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Mrs Johnson

Welcome to Class 1

Our teacher is Mrs Johnson.

Mrs Fogg and Miss Knowles will also be helping in our class this term.

Important Dates

Monday 8th January - Return to school for the first day of the Spring Term

W/b 5th February - Internet Safety Week

W/b 12th February - Parent's Evenings

Monday 26th February - INSET Day School Closed

W/b 26th February - Book Week

Thursday 1st March - World Book Day

W/b 12th March - Science Week

Thursday 15th March - KS1 Visit to Creswell Craggs


Important Information
Your child will need their reading books and Home/School Contact Book in school every day.

Homework books will need to be handed in on a Thursday each week.
PE kit will be required on a Monday (indoor kit please).
Water bottles will be sent home every Friday in order for them to be cleaned and will need to be returned to school on a Monday morning. Please remember to return these as it is important that children have regular access to a drink.




Helping your child to complete their homework is an important way for you to know what they are learning about in school. Most homework will be set with the aim of you supporting your child in order to complete it.

Homework will alternate between maths homework and spellings and will be given out on alternate Fridays. Children can hand their homework in once it is completed. Spellings will be checked once a fortnight.



This will usually be either a game on Mathletics (your child's username and password can be find in their home school contact book) or an activity or game that they can play at home with you. If your child is unable to access Mathletics at home, they can do so before school on a Tuesday or Wednesday morning from 8.30am. Where possible, we ask that you still complete the homework with your child if using school facilities to give you the opportunity to be involved with their learning.

Please see me if you have any concerns with this.

Please take advantage of this time if your child is unable to complete their homework at home.


I am thrilled with the number of children that have got straight on with their maths homework over the weekend. They were obviously keen to get back on Mathletics! Keep it up Class 1!



Children will receive a spelling list of 10 words which will include common exception words, high frequency words, words with sound patterns in that we have been looking at in class and words that children are regularly spelling incorrectly once a fortnight.



A whole class reading session will take place once a week for all children, as well as a guided reading session. If for any reason we feel that your child would benefit from reading on a 1 to 1 basis, or having 1 to 1 support in addition to their guided reading session, then we will let you know. Children will be issued with a guided reading book to take home during their session which they will read with their teacher or teaching assistant and will also be able to choose an individual reading book (at their level). They will not necessarily read this with an adult in school, but may share it with their reading buddy. Some children may move on to our Accelerated Reader programme which is used to develop children’s comprehension skills and involves them taking quizzes on the books that they have read (in school). Children wishing to choose a free choice book (which may be too difficult for them to read, but can be shared with you in order to develop their vocabulary and understanding at a higher level) to take home may do so from the library on a Friday afternoon.
Children are expected to read at home as much as possible and can read
ANYTHING, even the back of the cereal box!! Please let us know of any significant ‘wow’ moments or areas of difficulty with your child’s reading by recording this in their Home School Contact Book. These will be checked once a week, during your child’s guided reading or individual reading session.


This term our topic is...


Would a dinosaur make a good pet?

We will be exploring the following questions:

Carnivore, Herbivore or Omnivore?

Would you meet a dinosaur walking down your street?

Where did the dinosaurs go?

Click here to access the optional topic homework for this term

We have been learning to recite poems. Take a look at our whole class performance!

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Here is some of the fantastic topic homework that we have had in so far this term.



Well done to our Mathletic's Superstars!!!!!



This is what we plan to cover across the curriculum!



Newspaper Reports- features of a newspaper report, making simple notes, writing own newspaper report.

Poetry – Mad About Dinosaurs, rhyme, writing own poems.

Narrative- Tom and the Island of Dinosaurs, writing our own dinosaur stories.

Recount – trip to Creswell Crags

Retelling – Easter Story


Stories and films to enjoy -



Mad About Dinosaurs

Gnash, Gnaw, Dinosaur

Bumpus, Jumpus, Dinosaur Rumpus

Dinosaur Roar

Dinosaurs Love Underpants

Tyrannosaurus Drip

Harry and the Dinosaurs

Tom and the Island of Dinosaurs

The Land Before Time

Andy's Dinosaur Adventures

Handwriting –

Form lower case letters, form capital letters

Spelling –

Name all letters of the alphabet and know their order.
I can use the spelling rule for adding ‘s’ or ‘es’
I can use syllables to divide words.


Grammar -


Capital letters for names

Full stops, exclamation marks and question marks

Joining words and clauses

Suffixes added to verbs




Accurate spelling is a key part of the Key Stage 1 curriculum; therefore it is vital that the children practise and learn by heart any spellings and spelling rules that are sent home this year in their Read Write Inc. spelling books. 




Given a number, identify 1 more or 1 less



Measure & begin to record mass/weight, length and heights

Identify & describe common 2D shapes.

Recognise & know the value of different denominations of coins and notes.

Add and subtract 1-digit and 2-digit numbers to 20, including zero.

Solve one-step problems that involve addition and subtraction, using concrete objects and pictorial representations, and missing number problems.

Solve one-step problems involving multiplication and division, by calculating the answer using concrete objects, pictorial representations and arrays with the support of the teacher.

Recognise, find and name a quarter as one of four equal parts of an object, shape or quantity.

Describe position, direction and movement, including half, quarter and three-quarter turns

Compare, describe & solve practical problems for: time





Ask simple questions, use simple equipment, carry out simple tests, identify and classify things, suggest what I have found out. I can use simple data to answer questions
Name a variety of common plants and animals.
Name the parts of a plant.
Name the parts of a tree.
Identify things that are living/dead/never lived.
Describe habitats.
Identify and name plants and animals and a range of habitats.
Match living things to their habitat.
Describe how animals find food.
Explain simple food chain.
Describe how seeds and bulbs grow into a plant.
Describe what a plant needs to be healthy.
Sort animals into categories.
Classify and name animals by what they eat e.g. carnivore, herbivore, omnivore.
Explore how shapes can be changed by squashing, bending, twisting and stretching.






Explain how the weather changes throughout the year and name the seasons.

Describe some features of an island.
Describe key features of a place using geographical vocabulary.
Name the continents of the world and locate them on a map.
Name the world oceans and locate them on a map.
Use words and phrases like old, new, long time ago.
Ask and answer questions about old and new objects.
Use words and phrases like before, after, past, present, then and now.
Recount the life of someone famous (Mary Anning).
Answer questions using books and the internet.





The Torah and Jewish Stories

Jesus and his Stories








Algorithms and programming - Create a series of instructions.

I can plan a journey for a programmable toy.

Information technology - Create, store, retrieve digital content.

Use a website and a camera.

Digital literacy – use technology safely.

Computer safe -Keep personal information safe







Dinosaur songs
Use instruments to accompany stories and rhymes




5 R’s


With help from my teacher, review my own work and identify what I’ve done well.
I give constructive support to others.
I listen to other people.
I carry out activities when asked.
I keep focused on a task that interests me.
I explore and experiment with resources and materials.
I ask why.
I discover some connections through play and experimentation.
Risk Taking
I think about risks and try not to let this put me off having a go.
I know that it is not a bad thing to get a wrong answer.





Parents / Community

Parents Workshop – Making Dinosaur Carriers (date TBC)

Creswell Craggs (Thursday 15th March)