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Beech Class

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To Beech Class 

Mrs Rehman- Class Teacher

Mrs Ramzan- Support Staff


Here are some of the things the children will be learning in Year 1



Children in Beech Class will be learning about maths in a practical hands-on way, using everyday objects to solve problems and do simple calculations. They will be working individually, as a whole class and in groups, and will be learning to think about the methods they use for solving problems. They will be talking about their methods and using: pictures, lists and tables to present their results.


• Reading and writing numbers 0 to 20 and beyond

• Counting up to 100 objects and beyond

• Learning which pairs of numbers add up to 20

• Recognising number patterns

• Odd and even numbers

• Using a number line

• The 2, 5 and 10 times tables, plus division facts

• Adding and subtracting one-digit and two-digit numbers

• Doubling and halving

• Finding a quarter and a half of a shape or quantity

• Simple mental maths

• Recognising, naming and describing shapes 2D and 3D shapes.

• Measuring and weighing

• Addition and subtraction of small amounts of money

• Recognising and using mathematical symbols

• Drawing and interpreting graphs and pictograms

• Telling the time on an analogue clock to the nearest hour and half an hour.



English is made up reading, writing, and speaking and listening.

Whilst in Beech class the children will be looking at the following text types.

  • Stories by the same author
  • Repetitive patterned stories
  • Traditional tales
  • Stories from other cultures
  • Stories from fantasy setting
  • Stories with familiar setting
  • Poems
  • Non-fiction and information books



Alongside the home readers the children will also read with their teacher, or in small groups, known as ‘guided reading’.

Your child will learn:

  • to sound and name the letters of the alphabet
  • groups of letters
  • letters which can make different sounds
  • to use phonics to help them read unfamiliar words
  • how to identify syllables
  • to read around 100 familiar words automatically
  • how to describe characters and plot
  • to read non-fiction books for information



In year 1 Children will create their own versions of familiar stories as well as pieces of non-fiction. they will be planning their work and writing stories with a beginning, middle and end.


Your child will learn to:

  • hold a pencil correctly
  • form upper and lower case letters correctly
  • join some letters
  • use capital letters, full stops and question marks
  • use past and present tense.
  • write familiar words correctly and attempt new words



Speaking and listening

This will include telling stories and reading aloud. As the children progress, they will put on short performances and speak in front of an audience.

Your child will learn to:

  • speak clearly
  • listen carefully to others
  • join in class discussions
  • take part in drama activities



This half term our topic is on “Fairies and Frogs” is a thematic unit, based around fairy tales, with a key focus on literacy and drama. It is designed to enable pupils to develop a love of stories, as well as providing a vehicle for creative arts work. The focus stories are The Ugly Duckling, The Enormous Turnip. It will begin by exploring the life cycles of animals and progress into looking habitats. We will also be making designing and making a healthy snack.


How can I help my child in year 1

Reading at home with your child is so important. It helps to develop writing skills and spellings strategies. It also helps to develop their understanding across all the other areas of their learning such as: math reasoning, growth of vocabulary, expanding their imagination as well as enhancing their communication skills!

Your child need to bring in their home reading books and reading record every day as we read with selected children daily. The children are working towards their reading award badges. You can help your child achieve these by hearing them read and signing their reading record every night or every time they read; 3 weekly parental signatures are required to achieve an award. Please do continue to encourage and support your child to read every night.

Whilst reading it is also important that you ask your child open ended questions about the story such as who the main character is, what do they think will happen next, where did it happen? 



WATER BOTTLES – we encourage children to bring a water bottle into school to have with them in class. Please ensure bottles are filled with water only.


P.E. - (Tuesday and Thursday)

P.E. kit consists of green shorts or joggers, yellow t-shirt and black pumps, which we expect all children to have in school clearly named in a named bag. All P.E. kits stay in school and go home at the end of each half term.


If you have any questions or queries, please do not hesitate to contact.




This week we have been working with Hugh Templeton (an Artist).

We learnt how to do some observation drawings of plants.

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As part of our topic we have been learning about different Celebrations!

we learnt about the Hindu festival Diwali. Today we visited a Hindu Temple in Preston.

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We have been learning about the life cycle of birds. We had special visitor called Paul Walters from the Horus Bird of Prey House. He bought some owls for us look at and touch. We had an amazing time. 

We have had lots of fun making new friends with the children from Meadowhead Primary School at Blackburn Museum.

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