Coppice Primary

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Ladybirds Class 

Welcome to the special page for Year 1.

P.E. days

Our PE days in Autumn 2 will be Monday (Karate) and Friday (Handball). 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. 

Autumn 2 homework

Parent Overview

Please see below the parent overview for this half term. 

Class Timetable
Please see below the class timetable for Autumn 2.

 Meet the Staff

Class Teacher- Miss Stacey


Teaching assistants 
Mrs Fawkes (pm)                              Miss Wong (am)
We wish you and your child the warmest welcome to Year 1! 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 reading book 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. The children will achieve prizes for reading at home! Many thanks. 

Autumn 2 2023-24 topic

 Rumble in the Jungle!

Our topic for this half term is 'Rumble in the Jungle!'. 

Week 1: What do different animals look like?

During our first week of learning, we will be having an animal workshop! This will involve real animals being brought into school for us to look at and touch, or even hold (if we want to). This will include mammals, reptiles and amphibians. We will begin to think about the characteristics/features of these different animals and will try and remember what they looked and felt like to support us with our learning in the following weeks.

Week 2: What types of animals live in Heanor?

This week we will pay closer attention to which animals live specifically in our own locality - Heanor. We will incorporate both Geography and Science into this lesson by first of all thinking about what Heanor looks like, identifying its human and physical features. We will then consider which animals might prefer to live in this environment and we will write about why this might be.


Week 3: What is a bird?

After our Science lesson on mammals, we will learn about birds within our topic lesson. We will consider why we cannot classify birds as mammals - they do not have fur and they can't live in water. We will learn all about the features of birds before labelling a bird using the scientific vocabulary which we have been taught. Some of us may have a go at creating our own riddles for both mammals and birds by writing about their features without naming them, and then letting our friends have a go at guessing which type of animal our clues are about. 


Week 4: What is a fish? 

Today we will be diving under the sea to learn all about fish, their characteristics, and how they differ to mammals and birds. As a class, we will begin by labelling images of fish using scientific vocabulary such as fins and gills. We will then sort different types of fish, birds and mammals into categories supporting our ability to classify animals. We will write sentences about each animal and why we have sorted that animal in a particular way, such as "a dog is a mammal because it has fur and it is warm-blooded" and "a piranha is a fish because it has fins and gills". 


Week 5: What types of animals live in the rainforest?

This week we will be learning about the Sumatran rainforest! We will be Geographer's, locating the Sumatran rainforest on a map and examining its human and physical geography. Finally, we will become Scientists, identifying which animals live in this environment and how this differs to the animals that live in Heanor. We will begin to consider why some animals prefer the environment of the Sumatran rainforest. 


Week 6: What do animals eat?

Today, we will be exploring the different diets of animals! After being introduced to the terms herbivore, omnivore and carnivore, we will carry out an investigation in groups. We will have a range of different bowls of 'animal poo' (pretend!) to explore. We will be dissecting it and writing about which type of animal we think it belongs to and why - a herbivore, omnivore or a carnivore? Some 'poo' will contain small bones, some will contain the remnants of berries and seeds and some will contain a mixture of both. 


Week 7: What are the different parts of animals?

In our final lesson, we will be spending more time focussing on the structure of individual animals and labelling them using our scientific vocabulary. We will spend some time independently researching different animals which interest us using decodable non-fiction books. We will then have a go at drawing these animals using art techniques and labelling their features using the correct terminology. 



This half term we will be continuing with addition and subtraction. We will be using part-part whole models and number sentences to represent an addition or subtraction sentence. Children will also learn to recognise and sort 2D and 3D shapes.




We will be exploring lots of cross– curricular stories about animals. We will be looking at retelling parts of a story using a Talk for Writing story map - this is where we use images and orally retell the story. This helps us when we are writing sentences and stories. We will be exploring nouns, verbs, and subject/verb identification to help us with writing simple sentences.  We will be continuing our Level 5 Phonics, learning alternate pronunciations and spellings for the phonemes we already know.



We will be grouping animals into: mammals, amphibians, reptiles, birds, insects and fish. We will be exploring characteristics for each group of animals. We will be learning about animals diets and which animals are carnivores, herbivores and omnivores. We will also be labelling animals, using scientific terms, for example: for a fish, fins, gills etc. This learning will complement, enhance, and work alongside our Topic learning. 



We will be looking at ‘Bullying matters’. We will be examining how our behaviour can affect others and recognising when people are being unkind to them or others, who to tell and what to say. We will also be exploring anti– bullying week.



In RE we will be answering our key question: ‘What gifts might Christians in my town have given Jesus if he had been born here instead of in Bethlehem?’ We are learning to reflect on the Christmas story and decide what gifts would be meaningful for Jesus.


Information for parents

Twinkl Phonics Level 5 Information for parents


Meet the Level 5 Twinkl phonics family!


Letter formation guidance


Word iconAssessment - End of Year 1 Expectations  

Year 1 Literacy non-negotiables

Word iconYear 1 maths non-negotiables


Letters for parents

Meet the teacher 2023-24

We have a brand new award system beginning in Spring 2023!

We now have 12 values that we believe are the beating heart of Coppice and we shall refer to these as our "CARE Values" these have been selected in consultation with our children and staff.


C stands for: cooperation, committed and considerate

A stands for: accepting, aspirational and achieving

R stands for: respectful, responsible and resilience

E stands for: excellent, empathetic and enthusiastic


We are very excited to be starting work on our new values system when we come back in school in January.  Each week we have a new value – 12 in total.  Our first value will be Respect.  The children will have an assembly Monday morning about how to show and give respect to others both in school and at home!  We will be expecting this to be demonstrated to all members of our Coppice community,  it is important that even when we move onto a new value, the old one isn’t lost.

Our new core values will now form the basis of our ambassador passports (these have now been renamed – core value passports and the children can achieve their bronze, silver and gold awards throughout the year for each core value. We will of course keep you informed about how your child is getting on with this throughout the year.


Each week Mrs Seaton will send out a Newsletter that will reflect the value we are working on so that it can also be supported at home.  We look forward to seeing our children bright and early ready to embrace the new weekly challenges!


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.

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.