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Image result for super kidsWell done you have now reached Term 2 and you are well on your way, hurtling along the Year One rollercoaster into the National Curriculum. This half term we will be travelling all around the UK (sadly virtually) and finding out about the United Kingdom building on our geography skills as we once again become geographers applying our fieldwork skills in our locality after researching the UK so we can put Kearsley in context with the national picture. We will be conducting a variety of research walks in our locality to help us to thoroughly explore Kearsley. Through our science learning we will continue to investigate the importance of plants linking it to our previous Geography learning about seasonal change (Winter). Throughout our RE lessons will be answering some big questions including "What do Christians believe God is like?" Whilst in PSHE we will be commencing a unit entitled keeping myself safe which explores how our feelings can keep us safe, keeping healthy and medicine safety.

This time of year is fantastic for developing more extended pieces of writing in the form of story writing (traditional tales) and this plays a key part in our English sessions this term as we develop greater confidence to write in a range of genres, applying those all important phonics and SPAG sessions.

We continue to be inspired musically with our study on timbre, exploring different ways of using your voice, body and instruments. This builds on our previous learning based around the pulse.

We are very lucky to have a specialist teacher to help us be the best we can be in PE with our talented PE coach who will be delivering our gymnastics program so get ready for some tired children. Our PE coaches are  an integral part of our enrichment programs and will be running various sessions for Year 1 children who wish to attend.

Our wonderful computing expert Mr Choudry will be working with the Year 1 children in the computer suite as they tackle the challenging computing curriculum whilst the lovely Mrs Lomax will be challenging the children to think creatively in the Eco Garden through our sessions within the forest school.

If you would like to find out more just what this term looks like please look at the overview on this page,


Our Class Novel


The Truth Pixie is a wonderful text written in rhyme by the talented Matt Haig. The Truth Pixie is a very funny and lovable tale of how one special pixie learned to love herself.

‘Wherever she is, whatever the day,
She only has one kind of thing to say.
Just as cats go miaow and cows go moo,
The Truth Pixie can only say things that are true.’


If your child likes this book there is another title available called "The Truth Pixie goes to school"

All Books | Matt Haig's books for children



Reading VIPERS

VIPERS is an acronym to aid the recall of the 6 reading domains as part of our reading curriculum. They are the key areas which we feel children need to know and understand in order to improve their comprehension of texts. Vocabulary, Inference, Prediction, Explain, Retrieval, Sequence.


Our Chosen Reading Scheme


For our earliest readers, starting their reading journey we use fully decodable readers from Pearson's Bug Club. We have over 104 fiction and non‑fiction books, with beautiful artwork, humour and characters that children love, and books and topics that the children really want to read. The books are carefully matched to the phonics being taught within school and complement the reading stage your child is at providing challenge and reinforcement that works in partnership with the learning taking place within school.



Over the years, Oxford Reading Tree has taught millions of children to read... and to love to read. Rooted in reading for pleasure and with systematic phonics at its heart, its well-loved characters, breadth and unrivalled support give children everything they need to become confident readers. There are over 800 books which provide a rich and varied choice of writing styles, genres and artwork styles at every level.



Our Chosen Phonics Scheme



PhonicsPlay is a highly-organised, systematic and yet flexible synthetic phonics programme especially designed for all ages and needs and suitable for anyone who wants to learn to read and spell. 




Phonics Screening Information

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