Class 1 - The Busy Bee Class 2019 - 2020

Mrs Walker

Mrs Walker

Hello! I am the class 1 teacher. Prior to teaching class 1, I had the pleasure of teaching years 2 and 3 at Cartmel and a year 3 class in Camden, London. Teaching is a true vocation for me and I love planning activities to excite and motivate my class. In addition to my teaching responsibilities I am the subject leader for: Literacy, History and Geography.

Miss Taylor-Crozier

Miss Taylor-Crozier

Hello! I teach class 1 on Wednesdays and Thursdays. However, from January 2019 I will be covering Mrs Walker's maternity! I have previously been a supply teacher and taught at a school in Barrow-in-Furness. I love teaching PE, geography and allowing the children to have hands on learning opportunities outdoors such as in Forest Schools. I am also the subject lead for PE and French.

Class 1 - The Busy Bee Class: Blog items

Very busy bees! 🐝🌟👍, by Miss Taylor-Crozier

Welcome to our class page! The children in the Busy Bee class are taught in different ways throughout the day. We have a variety of approaches including focus group activities, whole class activities, self-initiated activities and objective-led planning. At the beginning of each term we set off with a topic or theme in mind which we think will interest and motivate our eager learners, but we are flexible in our approach and shape our planning to match the evolving interests of the children within our class. 


Autumn Term (1) 2019  

This half term our topic will be Houses and Homes!


Through the teaching of this topic, the following curriculum areas will be covered;   


English: We will be looking at stories in familiar settings, our favourite traditional tales and some twists of these, creating labels, lists, signs and posters and using our knowledge to create list poems.

Maths: developing our key skills in number (counting, ordering and recognition), place value, doubles, more and less, addition and subtraction, problem solving and naming, recognising and sorting 2D and 3D shapes and their properties, 

Science: we will be looking at animals (including humans). This will include identifying and naming a variety of common animals including fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals and whether they are carnivores, herbivores and omnivores. Furthermore, describing and comparing the structure of a variety of common animals and learn how to identify, name, draw and label the basic parts of the human body, including which part of the body is associated with each sense.

Design and Technology and Art: We will be making moving pictures and continuing to develop our skills on our woodwork bench, (or gaining our hammer and saw licences for our new reception children!)

Geography: We will be looking at our school and using some key geographical skills such as map reading and making, using map symbols, directions and using a compass. We will also be developing our observational skills to study the geography of the school and its grounds, looking at the key human and physical features of its surrounding environment - Cartmel!

History: We will be learning all about The Great Fire of London and celebrating Bonfire Night! This will be through a mixture of history specific skills such as looking at and making our own timelines, art and craft, writing, role play and linking it with our topic of houses and homes, comparing the buildings in 1666 to today.

PSHE: Boris the robot, learning how to be ‘HeartSmart’ as we think about how valued and loved we are, understanding negative emotions and positive relationships, how to be brave and how to overcome fears and persevere! The children will also be looking at ‘New Beginnings’ with Miss Lace.

ICT: looking at multimedia and word processing and developing our key skills such as using a mouse and familiar programmes such as Purple Mash.

Music: Charanga, Sing Up, following the rhythm and beat and putting their own music to familiar stories.  

PE: children will be practising their fundamental movement skills, throwing, catching, aiming, rolling and striking and increasing their control and accuracy when using equipment. We will also be practising key skills for competitions and festivals coming up.

RE: children will be learning about different stories from the Bible and thinking about that they teach us. We will also be looking at and thinking about Harvest, being reflective in thinking about that we are thankful for. In addition we will be learning about Diwali!


Phonics and Spellings  

Children in Reception and Year 1 have a daily ability grouped phonics session each morning. They practise sounds already taught and learn new phonemes and graphemes through Letters and Sounds. Please see a video below for the sounds and actions. 



Our reading books are banded into different colours. Children are heard reading at least twice a week within school, either 1:1 with their own book or as part of a guided session. Children also take part in ‘Headstart’ reading comprehension activities and share their books with a book buddy. Please can children try and read every day at home as this helps to improve blending, comprehension, grammar and spelling and most importantly helps to develop a life-long love of reading for pleasure.   


 Miss Taylor-Crozier, Miss Lace and Mrs Bowden 

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