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Welcome to Purple Class


Mrs Banyard, Mrs Gee, Mrs Johnson

and Miss Fairchild

The children loved watching Arthur Christmas during movie night at school tonight! 🎥 🎞 They were so sensible while watching the film, and enjoyed their popcorn, sweets and drink in the interval! 🍿 🍬 🥤

The children loved watching Arthur Christmas during movie night at school tonight!  🎥 🎞   They were so sensible while watching the film, and enjoyed their popcorn, sweets and drink in the interval! 🍿 🍬 🥤  1

Welcome to Year 1!

We hope you have had a lovely summer holiday!


We will be spending the first few days getting to know our new teacher and classroom.


Our topic is “Castles and Knights.” We will be learning all about the history of Castles, the role of Knights and visiting Tutbury Castle on Thursday 26th September. Keep checking for photo updates of the lovely practical activities available to the children each week to support their transition into Year 1. 







W/C 7-10-19 and 14-10-19

We will be working around The Knight Who Wouldn’t Fight. English will continue focusing on securing blending and segmenting with lots of vocabulary development. Maths will be looking at 2d and 3D shapes and using these to build castles as well as junk modelling. We will also be designing and making our own moving dragon! 

The Knight Who Wouldn’t Fight activities

Tutbury Castle 26th September 2019

W/c 23-09-19 and 30-09-19

The next two weeks we are reading The Boy Who Grew Dragons. In English we will be looking in detail at making predictions about what we read.  We will continue building our sight recognition of common exception words and using these to build and write sentences. In maths we will be almost finishing our work on place value by identifying missing numbers when counting forwards and backwards as well as using number lines and checking and comparing numbers which are greater and less than each other.

Don’t forget we are off to Tutbury Castle Thursday 26th September! 

The Boy Who Grew Dragons

Our story telling pictures of Zog

Our story telling pictures of Zog 1

Please check your recycling!


We still want your junk modelling materials especially tubes such as kitchen roll inners and pringles boxes (sorry we are not allowed to use toilet rolls).

“Zog” by Julia Donaldson w/c 9-9-19 & 16-9-19

9-9-19 & 16-9-19

The next two weeks our activities will be linked the story “Zog” by Julia Donaldson. In English we will be introducing a big emphasis on Handwriting focusing on Curly Caterpillar letters, recapping everything the children have remembered from Phonics in FS2, retelling the story through pictures and drama as well as remembering and writing down sentences linked to the story. 

In Maths we will be sorting and working within place value to 10 and beyond for rose children who can. They will be introduced to choosing their own level of challenging activities.

children have been asked to bring in a sock to design and make their own Dragon Sock puppet as well as 3D Castle junk model making and learning how to log on and use Purple Mash safely. 

PE- Our PE days are Wednesday’s and Thursdays. Please ensure that PE kits are in school on these days. It is a good idea to keep a PE kit in school all week. Children can keep these on their coat pegs in the corridor. 


Reading – Each child has a book and a reading record. When they have read with an adult at home please can an adult write in their reading record with the date, book title and any comments about their reading- these will be checked every Monday by Mrs Banyard. When reading with your child, please try to ask them questions about the book they have read, comprehension skills are very important. Your child can change their book when they are ready, but please stick to the book band colour they have been given.

Word checks

We are checking the children's knowledge of the 'high frequency' or 'common exception' words on the key word lists. â€‹You will get a list of some of the words they are unsure of. 


How can you help?


  • Choose some of the (5 max) words and practice them  'out loud'!
  • Use Look, Cover, Write, Check to practice writing the words.
  • Once they know them....choose some more