Coppice Primary

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Ladybirds Class

         Welcome to the special page for Year 1.


Important Information for September 2020


 Meet the Staff


Class Teacher

Mrs Heywood


 Teaching assistants

Mrs Patrick (TA AM- Photo coming soon)

                                                                      Miss Richards (PM)


 Welcome to Year 1! We are so excited to welcome you back in September! I have missed you all so much! Year 1 is going to be so much fun! Below are some things that were included in your Year 1 pack. 

Settling in

 Welcome letter from Mrs Heywood

Welcome letter to Year 1

Phonics support

Below is a useful link, which shows the pronunciation of the phonemes that the children learn. This supports their Reading and Writing. 

Letters and sounds video


 Classroom update

Mrs Heywood has been busy in the classroom and has changed it so it is ready for us! Below are some photographs to show you what it looks like now. I hope you like it! 

This is our loose parts area. We can create whatever we can imagine! 

This is our construction area. There is loads of different construction to play with! 

This is our calm corner. It is the perfect place to come and chill and have a quiet moment. Every morning we will be asking the children to move their name card to the emotion labelled person. This will ensure we have a good understanding of our emotions and how they can change. 

This is our calm basket. It has some sensory toys and breathing exercise cards to help us relax. 

This is our Literacy and Phonics wall, which is at the front of the classroom. This is our creative area which is nice and big for us to be making lots of different things! 

Welcome to our Maths area. We will have Maths resources and challenges here. 

This is our Reading Challenge board. At the bottom we have all the common exception words that the children need to know by the end of Year 1. Along the top we have numbered leaves. Each child's name will move along the numbered leaves for reading at home. Who will reach number 30?

Our topic this half term is Let's Play! We have some key questions on our topic board and some pictures of toys, past and present. 

 Even though Mrs Heywood took the picture inside the classroom, this is our outside trolley! We will be taking it outside to support our learning. We have sparkly clipboards, writing tools, magnetic boards and numbers and letters. We have sand and water toys too! 

 Topic for Autumn 1

Let's Play

Our first topic is called 'Let's Play!' We will be exploring toys; old and new. Below is an overview for you to look at. 

Let's play overview

We will be having a Toy day on Tuesday 8th September. In normal times, we would have bought our own toys into school to share. However, in the current COVID- 19 situation we are unable to do this. We would however love your grown ups to email us a photo of you with your favourite toy. We will then share these together and you can tell the class why it is your favourite toy. I wonder if we will have any matching favourites? 

Please email your photo to this address:


Topic Overview

Week 1


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

This will be our introduction to our topic 'Let's Play!' We will be sharing photographs of our favourite toys and sharing our reasons why. We will be drawing and writing about our favourite toys. This will link in with our Literacy book 'Dogger'. 

Week 2 

Week 2 question: How are new and old toys different?

We will be exploring some old and new toys. We will be describing them. What are they made of? What do they do? We will be discussing whether we think they are old or new? The children will be sorting the toys and giving reasons for their answers. We will begin using the word past and present to describe. 

Week 3

Week 3 question: What did our Grandparents and Great Grandparents play with all those years ago and how do they differ from toys today?

We will be having a toy workshop. We will be exploring and playing with a big variety of toys, old and new. We will be learning some key facts about the old toys and when they would have been played with. We will be putting them on a timeline to show the order of the toys. 

Week 4

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

Together we will be looking at a very old teddy and looking at differences between it and new modern teddies. We will be looking at when teddies were first made and why. We will be writing about the differences between the teddies, using the words past and present. 

Week 5

Week 5 question: When were dolls first made and how have they changed?

This week we will be comparing new and old dolls. This will link into our Literacy text this week, 'Traction Man'. We will describing how the dolls have changed, what they were made from and how you played with them. We will be creating and decorating our own peg dolls! 

Week 6

Week 6 question: Who was Frank Hornby and what did he invent?

This week we will be learning about who Frank Hornby was and his impact on our life. We will look at how Meccano has changed over time. We will be being inventors ourselves and creating our own toy. 

Week 7

Week 7 question: What important changes have happened to Toys?

This week we will be discussing the changes of toys from Victorian toys. We will be describing how and why these changes occured. We will also be using key vocabulary to express our opinion. 


1st full week Week 1 


When Dave loses his favourite toy, Dogger, he is desolate. But then Dogger turns up at the school summer fair, and everything seems all right - until someone else buys him before Dave can get the money!

We will be retelling this classic story. We will be sequencing the pictures, discussing the characters and using story language. 

In Maths we will be looking at Place Value to 20 and above. 

Week 2

This book captures the thrill of when pretend feels so real that it becomes real. With a stick in hand, the options are endless—whether it's conducting an orchestra, painting a masterpiece, or slaying a dragon—give a child a stick and let imagination take over and the magic begin.

 We will be reading captions about our sticks. We will be creating our own toys and ideas from sticks. We will writing captions about our sticks. 

In Maths we will be looking at Place Value to numbers to 40. We will order and sequence them. Can we count up to 40?

Week 3

We will be having a toy workshop where we explore lots of different toys! This will be a fun- filled workshop! I wonder which will be your favourite?! We will be writing a recount of what toys we have looked at and which was our favourite. 



In Maths we will be adding and subtracting to 20. We will be using concrete equipment to help us work out the answers. We will also begin using a number track to add and subtract. 

Week 4


It’s hard to believe that there was once a time when families everywhere didn’t tug on their wellies, don their bobble hats, scarves and coats and strike out intrepidly across the countryside on their very own bear hunts encountering (of course) plenty of long swishy-swashy grass, splish splosh rivers and thick oozy mud – squelch squelch!

We love this story and know it well. We will be using this knowledge to retell the story with our Talk for Writing actions. 

In Maths we will be adding and subtracting to 20. We will be using concrete equipment to help us work out the answers. We will also begin using a number track to add and subtract. 

Week 5

With an action outfit for every occasion, Traction Man patrols the house. Whether he is saving toys (in latex space suit and Perspex helmet, teamed with Rocket Boots); searching the sink for the lost wreck of the sieve (in sub-aqua suit, fluorescent flippers and infra-red mask) or rescuing damsels in distress (in jungle pants, camouflage vest and a bandanna), Traction Man is never less than stylishly turned out and expertly accessorised. He is the last word in heroic fashion flair - until, that is, the day that he is presented with an all-in-one knitted green romper suit and matching bonnet by his owner's granny. Can Traction Man overcome the humiliation of his desperately dowdy new look and rediscover the action hero within or will the burden of the knitted green monstrosity be too great?

We will be recognising the main characters Can we tell who is a 'good' or 'bad' character? What are they like?

In Maths we will be looking at measuring length. 

Week 6

The toys at the museum come alive after the lights go off and have adventures, apart for old Bunting who likes to take care of the other toys and teach them the history of the museum. Until one night the toys decide to play a game of hide and seek with him and he sets off on his own adventure to find them.

Set in the Museum of Childhood in Bethnal Green, East London, this magical book takes you through all of David Lucas' favourite toys in the collection. His gorgeous, magical illustrations are full of lovely detail with soft colours and bold outlines.

In Maths we will be looking at 2D shapes. We will be naming and exploring the properties. 

Week 7

We will be exploring traditional nursery rhymes; Humpty Dumpty, Jack and Jill, I'm a little teapot, Twinkle twinkle little star and Three blind mice. We will be discussing what a poem is and talk about our favourite parts. We will be identifying rhyming words and thinking of our own. We will perform in unison with our friends and keep time. 

In Maths we will be looking at telling the time to o'clock on a analogue clock. 


In Science this half term we will be looking at Humans. We will be labelling parts of our body and looking at how we have changed from babies. We will be looking at our senses and which body parts are associated with each sense. 


Our theme this half term is Being Responsible. We will be looking at how we are responsible in our everyday lives, at home and in school. We will be thinking about how we can be responsible citizens in looking out for other people and looking after our world. 


In RE we will be answering the question 'Does God want Christians to look after the World?' We will be looking at Christianity and the story of Creation. We will be looking at why our world is fantastic and how we can look after it.


Our aims of ICT this half term are to recognise common uses of information technology beyond school. To use technology safely and respectfully, keeping personal information private; identify where to go for help and support when they have concerns about content or contact on the internet or other online technologies. We will be exploring how to use a laptop safely, using a mouse and a keyboard. 


Our PE days are Wednesday and Thursday. Please come into school in your PE tracksuit on both these days. This half term we will be learning Invasion Games and Mini Golf! 

 Diary Dates  

Wednesday 2nd September 2020 - INSET DAY - School closed to the children.

Thursday 3rd September 2020 - School reopens  for Key Stage One and Key Stage Two classes.


 Friday 23rd October - Last day of term

Monday 2nd November - INSET DAY - School closed to the children.

Tuesday 3rd November - Nursery and School reopens 

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.