Class 1

Class 1 – Busy Bees

A guide to your child’s learning this half term.

Amazing me – superhero!

Autumn Term 1 – Rec, Year 1 and 2

Mrs Berry and Mrs Sargen



In English, we will be completing various writing activities based on our topic of ‘Amazing Me – Superheroes’. We will be; finding and writing facts about superheroes (emergency service heroes); writing instructions on how to make a healthy snack for our hero (we will follow these instructions and make this snack in DT); writing captions for pictures; writing lists using commas; creating and describing superheroes and naming these, using nonsense words – this will reinforce our phonics to sound out words. This term in handwriting we will continue to spend a session a day focusing on letter formation, ensuring we are still forming letters correctly when writing words and sentences.




Reading will take place three times a week for year 1 and 2, Reception will work on key word and this will be reinforced daily. We will also have one session a week on guided reading. We will look at a range of text types and talk about the books to answer questions.


You can help your child at home by-

  • Listening to your child read as often as possible
  • Ask your child to talk about the book they are reading and talk around the story (using skills of inference and deduction)


Ask your child to look at the key word spellings on the back of the books stages 1-5 Oxford reading tree and encourage them to have a go at spelling theses words…


Look at the word. Say the word. Cover the word. Write the word. Check the word.




In Mathematics, we will be learning to recognise numbers to 5 (in Rec), 30 (in Y1) and 100 and beyond (where appropriate in Y2) and thinking carefully about how we can partition these numbers into tens and units.

We will also look again at number bonds to 10 and 20 and will concentrate closely on related number facts e.g. 3+2= 5, 2+3=5, 5-2=3 and 5-3=2.

We will also be looking at doubling numbers and will continue to develop our addition and subtraction skills. These will all be covered with a range of practical learning activities.

You can help your child at home by-

  • Practising number bond skills e.g. 1+4=5 2+3=5 3+2=5
  • Practising counting in 1’s 2’s 5’s and 10’s 3s and 4s if appropriate (Y2).
  • Looking at the o’clock on a clock.
  • Looking at shapes in the environment.


Time and Place (History and Geography)


In Geography, we are looking at the local environment. We will think about all the things that make up the local area and use this to describe the earth’s features using geographical vocabulary. We will think about how we can take care of our village and discuss environmental issues.

We will be looking at Florence Nightingale in History as a continuation of our topic.


Science – In science we will be looking at our body and healthy foods.


DT – Designing and making superhero capes; making healthy foods for ourselves; superhero designing and painting.


Art – We will be looking at paintings by Vincent Van Gogh and we will create our own starry night picture.


RE – In our RE we will be looking at caring for each other and caring for our community.


PE – We will be looking at why we exercise and we will be doing multi skill sports.


Useful Websites…-earth-and-space.html


Home Learning


Please help your child to complete weekly reading.



  • Named PE kit needs to be in school for Friday. We hope to be outside for most of the lessons this half term, so please ensure your child has appropriate clothing for both indoor and outdoor PE. Wellingtons and waterproofs for Thursdays.


Please do not hesitate to contact staff at school if you have any questions regarding your child’s learning. Thank you for your support and we look forward to working with you and your child.



For parents/carers of children in year 2.


Dear Parents/Carers


Your child will be taking their SATs tests during May 2019. We hope the information below will help you understand your child’s SATs tests in a little more detail.


What are SAT’s?


SATs (Standard Attainment Tests) take place at the end of year 2 and are designed to test pupils’ knowledge and understanding of the key stage 1 programme of study. All year 2 children across the country are tested in English and Maths and this gives the government a clear picture of what standards look like. It also helps parents compare their child’s progress with children of the same age nationally. This is the third year that a year 2 cohort has been tested on the new curriculum that was introduced in September 2014. Consequently, the testing process has been changed to previous years to account for this.


What will my child have to do?


Reading test

Paper 1 – (30 minutes)

Paper 2 – (40 minutes)


English grammar, punctuation and spelling test (SPAG) – OPTIONAL

Paper 1 – short answers (20 minutes)

Paper 2 – spelling (15 minutes)



Paper 1 – arithmetic ( 20 minutes)

Paper 2 – reasoning ( 35 minutes)



What happens to the tests?


Tests are marked internally by the class teacher.  Parents will be given a copy of their child’s test results and teacher assessments. The results of the school are used to inform school ‘performance tables’.


What do the results mean?


It is important to understand that children cannot ‘fail’ SATs. The information is used as a snapshot of where children across the country are currently working. Since the removal of the ‘old’ levels, the government has had to think of a new way of measuring attainment. From 2016 onwards, the raw score from each test will be converted into a scaled score and each child will receive an overall result indicating whether or not they have achieved the required standard on the test.


What is meant by ‘scaled scores’?

It is planned that 100 will represent the ‘national standard’. Each pupil’s raw test score will therefore be converted into a score on the scale, either at, above or below 100. The scale will have a lower end point somewhere below 100 and an upper end point above 100. A child who achieves the ‘national standard’ will be judged to have demonstrated sufficient knowledge in the areas assessed by the tests.

In July 2018 for the first publication of test results, each pupil will receive:

  • A raw score (number of raw marks awarded).
  • A scaled score in each tested subject.
  • Confirmation of whether or not they attained the national standard.  In year 6, it is only natural that your child might feel a little nervous or apprehensive about what the week will hold – so there are a few things that you can do to help them at home.


How can I help them at home?


  • Support your child in helping prepare them for the tests – but don’t overdo it.
  • Explain that SATs are a way of showing off what they can do – and they cannot fail.
  • Make any learning as fun as possible.
  • Give your child the opportunity to talk about any concerns.
  • Help them with any revision homework in the run up to SATs.
  • Encourage them to be confident in their ability – they have been working hard in school.
  • Do something fun the weekend before the SATs tests to take their mind off them. Don’t overdo the revision or practice this weekend – it is important your child feels fresh and ready to tackle the tests on Monday morning.
  • Make sure your child has a good night’s sleep before each test.
  • Make sure your child has a healthy breakfast each morning.
  • Send your child to school with some healthy snacks to have in between or after the tests.
  • In the evenings of SATs week, keep any work you do at home short.
  • Make sure your child is in school every day of SATs week. If they are feeling unwell it is important that they still come to school and try to do the test. If you are concerned that your child is feeling unwell during this week, please contact school as early as possible.
  • Make sure your child is in school on time every day – the tests start first thing in the morning.


In school, we will help support the children for them to achieve the very best results that they can.   We have every confidence in them!


Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.


Yours sincerely


Mr Beahan and Mrs Berry


Please find attached the presentation from the parents meeting in April 2018:


KS1 2018 presentation


Current Date

September 22 2018

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School Contact Details

Calver Bridge, Calver, Hope Valley.

Derbyshire, S323XA


T: 01433630266


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