Coppice Primary

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Ladybirds Class

         Welcome to the special page for Year 1.

P.E. days

Our PE days are Monday and Friday. Please come into school wearing your P.E. tracksuit on these days. Please do not wear earrings on these days. 


Please find the homework for this half term below. 

(Incoming soon)

Parent Overview

Please see below the parent overview for this half term. 

 Meet the Staff

Class Teacher- Mrs Heywood


Teaching assistants 
Mrs Slack Naylor (Year 1 and 2 AM)
Miss Richards
We wish you and your child the warmest welcome to Year 1! We can't wait for them to be in the Ladybird class! On this page you will find information about the topic your child will be learning, PE days, overview of Science, PSHE and RE, and expectations for home learning. 
Reading Books
In Year 1 the single most important thing you can do to help your child progress with their learning is to listen to them read their reading books. It helps children improve their confidence and helps them with every other area of learning.
Please can your child bring their reading folder (including their 2 reading books and reading diary) into school every day. Please listen to your child read at home at least 3 times a week. Record in their reading diary every time you do. Many thanks. 

Autumn 1 topic

 Let's Play! 

Week 1 question: What toys do we like to play with today?

This week we will be introducing the children to our new topic, 'Let's Play'. Over the half term we will be exploring new and old toys. We will be examining the differences and which are our favourites. This week we will be having a Toy day (date to be confirmed) where children can bring into school a toy (these need to be not sentimental as we can't take responsibility if the toy is broken). The children will explain to their friends why they love their toy and why it is special to them! Then we will be having fun playing with our toys! 

Week 2 question: How are old and new toys different? What did our parents and play with?

This week we will be looking at how toys have changed from the 1970's/ 1980's/ 1990's. We will be playing with these toys in class! If you have any at home that we would be able to look at then please let Mrs Heywood know! We will be discussing how they are different. We will be exploring things such as how the internet has changed a lot of toys. 

Week 3 question: What did children play with over 100 years ago?

This week we will be looking at Victorian toys and how they are different to modern toys. We will be exploring how and when children could play. We will be investigating what the Victorian toys are made from and why. We will be comparing this to what modern toys can be made from. 

Week 4 question: How did the Teddy Bear get its name and how have they changed over the years?

This week we will be looking at when teddy bears were first made? What they were made from and how they felt. We will be comparing them to teddy bears that we have today. We will be using historical vocabulary to compare. 

Week 5 question: Who was Frank Hornby and what did he invent?


This week we will be researching Frank Hornby and the toy he invented. We will be discussing what we like about Meccano and how it has changed over the years. We will be taking inspiration from Frank Hornby and inventing our own new toy. 

Week 6 question: When were dolls first made and how have they changed?

We will be exploring the very first dolls that were made and exploring how they are different. We will be looking at one of the most famous dolls: Barbie. We will be ordering Barbie dolls from different time periods on a time line. 

Week 7 question: How have toys changed?


This week we will be consolidating our knowledge of how toys have changed over time. We will be discussing different materials and differences in technology. We will be organising toys on a timeline and describing them using historical vocabulary. 


In Science this half term we will be looking at Seasonal Changes. We will be exploring Autumn and Winter. We will be learning: 
  • Observe changes across the 4 seasons
  • Observe and describe weather associated with the seasons and how day length varies. 


This half term we will be looking at Being Responsible. We will be learning how:
  • they can identify how they can contribute to the life of the classroom and school.
  • to construct and explore the importance of rules.
  • to explore and understand that everyone has rights and responsibilities.
  • to identify what improves and harms their environments.


In RE our key question will be ‘

'Who is a Christian and what do they believe?'

Pupils should be taught to:

To describe some simple Christian beliefs about God.

    • To describe some simple Christian beliefs about Jesus.
    • To retell a story that shows what Christians believe about God.
    • To share a story about what God might mean.
    • To share what the stories about Jesus say about good, bad, right and wrong.
    • To talk about issues of good and bad, right and wrong related to the stories.
    • To ask some questions about believing in God.
    To explain some ideas of their own about God.

Information for parents


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


Letter formation guidance


Word iconAssessment - End of Year 1 Expectations  

Year 1 Literacy non-negotiables

Word iconYear 1 maths non-negotiables


Ambassador Awards 2020-2021

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 information leaflet

Parent letter

Year 1 passport 


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.    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.

 Homework log for this half term:


  Diary Dates  

 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.