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Welcome to
Spain Class!

Spain class is made up of 24 wonderful Year 1 children who love learning and who strive to be the very best they can be. Our Class teacher is Miss Bestwick and throughout the year she will be helping us adopt an ‘I can do it’ attitude so we believe anything is possible and we reach our goals.


In our Class we are very fortunate to have a range of adults who love to help us learn.

  • Every other Monday we are taught by Miss Roberts whilst Miss Bestwick has her planning, preparation and assessment (PPA).
  • Mrs Henson will be working closely alongside Spain class on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.
  • Miss Austen supports us on a Tuesday and Thursday morning,


Alongside the children in our class, there is also our class bear who we named 'Cookie.' Cookie bear helps us every day with our learning and makes sure we are all following our school rules. Every day a lucky member of the class is chosen as the 'Star of the Day' and gets to take Cookie home. We are all super excited for our turn as we get to look after him at home for the night.

Spain's learning journey:

Autumn term topic:

As Autumn Term 2 approaches, Miss Bestwick and Miss Hardaker have been working hard piecing together our new unit of learning. 


Our topic for Autumn term is:

'Fire Fire!' 

In our English lessons we will be using Guy Fawkes and the history of Bonfire Night to enhance our descriptive writing techniques. We will be using our senses to think of adjectives to describe fireworks and will even begin to look at what onomatopoeia is all about in order to create our own firework poems. We will begin to touch upon the use of similies to help create pictures in a readers mind. We will also be exploring 'The Great Fire of London' through our talk for writing process. This will be a step up from Autumn Term 1 as the children will be imitating the beginning of a magic key story but innovating the ending. This will be linked closely to our history knowledge and learning to ensure the children are using key facts. To finish our fire topic we will explore Samuel Peyps and his diary of events in order to create our very own!


In Maths we will progress onto the skill of subtracting. Just like with addition, we will explore subtraction through a series of lessons. This will involve working out simple subtractions using concrete resources, exploring how pictures can help us to take away before exploring the use of number lines and mental maths. At the end of Autumn Term 2 we will complete an assessment which covers all of the areas we have learnt so far. This will include number and place value, addition and subtraction and will hopefully highlight any gaps in learning which can be discussed at the parents evening on the 11th December.


Our Topic focus this term is heavily influenced by the History curriculum and we will be using a range of sources to explore Guy Fawkes and the Great Fire of London. We will be comparing London in the past (homes, transport, emergency services) to London today. Elements of Geography will be included within our topic to ensure the children have place knowledge of where London is and the landmarks which surround this city.


In Art we will be mastering the skill of colour mixing in order to create paintings in the style of Wassilly Kadinsky. We will be extending our colour mixing knowledge to recognise how each colour can have different tones/tints which we will  then use to make our fiery background to represent the Great Fire of London.


This term our music will be heavily influenced by the Christmas Nativity. In KS1 the children in year 1 do not have speaking parts and instead perform all of the songs and sometimes dances. As we need to know the songs of by heart, our music sessions this term will focus on learning the songs for 'Everyone Loves a Baby!' Keep your eyes peeled for information on the Christmas Nativity!


Please find our topic web and medium term plan below.

General Information:

Important notices:

Reading books

Reading books are changed on a weekly basis. If your child is reading regularly at home, I am very happy to change their book more often. The children will need to leave their reading book and reading diary on my desk first thing in the morning. This will give me enough time to change their book during the day. Please could you write a little note in their diary asking for books to be changed so I know they have definitely finished and remind them in a morning to hand their diary and book in.



This year, spellings will run similarly to the tests in reception. In Year 1 the spellings are linked to the high frequency and tricky words to aid them with their spelling during independent writes. Each week we will choose ten words at random to test your child on. To support you with your learning at home, we would suggest you chose a few words each week to perfect rather than tackling the whole list. Although we cannot guarantee those words will come up, it is likely that some or most will. Spelling tests will take place on a Tuesday afternoon and will be completed informally as part of our daily classroom learning. If you think your child is struggling with this format then please speak to me and we can arrange something together.



During the Autumn Term our focus on homework will involve regular reading of the child's reading book as well as learning any high frequency words. If your child has received any new high frequency words these will be written in the teacher comments section of your child’s reading diary. Your child will also benefit from practising a few spellings per week from the spelling booklet we provide. Once the children have settled in to Year 1 life we will introduce MyMaths homework which can be completed on a laptop or computer. Each child will be given a login for this website but please feel free to ask for another if this is ever misplaced!



This year we will have two P.E lessons a week. Our Outdoor P.E session is on a Tuesday afternoon and our Indoor P.E is on a Friday afternoon. Please could you make sure your child returns their PE kit after the summer break. It would be helpful if all PE kit could be labelled to prevent any confusion between children. PE bags will be sent home at the end of every half term



Dates for your diary:

Tuesday 2nd September & Wednesday 3rd September - INSET days - school closed to pupils

Thursday 4th September - return to school

Thursday 24th October - break up for half term

Friday 25th October - INSET day - school closed to pupils

Monday 4th November - return to school

Friday 15th November - Children in need - wear PJs!

Saturday 30th November - Christmas Fair

Monday 2nd December - Assessment week

Wednesday 11th December - Parents evening

Friday 20th December - Last day of Autumn 2.







In Spain Class we are always trying to be the very best versions of ourselves. We love working hard and dreaming big. The children below have impressed Miss Bestwick and any other adults in our class and have received recognition during our ‘well done’ assemblies.


A huge congratulations to:

  • Lilly M - simply being an always child. First to follow the classroom and school rules, modelling set behaviours to everyone else and for always going out of her way to be a kind friend to everyone. Her warm heart and beautiful smile can never be missed in our classroom!
  • Ellie-Mae - being the queen of perseverance and resilience. Well done for striving to overcome difficulties and for working hard to achieve your next steps.
  • Oskar - setting high standards within the quality of work produced. Always neat, accurately formed handwriting and good presentation.
  • Suman - for being every teachers delight. Full of enthusiasm, positivity, warmth and kindness. Her demeanour in the classroom and around school never goes unnoticed! 
  • Cora - settling in to Year 1 better than anyone could have ever imagined. A positive change to her attitude has enabled her to challenge herself and strive for success.



The following children have reached their awards for:

Image result for bronze award  Lilly D, Lilly M, Tom, Lucy, Lottie, Sammy, Oskar - well done!!



          Image result for camera cartoon     Hall of fame:     Image result for camera cartoon


When your child impresses me or another member of staff in school, their photo or work will be added to our hall of fame with a short caption about their success. Keep your eyes peeled to see who will be the first!