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Turtles - Year 1

Welcome to Turtle Class

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This half term in Year One, we will be learning all about 'Our school and Grounds'.



In Literacy we will be developing a range of skills through our new class book, The BFG by Roald Dahl. 

Via our new book we will be exploring instruction and story writing, developing character profiles as well as our understanding of how to use capital letters and full stops appropriately. Throughout these sub-topics we will be developing our phonics knowledge and writing skills including comprehension and handwriting. 


By the end of the term the children will be beginning to use simple punctuation in our writing as well as finger spaces. When children are completing written work at home, please encourage them to continue developing these skills.

In order for children to develop confidence in reading their own written work, regular peer work will be carried out. We encourage children to read their work aloud to their class to build their confidence in their work as well as their reading skills and ability to read for mistakes.




In phonics, we are continuing to develop our knowledge in order to read and write. In year one we will be working on phase 3 of Letters and Sound and progressing all the way to phase 5 by the end of the year. These phases are attached in the link below so you can gain an understanding as to what the objectives are for each phase. Please feel free to use these as extra phonics help at home.

Letters and Sounds website:

There are useful resources and games available on this website (FOR FREE!) to help your children revise and progress through the stages.

Letters and Sounds - free resources for phonics teaching


Please ensure that you are reading with your child for a few minutes each evening and that their reading books are returned to school daily.





Show and Tell

Turtle class love 'Show and Tell' so please encourage your child to bring in something on a Friday.  'Show and Tell' encourages speech development, as it provides an opportunity for children to use their language skills and children also learn to be respectful when listening to others.

Children do tend to get upset if they forget to bring in something for 'Show and Tell,' so please make sure something is packed in their school bag before you leave the house on a Friday morning! Please encourage your child not to bring in a toy but something to represent an event they have been to such as a leaflet, souvenir or photo. I would also encourage children to bring in a show and tell related to our topic this term 'Our school and grounds'. or related to our class book 'The BFG'.




This term in maths we will be focusing on a range of Year one mathematical topics. At the beginning of term we will focus on position and direction and fractions As the term progresses the children will develop an understanding of time including o'clock and half past. As well as this the children will be introduced to multiplication and division.  

Towards the end of the term we will be learning about problem solving in relation to addition and subtraction. These topics will be linked to either our term topic 'Our School and grounds' or our class book 'The BFG'.


In class we often use a website called 'Top Marks', this website has many mathematic games from all areas of the curriculum. Children are familiar with this site therefore, it would be a useful and fun revision tool to use at home.

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This term in Science we will be focusing on plants. Children will gain and understanding of local plants and trees by observing our local area and school grounds. We will also be growing our own plants in class and learning to look after them. Children will be carrying out simple investigations around plants ins science and will be developing their partner and team work skills. Later this term we will begin to move on to the topic of animals and their habitats. 


In History and Geography we will be focusing on our term topic 'Our School and Grounds' during this topic we will be learning about our local area past and present. We will be developing our map skills and data collection.

We at Thorpe-Lea encourage role play to support the children's writing and mathematical skills. This term we have a fruit and veg shop!


This is our Fruit and Veg shop!

General Classroom Information

In Year One, we have Miss Moore as our class teacher. Miss Moore trained at the University of Roehampton and has taken on many roles when working with children such playworker, performing arts teacher, and now our Year 1 teacher. We are also very lucky to have Mrs Glennon supporting us in the mornings. Mrs Glennon has worked at Thorpe-Lea for almost 14 years!



Every Monday your child will come home with three new books to read during the coming week. If the books have been read by Thursday they will be given a further three books to enjoy over the weekend.

Please could you read with your child every day as research has shown, that, if this is undertaken your child will progress faster in all areas. I would hope that during this time your child will also begin to develop a love of reading.

Daily reading should only take 5 minutes and if your child is struggling with some words, please read the words for them, as reading should be a pleasure and not a struggle.  Please complete your child’s reading diary daily with the date, a comment on their reading and don’t forget to include the page number that they finish on. Once read, please sign the reading diary and ensure it is return to school daily.

Every Friday we have the opportunity to go to the ICT and use 'Reading eggs'. Reading eggs is a fun and interactive way to encourage children to read and use their phonics knowledge. The children have their own person log in and passwords. They will have the information but if you would like a copy please feel free to come and ask!  Image result for reading eggs



In Year 1 we enjoy to read and do it daily. We have a very colourful reading area set up for us with a range of books to read.

Here is our class reading area!


Homework will be given out on a Thursday and should be returned no later than the following Tuesday. This will consist of some English, maths and handwriting tasks, and will be directly linked to the learning the children have been doing in class during that week.





PE will take place on a Wednesday afternoon and Thursday morning, it is essential that your child has their PE kit in school on these days and that it is clearly labelled with their name.



It is essential that your child comes to school in the correct school uniform and this includes plain black shoes.  As we all know things tend to go missing, uniform should be clearly labelled with your child's name. 

Should you require any further information or you have any concerns, please do not hesitate to speak to me at the beginning, or end of the school day.

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Staines Library

Children can make some music and sing some rhymes every Saturday morning from 10:30-11am at Staines Library.  Here children can also access the internet at no charge and are able to take out a number of books and DVD's for free.  Please follow the link: for more information and opening times.

       Staines Library

Year 1 Autumn 2 Planning (Our school and grounds)