Totternhoe Academy

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


Holly Class
​Miss Nye and Miss Murray

Welcome to Year 1! I hope you have all had a fantastic summer and are looking forward to being back in school.


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


Our themed curriculum this term will be 'Childhood', which is a history based theme, delving into the aspects of childhood in the 1950s in comparison to today. The children will get the opportunity to use timelines and historical artefacts and vintage toys to understand what childhood was like in the 1950s and draw upon similarities and differences between then and their childhood today.


In Science, we will be learning about 'Everyday Materials' and 'Seasonal Changes'. We will be exploring different materials of everyday items, as well as, learning the properties of these materials. We are lucky enough to have our lovely 'Wonder Woods' which we will use to observe and experience all four seasons.


During our Art lessons, exploring and analysing the art work of famous artist, Wassily Kandinsky and identifying the colours and style of art in which he uses. The children will get the opportunity to mix primary colours to create further, more unique colours during our topic of 'Mix It'.


Our two PE sessions throughout the week will be on a Tuesday and Wednesday morning. This half term, our focus in PE will be gymnastics and yoga will be taught in the second half term. Please ensure your child wear 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 'George's Marvellous Medicine' written by Roald Dahl. This story fits nicely with our 'Mix It' art topic.


Each Friday, your child will bring home a set of spellings to learn over the weekend and the course of the next week. They will not be assessed on these spellings, but I would like the spellings returned the following week. Most spellings this term will be 'red' words including, the, so, said etc. 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...




Autumn Curriculum Map

Spring Curriculum Map

Holly Class Timetable 2021-2022


Please note that our timetable is flexible and may be subject to change!