Year 1 - Otters

Hello Otters!
We all hope you had a terrific summer and are ready for the new school year. I personally cannot wait to see how much you’ve grown in 6 weeks!

*PE this year will be on WEDNESDAYS and FRIDAYS, please make sure you come in your PE kit for both days.

*Plimsolls are needed every day! This means we can keep our feet dry all year round and especially on wet and muddy days. We change our wellies/shoes after exploring our amazing outdoor woodland, at break times and lunch times on the field.

*Reading is very important in and outside of school, please bring your book bag every day.


We have lots of exciting learning this term and our classroom has had a revamp!

We start this year exploring Traditional Tales in English and there is someone trip trapping over a bridge…. I wonder who it may be! Our home corner helps us deepen our understanding of Traditional tales and explore our dramatic side with a Traditional Tale shop and a ‘Once upon a time’ house. We have continuous writing opportunities in all lessons to focus on letter formation, capital letters, finger spaces and full stops. Each morning we will continue our daily Read Write Inc. lessons, which support our phonetic knowledge to help us decode and read words. Check out our new reading area- There’s a story for everyone!

In Maths we are exploring place value within 10, Addition and subtraction within 10 and shape using the scheme ‘White Rose Maths’.

This term, in Science we are learning all about materials. We will be learning and exploring about the properties of materials, exploring how fair tests are conducted and carrying one out. We will also be focusing on seasonal changes every term this year, so we are starting to observe the seasonal changes as we return from summer into the Autumn season.

In RE we are learning about Christianity. We will revisit our prior knowledge and expand it by learning “who is God” in the Christian faith.

In Geography we are learning all about our school, where we are and how we got here using our new mapping and fieldwork skills. Maybe you could draw a map of your walk to school to share with your friends?

In our Relationship and Health Education lessons, we are learning about Happy and Healthy Friendships. Within these lessons we will learn about how important it is to be a good friend. I know that Otter class are already great friends, I have already seen lots of brilliant examples of being a good friend during our transition days – I am sure these will continue into this school year. 

“Hey you!” Is our song this term within Music, its Genre is Old school hip hop. We will explore how the pulse, rhythm and pitch work together to make such a catchy song. 

Finally, if you have any questions or concerns, please do get in touch with the Otter Class team. You can either speak to one of us at the end of the day, or arrange an appointment through the office.

We are going to have an amazing school year!

Miss Elliott, Mrs Barlow and Mrs Fall