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Ladybirds Class

         Welcome to the special page for Year 1.

P.E. days

Our PE days in Spring 1 2022 will be Tuesday (Gymnastics) and Friday (Dance). 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. 

Spring 1 Homework

Parent Overview

Please see below the parent overview for this half term. 

(Coming soon)

 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! 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. Many thanks. 

Spring 1 2022 topic

 Happily Ever After

Week 1 question: What is a castle?

This week we will be starting our ‘Happily ever after’ topic. We will be thinking about what we already know about castles. We will be exploring photographs of castles from around the world, discussing parts that we like. Then we will be using different tools (lego, duplo, sand etc) to create our own castle. We will include parts from the photographs in our own designs.

Week 2 question: What are the parts of a castle?

This week the children will be looking, in closer detail, at different parts of a castle and what they were used for. Some examples of the parts are:

  • Drawbridge
  • Moat
  • Arrow slits
  • Turrets
  • Bailey
  • Barbican
  • Portcullis

The children will label a diagram of a castle and try to write some definitions for these parts.

Week 3 question: Where are castles in Britain?


This week we will be looking at the 4 countries of the British Isles, their capital cities and the castles that reside here. The castles we will focus on are:

  • Edinburgh castle
  • Windsor Castle
  • Cardiff Castle
  • Belfast Castle

The children will be using maps to locate the countries and capital cities and to become more familiar with map symbols.

Week 4 question: Who lived in a castle? What jobs did people do in a castle?


This week we will be exploring what type of people lived in a castle and what day to day life was like. There will explore the different jobs that people did, such as:

  • Soldiers
  • Servants
  • Cook
  • King/ Lord
  • Gong farmer

We will be exploring what their life was like when doing these jobs. We will be discussing which we would have preferred and which ones we definitely wouldn’t like to have done!

Week 5 question: What monarchs lived at Windsor castle?


We will be recapping where Windsor castle is and finding it on a map. We will be going on virtual tours of different parts of Windsor castle, including, the change of the guard and the castle. We will be exploring who has lived there and who has been buried there. We will also be looking at the Windsor coat of arms and exploring what each part represents. We will then be designing and creating our own coat of arms.

Week 6 question: What are our favourite features of a castle?

This week we will be going on a treasure hunt of facts and questions about castles. Once we have found all the cards we will be splitting them into one of these categories:

Life in a Castle

Features of a castle

Attacking a castle

Jobs in a castle

Windsor Castle

The children will work together to answer the question prompts to collate information. Then they will design their own poster to share information about castles.


In Science this half term we will be looking at Humans. We will be able to
  • Identify, name, draw and label the basic parts of the human body and say which part of the body is associated with each sense. 


This half term we will be looking at Difference and Diversity. Pupils will be:

Sharing opinions on things that matter in discussions

Identifying and respecting the differences and similarities between people

Understanding that they belong to different groups

Identifying ways in which they are unique


In RE our key question will be 

Who is Jewish and what do they believe in?

Pupils should be taught to:

Talk about how Shabbat is a special day of the week for Jewish people, and give some examples of what they might do to celebrate Shabbat.

Re-tell a story that shows what Jewish people at the festival of Chanukah might think about God, suggesting what it means.

 Talk about how the mezuzah in the home reminds Jewish people 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 2021-2022

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.