Coppice Primary

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Ladybirds Class

         Welcome to the special page for Year 1.

To make sure that as a Year 1 class we achieve all of our goals we have a bright and colourful classroom, in which to learn, with lots of ladybirds around to remind us that we need to focus on our learning and not be fluttering around. We have lots of resources within our classroom to enhance our learning and we are lucky enough to have an outdoor area we can use when the weather is nice.

As the Year 1 class we work hard individually and as a team to make sure all of our learning is fun- so why not have a look at what we are doing at the moment!

            Meet the team!

Class Teacher

Mrs Willis     


 Teaching assistants

                                                                      Miss Richards       


                  This half term ( Autumn 1 )  our topic is:

Happily Ever After!

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Week 1

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 What is a castle? Can you name the different parts of a castle?  


We will begin our topic by thinking about What is a castle?  Are castles old or new? Have the children visited a castle before? Why were castles built? 

We will be using our art skills to paint our own version of Paul Klee's 'Castle and Sun' painting.


Week 2

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Who may have lived in a castle? Who is our Queen?

We will be thinking about who might have lived in a castle? What jobs did they do? We will be looking at our Queen and her relatives.

Week 3

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Health and Well-being week

 This week we will be taking part in lots of activities that will benefit our health and our well-being. We will be learning about why it is important to stay healthy and look after ourselves.

Week 4

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What do we mean by the United Kingdom? Which countries make up the UK?

This week we will be thinking about which countries make up the United Kingdom and begin to use a map to locate the different countries and some of the capital cities. 

Week 5

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Where can we find a castle in the United Kingdom? 

This week we will be recapping what a castle is and the parts of a castle. We will be using our map skills to find where castles are in the United Kingdom and learning the names of some of the famous castles.

Week 6

How can we bring a castle to life?  What is a slider?

This week we are going to begin learning about how we can make our pictures come to life. Our first mechanism is going to be a 'slider'. We will make a character move on a picture of a castle.

Week 7

How do we make a picture move? What is a wheel movement? 

This week we are going to continue learning about how we can make our pictures come to life. Our second mechanism is going to be a 'wheel'. We will make a character move on a picture of a castle.

Week 8

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Can we design and make our own moving picture castle? 

This week we are going to use a 'lever' mechanism to make our picture move. We will make the portcullis move on a picture of a castle.



 To see the overview for the half term click below:

Happily Ever After overview 




This half term we are learning about Animals including Humans. We will be learning to name the five senses and understand which part of our body we use for each sense. We will be carrying out scientific investigations using our senses -we will become 'Sense Detectives' to solve the mystery of the missing bear.


Our theme this half term is Being Responsible-

 We will be thinking about why we have rules and learning what rules we need to follow in school. We will think about how we can be fair to other people and ourselves and we will be learning about how we can look after the environment by taking care of our rubbish.



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In computing we are going to be using Purple Mash to learn how to animate a story using computer software. 


In RE we are learning about the different 'Creation' stories that there are and discussing how different people believe different things and that that is OK.




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Our PE days this term will be Tuesday and Wednesday.  Please ensure that PE kits are in school at all times and that long hair is tied back and earrings are removed or taped up on these days.  Please can we also remind you to put your child's name in all items of clothing, including PE kits and pumps.

This half term we have a sports coach for Hockey and Mrs Willis will be teaching Invasion Games.




For this half term we will be learning about how to write sentences, memorising some nursery rhymes so we can recite them to the class, listening to and writing our own versions of 'Cinderella' 'Rapunzel' and 'The Gingerbread Man' and we will be learning how to write and follow instructions to make some Gingerbread Men.

In addition to the above we will have Phonics for 20 minutes a day and a lesson per week dedicated to Spelling Punctuation and Grammar where we learn about the use of capital letters and full stops..

In Guided Reading we will be learning to improve our comprehension skills as well as our reading skills.

Help at Home

You can help your child at home by:

  • Learning the alphabet - say and write it.
  • Talk about what they are learning in class that week.
  • Encourage your child to read out any writing they complete at home to check it makes sense.
  • Read with your child at least 3 times a week.


The children will begin to receive spellings after the October half term. The spellings will be linked to their learning in their Phonics lessons. They will each be given 10 spellings which will be tested on a Friday morning. Any child who manages to get 10 out of 10 each week for the half term will receive a special spelling certificate at the end of the half term.



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In maths we will be learning to count forwards and backwards to 100, to add and subtract to solve problems, to recognise and name 2D shapes and to measure the length and height of objects.

Help at Home

  • Talking about the learning they have done in  class.
  • Practising counting forwards and backwards to 100.
  • Practise recalling number bonds to 10 e.g. 1 and 9, 2 and 8 etc...
  • Encouraging your child to count - add money, count out objects, calculate how many will be left, estimate how many there are etc...
  • Recognise the different coins.

 Letters sent home




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

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Ambassador Awards 2019-2020

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.

 Homework log for this half term:

 Homework Autumn 1


 Diary Dates  


Monday 2nd Septmeber – INSET – school closed

Tuesday 3rd September  - Back to school for the children

Week beginning 9th September - Roald Dahl week for the whole school

Friday 13th September - Dress up as a character from a Roald Dahl book.

Week Beginning 16th September - Health and Well Being Week in school. (More details to follow)

Wednesday 25th September - British Values Day: Best of British Dinner

Monday 14th October  - Book Fair all week.

Tuesday 15th and Wednesday 16th October  - Parent Evenings

Monday 28th October - Half Term Week

Monday 4th November - INSET Day. School closed to children.

Tuesday 5th November - School Open.

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 We want your children to be happy and enjoy coming to school and learning.  If you have any concerns please do not hesitate to speak to any of us so that we can help.  You can speak with us after school or contact us on 01773 712840.  You can also email me: