Welcome to Grasshopper Class,

We have had a great start to the new school year and have all settled in really well. The children have become familiar with their new the classroom and daily routines. We have been working very hard so far this term and are very excited for our learning over the next year.

To get to know each other really well we started the year with our mini topic ‘All About Me’. We looked at each other’s faces and talked about our features and painted paper plate portraits. We also created ‘myself danglies’ which are proudly hanging in our classroom to tell everyone who we are and show all of our favourite things.

Our new topic has been ‘Once upon a time’ where we are exploring different traditional tales. We started the year focusing on ‘The Three Little Pigs’. We have explored the story in lots of different ways. We had a go at becoming characters from the story and have been asking and answering lots of questions.
The children have been so enthusiastic about the story and have become very involved in their learning. They have created their own Huff and Puff pictures, created and tested the pig’s houses and have written their own extract of the story.

Now the children are in Year 1 we have been encouraging them to start becoming a little more grown up and independent taking responsibly for themselves and their belongings.  The children are responsible for changing their own reading book so please remember to write in your child’s reading record once you have read with them. The children are then allowed to change their own reading book at the start of each school day. We can see the children are choosing their books carefully and are enjoying this responsibility.

We cannot wait to share all of the wonderful things will be learning, doing and creating together over the year ahead.

Thank you for your support and we look forward to working with you.

Mr Doxford and Mrs Berreen

Curriculum Overview



Please see our Year group handbook for any questions that you may have.

Year 1 Handbook


How to help at home – Please see the curriculum overview for information on what is being covered this term

At our school we want to develop and promote ‘a love of reading’.

The children also have an opportunity to visit the school library and choose a book which they then keep and return at the next class library session.

When sharing a book talk to your child about what he or she thinks might happen next in a story, how the story might end and then ask them to retell the story themselves. Picture books are very important to promote discussion, so look for books without any words to help your child practise this skill. Have fun acting out stories together. Your enthusiasm for a book will help your child to understand that books are exciting.  Your child will receive a bookmark with their book and this should target the objectives that your child is working on.

Make reading times fun and relaxed and you will see your child’s confidence grow!


Curriculum Workshop

We hope you enjoyed our curriculum workshop back in September. Please find all information shared at the workshop below.

Year 1 Curriculum Workshop 2019-2020

Exception Words

These words cannot be spelt phonetically and are called Common Exception Words. Children in year 1 are expected to be able to read and spell these by the end of the year.

Autumn Day

As part of our Science curriculum in Year 1 we observe the changes through the seasons. We thought it would be a great idea to dedicate a whole day to celebrate the season of Autumn and explore the visible seasonal changes happening around us. On our walk we planned a route on a map and found lots of coloured leaves and other items to collect along the way.


Mathematics teaches children how to make sense of the world around them through developing their ability to calculate, reason and solve problems. It enables children to understand relationships and patterns in both number and space, in their daily lives.





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