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Welcome to Venus Class!


Welcome to Year 1!


Your teacher in Venus Class is Mr Stradling and your helper is Miss Apsey.


Your new learning experience is Toy Box 


Hook – Friday 7th September 2018

A visit from the Somerset Heritage Learning Centre. The children will be able to dress as a Victorian child with mop caps and aprons for the girls and smart waistcoats for the boys and play with toys from the past. This will all be supplied for them. They will also take part in a teddy bears picnic.



The children will have written their own story about their favourite toy.

We kindly invite parents to come and read these stories with their children as well as come and play with some toys and games on Friday 26th October at 9:00 in their classrooms.


Take home task:

In order to help describe the character of their favourite soft toy in their story, we would like the children to design a new outfit for their toy. This can be made from different materials or drawn as a design.

Bring to school by: Friday 19th October 2018


During this learning experience we will be focusing on different features of toys. We will be identifying and naming materials, thinking about the properties of materials/testing materials to see if they are waterproof, flexible, ridged and so on and then thinking about why toys are made from certain materials. In addition, we will be considering how toys have changed over time, creating a toy time line and thinking about the specific history of some toys e.g. teddy bears. After considering a range of different soft toys, we will be designing own paper versions, making appropriate decisions if our designs are inspired by old or new toys.



To begin our writing in Year 1, we will be exploring the stories of ‘Not a Stick’ by Antoinette Portis and ‘Billy’s Bucket’ by Kes Gray and Garry Parsons. Using ideas in these stories around toys and play, we will then create our own labels, captions and simple descriptions using adjectives.

Developing our awareness of texts and vocabulary, we will then be exploring the story of ‘That Rabbit Belongs to Emily Brown’ by Cressida Cowell. First, the children will explore their experience of ‘favourite’ toys and what makes them special. This will lead in to oral storytelling of an adventure they imagine with their favourite toy. While reading the story, we will look to improve and write our own versions of a poster that one of the characters displays. In additions, we will take time to plan and write their response to explain to the bossy queen in the story, why she cannot have Emily Brown’s Rabbit. Focussing on the climax of the story, we will look at the feelings of the two main characters when they finally meet! At the end of the book, we will then be writing instructions on how to choose and how to treat a special toy. This will then develop into writing our own stories on the same template as Emily Brown, in which children use themselves and their favourite toy as the main characters.



Our initial focus in maths will be to secure our knowledge of place value. In order to do this, we will be working on sorting, counting and representing objects in different ways, using physical objects such as counters as well as drawings and symbols in our books. Once secure in this, we will then move to counting, reading and writing forwards and then backwards from any number from 0 to 10, using a range of different representations such as numerals, words, dice, dominoes and Numicon plates, ensuring that we can also count one more and one less. Developing our place knowledge further, we will then be grouping and ordering objects and numbers before we can confidently move on.

Towards the end the half term we will hopefully begin a focus on addition and subtraction. This well begin by introducing the part whole model and then the skill of finding and using number bonds within and up to 10.

How you can support your child at home:

  • Reading at least 5 times a week and talking about the book.
  • Weekly homework tasks completed including learning to read and write tricky words.
  • Learning number bonds to at least 10 by heart.
  • Practise spellings of common exception words for Year 1 (on our class pages).
  • Working on the take home task with your child.
  • Number recognition using 100 splat square on our class website pages.




If you have any questions about Year 1 please speak to a member of the Year 1 team who will be more than happy to help.




Mr Stradling





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