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Class 1

Mrs Turner

Class Teacher

Mrs Hawkey

Teaching Assistant

Mrs Beal

Teaching Assistant


Welcome to Class 1, we are a mixed Recpetion and Year 1 class. We encourage and foster a love of learning by creating stimulating environments and planning exciting activities. We aim to inspire and encourage children to become responsible and independent learners. We listen to the children in Class 1, about what they would like to learn, therefore the children have real ownership of their learning. 
Key timings: 
PE- Mondays - Please come into school in your PE kit. 
Year 1 home-work grid sent home at the start of the term. 
Spellings - Issued on Fridays, practised daily every morning.

Our PE day is Monday; however, we do ask that PE kits are in school every day to allow for flexibility.


For the Reception children in Class 1, we follow the Statutory Guidance for the Early Years Foundation Stage. This document is laid out in the Development Matters. The links below will take you directly to both documents, which are provided here for you to read.
We hope that you find the information useful on our class page, but please come and see a member of the Class 1 team if you have any questions or queries. 
 Spring Term 1

Dear Parents/ Carers,


A very warm welcome back after the Christmas holiday, we hope that you have all had a wonderful and restful time!

Our Topic –   Bright Lights, Big City

Put on your best outfit because you’re invited to have tea with the Queen. Use your best manners and comb your hair, as one will not be amused if you don’t! What do you know about England’s capital city? Let’s find out all about London, including its history, transport and famous landmarks. Are you ready for the bright lights of the big city? Hop in a black cab and enjoy the ride!


Reception children

We will continue our Read, Write Inc Programme. Through our topic we will be learning about the Queen and about London. In literacy we will draw and write about the Queen and London, we will also write an invitation to the Queen inviting her to our tea party. We will also discuss and sequence what happened during our tea party. In handwriting we will learn to form the long legged giraffe letters (l, i, t, u, j, and y) correctly. In mathematics we will learn numbers 8, 9 and 10. We will continue to learn them through subitizing, partitioning them using double sided counters, use of 10 frames and part whole models. We will order these numbers, use number tracks and find more or less than a given number within 10. We will also learn about Winter and the changes that occur in our environment due to the season change, we will think about how animals survive during Winter and hibernating animals. We will also learn about Chinese New Year and compare China to where we live. Creatively through our topic we will make models of London landmarks and transport, we will also listen to different music, join in with different songs and move to music we hear. We are also going to be learning about how to ‘Keep myself safe’ through Scarf, we will discuss and learn how to be safe and who helps keep us safe. Physically we will explore moving in different ways, link movements together and continue our ‘Storycise’ of the day.



Year 1 children

English, Spag and Handwriting.

We will be continuing our Read, Write Inc Programme. In English and under of our topic of ‘Bright lights, Big city’ the children will write to the Queen inviting her to come to visit us at school and have a tea party, fingers crossed she will be able to make it and write back to us!


We will learn all about the Queen before her visit and write a fact file about her. We will learn about where the Queen lives, especially London and write a narrative about what it would be like to visit London. We will write recipes for cakes and sandwiches that we are going to make for the tea party and also sequence the events of what happened at our tea party with the Queen. We will also learn about Chinses new year and how it is celebrated, we will also learn how to write our names in Chinese. In Spag we will be learning about exclamation marks, what they are and when we use them. We will also learn about the use of capital letters for names. In handwriting we will continue to learn to form all letters correctly, numerals 0-9 and capital letters of curly caterpillar letters (a, c o, d, g, q, e, s and f).



In Mathematics we will be revisiting our learning of addition and subtraction within 10. We will then use our knowledge to learn addition and subtraction within 20 through practical, part whole models, number lines and word problems. We will also practise our number bonds to 10 and then learn our number bonds to 20 identifying the relationship between them. We will also learn to count to 50, being able to count, read and write in numerals and identify numbers that are more of less within 50.



In Science we will observe the changes of the four seasons in the context of weather, changes that occur within the environment and the day lengths. We will focus on Autumn and Winter and explore rainfall, daily temperature, wind conditions and general weather conditions.



In music we are going to learn the ‘Menu song’ from Sing up. Here we will listen to the Menu song along with other songs about food for example, ‘Food glorious food’ from Oliver and ‘Be our guest’ from Beauty and the Beast. We will learn to move to the music, put actions to the music, play instruments in time to the beat and practise and perform in groups. We are also being visited form the Pantomime at the beginning of term (postponed from last term) and also from ‘Hall for Cornwall’.



This term we are having a DT focus where we will be constructing simple structures and models using a range of materials. We will make crowns like the Queen, design the Queen a pair of kickers (from the book ‘The Queens Knickers’), make moving models of London transport and models of London landmark buildings including Big Ben, Buckingham Palace and The London Eye. We will also get cooking and make cakes and sandwiches for the tea party. We will also make moving Chinese dragons for Chinese New Year.



This term we will have a Geography focus where we will learn about the 4 countries that are the UK. We will learn about each country, their capital city, flag, flower and animal. We also learn about what seas and oceans that surround the UK. We will learn about London, look at ariel photographs of London looking out for landmarks and use positional language to describe where landmarks are in relation to each other. We will learn about the underground and the learn about the tube map. We will also learn about where China is in the world and compare China to where we live. Is there anything that is the same or different?



We are going to be learning how to log in and log off our Chrome books independently. We will learn how to move the mouse with control and use an art program to paint our own pictures of London and the Queen. We will also use the internet to find out facts about the Queen and of London.



In RE we are going to answer the question ‘What do Christians believe God is like?’ When answering this question we will read and discuss different Christian stories such as The Good Samaritan, and how Christians use these stories to guide their beliefs and actions.



In PE we will learn and discuss different ways to be healthy and how to lead a healthy lifestyle. We will practise our skills of hopping, skipping and using skipping ropes. We will also explore gymnastics where we will learn different rolls, shapes and movements, We then sequence these techniques into performances.



We will focus this term on ‘Keeping myself safe’ where we will explore the importance of being healthy and living a healthy lifestyle. We will learn and discuss how we can keep ourselves safe and who can help us be safe?

We will also explore our outside areas and the garden and making some delicious recipes for the Queen in the mud kitchen!

Help your child prepare for their project:

What do you know about Queen Elizabeth? Can you find something about Queen Elizabeth II? Have you ever been to London? Look at photographs of your trip and discuss what you saw there. Was it like Cornwall? What food would you like to have at a tea party?


If you have any questions or queries, please don’t hesitate to speak to a member of the Class one team.


Many thanks,

The Class one team.



Class 1 Spring 2 Term 1 Homework Grid

Homework: Please choose as many tasks as you wish to complete each week.

Your child’s learning can be recorded in any format to the Spring Term 1 homework drop box on Google Classroom, eg photos, pictures, songs or finished products. We are looking forward to seeing them.

Any questions please see Mrs Turner.


Four countries make up the United Kingdom. Use an atlas, map or the internet to find out the names of each of the four countries. Print off a blank map of the United Kingdom and label the four countries. Mark the place where you live.

Who is the current monarch of the United Kingdom? Find out as much as you can about them, using a range of sources. Draw a picture of them and write a list of facts to go with your illustration

The monarch of the United Kingdom lives in London. London is the capital city of the United Kingdom. Use information books and the internet to find out as much as you can about London. Create an information poster to record what you have found. You might like to include pictures.


Go for a Winter walk and look for signs of Winter,


Collect some natural materials.


Make a collage of what you find or a nature museum!

Take part in the Big Garden bird watch over the weekend of 28th-30th January.


What birds came in your garden? Do you know what these birds are called? What do they eat? Especially in Winter?


Make a bird feeder.


The Queen has lots of garden parties and tea parties.


Design and make you own tea party.

What food would you have? Would you have cakes? Sandwiches? Biscuits.


Make your favourite cake or sandwich for an afternoon tea just like the Queen!


Write thank you letters for all your Christmas presents!

Put a stamp on them (look it’s the Queen!) and post them in a post box (look at the post box .. what colour is it? Does it have any letters on it?? It’s the Queens too!)

Take a walk around your local area. Make a list or draw pictures of the physical (natural) and human features that you find. If you draw pictures, label each one.



Make a den in your house – a cosy place just like the animals that are hibernating over winter.


What would you like to do your den? Read a book?


Ice experiment. Can you make Ice grow?

You will need

  1. Put some bottles of water, lying flat, in a freezer for nearly 3 hours.
  2. 2. If you would like to use coloured water, add food colouring before placing them in the freezer.
  3. Remove the bottles form the freezer – before the water turns to ice but has been in there long enough to make it icy cold.
  4. Care is needed when removing the bottles from the freezer to ensure no ice is created. Do not shke or bump the bottles.
  5. In a small container place some ice cubes and gently start to pour the icy water over the top of the ice cubes. Watch what happens!
  6. Continue to keep the stream of water going and move it around a bit (like a whippy ice cream) and see the ice tower grow taller and taller!



Some useful websites:

BC Bitesize – Let’s explore the UK Visit London – Welcome to London BBC Teach – Geography KS1 – Transport, travel and landmarks of London BBC Bitesize – What are human and physical features? National Geographic Kids – 15 Fun Facts about the Queen DKfindout! – Queen Elizabeth The Second Facts for Kids

At Mawgan-in-Pydar School, we use a system called Tapesty, an online system to record and share your child’s learning and fun throughout the foundation year.  You can download the application on your smart phone and tablet or use the computer and we will email you when a new page is added to your child’s learning journey, which you can view and comment on.

We love hearing about the stories and wonderful things you do at home, so please make your own observations and add your photos and videos. This is helpful for us in Class 1 to see the learning continue at home, so many thanks in advance.

Click on the Tapestry logo below to access the website and log in. 

At Mawgan-in-Pydar School, we follow the systematic approach to phonics called Read, Write Inc. This is the way that your child will learn how to read and write.
It starts with learning bouncy and stretchy sounds that will build up the ability to break down words into sounds to read and blend them back together to spell. We have special actions that we add with the sounds to make learning enjoyable. 
It is always helpful to practice what we are learning at school, but if you feel you are a little unsure on how to pronounce the sounds here is a clip from the RWInc site which will help you.

Below are the Year 1 spelling lists and an overview of the spelling rules/sounds to be taught for each wordlist. At Mawgan-in-Pydar, we follow the 'Shakespeare and More' spelling scheme. The spelling overview explains how this scheme works.

In line with the National Curriculum, these spellings will be taught through daily activities and investigations. There are lots of fun ways to practise these words, to help children remember the spelling sounds and rules. As an additional learning task, please practise these spellings at home. Please note, any additional learning you do at home will support your child’s learning at school.


Our class toy is Elmer the elephant. Each Friday, he will be taken home by a different child in the class. Please take Elmer on your adventures over the weekend and record what you do. It would be great if you could add pictures/ videos and a write up onto Tapestry so your child can share their weekend news with the rest of the class. This activity helps develop children’s speaking and listening skills.

To ensure we keep safe, we will be sending home a wooden toy that can be easily cleaned. The book, basket and toy will need to be returned on Monday so that it can be cleaned and quarantined for the appropriate time before being sent home again on Friday. Thank you for your support and cooperation.  

It would be greatly appreciated if you would endeavour to hear your child read or share books on a regular basis to enhance their learning.

Within the daily routine, we aim to cover as much of our new topic as possible. We hope that your child enjoys their second term in Class 1 and if you have any questions or queries please don’t hesitate to come and see a member of the Class 1 team.

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