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Year 1: Miss Nadin - Beatrix Potter

Welcome to Beatrix Potter Class!


Welcome to our class page. We are a wonderful Year 1 class and our teacher is Miss Nadin. Our amazing teaching assistants are Mrs Salt, Mrs Wilkins and Mrs Dowthwaite who support us at different times during the week. Every other Tuesday, we are very lucky as we get taught by Miss Cholerton.


We hope you enjoy seeing all of the fantastic things that we do in Beatrix Potter Class.


Alongside our Class Page, we also share information and updates on Class Dojo. Please make sure you are connected on there so that you can see what we have been getting up to. Please feel free to send me a message on Class Dojo or via my school email which you will see below.



Meet the Teacher - Beatrix Potter

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Reading Books


Your child will receive a reading diary and a wallet containing 2 books. The first book is a black and white ‘storybook’ – this will be a copy of the book your child has learned to read in their Read, Write Inc phonics group.  They will know this book and should be able to read it fluently – this is their book where they can show off their great reading skills to you! The second book is a ‘Book Bag Book’ – this book will be matched to your child’s phonics knowledge.  Although they will not have read this book in school, they should be able to read it quite easily. This book enables your child to apply their phonic skills independently and for this reason, this is the book we encourage you to focus on at home. 


Soon the children will be receiving a third book. This will be a book to share together at home. We promote a love of books and reading at school and would like to encourage this at home. We do not expect children to be able to read the sharing book themselves, but we do expect them to enjoy listening to it, learning from it and talking to you about it!


In order for our phonics teaching to work effectively, it is essential that all books are returned to school. After hearing your child read at home, or sharing a book together, please make sure all books go straight back into their reading wallet / bag so they are always readily available at school. Depending on their phonics group, children will be given new reading books every 3 to 5 days.


Please note: 

  • Some black and white storybooks have a space for the child's name (as per the example above); please leave this blank as these are not personal copies, and will be re-used. 
  • We are in the process of organising our 'books to share' and we expect them to be available within the next few weeks, please bear with us. 

Finally, a reminder that we ask for you to hear your child read at least 3 times each week. Please sign your child’s reading diary after each read and include any comments you would like to make. If your child has read at least 3 times each week their name will get entered into our Reading Raffle!                                                                                           




Your child will receive weekly spellings to learn at home. Please encourage your child to practise their spellings so that they are ready for their weekly spelling test. The spelling test will take place every Wednesday. 


At the start of the year, the children will receive log in details for a website/app called Spelling Shed (linked below). Spelling Shed is used across the school and it allows the children to practise their weekly spellings in a fun way. The children love using spelling shed.


Please see the link below for other fun ways to practise spellings at home.                            




Our PE Days for Summer 1 are as follows: 

Indoor PE - Every Thursday afternoon

Outdoor PE - Forest School every Friday afternoon


The PE kit should include: 

A plain red t-shirt (with or without the school logo) 


A plain black sports jacket/zip-up jacket 

Plain black or navy joggers or shorts (weather dependent)





This half term the children will start the Multiplication and Division unit. They will recap counting in 2’s, 5’s and 10’s before making equal groups, making arrays and doubles. They will then look at grouping and sharing. They will take part in a range of practical and pictorial maths and will use their knowledge and skills to reason and solve problems. The children will then move onto their fractions unit later this half term where they will explore halves and quarters in a range of contexts.



As we approach the Phonics Screening Check, the children will start off with 2 weeks of phonics recapping. This will be on top of the children’s regular phonics lessons. They will revisit and review previously taught sounds, practise the sounds in word level and apply the sounds sentence level. This will aim to help build confidence and familiarity with the sounds taught in Year 1. Children will then spend time exploring non-fiction texts in particular information texts. They will get to explore a range of examples and will become familiar with the features of these before planning and writing their own.



In Science this term the children will be exploring the learning block 'Animals including Humans'. They will group animals into mammals, birds, fish, amphibians and reptiles. They will also describe and compare the structure of different animals. The children will use the vocabulary carnivore, herbivore and omnivore and they group animals based on their diet. They will end the term by identifying, naming, drawing and labelling parts of the human body and they will explore different senses. 


Religious Education (RE)

In RE this term the children will be exploring the key question 'What does it mean to belong to a faith community?' They will explore what belonging means and how it makes them feel, they will recognise different Christian symbols which signify belonging and will retell a Christian story about belonging. The children will then look at Islamic symbols that signify belonging and will retell a story about belonging within the religion of Islam.


PSCHE (Personal, Social, Citizenship, Health, and Economic Education)

The learning block that the children will be exploring this half term is Relationships. The children will identify people who are special to them, recognise what makes a good friend and they will explain how people should be treated. They will be able to recognise that our behaviour can affect others and will understand what it fair and unfair, kind and unkind and what is right and wrong. Throughout this learning block the children will get to develop their understanding of what it means to listen to other people and play and work cooperatively and will get the opportunity to offer constructive support and feedback to others.

To further develop the children’s knowledge, understanding and skills within this learning block, the children will also receive 3 standalone lessons on Relationships/Growing Up. These lessons fall under the title of Growing and Caring for Ourselves. Within these lessons the children will learn the following: understand that we are all di­fferent but can still be friends, know that we can be friends with people who are di­fferent to us, discuss how children grow and change, understand that babies need care and support, know that older children can do more by themselves, explore diff­erent types of families and who to ask for help, identify who can help when families make us feel unhappy or unsafe, know there are different types of families and know which people we can ask for help. You will get more information about the context of these lessons on Class Dojo towards the end of this half term.



This term in history we are studying the 1970s. The children will be comparing aspects such as technology, toys and fashion to the present day. They will complete timelines and learn key vocabulary to describe intervals of time. 



The children will continue their Coding journey from last half term. The children will continue to work through the Coding challenges at their own pace on the website. They will continue to learn basic computer programming giving them essential skills to help them grow up in this technology rich world! 


Design and Technology (DT)

The children are studying mechanisms this term in DT. They will create a slider and split pin joint on an animal theme. The children will plan, implement and evaluate their designs, developing their skills in cutting and joining materials together. 



Our PE learning block this half term is called ‘Net and Wall’. During PE lessons this term, the children will practise the skills grip, serve, forehand and backhand through a range of games and activities.


Forest School

We are lucky enough to take part in Forest School activities this half term. During these sessions, children will have access to a natural environment within our school grounds which provides children with inspirational and challenging outdoor learning opportunities. The children will be in a safe environment where they can succeed, create, use and apply skills to the outdoors. Forest School offers a child-initiated approach, where children can learn though self-directed play and exploration. The children who take part will be given the opportunity to develop their curiosity, self-esteem, creativity, empathy, communication skills, knowledge of the natural environment and ability to assess risk. They will have the opportunity to understand, learn and respect the natural world around them.