Class 1



Our key focus is to allow children to start their school life and develop a passion for learning through lots of play based, self-initiated learning, and some carefully planned adult activities linked to your child’s interests. Children learn by playing and exploring, being active and through creative and critical thinking which takes place both indoors and outdoors.

These 7 areas are used to plan your child’s learning and activities:

  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development
  • Communication and Language
  • Physical Development
  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding of the world
  • Expressive Arts and Design

It has been a very exciting and productive beginning to the term. We are so thrilled with how well the children have settled into ‘big school’ and thank you for all your support during this process. We have been observing the children and have been setting up activities from their own interests which we believe has helped facilitate the settling in period.

For further information download: Parents’ Guide to the Early Years Foundation Stage Framework (PDF)

Once Upon A Time
During this topic, the children will be immersed in a wide range of traditional stories and fairy tales. The ‘Sparkly Starter’ for this topic is a fairy tale treasure hunt. The children will work together to hunt and find different characters and items from a popular traditional tale and match them to the appropriate story. They will learn to identify the key features of traditional tales and the similarities between them, such as the story language used, stories that were set long ago, often including magic, castles and royal characters such as kings and queens. The children will investigate the use of everyday materials to make homes for fairy-tale characters. Click here to see what we will be learning this term


St Paul’s Primary uses the Oxford Reading Tree books scheme. For Phonics we use Letters and Sounds. Reading books are sent home daily and we ask that you spend some time reading with your child every day if possible. Little and often is best.

Please ensure that reading bags are returned to school every morning. We try to hear children read at least twice a week and change books if necessary.

Also please practice your High Frequency words and trick words.

Home Learning Activities

As part of this topic we have set a task allowing you and your children to learn and succeed together at an appropriate level. We do understand that life at home is very busy but it is good for the children to see that learning extends beyond the classroom. There are lots of activities you could do to support our topic at home. Some ideas for your child are detailed below:

You could visit the library nearest your house and borrow fairy tale stories. Share them with your family and enjoy the stories.

Think about the characters you have met in the story and make a list of good and bad characters. Notice what makes each character good or bad? E.g. Are they good because they are kind or helpful? Are they bad because they hurt somebody or were mean?

You could make up two of your own characters, one good and one bad. Draw and write about each character on the sheet provided. You could even include a picture of the place where your fairy tale is set. E.g. woods, forest, home, castle etc.

Maybe you could build a fairy tale castle or recreate a home for your favourite fairy tale character. Choose any material to use e.g. Lego, play dough, cardboard. If you can’t bring your model into school you could send in a photo.

If you wish to practice maths and literacy at home the best way is through fun games. Below is a selection of age-appropriate online games.

Useful Resources

Physical Education
Physical Education – Every Monday- Please make sure you have your PE kit everyday as we may do an extra PE session with Mrs Blakemore.
Please contact Mrs Blakemore if you would like to get involved and one of our Mystery Reader.
Forest Schools
Every Monday with Mrs Paylor. Please remember your warm, waterproof clothing and wellies. Learn more about Forest Schools
Education City
Education City – Don’t forget to use your login to complete your home learning which will be set on Friday/doing further learning. –
Parents As Partners
If you have any questions please come and talk to us. Keep checking the newsletters/ texts as we will be having more events where you can in and be involved in your child’s learning.
An online journal recording all the learning and fun of children’s early years education. Click here –