Ladybirds - Year 1

Welcome to Ladybird 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.
  • We are regularly set maths tasks and challenges via Mathletics, and should all know how to log in - let your teacher know if you can't get on.
  • Our topic this term is Wild and Free, which will see us exploring the local area, talking about our environment and thinking about how it changes in different season. You could build on this at home in lots of ways - try exploring the park, making maps or looking for signs of autumn (and winter when it arrives) on the way to and from school. There are loads of resources available through the Oak National Academy, here.  

Our latest news:

  • We rounded-off our A Land Far, Far Away topic with a a fantastic Fairytale Day. It was lovely to see the children dressed up as different characters. Throughout the day we participated in many activities including writing letters to Grandma from Little Red Riding Hood, making crowns for Kings and Princesses, baking gingerbread men and the Queen of Hearts jam tarts and even going on a Fairy Tale hunt before finishing with a tea party!
  • 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.     
  • During our Spooktacular Book Week we were very lucky to have the opportunity to meet Andrew Weale, an author and poet, who read his books, helped us to develop our own stories, and answered a lot of our questions. During the week, we also had opportunities to be involved in the book swap, partner up with other children to share books, take part in some tricky competitions and finally all dress up in our pyjamas and have a Big Read session on the Friday. It was great fun!

"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 - This term, we have been learning write a Tale of Quest. This term's text was Little Red Riding Hood. We learnt the story and looked at how we could make the story even better, using hot-seating to explore characters. We thought carefully about finding the appropriate adjectives to describe the different characters and began to think of some similes too.


Maths - This term we have been learning to been looking at looking at teen numbers and working out they are a group of ten and … extra ones. We made the teen numbers using Cuisenaire rods, base 10 and the two tens frames.

This term's topics

English - We will be exploring letters of persuasion next half-term. We will begin by learning the text Dear Mr Wolf, and will then use this to explore the way we can put our ideas across as convincingly as possible. We will use this to develop our reading skills, including the effect that writing has on the reader, and will then write our own persuasive letter.

Maths - Next half-term we will be focussing on sequences in maths. We will be learning to sequence events using the vocabulary of time, and will also be learning our number bonds to twenty (17 + 3, 12 + 8 etc). We will begin by using practical methods (splitting groups of twenty ’things’ up in different ways) and then moving on to quick recall of these key facts.

Science - We will be investigating and naming a variety of wild and garden plants and flowers. We will be exploring the way that different plants grow, and learning to name different parts of flowering plants. Some of the questions we will be asking will include: Where do the plants grow? How do they change as they grow? What plants can we name?

Humanities - We will continue to explore the idea of belonging, thinking about what it means to belong to different groups, such as clubs, cubs, rainbows, school or church. We will discuss the reasons why we choose to join groups, and the way it can make us feel when we belong to a bigger group.

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