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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. 

This term our topic is Childhood.

Over the course of the term we will be delving into a range of mini topics to explore our own childhood experiences and family life today; as well as those of our relatives and making our own comparisons.

In phonics for both Reception children and Year 1 we will be following our R/W/Inc programme. In Literacy Reception children will be learning about out topic of 'Childhood' including stages of life and timelines, important events, family trees and Harvest. In English Year 1 under SPAG will be learning about finger spaces and joining clauses with 'and', and in our writing it will be linked to our topic of 'Childhood' including stages of life and timelines, important events, family trees and Harvest. In mathematics for Reception we will be learning numbers 0,1,2,3 and 4, we will learn about 2D shapes triangles, squares and rectangles which have 3 and 4 properties. We will also learn about repeating patterns. In year 1 mathematics we will be learning about place value within 10 and also addition and subtraction within 10.

Creative opportunities will allow us to explore self-portraits and the artist Pablo Picasso, and experiment with collages to make different portraits. In music we will be exploring different music, finding the pulse and listening for different instruments played. We will need our thinking skills to learn about our bodies and senses, and also learning about different types of animals, sorting and describing them. In RE we will be exploring the Jewish faith and also how Christians celebrate Harvest. In PE we will be learning about the different ways our bodies can move and travel, what ways we can balance and how to aim with a variety of equipment. In Geography we will learn about our local area, the UK and the world, looking at maps, atlases and a globe. In PSHE we will learning about friendships and ourselves, how we are all special and different. We are also going to be spending plenty of time exploring our outside areas and making some delicious recipes in the mud kitchen!

Help your child prepare for their project:

Do you have any pets? What types of animals are they? Are they a mammal? Reptile? Maybe go for a walk in the woods? To the beach? What animals do you see or hear? Can you describe them? Did the animals have wings? Beaks? Tails?

Can you draw a map of your garden? What key features does your garden have? Where is the UK on a map? Where is Cornwall in the UK?


Class 1 Autumn 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 on Tapestry, eg photos, pictures, songs, videos or finished products. We are looking forward to seeing them.  

Any questions please see Mrs Turner.   


Organise the stages of human life into the correct order on a timeline.  


adult             baby        elderly        


toddler          teenager           child 


Use magazines, books and family photographs to find out how humans change as they grow. Look for people at different stages of life, including baby, toddler, child, teenager, adult and 

elderly. Draw a picture and write a sentence about each stage of human life.  

Ask someone in your family what you were like as a baby and look at your baby photographs. Make a list of things that you can do now that you couldn’t do then.  

Write and draw about one of your favourite activities to do together with your family. It may be going to the beach together, a family bike ride or even enjoying a yummy Sunday roast together. 

Write a list of the people in your family. How many people are there? Can you remember all their names? How are they related to you?  


Challenge: create your own family tree.  

Draw your own family portrait. Check to make sure you have included everyone. Do you have any pets?  


You may like to create your own picture frame to put your drawing in.  

Think of a special event from your family’s history. It could be a birthday or another special celebration. Draw a picture to show what happened and write about it.  

Discuss with an adult and draw or write a list of things that make you happy, things that you are grateful for or things that you are good day.


Can you build an obstacle course in your garden and give it a go? Make sure you go under, over and through something!

Can you add a challenge? Can you balance on one leg? On one leg and one arm? Or throw a beanbag into a hoop at the end?


Look at your house and street on Google maps or Google earth. What can you see? Roads, cars?

Draw a map of your garden. What features are there in your garden? Trees? A pond?

Can you make a route for someone to follow? Like a treasure map?

Do you have a pet? Or what is your favourite animal?

Can you draw and describe your animal? What do they look like? Do they have legs?  A tail? What do they eat? Where do they live?

What animals would you like to be? Why?!

Talk about what is harvested at Harvest.


Try a new fruit or vegetable that you have never tried before! Please draw it and write its name and whether it is a fruit or vegetable.

Did you like it? What did it taste like? Would you have it again?



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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