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Leiston Primary School

Koalas - Miss Wells and Miss Parish

Year 1 – Welcome to Koala Class


Meet the team:

Koalas (Class 12):  Miss Wells (Mon-Wed) / Miss Parish (Thur/Fri)

                               Class support:  Mrs Linsell

Pandas (Class 8):  Miss Brown 

                              Class support: Mrs Golding and Mrs Edwards 

Curriculum outline for this term:    Welcome Back!


All aboard phonics-phase 5. Alternative sounds and phonics screening preparation.

Writing opportunities in English using the following texts:

Alan's Big Scary Teeth by Jarvis

Dogs Don't Do Ballet by Anna Kemp and Sarah Ogilvie



In Maths we will be following the White Rose scheme of work which focuses on developing reasoning and fluency techniques. Every Maths lesson will begin with counting forwards and backwards and in multiples. You could help your child by practising counting to 50 forwards and backwards. 


Spring 1- place value within 20 and addition and subtraction within 20.


Animals-Identify and name a variety of common animals including fish, amphibians, reptiles,birds and mammals

• Identify and name a variety of common animals that are carnivores, herbivores andomnivores

Planting A-Know, identify and name a variety of common wild and garden plants, including deciduous and evergreen trees

• Know, identify and describe the basic structure of a variety of common flowering plants, including trees


Spring 1- Geography: What's the weather like in the UK?

Looking at the countries and cities that make up the UK, keeping a daily weather record and finding out more about hot and cold places in the UK.

Spring 2- History: How have toys changed? 

Sequencing toys into a physical timeline, children investigate artefacts from the past and begin to pose questions. They learn how teddy bears have changed and ‘interview’ an old teddy bear before considering what toys may be like in the future.


Sculpture and 3D.

P.E Team building Inclusion, teamwork, cooperation and communication
PSHESelf Control-Twiggle Learns to do Turtle, Turtle Techniques, Appropriate Turtles, Calm or Relaxed

Computer skills; Logging onto laptops.

Computing systems and Networks.

MusicMachines, Seasons
R.EJudaism - Prayer and Worship Why do some people pray? What happens in a place of worship?


Reading: Sharing stories and practising reading using the phonics they have learned in school, is vital to improving a child’s confidence and skill with reading, understanding stories and developing a love for reading. It also has an important role in developing a child’s vocabulary and ability to express themselves effectively. 

We would like each child to read as often as possible, ideally at least 4 times a week for around 10 minutes at a time. Please make sure their reading record is signed each time they have read to ensure that we know when to change their book. Please can they be in school daily for adults to also record in. 

Reading books will be changed on a Monday. **Please also use the All aboard Phonics app. **



PE for both classes will be for part of a Monday afternoon and Wednesday afternoon and children are to come to school in their PE kits - please note the PE uniform policy on the website. 

Long hair should be tied up and any earrings should be removed or covered with tape. Children are encouraged to take responsibility for their own PE belongings. Please support your child to do this by ensuring that all of their clothing is fully named and by practising some of the skills needed i.e. buttons/zips/etc. at home to promote their independence. 



Year 1 will come home with weekly spellings on FRIDAYS. Please practise these spellings with your child during the week.  Every FRIDAY the test will take place and children will be given house points when there is evidence of effort and determination to learn them.  


Please ensure that your child has a named water bottle in school every day and that all items of clothing such as jumpers are well named so that in the event that a jumper should go missing, it can be easily identified and returned to the correct child. 


Thank you for your continued support,

The Year 1 Team.


Below are some links to support further learning at home: 


As a school we use 'All Aboard Phonics' as a scheme to help support our teaching of children to read (Phonics), 




Support your child further with Phonics:


Find free reading books at:


Support your child further with Maths