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The Ladybirds (Year 1) Miss Madge

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.

Topics – Terms 1&2

Who Am I?

During this topic the children will learn that we are all different but still the same. We will be exploring the children’s pasts and what makes them special.  

The Big Build

During this topic we will finding out about lots of different materials and which ones we would use to build house. We are also going be looking at the story of the Three Little Pigs. The overview below shows the exciting activities we will be doing. 

Topics - Terms 3 & 4

Where shall we post it?

During this topic the children will learn about the different continents of the world. They will also get to learn about what life is like in the Arctic, including the different animals, the types of houses people live in, what people where and how they travel. They will also learn how to block print in art to create their own postcard.

To the Rescue

During this topic the children will get to know all about Grace Darling and why she is famous. They will also learn about the RNLI and what they do. In art, the children will learn how to make some transient art in the style of Tony Plant. 

Topics - Terms 5 & 6

The Potting Shed

During this topic the children will learn all about the intrepid plant hunter George Forrest and the impact he had on our gardens today. They will also find out about what plants need to grow, watch them grow and learn the different parts. In art, we will paint different plants and make 3D sculptures.

Brilliant Bodies and Animals Allsorts

During this topic the children will be investigating their senses, including making a sensory trail of the school. They will also be observing the different minibeasts they find and then making their own minibeast out of clay. The children will also compare and contrast different animals and categorise them into herbivores, carnivores and omnivores. They will also get to make their own animal hand-puppet.  


Our PE day is on a Wednesday. Please ensure your child brings in a PE kit on this day, their hair is tied back and any earrings are removed before they come to school. Please make sure they have a suitable tracksuit and trainers for outdoor P.E and that everything is named.  

Reading at home

There is an expectation in Year 1 that children read at least 5 times a week to an adult and we endeavour to hear all children read at least once a week at school. 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 (book, magazine, manual etc) which interests them. We also welcome parent helpers to come and hear the children read.


The children will be set termly home learning challenges which you can complete as a family. You will need to provide your child with a book to keep their home learning in and this will need to be brought in once a term to share with the class (these will also be on the website). There will also be a weekly maths challenge set on the Mathletics website for the children to complete. We will be giving you a copy of the Year 1 common exception words that the children are expected to read and write by the end of Year 1. We will also be spending spellings home as of Term 3.

Reflection area

In our classroom we have our reflection area. This term we are looking at all five of the school values and particularly how God helps us to persevere when we are finding things hard. We will be adding to our reflection area throughout the year when our topic changes. Look out for pictures on our class story.  

Adults in our classroom

We are very lucky to have the wonderful Mrs Gardiner, 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 Mrs Nassirzadeh.

I am really looking forward to getting to know you all more and can’t wait for year ahead.

Miss Whitnell

Class Teacher

Updated September 2017