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Welcome to Year 1!

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Welcome to 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 assistant is Mrs Solly.


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 Summer 2 is Gardeners world.

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


Our new topic for Summer 1 is Earth and Beyond.

Following up on our Frozen Planet topic, we are looking beyond just our planet and into Space. The children had chose this as a topic that they were interested in. Hopefully, there will be lots of exciting things to explore and lots of great learning.


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)







Earth and Beyond- Summer 1 Medium Term Planning (MTP) Gardener's World Summer 2 MTP

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.

 Number facts and spellings are being sent home again. Please make sure you practise these as children will be tested each Friday.

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.




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 will be focusing on Multiplication and division. Through this we will reinforce our recall and knowledge of our 2's, 5's and 10's time tables. We will use objects, pictures and arrays to represent one-step problems.

Weeks 4 and 5 will be on fractions.

Week 6 will be Geometry, focusing on positional language and directional movements.



This term, we will recap on all sounds learnt so far. Any gaps in phase 3, phase 4 or Phase 5 will be identified and worked on.

There will be a greater focus on our segmenting skills and recognising sounds in words. This will build us up to Phonic screening tests in June.

 We will do a lot of work around nonsense/alien words and real words. Support your child in recognising sounds in words and challenge by making up your own words.

Foundation subjects:

Geography- Focus on Geographical skills and fieldwork- Learning countries of the UK and using an atlas. Studying our local area and making/using maps.

Science- Recap on Materials week 1-3 followed by work on Plants.

PSHE- Lifestyles and personal safety.

Art- Aliens and rockets!

PE- Gym/invasion games



This half term our topic is Earth and Beyond. We will be covering books such as Alien in Underpants and The Way Back home.Using TALK FOR WRITING, we discuss, role play, practice words and phrases (IMMERSION). We then INNOVATE to improve writing with our own ideas. We will also spend some time on Space Poems and write our own.

 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:


PLEASE SEE CLASS DOJO for weekly updates of class activity.


JULY 2018

It has been a fun end to the term with lots of hands on and active learning in the Ladybird's class. In maths, we have got hands on (and a bit wet!) working on measuring volume and capacity. The children loved the activities and made good predictions as to how much different containers could hold. In English, we have worked on Jasper's beanstalk. The children loved acting out the story and then adapted it to write the story with their own ideas. We also got more familiar with writing the days of the week and practicing our lead-ins.

In Science, we have worked on "Terrific trees." The children were excellent in identifying types of trees from their leaves. We also discussed deciduous and evergreen trees. We all enjoyed going on our "tree hunt"!

All in all it has been a great year. I hope you have a lovely break but please remember to find those occasions to read and work on any areas that were highlighted in your child's report.

Best wishes and thanks for all your support. Well done, Ladybirds!

JUNE 2018

This month has seen the Ladybirds getting their fingers green  (metaphorically speaking) by immersing ourselves in our new topic of GARDENERS WORLD. We have been inspired by our "aliens" who asked us for tips on how to grow things so that they can take the ideas back to their planet!The children have enjoyed a spot of gardening and were very enthusiastic in weeding our plant bed in the KS2 playground! We have planted sunflowers and have been excited by watching them grow. They will soon be ready to plant out! We have also learnt about parts of plants, wild plants/flowers and the whole growing process. 

In English, we have been doing lots of work on instructions with focus on time connectives, "bossy words" and placing them in the correct order.The children have made posters with instructions for how to plant seeds and we have had lots of circle time fun with children reading their own set of instructions for their partners to act out!

In Grammar, we have recapped on using -s and -es as a plural ending and have worked on using -ed as a suffix (past tense ending).

In Maths, we have worked on bigger numbers within 100 and used our diennes/drawings to show the amount of tens and units within 2 digit numbers. The children have also moved onto money and have been getting hands on in recognising and counting different values of coins and notes (no real notes, unfortunatley!). We have now moved onto telling the time. So keep an eye out and challenge your child to tell the time!

In other areas, we did a lot of work on road safety which culminated in an Anglia News appearance!, we continue to enjoy our daily mile, have drawn simple maps for Geography, had Yoga sessions, an exciting Sports day and have done some observational drawing in Art.

All in all, another great month.

Well done, Ladybirds.


MAY 2018

This Summer half term has been an exciting, educational and engaging one in Ladybirds class. As well as an amazing Royal wedding,we have been wowed by a spaceship landing, messages from aliens and a few pairs of underpants thrown in! The children have learnt a lot about Space and have been engrossed in describing and writing about aliens. We have rewritten and innovated the Aliens in Underpants story,painted pictures of aliens and have even written to them using question and exclaimation marks!  The children's sentence structure and presentation has improved and I am especially pleased with using 'and' as an conjunction to join two ideas or sentences together.Also, we have read the story "Whatever Next" and have designed, described and made our own space rockets! 

In Maths, the children have challenged theirselves in the fields of Multiplication, Division and Fractions. It has been enjoyable seeing the children grow in confidence as they share out groups of objects or shapes into equal amounts or sizes. Keep up the hard work!

In History, we have worked on the first landing on the moon and have talked about the impact that Neil Armstrong has had in the history of Space.

In Geography, we have learnt about the four countries of the UK and have also focused on our local area. The children very much enjoyed going on a virtual tour of Sawston, via Google Earth, looking for landmarks and where they live!

In PE, the children have enjoyed outdoor games and are taking on the challenge of our whole school Daily Golden Mile task. They enjoy the fun factor and have shown great resilience in self motivation to do as much as they can.

In Science, we have talked about the properties of materials. Also,the children were very excited in Mr Hinde's unfortunate failed attempts in his own rocket. It was a great talking point as to what changes to make and we will perservere to get the "rocket" propelled skywards eventually!

To cap of a great half term, we were very fortunate to have a visit from a university scientist and two professional artists. This was part of a SUNSPACE Art project. The children reveled in using various resources (chalks, pastels, collage paper, etc) to make their space related picture.

Well done Ladybirds and thank you to all those adults who have helped out.


March 2018

It has been an action packed and fun month of learning in LadyBirds. Lots of variety and great learning across all areas of the curriculum.

In Maths, the children have been hands on and engrossed with lots of work on Measurement. We have used non-standardized units (cubes, hands, etc) and standardized units (rulers, metre sticks, cm and m) in measuring height and lengths of objects in and around the school. We have also been doing lots of prediction and weighing of objects using grams and kilograms. The children have completed lots of problem solving and have worked on their reasoning skills. We have also reinforced our number bonds to 10 and our recall of number facts.

In English, the children have worked hard on sentence structure and we have been up and active in working on our SPAG (Spelling, Puncuation and Grammar). This has covered areas such as: adjectives, verbs, nouns and suffixes (word endings) -er and -est).

RE week provided lots of creativity with the opportunity for some excellent writing. The children enjoyed: designing and drawing Easter eggs, making egg collages, decorating eggs, making Easter cards, sequencing the Easter story, describing Easter symbols and writing about how we celebrate Easter.

Alongside all this, the children excelled in their Class assembly on the 9th March and were superb in showcasing all the hard work they have put into and produced through their Frozen Planet topic.

In PE, the children have enjoyed games with Mrs Seymour and Dance/Gymnastics with Mr Hinde. The children were also amazing in their effort and commitment in their Golden Mile challenge for Sports Relief. 

Following the sports theme, LadyBird class attended an inter school multiskills competition on the 13th March at BellBird school. The children were paired up across 10 teams and competed in activities such as: throwing and catching, jumping cones, beanbag throwing,passing balls and lots of circuits. The children showed great teamwork and commitment. Through their efforts, we managed to win the competition!

Well done for everything, Ladybirds. Keep up the hard work!



February 2018

A very productive month for the Ladybirds. We have continued our Frozen Planet topic and had some great photos from Dr Davy to discuss. We have also done lots of work on Penguins and came up with our own Penguin fact files.

In Maths,we have consolidated Place value to 50 and challenged ourselves with number problems. We have moved on to a unit on Measurement. The children have enjoyed lots of comparison,measuring items in the classroom and around the school. We have used cubes, our hands and feet, and will move onto standardized measuring using rulers, tape measures, etc.

In English, we are focusing on good quality sentences and have had a real push on lead-ins. Well done everyone. We have done lots of great writing using nouns and adjectives. We also had a letter and some photos from our class penguin, Pretzel. We wrote some very interesting questions for him!

Keep up the great work, Ladybirds.


February 8th 2018

Wow, that's another half-term gone! We have had another busy and productive week in Ladybirds. In Maths, we have been practicing our 2,5 and 10 timetables. We have also been looking at number patterns and finding missing number in sequences (e.g2,4,__, 8, 10). The children have done really well with this but occasionally need to pay attention to which amounts the numbers are jumping up or down in.
In English, we have talked about the prefix -un and what impact it has on a word. We have used some of these words in sentences to show our comprehension.
Also, we have changed certain parts of the PENGUIN story that we have read. The children have drawn story maps and planned outtheir story structure.
We then wrote our story in a booklet today (to be finished!).
We are really focusing on sentences and fine tuning the details(making sure finger spaces, make sense, capital letters,full stops.)We will then expand on these by adding describing words, etc. It is important to focus on one sentence at a time.Not always quantity but quality that counts!
In Science, the children enjoyed learning about what animals and humans eat. We played games and put animals into a group:Carnivore, Herbivore or Omnivore. Which one are you!!?
This afternoon, we treated ourselves to some making time and thechildren enjoyed making lots of things with the boxes provided bySophie's mum (thank you).
A great effort this term.
Happy holidays.
Mr Hinde

I appreciate how busy our lives are (and how difficult a task it maybe ) but please try to grab that moment and do some reading with your child when/if it arises. This does not just have to be books. Itcan be words on the television, menus you may read, signs, board games, games of I SPY (can you spell the word as well?), etc.
Thank you for all your support, it really helps


January 2018

It has been an enjoyable and busy month with lots of great learning in Ladybird class. The children have been immersed in our Frozen Planet topic! We had a great Sparky Start where the classroom was turned into a Polar environment with some mysterious paw prints.We wrote about what we thought they were and the children especially enjoyed seeing the photos of our penguin visitor on our classroom "CCTV" cameras. The penguin (since named Pretzel) left us an interesting book, Penguin by Polly Dunbar.We have done lots of work around this, role-playing, story maps and lots of great writing. The children have been really excited with our correspondence with Dr Davey

from Antarctica! We have had power points and some great pictures to discuss. We were also very lucky to talk to him and the children had planned lots of probing questions to ask!

In History, the children have learnt about the great polar explorers Sir Ernest Shackleton and Sir Robert Scott. In Geography, we have learnt about the UK in relation to the North and South Poles.

Our topic in Science is Animals including humans. We have covered parts of the body and senses.The children excelled as Sense Detectives looking for evidence around the school. Alongside this, we have learnt about Animal classifications and identifying groups of animals.

In Maths, we have continued using resources in helping supporting our Addition and subtraction. The children have used number lines, bead strings, cubes while we are advocating starting with the greatest amount in our head and using fingers to count forwards or back. In the next few weeks, we will be moving onto bigger numbers with focus on tens and ones to help us with calculations.

The month culminated with an excellent trip to The Scott Polar and Botanic gardens. The children behaved excellently and it was great for them to be able to transfer all their learning into real life.

Keep up the great week, Ladybirds!


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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