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Ducks & Geese (Year 1)

Teachers: Ms Stockwell, Mrs Horn

Teaching Assistants: Mrs Bates, Mrs Connors, Miss Jewels, Miss Jones, Miss Katsifaraki, Mrs Perryman

Spring Term 2023

Our topics for the spring term are 'What is the geography of where I live?' and 'Grand Designs?'


We learnt that geography is learning about people and places. We found out that there are 2 types of geography: human and physical. Human geography is geography created by humans and physical geography is created by nature. We have explored lots of maps, including: maps of the UK, aerial photographs of Heavitree and aerial photographs of our school.


As part of our science learning, we have been exploring seasonal changes in winter. We went to forest school to see how it has changed since the autumn. We found that the trees are now bare and all of the leaves are brown and on the ground. We measured the temperature with a thermometer and found it was colder. We have been looking at the number of hours of sunlight and found out that there are fewer hours of sunlight in the winter. We have enjoyed observing the weather and were very excited when it snowed at school!


In art we have been exploring Lowry’s artwork. We have experimented with line drawing by drawing different types of lines and recreating some of his artwork. We are looking forward to making printing tiles using Lowry’s work as inspiration.

Autumn Term 2022

Our topics for the autumn term are 'Into the Woods' and 'How have Toys changed since the 1960s?'


We have enjoyed learning about animal groups and finding out that animals can be herbivores, carnivores or omnivores. 


Each week we will share a home learning letter so that you know what your child will be doing for the week ahead. We print a copy of this and display it on our classroom doors. We also share these on Google Classroom. Please do see the class teacher if you are having trouble logging on. 


In Year 1 we carry on working through the Little Wandle Scheme for phonics and reading. Below is the 'grow the code' mat that we use throughout the year to teach new graphemes. 

Letter formation

Download the letter formation mat to help your child practise forming their lower case letters correctly. 

Words that Year 1 children need to be able to read and spell

As children work their way through the Year 1 phonics curriculum they will have plenty of practice reading and spelling the words found in the lists below. Please continue to support them at home by regularly practising these words with them. 

Our Number Pairs Rhyme

Maths Websites

Use these websites to practise maths learning at home. 

For further information and links please see

School Motto

‘Enriching Lives Every Day’

Mission Statement

For in Him you have been enriched in every way, with all kinds of speech and with all knowledge. – 1 Corinthians 1-5 is the basis of our Christian Values of: Excellence; Nurture; Respect; Integrity; Compassion; Hope (ENRICH)

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