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Year 1

Welcome to Olive class


Year 1 Team

Class teachers and Teaching assistants

Miss Rebecca Dawkins – TUESDAY to FRIDAY

Mrs Helen Pearce – MONDAYS

Mrs Sonia Gratwick - H.L.T.A. THURSDAY P.M. PPA COVER

Mrs Rabia Cellik - Teaching Assistant

Mrs Rahima Yoldash-Teaching Assistant


Dear Olive Class Parents and Carers,

We hope you enjoyed the Christmas festivities in our school, especially Olive class's beautiful angel dance! We thoroughly enjoyed our topic last term 'What is the weather like today?' We carefully studied the weather and kept a detailed weather diary for one week. We also explored the cycle of the 4 seasons and thought about which clothes we would wear during each season. Please take a look below at what we are planning to do this term.

 Spring Term 1  2023

This term our topic is called 'What are toys made of and how have they changed?' Through History and Science we will be finding out about old and new things. We are also very excited about visiting Burwell Museum to see old toys, household objects and types of transport used in the past. In P.S.H.E. we will be thinking about what makes a good 'citizen' and working together as a team. In Art we will be looking closely at different wintry landscapes and looking at the shape of a tree . In Design and Technology we will be exploring how to join different materials and test their strength.

Take a look below at our Curriculum Map to see all the exciting things we will be experiencing this spring term 1.

Best wishes Rebecca Dawkins and the Year 1 team.



It is good to see that parents are logging in to the ebooks Big Cat Collins website for your children to show off their reading to you. For those who are having difficulty please do let us know how we can help. It is important to practise at home. A new book is added every week (check the date) They should be able to read these books fluently and there are some comprehension questions at the back of each one.   

    You can also use the guide below.


Curriculum Map spring 1 2023

Our Wonderful visit to Burwell Museum

Sketching trees in winter using fibrepens


Tuesdays - Ball striking with Sports Coach Mr. Chris

Thursdays - Gymnastics with Miss Dawkins 

  • Please ensure your child comes in wearing sports clothing appropriate for indoor and outdoor P.E. on these days e.g. tracksuit bottoms, sweatshirt or hooded top and trainers or plimsolls.
  • Earrings and other jewellery must be removed for P.E. and long hair tied back. If your child cannot remove their own earrings ,please remove these for your child before school on P.E. days.
  • They also need to bring a bottle of water into school every day and a sunhat in hot weather. We have a class drinking fountain which they can use to refill water throughout the day.



Reading with your child for even a few minutes every day helps them to develop their love of books and reading- as well as their confidence in learning in other subjects.

What books will children bring home each week?

1. A fully decodable ebook assigned per week on the big cat Collins website for children to read at home. (log in provided)

2. A book from the colour book boxes- children can read to parents with some support with

3. Another book from the school library which is for pleasure and for sharing- it is vital that children experience a wide range of other quality children’s books that are either read to or with them. These books play an essential role in developing a love of reading. Research shows that reading books to your child has a major impact on their future reading ability

Please encourage your child to read  their ereading book regularly and bring in their reading record to school every day. 

Little Wandle Phonics Spring 1 2023

Common exception words Year 1

Reading Prompts

Alan Peat sentence guidance

English Writing stimulus Hidden Castle

English writing stimulus Questions Hidden Castle

Citizenship; Working Together

Knowledge Organiser History and Science Spring 1 2023

Year 1 Age related expectations