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Beavers Community Primary School

Beavers Community Primary School

Living, Learning, Laughing

Welcome to Year 1! 

In Year 1, we have 3 classes that are listed below. 

Yellow Lemon Primrose 
Miss Hopkins  Mrs Coward Miss Gamperle
Mrs Bhatt Mrs Hajabi  Mrs Nicki 


'Phonics teaches how to read and write. It helps children hear, identify and use different sounds that distinguish one word from another in the English language'

The Literacy Trust 

It is essential that the children are exposed to, learn and apply their phonics sounds. Teaching the children to blend the sounds of letters together helps them decode words when they are unfamiliar. 

Phonics is taught every day and is the heart of all that we do in Year 1. Children are taught following the school's scheme of Phonics. This involves learning the grapheme (what the letter looks like) to the phoneme (what sound it makes) and segmenting words before blending them together to read the whole word. The children use sound mats to support their learning and have actions that accompany each sound they are learning. 

In May, the children will be tested on their Phonics skills with a government test called 'Phonics Screening'. It is therefore essential to support your children at home. 

Below are the sound mats that we use in school. You can also access these on Google Classroom. 

Supporting your child at home 

We encourage the children to read every day at home, this can be a small part of one of the books they bring home, books you have at home. Please comment in the reading diary about how your child found the book and anything tricky they came across.

We also an adult reading a story to them as this is essential in developing a child's vocabulary. Please see the Year 1 recommended list of books here.

We recommend these websites and activities to support your child at home. 

Numbots to support Maths

Purple Mash to support Curriculum

Please also log in to your Google Classroom for regular updates, information and support. 

All the children's login information can be found in their reading diary. 

Autumn 1 


We have been building our stamina for writing and exploring to develop our vocabulary. We have looked at the 'Rainbow fish' by Marcus Pfister and 'We're going on a bear hunt' by Michael Rosen.

We have explored settings and used 'The Write Stuff' strategies to support our writing. 


'I love the write stuff, it helps me with my writing' - Joodi 


This half-term, we have been learning about number and place value, adding and subtracting. We have been using tens frames and concrete objects to help us succeed. 




We have been learning about Seasonal changes and studying the changes as we progress into and through Autumn. We have enjoyed going on nature hunts, doing observational drawings, leaf printing and identifying the changes in the Autumn. 


"In the summer, I use my sandals for the beach" - Brooke

“The weather gets cooler in Autumn” - Zoeya


We are thoroughly enjoyed the OPAL (Outdoor play and learning) during lunchtimes. We have lots of resources to play with to create opportunities for role play, physical development, creativity, sports and having lots of fun experiences! 


We have begun exploring the question 'What impact did the Great Fire have in London?' We have been learning about past and present times. We are continuing to learn about 'The Great Fire of London'. We have been investigating what life in the past would have been like and are looking forward to learning the story and investigating further in Autumn 2. 




This half term, we have been exploring the question 'What can we discover about our local environment?'. We have been learning map skills, recognising map symbols and looking at our local area. 


With technology becoming more and more evident in the world today, we have been learning about E-safety and how we can stay safe online. We have also been using the BeeBots and sending them on journeys around the classroom. We have learnt how to log on to our PurpleMash accounts and begun to explore the activities. 


We have been following the SCARF scheme, learning about 'Me and My Relationships'. We have looked at what makes a good friend?, what makes us special and who is special to us. We have also been learning about the value of the month which is respect. 

0800 1111, we know the number for childline! We can call them if we want to talk to a trusted adult  - Yellow class 


What does it mean to belong? We have been learning about belonging, looking at families, clubs, hobbies, similarities and differences and the religions we have that belong to us. 


The children have been developing their physical development through dance and playground games. We have had extra time on the playground exploring our OPAL resources and learning how to play games, share and try new things in the playground. We have also developed our understanding of dance and focussed on counts of 8 to music. 


This half-term, we have been focussing on art through spirals. We have created spirals with different art materials and in different formats, for example on the playground, on black paper, on big wallpaper and looking at patterns to develop our spirals.


Following the music scheme, Charanga, we have learnt the song 'I am in the groove'. We have developed our understanding of beat, pitch and tone. We have also begun to identify different musical instruments. 

'We listened to It's like that and that's the way it is' by Run DMC. It was a song from a long time ago because the CD cover was in black and white'  - George F 

Remembering Queen Elizabeth II 

In Year 1, we were deeply saddened by the news of Her Majesty The Queen's death. We decided to remember her by recreating her life and learning about her reign. We made cards and drawings to offer our condolences. We made marmalade sandwiches with the help of Paddington Bear. We paid our respects and went to the Great West Road to say goodbye.