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 Lunn, Mrs Brooks and Mrs Powell) and Yellow Wagtails (with Miss West, Miss Bale and Miss Evans). Mrs Bimson, Mrs Walker & Mrs Ball will also be with us at various times throughout the day.


Autumn 1

Welcome to Autumn 1!  We are very much looking forward to getting to know all of the children and settling them into Year 1.

This term we will be focusing on science and place by basing our learning around Africa in our topic 'Amazing Africa!' topic

Our Christian values for this half term are Faithfulness and all learning is embedded around this theme. 

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 8:55 - 3:00 (gates open at 8:45 to help spread out adults on the playground and learning starts promptly at 8:55am). Children should enter and leave through the KS1 gate beside the BACS centre.  Parents may come onto the school playground but we ask that parents do not come into the cloakroom or classrooms . 

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

 'Amazing Africa!'
Our Learning in English this term centred around the book 

Meerkat Mail by Emily Gravett

Our current class read alouds are:
The Giraffe, The Pelly and Me by Roald Dahl
Topic Overview:
In this unit, children will learn all about Africa and animals, building on their knowledge from EYFS.  We will look at common African animals and animal groups and expand our knowledge of the world and it's continents. 
Ways to support at home:
Explore Google Earth and find some interesting places!
Think of places that the children have been (including abroad, if applicable) and find these on map.
Play games like Simon Says to practice naming our body parts. 
Visit the zoo, a farm or go for a walk and talk about local wildlife in the UK. 
This half terms Jigsaw puzzle piece is 'Being Me in My World'. 
Overall Learning intention: In this Puzzle (unit), the children are introduced to their Jigsaw Journals and discuss their Jigsaw Charter. As part of this they discuss rights and responsibilities, choices and consequences. The children talk about being special and how to make everyone feel safe in their class as well as recognising their own safety.

Key Vocabulary: Safe, Special, Calm, Belonging, Special, Rights, Responsibilities, Learning Charter, Jigsaw Charter, Rewards, Proud, Consequences, Upset, Disappointed, Illustration.


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.