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Year 1 - Woodpeckers

Welcome to Year One Woodpeckers Class!

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Miss Tullett is our Class Teacher.

Miss Thatcher and Mrs Goebel are our Learning Support Assistants and will be working in Woodpeckers this year.

School Closure - March/April 2020


Hello Woodpeckers!

I will put different activities on Class Dojo each day to help support your learning at home.  These will include Maths, English, Phonics, Topic and Reading tasks.

If you are not connected to Class Dojo, please check the following websites for other activities being set as well as websites that focus upon the curriculum for Year One. 

Stay safe and I will see you soon,

Miss Tullett







Friday 3rd April 2020

Good morning Team Woodpeckers! I cannot believe that another week has passed by! Well done for all your hard work - you make me proud every single day.
Please find today’s learning activities below:

As a warm up today can you complete the worksheet provided.There are a mixture of addition and subtraction questions so check the sign carefully so you know which operation you will need to do!
Today’s Maths challenge I have set as a 2Do on Purple Mash. It is focusing upon matching models for addition and subtraction. Read each question carefully as some are asking you to select the true statements and some are asking you to select the false statements.

Can you create a quiz based on the story Lost and Found?
Please could you write the questions down along with possible answers and send me a photo on your portfolio. Then make sure you ask your parents/carers/siblings the questions - I wonder if they will get all your questions correct?
You might like to create the quiz on Purple Mash - I will set this as a 2Do.
Now you can read the story from start to finish and mostly importantly… enjoy it!
You can find the story being read here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B33hZSjyeO0

Can you practise your tricky words using the website Phonics Play- select the game Tricky Word Trucks. You can choose any of the phases and practise reading them as quickly as you can.Remember you cannot sound out tricky words - you must simply read them by sight.

Yesterday in Science we were looking at the human body and labelling different body parts. Today we are going to be looking at the bodies of different animals.
Today I would like you to draw your favourite animal and label their body parts.
Do they have claws or paws? Feathers or fur? 4 legs or 2 legs? Tailor no tail?
I wonder if you can write 6 different labels for your animal?
Please do by this hand - I can't wait to see the animals you have chosen!

Have a lovely day learning from home but please remember to have lots of regular movement breaks.

Miss Tullett

Maths worksheet for today

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 Outdoor Learning Week and we will be visiting the park to draw maps of our way to school.



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 addition and subtraction within 50, fractions as well as length and mass. Mathletics log ins have come home with your children and you can access the activities if you wish. 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. 


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.  

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 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! 

This year Woodpeckers class will be taking part in a Christmas nativity performance which we can’t wait to show you.

Term 1

Amazing Me!


Our first topic in Woodpeckers is called 'Amazing Me.' The children will be looking closely at what makes them special and unique as a human being including their 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 really fun activities linked to all of our senses such as a blindfolded walk, making pizzas and exploring our sense of touch!


In English we will be exploring the texts "The Emperor's Egg" and "Grace and Family" as well as writing exciting all about me entries into our Learning Books focusing on what makes us special with our family and friends.


In Maths, the children will take part in Maths Mastery lessons. We will learn songs to sing during our lessons and this term we have a big focus on numbers 1-10. This means we will learn the number bonds for all numbers 5-10 and how we can represent numbers in different ways. We will also be adding and subtracting numbers up to 10.



Key Information

Our PE days are Tuesdays and Wednesdays so please ensure your child has a named PE kit with plimsoles or trainers. Earrings must be removed for PE before school by an adult for health and safety reasons.


Please remind your child to bring in a named water bottle every day - even in the winter months! Being well hydrated helps us to concentrate and be ready to learn.

Your child has the opportunity to change their reading book every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. When you have read with your child please comment and sign their contact book to signify they have read at home. We will be recording who is reading regularly at home and there will be prizes for the top readers! The contact book can also be used to communicate any messages with me.


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. 


Phonics is taught daily with an emphasis on children being able to read the words and then be able to put them into sentences to show they understand their meaning. They also practice writing the words and writing them into full sentences. Throughout the year, I will give out alien and real words for you to work on with your child at home. This will prepare them for their Phonics Screening test in June 2020.

Forest School will be taking place every Tuesday morning with Mrs Wood so please make sure your child has wellies in school along with gloves for winter months and hats 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.

Please find below a list of useful websites which can help your child at home:

Year 1 Common Exception words

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