Step Back in Time


Our topic this term is Step Back in Time. We will be learning about the history of toys and significant people and events who have made an impact in society. We will focus on learning about nurses who made a significant impact in history.

In Science, our focus is materials. We will discuss the difference between an object and a material. We will also describe the properties of materials and explain why they are used for different objects.

In Art we are learning about different artists and creating work in the style of them. These artists include Franz Xaver Winterhalter, Carlos Pun and Claude Monet.

In DT we are learning to plan, make and evaluate a moving toy. This will be inspired by characters and objects from the story 'The Way Back Home' by Oliver Jeffers. We are reading different books by Oliver Jeffers and discussing similarities and differences between them.

In RE we are learning about special symbols and objects in Christianity, Judaism and Buddhism.

In ICT we are learning how to log on and off of the computer, create documents, save them and retrieve them. We are also learning coding to create simple programs and algorithms.


To see this term's topic web click here.


To see our long term plan click here.



Raspberry Class - Year 1

Our superstar this week is Theo. Our Headteacher superstar this week is Gracie.

Raspberry class took part in a Karate session where the children learnt how to block to defend themselves and to do simple punches.


 PE is on Mondays and Thursdays.

Please keep reading diaries and reading books in book bags every day.

Reading morning is every Friday morning from 8.30 am to 8.45 am

Home Learning

Click below for extra work to be completed at home during the school closure. Don't forget to go on Mathletics and Bug Club too.

Maths activities

English activities

Adjective alphabet

Correct the sentences


Plurals (es)

Making sentences


Verbs and adverbs

Please make sure you are doing physical exercise daily. Joe Wicks is doing a PE lesson at 9 am every morning on his youtube channel 'The Body Coach TV'.

Check out ColchesterSSP twitter page for weekly activities to keep active.

Here is a link to Twinkl's home learning hub where you can gain access to a physical activity log and some 5 minute move workout cards.


A normal day at school

 If you want, you can use this as a guideline but adapt it to suit you. 

-  A morning activity (15min).  Handwriting - Practise letter formation and spelling common words.

  - Letters and Sounds (20 min) Learn a new sound each day; read it, spell it, write it in words, write words with the new sound in sentences. Click here to see all sounds from phase 2 to 5. Recently, we have been learning phase 4 and 5 in school. You could do a little test at the end of the week to see what sounds you remember. Click here to access phonicsplay which is a great resource to use to learn phonics.

- Maths (1 hour)  We have been learning about weighing at school and our next unit is mass. White Rose have some great materials you can access here.

- Break (15 min)

- English (1 hour)   - Lunch (1 hour)

- Mental Maths (15 min)  A quick maths arithmetic to consolidate previous learning. Click here for some ideas.

Foundation subject (1 hour). This could be one of the project tasks set in the home learning books.

- Reading (20 min) Remember to practise reading a piece of text lots of times to develop fluency. 

Also talk about what you have read, discuss the sequence of events and look at the meaning of vocabulary. What was your favourite part and why?

We have looked at materials in Science.  Here is a resource pack to help you. After completing the resource pack you could complete the assessment to see what you have learnt. Here are the answers for parents.


 Our Maths Focus This Term

We are focusing on place value; partitioning numbers in to tens and ones, saying what is more/less and counting in multiples of 2, 5 and 10.

We will also learn addition and subtraction, measuring length, height, weight and volume. We will be using practical experiences to understand how to measure and solve problems involving measuring.


We follow the letters and sounds scheme to teach phonics. We recap phase 3 and learn phase 4 and 5 in year 1. We have 4 phonics lessons each week which include reading, writing and playing phonics games.

Click here to see high frequency words taught in year 1.

Click here to see tricky words.

Click here to see the list of sounds that we learn.

Click here to see common exception words taught in year 1.

Click here for access to phonicsplay. This is a useful website for fun phonics games.

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Gracie(less than a day ago)

Gracie scored 40/40 on her Fast Maths Challenge Level 3 in 6 mins 6 secs. She also completed an amazing piece of descriptive work from her home learning about a toy.

Jaime(less than a day ago)

Jaime has been busy joining in with Joe wicks pe. Completing mathletics challenges and enjoying work from her home journal - we have set up a toy shop which she likes to be in. We have been doing fast maths and spellings every day.

Elizabeth Rycraft(about a day ago)

Today I made a fact file on a worm I found. It was interesting. Did you know there are 2,700 different types of worms?

Miss Branch(about a day ago)

Jasper- well done for keeping busy with maths, spelling, reading and topic work. Chloe- I love the idea of a snack shop; so many different learning opportunities there. I hope everyone had a lovely, relaxing weekend.

Chloe(less than a week ago)

Thank you. We will try those when we start again on Monday. I need a break now!!! I have made a snack shop for Chloe and Ben. I made ‘coins’ with the amounts on and they had to use the money to buy their snacks. The money has to last them for a week with the healthier snacks being cheaper so they had to work out how much they could spend so they didn’t end up with no money at the end of the week for a snack! They loved it!!

Jasper(less than a week ago)

Jasper has been working super hard on the fast maths this week, we’ve also enjoyed art, some topic work on toys, spelling, reading and cooking. I’ve only just realised I wasn’t logged into marvellous me - 23 messages - that will certainly keep us busy! Hope all are well xx

Miss Branch(less than a week ago)

Elizabeth- I have sent your bug club details to you on marvellous me Mya- great time with your fast maths! I'm glad to hear that you are keeping very active. I love the bowling game idea. When the numbers get too easy for you then try adding a two digit number and a one digit number. I will have a look at your mathletics scores to see how you are getting on. Keep up the great work everyone and enjoy the sunshine!

Mya(less than a week ago)

Mya has now moved on to level 2 of Fast maths. Getting her time under 7 minutes on level 1. She has done the Joe Wicks workout every morning and has also been doing obstacle courses in the garden, so she is certainly being active. We made a bowling game yesterday using bottles with numbers on them, she worked out the score by aiding up the numbers of the bottles that were knocked over. She has been up early this morning completing some mathletics. Hope you are all well x

Chloe(less than a week ago)

Chloe is struggling with the fast maths. Do you use anything to support her? I have tried number lines but she doesn’t seem to understand and we have tried putting the first number in your head and counting on using fingers but she just starts counting from one again! Any tips? [Miss Branch here- I normally sit with her and talk through the process (what is the biggest number? Put that in your head, how many are we counting on? Hold up that many on your fingers. Now lets count from the biggest number (tap Chloe's head and say the biggest number with her that you start counting on) and then touch each one of her fingers as you count on together. I can make another version for her that I will send you over marvellous me to build her confidence and then she can try level 1 again. I hope this helps]

Elizabeth(less than a week ago)

Hi could we please have Elizabeth s bug club details

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Our learning behaviours are: Make Good Choices, Learn Together, Stay Focused, Be Proud, Show Respect, Never Give Up.


Reading - Please read with your child at least 3 times each week. Remember you can earn your 50 reads, 100 reads and 200 reads certificates.

Click here to access bug club.

Spelling - New spellings will be sent home every Friday.  Practise these ready for the spelling test the following Friday. Try and practise writing spelling words in a sentence too, as this will help you learn them.

Maths - Maths games will be sent home for you to play with an adult and you will record this in your maths games diary.

Click here to access matheltics.