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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

Curriculum map- FIRE AND LIGHT

Non negotiables for core subjects Y1

Writing end of year expectations

Heart Smart Parent's Newsletter

Welcome to Class 1!


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This week as part of our English focus where we are looking at writing instructions, we will be planning and making  our own fruit kebabs. Please can you let us know if your child has any food allergies we should be aware of.


October Reading Challenge:

Now that we have all settled into our new term we would like to celebrate the joy of reading and sharing books at home with our class reading challenge. Alongside the reading we do at school we would like all the children to aim to read to an adult at home three times a week or more. We will be recognising the efforts of those children that achieve this and are hoping we can go for a whole class celebration. Please record any fabulous reading activity in your child's reading diary.


Welcome 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 Landers and Mrs Chilton as our teaching partners.


This term our topic is 'Fire and Light' with a focus on 'The Great Fire of London'. We will be learning the story of how and when the fire started and using sequencing skills and stick puppets to help us retell the events in the correct order. As we develop our map skills, we will learn to use plans and aerial photographs as well as simple city maps to look at where the fire started and how far it spread. We will learn more about Samuel Pepys and how his diary helped us to know about what happened all those years ago. We will also look at how things have changed since 1666.


In Science, we will be learning all about different materials and their properties and also keeping a close eye on the changing seasons. During our Art lessons this term, we will be looking at the life and work of different artists and we will use our IT skills to research the homes and styles of art of several well known names in the art world. We will begin with the work of Piet Mondrian as we learn about the primary colours. We will then move on to other artists including Mark Rothko and develop our knowledge of colour mixing to create secondary colours. We will apply these skills to our own fire and flame inspired masterpieces. Our DT project has the title 'Moving pictures'. We will explore using different mechanisms and techniques to retell stories with moving characters.


During our RE lessons we will be looking at leaders and what makes a good leader. We will learn about some Jewish and Christian leaders and look at why they are so inspiring. Music lessons this term will be based on exploring sounds, beats and pitch. 


As part of our personal and social education we will be teaching the children to look after themselves and others by being, 'Heartsmart,' and our theme this first half term is, Don’t Forget
to Let Love in, where the pupils will be learning how important,valued and loved they are and how they should treat others so that they feel the same.



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Coming up this term: If you have would like to share any information or expertise, please let us  know! The children will be taking part in a Great Fire of London workshop to really help to bring the topic alive.


Useful information:

  • Our PE lessons are on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons. Please make sure PE kits are in school all week in case of extra opportunities. You may wish to include some warmer clothing for our outdoor sessions, particularly at the moment as the weather is colder. PE kits should include socks, a pair of trainers for outdoor games and plimsolls for indoor games. Please make sure that all items of clothing are named.
  • Please can I remind parents to discourage children from bring toys into class - items have been getting lost/broken and act as a distraction during valuable learning time. Thank you!


The cloakroom noticeboard is full of useful information including the term’s curriculum maps, timetables, dinner menus and up-to-date letters. 


Diary Dates:

INSET DAY Monday 2nd September

First Day of Autumn Term Tuesday 3rd September

Harvest Festival Thursday 10 October

Parents Evening - Week beginning 21 October 

Great Fire of London Workshop Thursday 17 October

Indian Dancing Day Friday 25th October

Half Term Week Monday 28th October

INSET DAY - Monday 4th November

Christmas Party Day-TBC

Christmas Performance Foundation, Key Stage 1 - TBC

Last day of Autumn Term Tuesday 17th December