Year 1 - Pelican and Wagtail

Launde Primary School - Year 1


Welcome back to school and welcome to Year 1's page!

We are split into 2 classes - Pelicans (with Mrs Lawrence, Miss Bale, Miss Lunn and Mrs Powell) and Yellow Wagtails (with Miss West, Miss Ball and Mrs Reading).


 Summer 1

Welcome to Summer 1!  We enjoyed a very successful Spring half term at home and at school exploring our topics of toys and fairytales.

This term we will be focusing science and technology by basing our learning around plants and seasons in our topic 'Seeds, Soil and Sunshine!'. We have our Forest school lesson with Mr Benbow to enjoy, time on our allotment and much more! 

Our Christian values for this half term are Gentleness and Forbearance and all learning is embedded arounds these themes. 

Please remember to check Dojo regularly for photos, ideas and conversations starters about the children's learning. 


Below, please find some key information for this half term:


Morning/afternoon drops offs and pick ups:

In Y1, our school day will now run from 9:00 - 3:00 (gates open at 8:45 to help spread out adults on the playground and learning starts promptly at 9am). Children should enter and leave through the KS1 gate beside the BACS centre.  Parents may come onto the school playground but we ask that face masks are worn at all times. We also need to ensure that parents keep a safe distance from any other children and adults. Therefore, we encourage that children come into classrooms and cloakrooms by themselves.


School equipment needed from home:

Children may continue to bring a WM bookbag to school (not rucksacks).  Please remember, children should not be bringing pencil cases, toys, cards etc to school.  Please ensure children have an outdoor coat, wellies and PE kit in school at all times.


Class Dojo:

Class dojo remains an integral tool as a day to day communication line for staff and pupils with parents.  We will always aim to respond as soon as possible; with full time teaching commitments, we appreciate your patience and understanding.  We will use this platform as a way of sharing work and activities that the children have been doing and you may also wish to share weekly homework tasks or learning the children have completed at home, through your child's portfolio. 


Times Table Rock Stars & Numbots:

Your child will have come home with a Times Table Rock Stars/Numbots log in at the beginning of the year.  This can be found in their reading journals. I have included some information below to help you support your children on the game:

- The times tables set are 2s, 5s and 10s for all children (this is in line with what we cover in Year 1)

- The game will include both multiplication and division as it is important the children know both operations

-Please only play the 'Garage' games (Highlighted below), as this is the game controlled by the teacher, and will therefore only include 2s, 5s and 10s



Please continue reading with your child, we cannot stress how important reading is for them. Minimum 3 reads per week!

In Y1 reading becomes more of a comprehension. Here are some tips to help them become confident in comprehension work (very important for SATs in Year 2);

- Making predictions at the start of a new book/ chapter. Make sure they are able to explain their answer.

- Getting them to discuss what has just happened. Recall is very important. Remembering names, what has happened, where they are, what they are doing etc...

- General questioning of the vocabulary. The language will start to get trickier so discussing it with them will really help their understanding. Getting them to use a dictionary to look words up is really good too. One they are learning how to use a dictionary correctly (this is a requirement for the curriculum) and two they are learning to do their own research.

Please have a look at the website below to access online e books.  The books are designed to be appropriate according to age/reading abilities and join up is FREE!


Best wishes

Miss West & Mrs Lawrence

 'Seeds Soil and Sunshine!'
Our Learning in English this term centred around the book 

Seasons Come and Seasons Go: TREE

Our current class read alouds were chosen by the children:
Wagtail: Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone
Pelican: The Magic Faraway Tree
We will go on to read James and the Giant peach. 
Topic Overview:
In this unit, children will learn all about plants and seasons.  We will observe, identify and group different plants. We will use the children's knowledge of seasons alongside research to find out more. 
Ways to support at home:
Look after, observe and their sunflower seed/plant. Keep a photographic or written diary of it's growth.
When shopping or cooking talk about the origins of food e.g. an apple grows on a tree and a carrot grows under the ground. 
Visit your local garden centre and explore the wide varieties of plants on sale. 
This half terms Jigsaw puzzle piece is 'Relationships'. 
 This half term our puzzle piece is all about relationships. As with all the year one pieces it focusses in on relationships the child has, including family, friends and people who help us. This learning builds on our work on families in the autumn term and links to the ‘relationships’ element of the recovery curriculum.

Overall Learning intention: I can explain why I have special relationships with some people and how these relationships help me feel safe and good about myself. I can explain how my qualities help these relationships.

Key Vocabulary: Relationship, family, belong, same, different, friends, qualities, greeting, dislike, like, confidence, praise, qualities, self-belief, incredible, celebrate, special, appreciate.

Here is a list of useful websites specifically for KS1 children...
Maths: mobilePage/index.html


https:// resources/category/22/ most-popular

http:// resources 

CLL: mobilePage/literacy.html teach/ks1-english/z67ncqt go/videos-animations- stories-twinkl-go

https:// home.html

https:// 2020/03/12/free-reading- realm-home-learning-pack- nature-and-animals 


General: teach/primary/zd7p47h recipes/collection/kids- cooking

https:// recipes/collection/no- cook-kidshttps:// recipes/collection/kids- cooking

https:// recipes/collection/no- cook-kids geography-worksheets# 

https://www.britishscienceweek.or g/plan-your-activities/ activity-packs/ 

For more - please refer to the word below for a list of educational apps/resources specifically for KS1 children.