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, Miss Murray and Mrs Waites

Welcome to Year 1! 


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 'School Days', which is a History based theme. This theme will expose the children to historical events before living memory, focusing predominately on Victorian schooling. Our history learning will branch off to our Art and Design theme 'Street View', where the children will be becoming artist while exploring the work of James Rizzi. Our Design Technology unit this term will be 'Chop, Slice and Mash, where will we be learning healthy eating and the nutritious value of food.


In Science, we will be learning about 'Animals Including Humans' 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 morning. During the Summer term, our focus in PE will be Athletics and will finish with sports day practice- ready for our Summer sports day! 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 'Flat Stanley' by Jeff Brown.


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 turned 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

Spring Curriculum Map

Summer Curriculum Map

Holly Class Spring TimeTable