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Welcome to Year 1!

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Welcome to Year 1 or now known as the Ladybird class! Thank you for visiting our class page. On this page you will find key information about our curriculum and our classroom. We will also be sharing some of our learning with you so please come back to visit to see what is new!

Staff in Ladybird class


Our class teacher is Mr Hinde.

Our teaching assistants are Mrs Solly and Mrs Irwin.


The team will aim to make the transition into Year 1 as smooth and fun as possible. We will gradually introduce more structure as the childrens' confidence builds in their new environment.

Picture 1 Mr Hinde
Picture 2 Mrs Irwin
Picture 3 Mrs Solly



Our new topic for Autumn 1 is What the Ladybird heard and a section on Traditional tales

In line with our new Ladybird status, we will start with a Ladybird related text.

Please see the Medium term planning for an overview of what things we will be doing this half term (please note that this may be subject to change)







Key Weekly Information


Welcome to Ladybird class.


Things to note:

PE is  on Wednesday afternoon and Friday morning (starting week commencing 11th September).

Please make sure your child has a named kit in school that is suitable for the colder weather as the hall can get chilly and on a Wednesday they may go out to play in their kit.  (Please note that we have a very limited selection of spare kit)

As from Monday 11th September, access to the school grounds will be via the main entrance/KS2 playground. The children will be allowed to enter the classroom from 8.45am

The school day begins at 8.55am.

We politely request that adults support their children in being independent in organising their own belongings and refrain from coming into the cloakroom to help. (We know it’s tricky!) 

The door to the classroom is opened from 8.40am for parents/ carers to speak to staff to deliver messages such as collections etc.  In line with school policy adults and children should not enter the school before this time.



The school is currently reviewing levels of homework and what time should be spend on it.

For the first half term, we are encouraging the children to have the opportunity to read/be read to as much as possible.

Please read and share books with your child everyday if possible, just 10 minutes makes all the difference.   I am aiming to have daily guided reading sessions where all children will be heard reading across the week this term. Your child will be prompted to change his/her book after a session and particularly on a Monday and Friday.I appreciate that the children are very young so we will look to build up their confidence to initiate book changes. Please feel free to give your child a gentle reminder in the morning if needed.


When the children are settled into routines, etc we will be sending number facts and spellings to be practised.


My door is always open (at allotted timessmiley). Please come and see me if you have any questions or wish to discuss something. I’m happy to make an appointment with you.


Here is a copy of our weekly class timetable. This is an example of what our week will look like but it is subject to change dependent on weekly events.


Termly timetable (subject to change)

What are we learning at the moment?


Maths is taught in blocks as per the school scheme. It is very important that children are hands on and appreciate the concept of number. Use counters, sweets, lego pieces, etc for children to touch and count. The first 3 weeks, we will be working on place value and identifying numerals and amounts. We will move on to addition and subtraction. Last week of term, we will recap on 2d and 3d shapes.



We will recap on all phases of phonics taught so far. Refresh the children on what sounds and tricky words they have retained. It is a good time to review what sounds/words need to be practised and reinforced. When the children are confident, we will move onto phase 5 sounds and teach alternative spellings of sounds, new tricky words, etc. We work around the letters and sounds policy of teaching Phonics. Sessions should be up and active with reading and writing incorporated.


Foundation subjects:

Geography- Our school and local community

Science- Seasons. Materials and properties.

RE- Bible stories and Harvest

Art- Ladybird and Harvest related. Using different colours and materials for a purpose.



This half term our topic is Split into What the Ladybird heard text and traditional tales. There is an emphasis on "talk for writing". Children need to practise saying sentences before being able to write them.Texts are discussed and key phrases practised. We will roleplay and sequence the stories to strengthen understanding. The emphasis will be on sentence structure. We will be going over Capital letters, finger spaces and full stops as a starting point.

 Please see the medium term plan  above for  what we are covering  in lessons.  Please note that this is subject to change.



Latest news from the  Ladybird classroom:


KS1 Nativity performance. Thursday,7th December, 6pm. A way off but it will soon creep up!smiley


W/C Monday 18th September.

Another busy week has flown by in Ladybird class! The children have been talking emotions and values this week which resulted in some children sharing some of our Values to the school. We choose and discussed the importance of being kind, being respectful and being caring. The children enjoyed talking about it and acting out different scenarios. The most popular being picking a friend up if they have fallen over! Thankfully, that hasn't happened too much, so far!

In Maths, the children have been hands on and worked on one more and one less.We have also practised drawing representations of amounts such as 6 dinosaurs!(bit smaller and less detail next time please!smiley)

In English, we have reminded ourselves of capital letters and full stops. The children have also made sentences together related to What the Ladybird heard. Think it, Say it, Write it! We also enjoyed drawing pictures and adding in the sounds that the animals made. These are on our topic wall. I will try to put on here and CLASSDOJO as I have found my camera charger now!

In Geography, we have discussed the school and where we live. We also made some interesting passports!

In PE, children have enjoyed Games and we loved practising our jumping and landings in our Gym work.

Amongst other songs sang this week, the children are practising a nice Harvest song for next week. Watch this space!

Well done to all!


Ladybird's hall display!


W/C Monday 11th September

I have been really impressed with how the children have managed their first full week. They are settling into their new routines well and are comfortable in their new environment. We have spend more time doing whole class/group activities but there is still a continuous provision for children to explore and learn outside of structured work. It is important to keep the transition smooth and build it up gradually. The children have worked well in reinforcing their place value and counting skills. It is important to use concrete resources (counters,etc) to reinforce this at an early age.

We have enjoyed role playing our What the Ladybird heard story and the children are familiar with phrases and sentence structure. We will use "Talk for writing" to transfer this into writing this coming week. 

We finished our creative work for our class display and the work has been put up in the hall for all to see. A great effort by all. I will put the picture on the website and class Dojo as soon as my "borrowed" camera is returned!smiley.

We have tried hard to read with all the children and change all books this week. I apologise if we have missed anyone and will try extra hard to catch up this week. Please continue to read with your child when you get a chance. It is greatly appreciated.

Keep up the great work everyone!


W/C Monday 4th September.

Not too many tears this week (only my ownfrown)!

On a serious note,I have been really pleased with how the children have settled in this week.

It has been great getting to know the children and they are getting used to new routines. We know our carpet spaces, table colours and have discussed all our class rules!  We have made our 3d ladybirds to be used on our hall display.The children have listened really well and shown the good friendships that they have together.

We have been doing small group activities and every child has read. The children have done discrete handwriting and phonic sessions while keeping some of the play based principles of Early years to smoothen the transition into Year 1.

A great start by all. Keep it up, Ladybirds!


PLEASE NOTE FROM MONDAY 11TH SEPTEMBER, Children and adults need to get to the KS1 playground via the main entrance. For safety reasons, the side gate (near reception) will be closed. Many thanks






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