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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

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 'Explorers '.  .


In Science, we will be learning all about Animals including Humans.We will learn about our bodies naming parts of the body as well as exploring our senses. We will learn to classify a range of living things using the scientific vocabulary birds, fish, mammals, vertebrates and invertebrates. We will learn about the habitats of different creatures and how important their environment is to their survival. During our Art lessons this term the children will discover the work of Henri Rousseau and explore his imaginative artwork inspired by nature. They will then create their own version of his ' Suprised! Tiger in a tropical storm'. The children will learn about primary and secondary colours as well as looking at how texture can be added using collage techniques. Our DT project this term will involve designing and making our own healthy dips and dippers which will tempt our sense of taste. Our topic work will allow us to explore the achievements of explorers from the past and we will look at these adventurers have influenced our lives today. We will also learn about maps and use landmarks around our playground to help us follow a route. We will learn about the 7 continents and 5 oceans around the world to find out where explorers might go as well as using ICT to explore aerial views of physical and human features in different parts of the world.

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 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, particularly at the moment as the weather is colder. 
  • 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. 


Recommended reading list for Year 1


Look Cover Write Check spelling sheets

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.