Coppice Primary

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Ladybirds Class 

Hello and welcome to our special page for year one class, known as the 'Ladybirds' class! 

We want your child to be happy and to enjoy learning so if you have any questions or concerns please come and see us! Don't hesitate to get in touch with any question no matter how big or small. Email me at

All year we will be working towards meeting the end of year expectations for year one. Please click here to view these.

 Meet the Staff

Mrs Anderton







Miss Copeland

Mrs Fowkes

In Year One, Mrs Anderton is the class teacher. She will be supported by Miss Copeland in the mornings and Mrs Fowkes in the afternoons.   

Mrs Jephson is the Key Stage One Co-ordinator who will be popping in lots to check we are having lots of fun whilst we learn.  

General Information

In a morning the gates will be open between 8.35am and 8.40am.  Please say goodbye to your children on the playground and they will walk around to enter the classroom via the cloakroom.  Parents are not allowed to accompany them from the playground.

Learning Information

Our topic this half term is ‘Plant a little seed’. An overview (knowledge organiser) of this half term’s topic can be found by clicking here.

As a key stage, we like to inform parents about the types of things we will be covering in each topic in a little more detail. To access our parents' medium term plan overview please click here.

This half term we will continue to learn through a broad and balanced curriculum. Click here to see our Summer 1 weekly timetable. PE this half term is on a Tuesday and a Thursday. Please wear your PE uniform on these days and make sure that earrings are removed.

As always, homework is set at the start of a half term and is due in the last week of half term. Click here to see this half term’s homework.

Topic Overview

This half term’s topic ‘Plant a little seed’ is heavily focussed on science. By the end of the unit the ‘sticky knowledge’ we want our children to remember is:

  1. I can identify an oak tree, horse chestnut tree and conifer trees by their leaves.
  2. I know that plants need water, sunlight and warmth to grow.
  3. I know that plants have stems, roots, leaves and flowers.

Below is a brief summary of what we will be learning each week.

Week 1: Can I identify some common garden flowers?


What is a flower? What is a weed? What is a plant? What are the different parts of a flower?

We will begin our topic by visiting a local garden centre and becoming familiar with different types of flowers we might find in our gardens and local area. We will also learn about the different parts of a flower and what their job is.


Week 2: What do plants need to grow?


Do all plants need the same conditions? Will all plants grow? How do we care for plants? Why are plants vital for our environment?

This week we will be starting our science investigation. We will discuss if all the plants we planted at the garden centre are growing and think about what conditions we have them in at home. We will then plan and conduct an experiment. Do plants that don’t get water grow? Do plants that don’t get sunlight grow? If plants get sun but not water will they grow?

Week 3: How do I plant a seed?


We will be looking closely at our investigation and thinking about the best conditions for seed growth.  We will then identify and explore wild flowers and think about how they are similar and different to each other. We will think about how wild flowers grow – we don’t plant them so how do they survive? We will explore the life cycle of plants and start to think about seed dispersal.


Week 4: Which plants give us materials?


This week we will revisit naming and recognising common plants including fruit and vegetables. We will think about which plants we eat and think about if all plants, including those we eat, have the same structure / parts.

Week 5: Where can I find different plants?


This week we will be using some of our fieldwork and map skills. We will be exploring the school grounds and other local areas. Whilst searching for plants we will focus on trees and naming the common types of trees. We will learn about which ones are evergreen and which ones are deciduous. We will also look at the parts of trees  - do trees have stems too?


Week 6: Why are trees leaves helpful?


This week we will be thinking about the trees we have learnt to identify. We will be looking closely at their leaves. How can we use them to identify the tree type? Do all trees have the same leaves? We will also be recapping prior learning and discussing the question, what important job do the leaves on trees and plants have?


This term's topic information and IMPORTANT vocabulary

Art / DT This half term we will be focussing on Eric Carle and Jackson Pollock. We will be creating work based on the story ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar’ using a range of media and materials inspired by the work of others.

Warm, cool, contrasting, coordinating, colour wheel, primary colours, secondary colours, collage, symmetry, texture, Flat, polished, smooth, raised, rough, coarse, Cut, incised, pitted, scratched, uneven, Hairy, sticky, Soft, hard, Shiny, glossy, reflective


This half term our science topic is ‘plants’. We will be identifying and naming a variety of common wild and garden plants, including deciduous and evergreen trees. We will be identifying and describing the basic structure of a variety of common flowering plants, including trees. We will be thinking about the question ‘What do plants need to grow’ and taking part in investigations. We will be exploring conditions for plants to grow in this country and in others.

stem, roots, petal, grow, growth, life cycle, decay, change,
PSHCE This half term is ‘Being Healthy’. This unit focuses on the core theme ‘health and well-being’ Through this unit of work, the children will explore what a healthy lifestyle means and identify the benefits of having one. They will also learn ways of keeping healthy and start to recognise what they like and dislike. They will consider the consequences that good and not so good choices have. After learning about healthy lifestyles, they will investigate setting simple goals. They will also learn some key life skills including the importance of personal hygiene and preventing the spread of germs. Healthy, lifestyle, like, dislike, consequences, goals, hygiene, prevent, spread, germs 
Computing This half term we will be completing another purple mash units ‘lego builders’. In lego builders the children will be following instructions, creating instructions and considering how the order of instructions affect the result. Instruction, algorithm, computer, programme, debug, order, sequence.
RE This half term we will be exploring the key question ‘What does it mean to belong to a faith community?’. The children will start by thinking about themselves and their identify and which groups they belong to. They will then read stories and learn about religious ceremonies and think about how these things show how people show belonging to their religion / God. Christianity, Bible, baptism, dedication, belonging, , religion, identify,
PE This half term your child will have PE with a sports coach on a Tuesday and PE on a Thursday with myself which will be striking and fielding.  Please ensure your child wears the appropriate PE kit according to the weather on these days and has their water bottle in school with them.

Athletics, throw, catch, agility, pace, coordination, speed, control, sprint, hurdles, balance, strike, hit.

Music This half term we won’t be completing another Charanga unit instead the children will take part in drumming lessons. Pitch, pulse, rhythm, pattern, perform, improvise, compose, listening, singing, playing.
Geography This half term does not focus on geography. We will be reading maps as part of our science fieldwork and annotating maps to show where we find different plants and trees. Map, key
History This unit does not focus on history past


In Spelling, Grammar and Punctuation (SPAG) this half term we will be focussing on

  • Tenses – past and present
  • Using question marks correctly
  • Using exclamation marks correctly
  • Using co-ordinating conjunctions – but, and, or
  • Adding suffixes – ed, es, s, er, est

In Whole Class Reading we will be focussing on texts linked to our literacy lessons.

In these lessons we will focus on a range of skills including:

  • Reading with expression and using intonation, making sure we use punctuation to support us.
  • Exploring new vocabulary to use in our writing
  • Retrieving information from what we have read
  • Sequencing events that we have read about
  • Inferring extra information using the clues we have spotted in the text
  • Predicting what may happen next or the information we will read about under each subheading
  • We will also be having a big focus on understanding the difference between fiction and non-fiction and looking at all the features we would find in non-fiction books

In Literacy we will be exploring lots of genres and be given a wide variety of writing opportunities.

  • Week 1 – Eddie’s Garden – we will be focussing on instructions and writing our own instructions on how to plant a seed.
  • Week 2 – Jim and the Beanstalk – At the start of the week, we will be writing a letter to the nursery to say thank you for our visit. At the end of the week, we will be thinking about how we identify good and bad characters from within the book.
  • Week 3 – Oliver’s Vegetables – we will be learning the story and practising retelling it and writing key parts of it for example a setting description.
  • Week 4 – Oliver’s Vegetables – we will be innovating a story based on the story we have read and be writing it on our own using our writing targets. We will be making sure that it has a clear beginning, middle and end.
  • Week 5 – Plants – this week we will be writing non chronological reports about our favourite types of plants. We will be using diagrams, labels, subheadings and much more.
  • Week 5 – The Nut Tree by Julia Donaldson and What do you do on a nature walk? By Kate Williams  - this week we will be focussing on poetry. We will be learning poems off by heart and reciting them. We will be thinking about the features of poems e.g. rhyming words and then go on a nature walk on which to write our own poem based upon.


We will teach phonics to the whole class together and will run same day intervention sessions for children requiring further consolidation to help them to keep up.

 Here are some helpful documents which we have shared before:

Twinkl Phonics Level 5 Information for parents 

Meet the Level 5 Twinkl phonics family! 

Letter formation guidance

Below we will attach parent information sheets which will explain the learning for each week in phonics so you can support your child at home.

Summer 1 week 1 parent information sheet – ie
Summer 1 week 2 parent information sheet - ed
Summer 1 week 3 parent information sheet – s - es
Summer 1 week 4 parent information sheet -er -est
Summer 1 week 5 parent information sheet – tch(ch)
Summer 1 week 6 parent information sheet -ing -er


In school we will listen to your child read their reading book at least once every week, please make sure that it is in school every day.  Please support your child with reading by listening to them read regularly at home.  Just a couple of pages every day makes a huge difference to their confidence.  Remember to record on the Go read app or Boom reader website every time you hear your child read.  Reading is the most important piece of homework you can do with your child at this age as reading is the key that unlocks all other areas of learning.  To be successful writers, children first have to be confident and successful readers so your support is invaluable.

Helping with Literacy at Home

You can help your child at home by:

  • Practising common exception words - reading and spelling. Click here to view year one common exception words.
  • Talk about what they are learning in class that week.
  • Encourage your child to read out any writing they complete at home to check it makes sense.
  • Read with your child at least 3 times a week.

Please click here to see our year 1 literacy non-negotiables


In Maths our units are ‘Multiplication and Division’, ‘Fractions’, ‘Geometry: Position and Direction’. The objectives we will looking at this half term are:

  • Counting in 2s (multiplication)
  • Counting in 10s (multiplication)
  • Counting in 5s (multiplication)
  • Recognising equal groups (multiplication)
  • Adding equal groups (multiplication)
  • Making arrays (multiplication)
  • Making doubles (multiplication)
  • Making equal groups – grouping (divison)
  • Making equal groups – sharing (division)
  • Recognising half of an object or shape (fractions)
  • Finding half of an object or shape (fractions)
  • Recognising half of a quantity (fractions)
  • Finding half of a quantity (fractions)
  • Recognising quarter of an object or shape (fractions)
  • Finding quarter of an object or shape (fractions)
  • Recognising quarter of a quantity (fractions)
  • Finding quarter of a quantity (fractions)
  • Describing turns
  • Describing position – left and right
  • Describing position – forwards and backwards
  • Describing position – above and below
  • Ordinal numbers

Helping with maths at Home

  • Talking about the learning they have done in class.
  • Practise counting to 20 forwards and backwards
  • Practising counting in 2's, 5's and 10's
  • Practise recalling addition, subtraction and number facts to 10 and then to 20.
  • Encouraging your child to count - add money, count out objects, calculate how many will be left, estimate how many there are etc

    Please click here to see our year 1 maths non-negotiables

Our Coppice CARE Values

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

Each week we have a new value – 12 in total.  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.

Children can achieve their bronze, silver and gold awards for the core values 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!

Important Diary Dates

Monday 15th April – returning to school for the summer term

Monday 6th May – bank holiday

Friday 24th May – last day of half term

Monday 3rd June – School open for the final Summer term.