from home. If they have something they would like to share with the class, please could I ask you to send a photo of it via Class Dojo and we can share the photograph with the children. Toys are not allowed to be brought in. Children should only bring their book bag to school.

Suggested Reading in Year One

Year 1 and 2 Common Exception words

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