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Welcome to Birch Class (Y1)

There are 26 children Year 1 in our class.

Our teachers are Mrs Goddard (Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday) and Mrs McCarthy (Thursday and Friday).  

Our Teaching Assistants are Ms Goeminne and Miss Lawrence. We also have lots of help from Mrs Thompson and Miss Hanson they both kindly volunteer in our class.  

We have a stimulating, well-resourced classroom and outside area that encourages children to extend their knowledge through learning and play. 

This term our project is...

Red, white and blue

This term our project is called 'red, white and blue'.

Our project has a historical focus.  Following an interest from the children, we will be focusing on castles and learning why castles are an important part of UK life now and in the past.

We will be studying famous British people from now and the past, including famous monarchs, famous artists and scientists.

We will be exploring non-fiction writing and looking at features of non-fiction writing that make it appealing to the reader.  We will be delving deep into castle life, learning where they were built, why they were built and what life would be like in a castle.  We will be using this information to create an intereactive book about castles.  We will be building castles. 

We will then be reading the Paperbag Princess and The Queen's knickers to inspire our creative writing.




'Red, White and Blue' project overview.

Our essential question this term is:-'

'What makes Britain great?'

What do you think? 

Birch Class Wedding

We have been learning about Christian celebrations in RE. We visited the church and Rev. Robinson performed a mock wedding. 

We all enjoyed ourselves and looked very smart in our wedding clothes. 

What is your favourite celebration?


We have been using 'City Creator' to build our own medieval castle. 

There are other things you can build, maybe you could try building your own city at home.  

You can see our finished work at our exhibition.


We have all thoroughly enjoyed our gymnastics unit in PE.

We have improved our balancing and learnt how to balance on points and patches. We have travelled like crabs, meercats and rabbits to help us learn how to travel in different ways. 

Transforming boxes to castles

In design and technology we have been building castles.  We have worked in groups to design our castles and this week we started to build them from junk modelling materials. 

We are learning different ways to join materials together and have realised that some techniques are more successful than others.  Masking tape is our favourite way to join materials together. 

Motte and Bailey in the woods

We have been looking at the features of Motte and Bailey castles.  We visited the woods and built some of our own. 

Brilliant homework

We have all been woking really hard this term on our home learning. 

Here are some pictures of the things we are most proud of.  

Stick Man

We had a lovely visit to the woods.  We read the Stick Man book.  Poor Stick Man was mistaken for so many different things in the book.

We searched the woods and looked for things our sticks could be mistaken for.  Look closely at the photos.  Can you see stick skis, a stick saddle, a stick moustache, a stick unicorn, a stick broomstick, a stick bonfire, a stick drum stick, stick ice-skates, a stick giraffe's leg with toes and much more. The children in Birch Class have such brilliant imaginations. 

The children then made Stick Man and a few made Stick Lady Love.   

How the Angel got her wings.

The children perfomed brilliantly, they were so confident and brave.  They told the story of how the Angel got her wings.  We were all very proud of how well they sang. 

Children in Need

A huge thank you to all the children that brought in donations to support Children in Need. 

We were very lucky to have Pudsey visit our school. 

He gave us all a High-5, some of us even got a cuddle!

'I'll huff and I'll puff.......'

We all enjoyed our visit to the woods to build the three pigs houses. 

We realised that the first little pig did a great job building a straw house.  We found it very difficult!!

Fairy tale puppet show

Our project outcome this term was to make fairy tale puppets and perform a puppet show to the EYFS children. The story telling was brilliant. 

Here are a selection of the puppets we made, I think you will agree that they are very good. 

Can you see which story they are from?

Counting in 2s

We are learning how to count in 2s.  Look at some of the fun things we have been doing to help us get faster at counting.  

How many feet do you have in your house?  Can you count them in 2s?  

Busy Beebots

We have been very busy programming the Beebots. 

We made some maps of the woods that Red Riding Hood walks through.  This is us working togther to programme the Beebots to take a walk to Granny's house.  

Greater or less than.

We have had a busy week exploring numbers.  We have been comparing numbers.  We have been learning the sign for 'less than' and 'more than'.  Look at us all working very hard.

Marvellous maths

We have been ordering numbers to 10 and matching numbers with numicon.  We have been learning to read number words e.g one, two, three. 

Have a look around, can you see any number words outside the class room?

We are tennis stars of the future.

In PE we have been learning how to play tennis.  We are all improving our tennis skills. 

What do Christians believe God is like?

We have been learning about the parable of the Lost Son.  We looked at this picture of the story and asked some 'I wonder...' questions. 

The questions we asked showed that we were thinking very carefully about the parable. E.g.

I wonder if God was mad that he spent all the money?

I wonder how the father felt when the son went away?

I wonder if the older brother went to the party?

I wonder what he bought with all his money?


Clever capitals

We are learning to read capital letters and match them with lower case letters.

Can you find any capital letters?  Try singing the alphabet song at home.


In computing we are learning to programme.

This is us programming the Beebot. 

How can you help at home?

We often get asked this question.  One of the most useful and rewarding things you can do with your child at home is to read, read, read!!! 

Click on the link to read a booklet with lots of ideas that can make reading at home more fun and includes top tips on how to make the reading experience you have with your child really effective. 

The National Curriculum strands we are learning are:

English - Writing


I can spell common exception words.

I can name the letters of the alphabet using letter names to distinguish between alternative spellings of the same sound.

I can apply simple spelling rules.


I can form capital letters.

I can use cursive letters.



I can write sentences by composing a sentence orally before writing it.

I can write sentences by sequencing sentences to form short narratives.

I can write sentences by re-reading what I have written to check that it makes sense.


Vocabulary, Grammar and Punctuation

I can leave spaces between words.

I can join words and join clauses using ‘and’.

I am beginning to punctuate sentences using a capital letter and a full stop, question mark.



This year we are using the White Rose Scheme for teaching maths.  More details will be given at a Parents Meeting.


Number and Place Value

I can count to and across 100, forwards and backwards, beginning with 0 or 1, or from any given number.

I can count in multiples of twos, fives and tens.

I can read and write numbers from 1 to 20 in numerals and words.


Addition and Subtraction

I can read, write and interpret mathematical statements involving addition (+), subtraction (–) and equals (=) signs.

I can add and subtract one-digit and two-digit numbers to 20, including zero



I can recognise, find and name a half as one of two equal parts of an object, shape or quantity.



I can sequence events in chronological order using language [for example, before and after, next, first, today, yesterday, tomorrow, morning, afternoon and evening]

I can recognise and use language relating to dates, including days of the week, weeks, months and years

I can tell the time to the hour and half past the hour and draw the hands on a clock face to show these times.



I can identify and name a variety of common animals including bird, insect, reptile, fish, amphibian and mammal.

I can identify and name a variety of common animals including herbivore, omnivore and carnivore. 

What can you do to help your child at home?



Read, read and read some more!


Reading is a vital building block to a child's education. Encourage your child to read at least three times a week and develop their love of stories and books through shared story time.


Look at the optional homework grid for more ideas.