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:

  • Try to do as much maths as you can when you're out and about:
    • We’ve been practicing our counting a lot in class, so building on this at home would be a huge help - you could count houses on the way to School, footsteps on the way to bed, shoes in the house, players on the team, objects in the shopping trolley, claps, nods... Anything and everything you can think of! 
    • Practice writing numbers in sand, salt or water, or try making numbers out of groups of pebbles.
    • Count down days until Christmas or the holidays - We’ve just opened door number 5 on the advent calendar, so how many chocolates are left? How many sleeps are there until the Christmas holidays?
  • 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. 
  • We are going to be exploring lots of different celebrations and festivals this term, so it would be great if you could talk about the way that different friends, family members and people in your community celebrate at different times of year. These might be because of religious differences, or they might be because of different local or family traditions. The clips on the BBC Teach site are a great help, too.
  • 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 - Our next topic will see us focussing on instructions, looking in particular at recipes and directions for cooking. Our key text will be How to make a Pizza, which we will learn by heart and explore - as well as using it to make our own pizzas. Across the unit, we will be looking at how instructions are structured, including the use of numbered steps and bossy words (imperative verbs) to tell someone exactly what to do. We will then invent our own set of instructions for Father Christmas. 

Maths - Our maths for the half-term will focus on learning our number bonds to 10, recognising all the different pairs of numbers we can add together to make 10. To help us find and learn these facts, we will be learning to use part-part-whole models, tens frames and bead strings to represent calculations in different ways . We will also begin to record these facts as number sentences. 

Science - We will be looking at how we can keep ourselves healthy. We will be looking at different food groups we should include in a balanced diet, and investigating how exercise can keep us strong. We will also be looking at the human body and discovering how different parts of the body work and why they are important to us.

Humanities - In RE we will be learning about different celebrations, including Bonfire Night, Hannukah and Christmas. We will explore the events that each of these festivals remembers or celebrates and discuss how we think people might feel during the celebrations. We will also learn about similarities between these annual events, looking in particular at the way lights are used for special purposes.

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