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Ladybirds Class

         (Year 1) 

            Meet the team!

Class Teachers

    Miss Jephson and Mrs Deverill     

(Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday morning, Miss Jephson will teach the class.  Wednesday afternoon, Thursday and Friday, Mrs Deverill will teach the class.)

 Teaching assistant


  Miss Richards 


This half term ( Autumn 1)  our topic is:

Our Place in Space


Week 1

 What's out there?

We will be introduced to space by Spaceman Spiff, he will show us the planets in our solar system and tell us about how man has travelled into space and to the moon.  We will then create our own passports or logbooks so that we can go on our own space adventures over the next few weeks.


Week 2

How do we travel to space?  

Space travel and how it has changed over time is the focus for our learning this week.  We will learn all about the race for space between different countries.  We will also be learning our song 'Joey Chrome's guide to the Solar System'.


Week 3

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What does the solar system look like?

Using our 'starry starry night' presentation we will learn more about each of the planets in the solar system before we go and label the planets for ourselves, using reference books and images to help us.



Week 4

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How can we represent the solar system?

Using a range of materials and objects for printing, we will be creating our own models and pictures of the solar system.


Week 5 

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Who was Neil Armstrong?

We will be learning all about Neil Armstrong - why he is famous, when he went to the moon, what his spaceship was called and what he put on the moon when he was there.


Week 6

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What have I learnt so far?

This week the science dome will be in school for our topic lesson.  We will be watching two shows in it which will help us to understand and experience travelling to and walking on the moon, how big the solar system is and recap the planets.


Week 7

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Could I be an astronaut?


Now that we know all about space and have experienced space travel and moon landings, we will find out a little bit more about being an astronaut and think about whether this is a job we would like to do and why.


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In Numeracy this half term the children will be working hard to:

  • count to 20 or 50 and read the numbers.
  • read and write numbers 1 to 10 in words.
  • say one more and one less than numbers to 20.
  • order numbers to 50.
  • add numbers together.
  • subtract numbers.
  • write number statements.
  • solve problems using addition and subtraction.


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In Literacy this half term the children will be:

* celebrating Roald Dahl's birthday by reading one of his books and basing their literacy work around it.

*  Writing labels, lists and captions as we label the planets and write captions to describe them.

* Reading and composing poems based around the theme of space.

* Reading fantasty stories about Space - The Way back home, Toys in Space and How to catch a star.  We will have a go at writing part of a story of our own.


In science this half term the children will be learning about the seasons of Autumn and Winter.

 Printable Circle Time Clipart

In PSHE this half term we will be focusing on why we have rules, thinking about our own classroom rules and how to make our classroom a caring environment.


In RE this half term we will look at creation stories.

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In ICT this half term the children will be familiarising themselves with purple mash and learning how to stay safe online.

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In PE this half term we will be developing our skills in athletics with Mr Singh on a Monday and working on multi skills with Mrs Deverill on a Friday.

  Our phonics work will take place every morning.  Our class will split into five groups for letters and sounds.


Ladybirds Autumn timetable

Experience Harvest


Letters sent home

 Science dome

Our place in space topic overview

Space dome letter 2

Reading in school letter


Information for parents

 Welcome to Ladybirds Class

 Letters and sounds phase 2 information for parents

Letters and sounds phase 3 information for parents

Letters and sounds phase 4 information for parents

Letters and sounds phase 5 information for parents

Bug club parent information

Bug club trouble shooting guide

Letter formation guidance


Word iconAssessment - End of Year 1 Expectations  

Word iconYear 1 writing non-negotiables

Word iconYear 1 maths non-negotiables


Ambassador Awards 2017-2018

This year we have incorporated the Learning Passport within a document that recognises children’s achievements in school and the wider community. What is expected in order for children to achieve their ’Ambassador Award’ comes under 4 headings:

  • Citizenship
  • Relationships
  • Learning
  • Behaviour and conduct

Each section has elements that underpin the values that as a school we hold dear. We believe that learning is something that continues every minute of the waking day and it is important to recognise children’s achievements not only in lessons but beyond. Adults in school will discuss each section with the children and how they can meet the criteria identified; we are hoping that the children will be able to take some ownership of the passport themselves!

Have a look at the Ambassador leaflet to find out more and look through 'Steps to Success' passport the Ladybirds children will be working through this year to help them achieve their Ambassador Awards!


Ambassador leaflet 2017

Ladybirds steps to success passport for the Ambassador Award


Helping at home!



Each day your child will need to bring their reading book to school.   Please try to practise daily at home, even if it is just a couple of pages.  In addition to a reading book, your child will be given a tricky words list to learn.  Please can you sign your children’s reading record books every time you listen to them read, it helps us and it also helps your child to earn credits towards their Ambassador awards.

Learning log 

At the beginning of each topic we will send home a homework grid with a choice of activities on it.  The completed tasks will be returned to school at the end of the term and celebrated with the class.

Spellings - From January 2018

Your child will have spellings to learn every Friday. These will be sent home in their spelling booklets. The following Friday your child will be tested in class and new spellings will be given again for the following week. The results from the test will be put in your child's spelling book. Please ensure their spelling books are returned to school every Friday. All spellings given are linked to the National Curriculum for year 1 and also to the work done in phonic sessions.

 Diary Dates  

Monday 4th September – INSET day. School closed to the children.

Tuesday 5th September – First day of the school term!

Wednesday 13th September – Roald Dahl dress up day!!

Friday 22nd September – Dress up as a superhero day in support of Childhood Cancer Day!

Friday 29th September - Macmillan Coffee Morning - Parent led

Tuesday 10th October - Space Dome

Thursday 19th October (provisional date) – Years 1 – 6 Harvest Festival in the school hall at 9.15am. Everyone welcome!!

Friday 20th October – Last day of term

Monday 30th October – INSET day. School closed to the children.

Tuesday 31st October – First day of the school term!



 Websites you may find useful (Login in details have been given out at the start of the year. If you have forgotten please ask a member of staff)


 We want your children to be happy and enjoy coming to school and learning.  If you have any concerns please do not hesitate to speak to any of us so that we can help.  You can speak with us after school or contact us on 01773 712840.  You can also email us: