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The Ladybirds (Year 1) Miss Madge

Welcome to Ladybird Class
Welcome to Ladybird class! This year is going to full of fun and exciting challenges which will get our brains working and minds learning. We will all work together as a team to help each other learn and find out more about the world around us.  


Topic – Term 1

Marvellous Me!

In September, we begin to explore our new classroom environments and we get to know each other a little better. Our first term, encourages us to talk about ourselves, the things that we like, the things that we enjoy and for the children to tell us more about their families, their friends and the people they care about. We will also be talking about how they have grown up and how they have changed as well as to start to think about how the world around us has changed too.


Topic - Term 2 

Celebrations around the World

In this topic the children begin to learn about a variety of celebrations around the world. We talk about birthdays, weddings, christenings and how these are celebrated in different ways. We will also be diving into their first Science topic about Seasonal Changes and explaining to Santa how it is not always winter. This is also the term where the children demonstrate their singing and acting talents as they prepare to perform the Christmas Nativity.


Topic – Term 3

Jet, Set, GO!                                                                                                   

In this term we explore the world around us…both near and far! We talk about the school environment and the things we see on our way to school. We then widen our thoughts to different parts of the UK, before learning about various countries around the world. During topic time will be exploring colder climates and thinking about what it would be like to live there. We talk about the animals that we found in the Arctic and the challenges they face.


Topic - Term 4

To the Rescue

We learn about people who help us including fire fighters, police officers, nurses, doctors and the coastguard. We will be learning about Grace Darling and the history behind the Lifeboat Centre. We are planning to take both year groups to the Margate Lifeboat Centre to learn, first-hand, about the work that they do. The children always like to talk about what they what to be when they grow up! Our science learning begins to explore plants and what they need to grow. We also explore the theme of superheroes through a variety of story books. The children love to create stories of their own and to describe their own super powers!


Topic – Term 5

Fairy Tales

This topic allows us to dive into books by retelling a range of familiar stories and to engage with a number of new authors. The children love to role play stories that they know well and to create new stories of their own. We always enjoy listening to their thoughts and ideas as they wander to far away lands of their own creation! We will begin to explore Everyday Materials within their Science sessions and they will build a suitable house for the Three Little Pigs.

Within this term, both year groups discuss the Easter Story and how this makes us feel.


Topic - Term 6

Animal Allsorts

We end the year by exploring the Animal Kingdom. We learn about jungle animals, sea creatures, animals that like cold climates and dinosaurs. The children love sharing their knowledge of dinosaurs and they enjoy making their own dinosaur out of clay. We will be learning about our bodies and the 5 senses in Science and we will explore Judaism in our RE sessions.


Curriculum Days / Trips

Term 1 & 2

  • Visit to St Mary’s Church

Term 3 & 4

  • Margate Lifeboat Centre (trip)

Term 5 & 6

  • Dance workshop linked to our topic (on site)



Your children need to make sure they have their P.E kit in school everyday. Please could you make sure they have a suitable tracksuit and trainers for outdoor P.E and that EVERYTHING is named.

Ladybirds will have PE on a Monday.

Earrings must not be worn for PE so please can your child take them out for PE days. Thank you.


Reading at home

We would like the children to read as often as they can. We ask that once you have heard your child read you sign their reading diary, noting the page read up to. We also encourage wider reading than just school books, please encourage them to read any text that interests them. Going to the library together is a fun way to share new books with your child. If your child reads every day, they will receive a certificate at the end of every 2 terms.


Busters Book Club

We like the children to read as often as possible but we take a data capture every Thursday morning to see who has read the night before and for how long. Children should read for at least 5/10 minutes on a Wednesday evening. This data gets recorded on the Busters Book Club bookmark and teachers use this information to award bronze, silver and gold badges to ‘Star Reader of the Week’. The class with the most minutes read or most improved reading will be awarded the trophy in school Celebration Worship.


Times Table Rockstars

Using your login please encourage your child to practise their times tables. This is an excellent App you can use to promote learning. Certificates are awarded to children who complete the challenges set. This will really help your children prepare for their times table statutory tests in Year 4.



The children receive a Home Learning Grid. This is a grid with a range of activities outlined for the children to explore. The tasks are divided into point values and the children are aiming to receive a given amount of points. The children can record their activities in a scrap book and these are shared with their class at the end of 2 terms.

We like the children to read as often as they can – and we can change their books daily if necessary.

We will also set mini tasks to take part in during some of their holidays and over weekends. We love to share their home tasks at school and to praise the children for working hard at home.


Phonic Screening Check

The children take the Phonic Screening Check in June. They will be required to read a list of words including both real and nonsense words. The assessment is carried out 1-1 with their teacher in a formal but caring way. The children will be used to reading words of this nature as our Read, Write Inc programme develops their phonic knowledge throughout the year. More information will be given at a meeting for parents and at parent consultations.


Reflection area 

In our classroom we have our reflections area – This term we are looking at how God helps us to preserve when we are finding things hard, perseverance is now one of our school values. We will be adding to our reflection area throughout the year when our topic changes. 


Adults in our classroom 

In our classroom we are very lucky to have the wonderful Mrs Manning who helps us with our classroom learning in the morning and does intervention groups in the afternoon. We are also very lucky to have the fantastic Miss Reynolds and Miss Walford.   


We are looking forward to a busy but fun year with your children! Any questions I am always happy to speak to you at the end of the day or if you would like a longer meeting, please arrange a time with the office.

Many thanks!


Miss Madge


Updated September 2019