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Archbishop Cranmer CofE Primary Academy Striving for life in all its fullness. John 10: 10

Mrs Lock and Mrs Marshall - Class 1

Contact Mrs Lock (Mon-Wed)

Contact Mrs Marshall (Thurs-Fri)

30 Days Wild in June is a daily activity challenge organised by The Wildlife Trust to promote health and wellbeing through enjoying a daily activity in the great outdoors whilst appreciating all that nature has to offer us. We hope you will join us in getting outdoors and adventurous and letting us know what you have been up to by sending in photos or videos of your wild adventures. Why not start off with a wild outdoor breakfast. Scroll down to find links to downloadable resources and activities to get you started on your adventures but above all -have fun!

Welcome to Class 1!




Welcome all to Class 1 with Mrs Lock and Mrs Marshall. Mrs Lock will teach Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday and Mrs Marshall Thursday and Friday each week. Our class page includes lots of useful information about all of the things that we get up to in our busy and exciting classroom.


In Class 1 we are very lucky to also have Mrs Chilton, Mrs Johnson and Mrs Landers as our teaching partners. These are all familiar faces so will help ease the transition from Foundation into year 1. Miss Wilkinson will also visit us on Wednesday afternoons.


This term our topic is 'From farm to fork'.


In Science, we will be learning more about animals as well as finding out how the farm adapts to the changes brought with each season. We will find out what happens on the farm in Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter. Our main Science focus will be plants- we will learn about what plants need to survive as well as finding out which parts we eat of a variety food that come from plants. During our Art lessons this term, the children will discover the work of outdoor sculpture artist, Andy Goldsworthy. We will be working outside, using natural objects to create our very own sculpture, pictures and patterns. Our topic work will allow us to explore the changes in farming techniques as we experience and compare farming in the past to that of today. We will also learn about where in the world our food comes from, how many miles it has traveled and how this has changed what we eat and we will revisit the world map to find the countries of origin of some of the foods sold in our supermarkets. We will discover what farming is like in other parts of the world and compare the lives of local farmers to our global farming neighbours. We will also have lots of fun designing our own scarecrows as part of our DT topic- we will use lots of skills and a range of materials to create scarecrows that match our designs. It's going to be a busy, fun filled and hopefully sun filled term!


Click below to see our Twitter feed! Keep an eye on Twitter to see our progress.


 Useful information:

  • Our PE lessons are on Wednesday and Thursday afternoons. We would ask that all pupils come to school in their P.E. kits on these days. Our PE will take place outside whenever possible so please ensure that your child has suitable clothing for the changing weather. We also want to utilise our wonderful outdoor area as much as possible so if you are able to make sure your child has a pair of wellingtons and a waterproof coat and/ trousers so that we can go outside all year round. You may wish to include some warmer clothing for our outdoor sessions until the weather gets warmer. Please ensure all extra clothing and footwear is clearly named. 
  • Please may we remind parents to discourage children from bringing toys into class - they can get lost or broken and act as a distraction during valuable learning time. In addition, during current times, we are trying to limit the transfer of objects that travel between home and school. Thank you!


We will be using Class Dojo to keep you updated of upcoming events or additional information. Please keep an eye open for posts on our class story and feel free to send us messages using the dojo messaging during working hours. We will endeavor to respond at the earliest possible opportunity.




We would ask that all children read to an adult at home at least three times at week and to record this in their reading diaries. Ask your child to tell you about the book to check they are understanding what they are reading not just decoding words. If you are able to do this every day just for a few minutes you will be amazed how much your children will benefit from this. At school we read to the class daily right across the curriculum and teach your child to develop their reading skills so they are able to develop their comprehension skills through class and small group discussions and also differentiated guided reading sessions. We also wish to foster a genuine love of reading and regularly change the selection of books the children can choose to read in school.


As well as a school reading book, over the next few weeks, we will be sending home some individual words for your child to practise which will aid their sight vocabulary when they come across these words in their books.


On returning books to school the books will be kept in a box for 72 hours before being returned to the bookshelves. New books will be issued by school staff.



Spellings are tested weekly on a Friday and it is strongly recommended that your child uses the Look Cover Write Check sheet to spend a few minutes each day going over the words orally and then writing them down using the Look Cover Write Check approach. Look out for the videos on Class Dojo, designed to help with phonics rules, terms and pronunciation.



A Busy Ant newsletter will be emailed at the start of each unit so you can see what we are covering in class. There are some optional activities  for you to support your child with their learning should you wish to use them. We would love to see any photos of this home learning which can be put on your child's portfolio on Class Dojo. 


Summer Term Letter

Summer Term Medium Term Plan.

Phonics Screening Information - Please note the National Phonics screening test for Year 1 pupils will not take place in 2021 but that we will continue to carry out our school phonics assessments.

Help with phonemes...

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Here is a short video to help you with the pronunciation of the sounds we teach the children. An important tip is to avoid adding an uh to sounds as this can make blending sounds more tricky.

Please use the powerpoint slides below to help your child practise their phonemes. Start with Phase 2 and practise each phase until they are confident with all their grapheme/phoneme knowledge up to phase 5.

Recommended reading list for Year 1


Non negotiables for core subjects Y1

Writing end of year expectations

Parent/ Carer Reading Comprehension Questions

Heart Smart Parent's Newsletter

Playdough is brilliant for building muscle strength that is needed for pencil grip and letter formation. It is easy to make and can be used in many ways: try rolling it into lengths and use these to form letters or numbers. Or write words using sounds and use the playdough as 'sound buttons' to press as they say each sound.

Diary Notes

First Day of Summer Term 2021 - Monday 12th April 

Friday 30th April - Monday 3rd May- BANK HOLIDAY WEEKEND

HALF TERM week commencing Monday 31st May to Friday 4th June

30 Days Wild this June in partnership with The Wildlife Trust