Class 1

Miss April Blewett

Class Teacher

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday

Mrs Lisa Howes

Class Teacher

Monday, Thursday, Friday

Miss Natalie Walters

Teaching Assistant

Miss Donna St.Vall

Teaching Assistant


Welcome to Class 1, we are a mixed Reception 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 - Wednesday afternoon- please ensure your child's PE kit is in school and clearly labelled. 
Year 1 children- please come into school dressed in your PE kit every Wednesday. 
A Year 1 and Reception home-work grid will be sent home at the start of the term and available on Tapestry. 
Year 1 spellings will be issued on Monday, practised daily every morning and quizzed every Friday.
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. 

Welcome back! We hope that you've all had a safe and restful summer break. 

Our KRP (Knowledge Rich Project) – Dinosaur Planet
Stomp, crash, roar! Watch out everyone – the dinosaurs are on the prowl. They’re rampaging across the dusty earth, swishing their enormous tails and baring their fearsome teeth. Let’s explore the Dinosaur Planet. Dig deep and discover dazzling dinosaur facts. This term we’ll receive a visit from a dinosaur expert and explore awesome dinosaur artefacts. We’ll explore dinosaur stories and use our creative skills to make model dinosaurs.

Reception children: 

We will be learning set 1 sounds through our Read, Write, Inc Phonics programme. We will start with the set 1 sounds which will enable the children to quickly build confidence to read words and recognise sounds. We will invite you to a reading workshop in the next few weeks. We will send more information on this. 

In addition to writing within our Read, Write Inc Programme, we will be exploring the foundations for fine and gross motor skills to support our writing. We will be making the following marks over the next term.

  • Unit 1 Dots
  • Unit 2 Straight lines and crosses
  • Unit 3 Circles
  • Unit 4 Waves
  • Unit 5 Loops and bridges
  • Unit 6 Joined straight lines
  • Unit 7 Angled patterns
  • Unit 8 Eights
  • Unit 9 Spirals
  • Unit 10 Left to right orientation

Mathematics :
This term we will be exploring numbers, focusing on early numbers by counting and recognising numerals and amounts. We will also be matching and sorting, representing numerals and quantities, and learning how to subitise carefully.

Creating with Materials :
This term we will be exploring colour and experimenting safely with appropriate tools and media to construct portraits and dinosaur models.

Being imaginative and Expressive:
We will learn songs across the school during our music assemblies. In Autumn 2 we will be learning how to perform songs with style and rhythm from memory by identifying simple song structures. We will be creating a performance with an accompaniment and actions.

Understanding the World:  
This term we are learning all about the human body. We will also be exploring Autumn as a season and understanding the effects of changing seasons on the natural world around us.

People and Communities:
This term we are exploring all about me. We will be learning to understand how and why we are special and where we belong in our community. We will explore different beliefs, and recognise that people celebrate special occasions in different ways.

Physical Development :
This half term we are focusing on multi skills, body parts and their functions and bootcamp activities (exploring circuit activities). In Autumn 2 we will explore story time dance, healthy minds, emotions and goals and mighty movers (improving fitness).

Personal, Social and Emotional Development :
Our SCARF theme this half term is 'Me and My Relationships' exploring all about me, what makes us special and who is special to us. We will also be learning about classroom routines and understanding and expressing feelings.

Year 1 children:

English and SPaG:
During this term, we will be continuing our Read, Write Inc Programme. In English, we will be exploring narratives, fact files, poetry and letter writing. We will be focusing on the personal pronoun I, leaving spaces between words, using a capital letter at the start of a sentence and using capital letters for names.

We are focusing on the correct letter formation to encourage children to become fluent writers. During the Autumn term we will be focusing on sitting our writing on the lines and making sure our sentences have the correct punctuation.

Handwriting units this term:

  • Unit 1 Practising long-legged giraffe letters
  • Unit 2 Writing words with ll
  • Unit 3 Introducing capitals for long-legged giraffe letters
  • Unit 4 Practising one armed robot letters
  • Unit 5 Practising long-legged giraffe letters and one-armed robot letters
  • Unit 6 Introducing capitals for one-armed robot letters
  • Unit 7 Practising curly caterpillar letters
  • Unit 8 Writing words with double ff
  • Unit 9 Writing words with double ss
  • Unit 10 Introducing capitals for curly caterpillar letters. 

In Mathematics we are focusing on place value within 10, addition and subtraction within 10 and shape.

Our unit this term is called ‘Humans, including Animals.’ We are focusing on identifying and naming parts of the human body and learning about the five senses. We will also identify and name a variety of common animals that are carnivores, herbivores, and omnivores and use our observations to suggest answers to questions.

Art and Design & Design Technology: 
This half term we are exploring the famous artist Anthony Gormley and creating clay models inspired by his artwork. During the next half term, we will explore where our food comes from and use the basic principles of a healthy and varied diet to prepare dishes.

We will learn songs across the school during our music assemblies and perform them at our local Harvest Festival. In Autumn 2, we will be learning how to perform songs with style and rhythm from memory by identifying simple song structures. We will be creating a performance with an accompaniment and actions.

History and Geography: 
This term, we’ll learn all about the significant individual Mary Anning. We’ll explore the extinction of the dinosaurs and identify the human and physical features of the Jurassic Coast.

This term we are learning about technology all around us, digital painting (using a computer to save and retrieve work) and internet safety.

This term we are exploring the question ‘who made the world?’ We will attend our local Harvest Festival service and recognise that Harvest Festival is a time for Christians to say ‘Thank You’ to God. During Autumn 2, we will explore why Christmas is important to Christians.

During this half term we are focusing on multi skills, body parts and their functions and bootcamp activities (exploring circuit activities). In Autumn 2 we will explore story time dance, healthy minds, emotions and goals and mighty movers (improving fitness).

Our SCARF theme this half term is 'Me and My Relationships' exploring all about me, classroom routines and understanding and expressing feelings.

Alongside our guided activities, we spend time learning through play and exploration of the indoor and outdoor environment. We choose our provision based on the needs of the children in the moment of their learning to enhance skills and prior knowledge.

Help your child prepare for their project:

Please take a look at the homework grid and choose some of the tasks to complete at home together. Any additional activities you do at home with your child, will support their learning in school.  

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.

In our Early Years classroom at Mawgan-In-Pydar, we are using a play-based toolkit to assess and support effective language skills. As children develop speaking and listening skills, they are building a strong and stable foundation for literacy and learning.
Please take a look at the Wellcomm site for more information and videos.

Please can you hear your child read every day and share books on a regular basis to enhance their learning. We ask that you write in your child's reading record every time they read. It is an effective form of communication. From your notes we will be able to help and advise, as well as celebrate your child's reading achievements. 

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