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Lawford C of E Primary School

High quality learning and caring together in an encouraging Christian environment.

1S (Year 1, Mrs Stapleton)

Welcome to Year 1



Autumn Term



Our Enquiry Question this term is...

‘How have schools changed since the Victorian times?’


To answer this question, we will be using lots of different skills.


The key concepts underpinning our learning will be:


Identity- understanding the experiences of other individuals as well as ourselves.

Change identifying how different aspects of life have changed over time.

Fairness – looking at the different rules we have to live by in schools and how this compares to the Victorian times.

Care – how we can care for our school environment.


We will explore our local area to see where we live and where we live. We will explore toys old and new in our Science lessons and find out about the childhoods of our parents and grandparents in history lessons. We will look further back in history to the Victorian era to compare the contrast to our modern day school.

A Victorian Classroom Experience

Exploring artefacts at Braintree Museum

Art: colour mixing

Time to Dance!

English- Little Rabbit Foo Foo by Michael Rosen

As part of our Talk for Writing unit we have been exploring the text 'Little Rabbit Foo Foo.'

Welcome to Year 1 


Notice for Year 1 Parents...


Autumn 1 PE will take place on a Monday and Wednesday. Pease ensure your child comes in to school wearing their full PE kit. Please also ensure your child's earrings are removed specifically for PE days. Earrings worn, which can not be to be removed by the child, will result in a missed PE session.


Reading at Home

Reading books will be changed on a Monday and Thursday each week. The children will receive two books per week to share with you at home. Please record the page numbers read and the name of the person read to in the Reading Record each time your child reads. When reading with your child, it is important to ask your child questions about what they have read to further develop their understanding of the text.

Practising our reading with our Year 5 Buddies

Womans Time Trial from Harwich to Clacton

Learning our pre-cursive letters in Handwriting



Parent Notices


Summer 1 PE will take place on  Tuesday and Wednesday. Due to current procedures, please ensure your child comes into school wearing their full PE kit on these days. Please also ensure that earrings are removed specifically for PE days. 


Reading at home:

Reading books will be changed on a Monday and a Friday. The children will receive two books to read at home. Please read both books twice (the first time for decoding and the second time for consolidation). 


Home Learning:

 Each week children will receive handwriting practise and an activity based on the current phonics. We have also decided to introduce a new homework dojo for brilliant pieces of work. Children will not necessarily receive a dojo for each piece of homework submitted, but they will for brilliant effort and for going above and beyond. 

In addition, we encourage children to spend weekly time using their NumBots accounts and learning to skip count in multiples of 2, 5 and 10.


Further Year 1 information, including our weekly objectives, can be found on Class Dojo which is updated regularly.


Summer Term



Our key question this term is... Who do we share the world with?


We will begin by exploring and learning to identify and name a variety of common animals including, fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals through cross curricular learning, investigations and questioning.

We will be using a variety of both fiction and non-fiction books based on animals and their habitats, including such titles as, 'Handa's Surprise,' 'Dear Green Peace,' 'Superworm,' and 'The Greatest Pet Shop.'

We will then look at how we can take care for our world by following David Attenborough and his research on the impact of humans on the natural world. We will discover how we can live in harmony with other species and preserve animal habitats for future generations.


The key concepts that we will explore are 

 Community, Responsibility and Change






Year 1 ICT

Practising our skills of logging in, selecting the correct programme and mouse control.

Year 1 PE - Yoga

Questions for Queen Elizabeth II

Print making - Colchester Castle

Should we keep the dragon as a pet?

Year 1 English: We have found an enormous egg!

We have heard strange noises coming from the Forest School area so we went to investigate. We couldn't believe what we found... an enormous egg!

We decided to look for further clues to help us work out what type of egg it was. We think it might belong to a dragon!

Year 1 Class Trip

We had an amazing day learning about stepping back in time at Mountfitchet Castle. We learnt what different jobs took place in and around the castle, how people kept warm, made clothes, armour and weapons, and kept animals for food.

Year 1 Art: Portraits based on the work of Andy Warhol.

Year 1 Science: Ourselves. Look how much we have grown!

Year 1 Maths: We have been learning to represent numbers to 10 using different manipulative.