Totternhoe C.E. Academy

With God’s love, we seek adventure with our minds and find a home for our hearts


Holly Class
​Miss Nye and Miss Long

Welcome to Year 1! 


We will continue to have daily RWI lessons to work on our reading, writing, spelling, and phonic knowledge, as well as maintaining our daily Maths learning. We will continue to secure our knowledge and understanding of numbers, shape measures, time, problem-solving, and many other skills. 


Our themed curriculum this term will be 'Childhood', which is a History-based theme. This theme will expose the children to historical events before living memory, focusing predominately on childhood from the 1950s. These historical events include Queen Elizabeth's Coronation. 


In Art and Design this half-term, the children will be learning about 'Funny Faces and Fabulous Features', which will bring much enjoyment and fun to our learning. The children will have the task of designing face collages using their skills of cutting, sticking and joining. Equally, in Design Technology the children will be studying a topic called 'Shade and Shelter', which gives them the opportunity to plan, using their knowledge of properties of materials and build prototype shelters.  


In Science, we will be learning about 'Everyday Material' (linking closely to our focus in Design Technology) and 'Seasonal Changes'. As a school, we are lucky enough to have our lovely 'Wonder Woods' which we will use to observe and experience all four seasons.


Our two PE sessions throughout the week will be on a Tuesday and Wednesday. During the Autumn term, our focus in PE will be Basketball and Gymnastics. Please ensure your child wears their named, correct PE kit in school on these days and that earrings are not worn and hair is tied back to avoid injuries. 


Our class reader this term is 'Baby Aliens Got My Teacher' by Pamela Butchart.


Each Monday, your child will bring home a set of spellings to learn over the course of the week. They will not be assessed on these spellings, but I would like the spellings returned on the Friday. The spellings used will be found on the Year One English National Curriculum. In order to practise these spellings, the children need to:

  • Look at the word
  • Say it 
  • Cover it
  • Write it 
  • Check it
  • Edit it if necessary 


Blended Learning:

In the event that your child has to remain at home, during periods of self-isolation, or in the event of a local of more widespread lockdown, we will provide blended learning for your child. This will normally be from the Oak Academy online lessons and will link as closely as possible to the learning taking place within Holly Class. You will be added to a 'Holly Class Blended Learning' page on ClassDojo and these lessons will be posted on there daily. Please continue to check ClassDojo daily for any new notifications and postings. 


Year 1 Phonics Screen Check:

Every child in Year 1 is required to take the Phonics Screening Check in June. The Children learn and practise phonics everyday as part of the Read Write Inc scheme. They also have plenty of opportunities to embed their learning within the classroom. The following link may be useful...

Class Readers

Autumn Curriculum Map

Holly Class Autumn TimeTable