Tewin Cowper

CofE Primary School

Small School Big Dreams

Year 1

Welcome to Woodpecker Class


A very warm welcome to Woodpecker's class page! We hope you can enjoy using this as a platform to keep up with all the wonderful things that go on in year 1.


The grown ups you'll get to know

Miss Fairhall Mon-Wednesday

Mrs Carnegie Thursday-Friday 

Mrs Hynard Mon-Friday



Our topic for the autumn term is 'All About Me'. In this wonderful topic we will learn all about our class mates and celebrate the diverse ways in which we live our lives. We have enjoyed learning about fireworks as part of our topic and are really looking forward to a visit from a parent who will talk to us about how their family celebrate different Jewish festivals in their religious calendar. Things will start to get super sparkly and fun in the run up to Christmas where we have an abundance of things planned! 


In English we have been really focused on moving our writing on from mark-making to simple words and sentences. We have used a wide range of texts to inspire us and support our writing journey such as Farmer Duck, Knuffle Bunny and Voices in the Park to name but a few. The children have truly exceeded my expectations, their attitudes to learning and their growth mindset have set them up for a really positive year ahead. 


Our new math scheme is a hit with the children, they are engaged and ready to challenge themselves! We have covered unit 1 of place value and looked at grouping and sorting before moving on to unit 2 where we have used number lines and the part-whole model for the first time. The children have are always so keen to learn in exciting thing to observe! 


Phonics plays a huge part in year 1 as it builds the foundations that children need to have solidly embedded in order to read and write. We have been recapping the Phase 3 phonemes the children learnt in Reception class (sh, th, ai, oi etc) it is very important that your child knows these. After half term we will be moving on to phase 5 which introduces the new graphemes for those Phase 3 phonemes (phoneme is the letter sound, grapheme is the written representation of the sound) e.g in Reception your child would have learnt ai, now we will teach them that it can also be ay, a_e, eigh etc. This is why it is very important that they are secure in Phase 3. Please pop in and see one of us if you need some support.


This half term in science we are using the theme 'Celebrations' to explore a number of curriculum areas including, light, everyday materials and plants. We will be using our scientific skills to observe simple things, using equipment, classifying and performing simple tests. 


In RE we will be exploring the question 'Why does Christmas matter to Christians?' We will be looking at the story of the birth of Jesus and why this is so important to Christians. We will also look at what we are personally thankful for at this special time. 


We are loving our PSHE sessions on a Wednesday mornings. In line with our topic we have been learning about germs, healthy eating and staying safe. The children made posters to educate the rest of the school using the strap line 'catch it, bin it, kill it!' Keep your eyes peeled for them all around the school! 


Next term in PE we are going to be doing Yoga every Wednesday afternoon...... watch out for updates and info! 

A snapshot of a great first half term! Forest School re-building the little people's village, problem solving using people in maths and firework painting on the computers.