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Welcome to Ladybirds!


About us

We are a Year 1 class with 20 children.  

 Miss Harris is our class teacher. 

 Mrs Wheatley is our teaching assistant. 

Miss Owen covers Miss Harris's PPA time. 

 Mrs Freeman teaches French and Music.

Mr Orton is our Forest School teacher.


Homework Summer Term 2


This will be the final piece of homework for Ladybird class, marking the end of Year One. The topic for this term is Ahoy There!


Hand in date: Monday 9th July. Please do not send in homework before this date as we have no room to store it. The homework will be showcased to the class during the morning, so please ensure it is in school to enable your child to participate in this. 


Please choose from one of the following:

* Create a Pirate treasure map - can you make it look ancient?

* Design a pirate flag - it needs to be eye-catching and show the things that are important to you

* Write a diary entry/poem about life as a pirate, sailor or explorer - showcase your writing skills

*Create your own treasure chest (you could include 'treasure' or special things that are important to you)


Homework gives you an opportunity to work closely with your child, whilst allowing them to be creative and innovative, and to explore new skills.  Hopefully it will be enjoyable for you and your child - we really love showcasing them on homework day!

Miss Harris


W/c 4th June

W/c 4th June 1 Uncle Albert - the salty, old sea-dog!
W/c 4th June 2 Captain Hook has arrived on his ship
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W/c 4th June 4 Treasure!
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Week One Summer Term


We've finally arrived at our last term of the year. I can't believe how quick it has flown by! Summer Term is always a busy one - please look out for updates on the school app and on this class page too.

Coming up:

Phonics screening check during w/c 11th June. Tests will take place during the week. Your child's score will be added to the end of year report. Children get the opportunity to re-take the test in Year 2 if they don't meet the standard (which for the past few years has been 32/40).

Dig with Dad - Saturday 16th June from 10am. Bring along your Dad, Grandad, Uncle, brother or any important male in your child's life. We'll be planting trees to make our school even more attractive to the wildlife! Please notify the office if you are joining us.

Sport's day - Monday 18th June

Mini Olympics at William Allit Academy - Friday 22nd June, please return consent slip to the office.


This term's topic is 'Ahoy There!' - all about pirates, sailors and  the high seas!

We will be looking at a range of texts, including:

The Best Pirate, Polly Parrot Picks a Pirate, Two Stubborn Pirates, Salty Dogs and the Pirate Cruncher.

In maths, we will be exploring Position and Direction, Time and Money, as well as revisiting Place Value (up to 100). 

RE : investigating other religions (apart from Christianity)

Science and DT : materials - what is the best material to make a boat from? Predicting outcomes and then carrying out an experiment.

History : the lives of famous explorers

Geography : seas, oceans and continents

Art : the work of Andy Goldsworthy

PSHE: looking at change and transition in preparation for the move to Year 2.


In addition to all of this, we are participating in the German Bears project, which is part of our International Schools link. We have a visiting bear from Germany, who will be finding out all about our culture and school life. We will finding out a little more about Germany too!


We are all very excited about our final term in Ladybird Class! If you have any questions or queries at all, please don't hesitate to contact me. Thank you, as always for your ongoing support with reading and spellings at home - it really does make the world of difference to your child's confidence. They love nothing more than moving up a reading level, or a high score in a spelling test.

Miss Harris






Handwriting Champions of the Week

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Year One Spelling Bee Word List

Pictures from our trip to the Adventure Farm

Pictures from our trip to the Adventure Farm 1
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Pictures from our trip to the Adventure Farm 4 Healthy Plants, Healthy People workshop
Pictures from our trip to the Adventure Farm 5 Fantastic bug/mini beast home
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Pictures from our trip to the Adventure Farm 8 Mummy Pig
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Pictures from our trip to the Adventure Farm 10 "The biggest pig ever!"
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Pictures from our trip to the Adventure Farm 16 Very excitable goats!
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We've had a lovely week - the trip to the Adventure Farm was a real success! I hope you'll all enjoy your voucher for a return visit over the coming weeks. The school disco was also a lovely evening. 


The Phonics Screening Check is almost upon us - w/c 11th June - I've attached some activities that I hope will be helpful to you and your child. This is not compulsory 'homework', but if you get a spare half an hour over the holidays, do try and have a look. The Pure Sounds video is especially helpful!


Spelling Shed - lots of the children are enjoying using this great site. There are pre-set word lists on there; I have also added our own lists, under 'your lists', which you should see at the top of the page when you log in. These lists will include sight words, High Frequency Words, and our weekly class spelling lists. I will still send these home weekly in the Spelling Zapper, but they are available on Spelling Shed too. If you are having trouble logging in, please use the Spelling Shed website (free), rather than the app (which I think there is a charge for!). Each child has their own log in, which I have stuck into the front of their Monkey Books.


Enjoy the holiday - the child have earned a rest! I look forward to catching up with you all in the next (and final!) half term of Year One,

Miss Harris


Phase 5 phonics activities for you to practice at home

Previous screening tests - for you to practice at home. You'll need to press ENTER to stop/move on the word!

Sounds of the English Phonic Code -Synthetic Phonics.wmv

I've attached a You Tube clip which demonstrates the 'pure sound' pronunciation that is needed for the Phonics screening check.
The sounds are much shorter and clipped than would be expected, so it's well worth a look!

Tami Reis-Frankfort, reading specialist and trainer, demonstrates how to pronounce the sounds of the English Phonic Code, when teaching children to read with Synthetic Phonics.

Summer Term Homework projects - Fun at the Farm

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w/c 18th May in pictures

w/c 18th May in pictures 1 Look for animals and insects
w/c 18th May in pictures 2 Nature detectives
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w/c 18th May in pictures 7 Painted Lady Butterflies
w/c 18th May in pictures 8 I made a friend!
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w/c 18th May in pictures 13 Our super butterfly recount writing
w/c 18th May in pictures 14 Fashion designers for Harry and Meghan's big day!

W/e 18th May 2018


A very busy week for Ladybirds - lots of phonics activities ready for our upcoming screening test. We've been finding halves of objects in maths. We've been using the conjunction 'and' and commas in English. We've looked a  range of food chains in science, released our Painted Lady butterflies, designed wedding outfits for Harry and Meghan, and enjoyed a picnic lunch. Pictures to follow.

We are all really looking forward to our school trip on Monday - have  a lovely weekend,

Miss Harris

Our Caterpillars

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This little video shows how much our caterpillars have changed over the last week. They are well on their way to transforming. Fingers crossed we'll have some beautiful butterflies very soon!

w/c 30.4.18

w/c 30.4.18 1 Our John Constable landscape artwork
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w/c 30.4.18 3 Archery
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w/c 30.4.18 5 May Day celebrations
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w/c 30.4.18 8 Making arrays, using breakfast cereal
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w/c 30.4.18 11 Our fabulous Handwriting Trophy!

w/c 30th April 2018


Just a quick update on a few items. Children all now have a Spelling Shed login, which I've stuck on the inside cover of their monkey books. Have a look through the site - there are some pre-set spelling lists on there for Year One. I have added our class spelling this week too, under 'your lists'. I'll still send home the paper spelling lists as usual, but this site gives the children the opportunity to practice them in a different way. They also gain points too, so they can try and beat their previous scores!

Thank you for your continued support with practicing spellings - its a very important part of their Year 1 work. They are a competitive bunch, and they always want to do their best to improve their scores.


Thank you to those who could attend the Phonics Workshop last Friday. I have uploaded the booklet from the workshop on the phonics page on the website, for those of you who could not attend on the day.

The phonics screening test is w/c 11th June, and will be carried over the course of the week. If you would like to support your child at home over the next few weeks try:

Phonics Play - website

Teach your monster to read - website/app

CBeebies - Alphablocks

Mr Thorne does Phonics - YouTube

Geraldine the Giraffe - YouTube

Further idea are on the phonics page on our school site.


Homework Hand in date is 8th May.


Adventure Farm Trip - please ensure we have your consent forms in asap, ready for the trip on Monday 21st May.


Thankyou to so many of you that could join us on May Day this week, and for your support in MayPole making! The children were so excited to perform their dance in front of you all.


Miss Harris



Such lovely weather this week!

We have been enjoying the sunshine, and have welcomed 10 tiny caterpillars to our class. We are going to be watching their growth closely, and can't wait for their transformation in to beautiful butterflies. We have investigated the lifecycle of butterflies, and understand the transformation from a tiny egg, to a beautiful butterfly. Try the following link to see a close up of this amazing process:


 We have written letters this week, welcoming our caterpillars and  I was so impressed with how thoughtful and creative the children have been. "I hope you drink lots of water." "I hope you fly over the mountains and hills, and never stop." "I hope you make lots of new friends." And my favourite, "I hope you enjoy it at Walton School because the teachers are pretty and smart!" 


We have also made butter, which tasted lovely! Hopefully, your children can recall the process and you may be able to make some at home too. We also went on a Spring time Nature Treasure Hunt, which helped us learn so much about changes and growth. We were lucky enough to see a pheasant on the playground too!


The letters have gone out this week for our trip to the farm on Monday 21st May - please ensure your slips are returned. Let me know if you having  difficulties with transport. 

w/e 20.4.18

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w/e 20.4.18 6 It smells like butter...
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w/e 20.4.18 8 It tastes like butter!
w/e 20.4.18 9 Our new visitors
w/e 20.4.18 10 Nature treasure hunt
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Ladybird Homework Project - Summer Term 1

Fun at the Farm

Hand in date: Tuesday 8th May (please do not send in any project before this date, as we have no room to store anything!)

We will be showcasing the homework projects through the day, so all children will get the chance to show and talk about their work.

I  have spoken to the children and they have decided they would like to do the following for their homework:


Please choose one

* make a scarecrow - be as creative as you like! 

*create a 'mini -farm' within a box (shoe box size would be ideal). Think about the materials you could use, how to add colour and texture,  would you have animals/crops/trees etc?

* make up a fact file, poem, song or story about your favourite farm animal. Pictures or photographs would make this really interesting!

The children really enjoy the homework projects, and showcasing them to their friends. Your efforts in the past in supporting your children have been fantastic; I hope you enjoy doing them as much as we enjoy sharing them!

Any questions, do let me know,

Miss Harris


Summer Term 1 - Fun at the Farm


This term, we will be focusing on Farming as our topic. We will be reading a range of texts including A Squash and a Squeeze and The Scarecrow's Wedding, both by Julia Donaldson, which will support us in our writing. In maths, we are learning Multiplication and Division (not as scary as it sounds! Think 'groups of' and 'sharing') and counting in tens.

Science and geography will see us looking at animals and insects, as well as weather, and how this can affect farming (crops, animals etc). We are having a delivery of caterpillars over the next week so we can follow their transformation into beautiful butterflies. We will also be working hard on Phonics in preparation for the forthcoming phonics screening test (w/c 11th June).

SMSC (spiritual, moral, social and cultural)/British Values:We are looking forward to the Royal Wedding on 19th May, and will be enjoying a British Tea Party to celebrate this

I am in the process of arranging a trip to the farm for this half term too - I will confirm the details in due course. Volunteer helpers are always very welcome on school trips, so please let me know if you may be able to help out.

As ever, thank you for your continued support with reading, spellings and homework,

Miss Harris

Spring term 2 Topic map

Spring Term 2 pictures

Spring Term 2 


Our first week back has been quite an exciting 1! We have introduced a new topic - Tall Tales for this half term. The topic plan will follow, but the main focus is ' Jack and the Beanstalk' and  'Stuck', and plants.

We were visited by Fiona and Vicky from the NHS to talk to us about medicine safety. The children showed a tremendous amount of knowledge already, and were very aware of how important medicine safety is. We had some really positive comments from the Fiona and Vicky, and I felt very proud of how confident and well behaved the children were!

Obviously the Snow Days have cut short our week, but I'm hoping that you are able to enjoy the extra time with your families.

I'm looking forward to seeing you all at Parent's Evening next week - weather permitting of course!


Miss Harris

Year One Homework Projects

A huge thank you to Ladybird's parents/carers for your support with our Space homework last half term. We showcased it all on the Monday (pics/videos are on the class page) and I was literally blown away by all of your efforts and hard work! The children were so excited to share their work with their friends and staff on the day, and loved talking about how they had created it and how much time it took.  We had a wide range of creations, from poetry to art work, models and magazines, films and and actual human-sized space rocket. The children couldn't have done this without your continuing support, and I hope you enjoyed sharing this time with your children. 

Thank you so much,

 Miss Harris


(I've been trying very hard to upload both Jude and Harry's homework videos, but without success. Computer says they are too large...can anyone help?)


Our fantastic Space homework projects - I'm so proud of all of your hard work Ladybirds!

As part of our Space topic, we had a special food tasting sessions last week. We were very excited to be able to try Astronaut Food! We mostly agreed it was quite nice, but the texture was a little strange sad

PSHCE - our Circle of Friendship :-)

Wake and shake - Ladybird Style!

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Just wanted to share a video with you all - we love our morning Wake and Shake. We've been using Go Noodle and Jump Start Jonny websites - they both have lots of free routines on them so you can enjoy these at home if you like? They're very catchy and addictive.
Banana, banana, meatballs is our great favourite :-)

Ladybird Class Spring Term 1 Homework Project

Topic Map for Ladybird Class, Spring 1 term

The last few days before Christmas

Isaacs fantastic edible nativity! Thank you Isaac! 13.12.17

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Fun in the snow! 12.12.17

Anti-Bullying Week at Walton


Walton School, like many others, works incredibly hard to promote kindness, fairness and friendships. In Ladybird Class, we have looked at 'bullying' and what it is, and what we can do to stop it.

Bullying is:

Unkindness, but on purpose

Repeated, not just happening once

Unkind words, actions and thoughts towards another child (which may involve more than one child)

Stopping it:

Saying firmly, "No! I don't like it when you......."

Telling a grown up as soon as you can

If you someone else being treated unkindly, go and tell a grown up


As a class, we created a simple, but clear anti-bullying charter. We worked on creating 'hands of friendship' - ideas, thoughts and actions to give to someone who needed a friend.



Autumn Term (2) Homework for Ladybird Class


Hand in date: Friday 24th November (nice and early to make way for Christmas!)


This half term, we are looking at nocturnal animals, particularly owls. I would like the children to create a 'project' on owls (or any other nocturnal animals).

This can be:

* a booklet with a series of pictures with labels

* a booklet with information collected from books or the internet

* a short film/'documentary' about your chosen animal

* a piece of artwork - clay, collage, sewing etc

* Any other idea you may have 


Be as creative as you and your children can be! The projects will be shared in class, and it would be great to have a range of different types of presentations. 


 Reading (5 x per week) is expected too - see current newsletter for further information on this. Spellings will be sent home on Mondays for practise, ready for the test the following Monday.


Miss Harris


Diwali - October 2017

Sing2Gether 2017 at Coton in the Elms School

World Food Day 16th October 2017

Our Oliver Jeffers' inspired artwork, from 'The Day the Crayons Quit.'

October 9th 2017


We've had a busy few weeks in Ladybirds, and our half term is fast approaching!

Today,  we were visited by Mr Dan the Skipping Man, who taught us all some amazing skills and games to practice at home and on the playground. (Pics to follow)

We've been practicing our song for the Harvest Festival in church next Tuesday. And we're very excited to be performing our Sing2gether songs at Coton School next week. 

Your Family Treasure Boxes have all been fantastic - thank you so much for all of the effort that you've put in to supporting your children with these - the last few are being shown on Monday next week. This has been a great opportunity for your children to stand in front of the class (scary!) and to talk about their family. Speaking and Listening is a huge skill for life, and I hope this has been great opportunity for them. 


For next half term, I will be sending spellings home (high frequency words/tricky words) as part of Year 1 homework. I will then test the children in school weekly; this will support the children hugely in their Phonics screening, and also in their day to day writing. I realise this is a big step up from EYFS, so this will be a gradual process, starting with 5 spellings, and building up to 10 over the course of the year. 


As always, please read as often as possible with your child, and record the amount in their Monkey Books. The frequency of reading is so important in supporting their fluency and understanding. Also reading books/magazines/literature from home is really useful to widen the range of books - e-books, Kindles, cookery books, atlases, instruction leaflets etc, any format at all!


And finally - the weather will start to become chillier over the coming weeks. Can you please ensure that children have an indoor (shorts, t shirt) and an outdoor (tracksuit bottoms, hoodie/sweater, trainers) PE kit in school each day. We have very little spare kit in school should children not have the correct clothing. Earring must be removed for PE, either by the child, or at home before school (PE is usually Monday and Wednesday).


Miss Harris 

A selection of our Family Treasure Boxes from Autumn Term

September 25th 2017


Today we saw the first of our Family Treasure Boxes homework - they were amazing! Thank you so much for taking the time and effort to create the boxes with your children. They really enjoyed presenting these to the class - the children were confident and clear in speaking in front of a group. Something which some adults find difficult, so well done! We've definitely learned so much more about each other already.  I can't wait for the following few weeks. (Don't worry if you miss your date - just send it along on the following Monday).


Show and Tell - many of the children are bringing toys in for'show and tell'. This can cause problems, as items are going missing, fall out of bags or are getting damaged, which is upsetting for the children. We have spoken about trying to move away from this in KS1. The Family Treasure Box Homework is a great opportunity for a 'show and tell' for Year 1, so can we ask that no toys are bought in from now on. Obviously, we want to celebrate achievements outside of school, such as certificates, trophies etc. These can be brought in on Fridays, and will be shown in Shine Assembly in front of the whole school. Thank you for your support with this. 


Sing Up Workshops

We are very lucky to have been invited to participate in this years' Sing Up Workshops, with Coton and Rosliston Schools. More details of this will follow, but it takes place during the school day in the next few weeks. The children have been learning the songs already, and seem very excited about it!


Thank you for reading frequently with your children - Rainbow Reader badges will be given out from this week.( Please note, that a maximum of 7 'reads' will be counted per week, per child). Regular reading will improve fluency and understanding of a range of texts. Don't worry if your child seems reluctant to read school books at home though - they are free to read any books at home (including e-books, magazines etc) that are of interest to them. Please record these in the Monkey Books in the usual way.

Miss Harris


September 15th 2017


Thank you to those parents who were able to come along and Meet the Teacher this week - it was great to put names to faces! Don't worry if you were unable to come along; I'm on the gate at the end of the school day, so please say Hi if we haven't already met properly.


A few reminders about routines: 

PE will be on a Monday and a Wednesday (although PE kits should be in school daily, as we occasionally get the chance for extra PE!). Earrings must be removed for PE - by the children if possible, or removed before school on PE days. 


Water bottles, Monkey Books and reading books should be in school every day. It would be really helpful if you could write the number of pages you have read in the Monkey Books - it isn't always clear if the whole book has been read or not. I want to ensure that books are swapped correctly and regularly, and that children can move through the reading levels at an appropriate pace. 



A few parents have asked about homework for this half term.  Reading is expected regularly to improve fluency and range of vocabulary. We will be following the Rainbow Readers scheme to encourage regular reading at home.


As we are focused on 'getting to know each other', the homework for this half term is to create  a Family Treasure Box.

This is a shoe box, basket or similar, with a number of items in that are special or important to your family. The children will then present their Family Treasure Box to the class - the other children can then ask questions, so we all get to find out a little more about each other.  For example, it may include photos, letters, drawing of your family tree, a favourite keepsake or souvenir, details of an interesting people or events in your family. Don't go back too far.....grandparents or great grandparents will be fine!

As storage is an issue, I've put together the following rota for the homework. Can your child bring their Treasure Box in on these dates:

25/9: LS, AR, MH, AG, FM

2/10: HU, IC, JB, VJ, CH

9/10: KL, MG, HF, KH, ET

16/10: MW, TB, AH, OH, LM


I cant wait to see them all!

Miss Harris


Roald Dahl Day 2017



8th September

Well, its been a very busy first week back for the Ladybirds. I've had a fantastic first week in Ladybird Class - the children have been very welcoming to me. We've spent time getting to know each other a little better; we've drawn self portraits, we've read books, we've learned new songs, we've had PE, we've had our first French lesson with Mrs Freeman, we've written about our summer holidays, and we've has a bare-foot walk. 

This was by far their favourite activity of the week - they walked through sand, pasta, leaves, flour and jelly and were asked to describe what it felt like. The children created an amazing 'word bank' of adjectives and similes which is displayed on our working wall.

We've talked about a 'Growth Mindset' and how it can be tricky to do things at first, but its important to keep on trying. There are many things that we can't do yet, but with help, we might achieve what we want. 


We've been singing a lovely song this week by Will I Am (Black Eyed Peas and The Voice mentor) - I've attached the link below for you to have a listen along with your children:




Miss Harris