Dormice - Year 1

Welcome to Dormouse class! Our teacher is Mrs Devenish, who has been teaching at Bedwell for 15 years and loves making our lessons as creative as possible. Her favourite things are cooking and being outdoors, although she doesn’t like snow very much, and is scared of spiders.

Home learning ideas:

  • We will continue to use Tapestry to share work that we have done in school and share ideas for learning beyond school. Speak to Mrs Devenish if you're not sure about how to log in.
  • Constant practice of reading and phonics is just about the most valuable thing you can do at home. Try to read with your child as often as possible and talk to them about what they’ve read. 
  • We follow the Read Write Inc phonics programme, and they have provided lots of guidance on supporting your child at home, which you can read here.
  • Throughout the year we are exploring how our environment changes with the seasons. You could build on this at home in lots of ways - exploring the park, making maps or looking for signs of autumn and winter on the way to and from school. Visit the Oak National Academy for useful resources. 
  • Have a go at creating your own portraits or self-portraits at home. You could use pencil, paint or whatever else comes to hand. There’s a nice BBC video guide to get you started here, and you could have a go at designing clothes for different characters at home as well. 
  • Keeping fit, happy and healthy is always important. There are links to lots of great resources and workouts to help everyone in the family get active at 

Our latest news:

  • Over the last few weeks we have enjoyed learning the story of Pirate Tom and his adventures to the Island of Rockerbilly. We have changed the story to write our own version, and were really proud of the stories that we created as a result. We have also enjoyed using our computing skills to direct BeeBots around the pirate island and search for hidden treasure! 
  • In art we have been working on a project themed around Claude Monet’s Water Lilies. We have tried different styles of printing to make a class display and we are sure you will agree it looks very impressive! 
  • School Council elections - One of our first tasks this term was to elect our new School Councillors. We thought carefully about the skills we thought a good class representative should have, what we liked about our school and how it could be improved further. Building on this, we then drew on all our understanding to write speeches (with a bit of help from our mums and dads), ’selling’ ourselves to the rest of our class and showing why we’d be the perfect Councillor. It was a tough choice, with loads of us making fantastic speeches, but once voting was complete and all the ballots had been counted, we elected Lexi and Ethan. You can read their speeches here.     

"Pupils are a credit to the ways in which the school has nurtured and supported their social and emotional development. They are polite, kind, confident and welcoming."

Ofsted report, 2018

We have been learning about... 

Reading - We take part in daily Read Write Inc sessions. This is the helping us with our phonics, reading and writing within ability groups. We have also looked at our favourite books and shared them within the class and written book reviews.

English - We have been learning a non-fiction text about How to Make a Pizza. We have been looking at the structure of a set of instructions and learning about what each section is for and how each step starts with a bossy word (imperative verb). We then changed the instructions to make a pizza of our choice. A lot of them had some very interesting toppings that not all of us were sure we wanted to try! Finally we invented our own set of instructions on how to make a new sleigh for Santa to help him at this busy time of year.


Maths - This term we have been investigating numbers to 10. We have used these to work out number bonds to 10, using tens frames and part-part-whole models to find different ways to make the same total. We have looked at more and fewer and used this to compare numbers by finding the difference and also named 2d and 3d shapes and looked at their different properties.

This term's topics

English - We will be exploring information texts for the next half-term, beginning by reading and learning a model text about nocturnal animals. We will then move on to write about animals that live in Africa, linking in with our learning in Science and Geography - and by the end of term, we hope to have written enough to make a class book full of fascinating reports! Throughout the term we will also be exploring a selection of non-fiction books, particularly those linked to animals, and developing our retrieval and summarising skills. We will also be continuing to make up our own class stories each week, and learning our phonics sounds during daily Read Write Inc. sessions.

Maths - Our maths lessons over the next half-term will see us learning to count in multiples of 2, 5 and 10. We will also be exploring the use of repeated addition and arrays, and linking these representations to the idea of multiplication and division. We will also be investigating time, learning to identify o’clock and half-past times, as well as exploring the way we find halves and quarters of groups, quantities and shapes.

Science - We will be learning about animals, particularly those found on the African plains. We will be learning to classify them into different groups, recognising the difference between fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals. We will also identify the differences between herbivores, carnivores and omnivores, and finding out what foods our favourite animals like to eat.

Humanities - We have learnt a lot about the geography of the UK this year, and we will now use this understanding to compare our country with Kenya. We will learn about Kenya’s weather, landmarks, environment and wildlife, and use this to help us to understand what life is like in a different country.

Take a look at our curriculum map for more information on our topics.