Key Stage 1 2023 - 2024

Mrs Nott

Welcome to KS1

Autumn Term

Our class is made up of 33 wonderful Y1 and Y2 children. Our teacher is Miss Nott and we are helped by Miss Sumner.

We are always busy bees in KS1 and we love learning about new topics through listening, exploring and playing. Keep a look out on our school Facebook page for updates about our learning.


Our Topics and Enquiry Questions this Half Term

Science : In our Science lessons we are learning about Living things and their habitats. Our enquiry question is 'What negative impact do humans have on local habitats'. Our lessons will start by looking at whether something is living, dead, or has never been alive. We will then move on to living things and their habitats, looking at how they rely on each other using simple food chains.

History : In our History lessons we are looking at comparing significant individuals' lives from different eras. Our enquiry question is 'How did the reigns of England's most famous Queens compare?'. We will be exploring the lives of Queen Elizabeth I and Queen Victoria, looking at their lives and why they were significant. We will then compare the two famous Queens. 

R.E : In R.E. we are looking at The Story of Creation from The Bible. Our enquiry question is 'What are your favourite things in creation?'. 

Art : In our Art lessons this half term, our enquiry question is 'How can we create a piece of artwork based on the work of Axel Scheffler?'. We will be exploring this by learning different drawing techniques and experimenting with different materials. We will be creating a class book of illustrations of characters we have developed based on Axel Scheffler's work.

P.E : Wednesdays & Thursdays - In our PE lessons we will be completing a multi-skills unit on throwing and catching and exploring the enquiry question 'How can we safely throw and catch a ball?'. We will be building up on gross motor skills and learning to work as a team.

Geography : In our Geography lessons, we will be exploring the enquiry question 'What is the weather like in the UK?'. We will be exploring the daily and seasonal weather in the UK and learning about the difference between weather and climate. We will also be thinking about what it would be like living in a different climate.

Forest School : Forest School is every Thursday. Our first lesson will be on 14th September 2023. Please bring your forest school kit in a bag, making sure you have waterproofs and wellies or walking boots. In our Forest School lessons, we will be completing a range of Science, Art and Geography based activities.



Homework will be set on a Friday and will consist of reading, writing, maths or SPaG activities. This is due back in school the following Wednesday. 


Helping your child at home

Reading: Continue to read regularly at home with your child. Every child should be reading at least 4 times a week and this will be monitored in school. If a child is not consistently reading at home, parents will be contacted. 

Maths: Practise counting anywhere that you can. By the end of Y1, children need to be able to count (in ones) to a hundred. In Y2 practise counting in 2s, 5s and 10s, as this will prepare your child when they come to learn their times tables.

Click on the picture to take you to a game to help with ordering numbers.
Click on the picture to take you to a game to practise your counting.

Handwriting:  In Y1 the children will be introduced to precursive, this is the first step towards writing your letters joined up. In Y2 the children will start to learn how to do continuous cursive. At home encourage lots of opportunities to write; shopping lists, cooking and baking, writing instructions.


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Think wellbeing: Work-life balance is important, I may email you at a time that suits my flexible working hours, but you don't have to reply if it doesn't suit yours.


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PE Y1 & Y2, by Mrs Timmis

PE Y1 & Y2, by Mrs Timmis

PE Y1 & Y2, by Mrs Timmis

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