Cherry Class (Reception and Yr1)

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Welcome to Cherry Class where we love to learn through play and exploration. We learn inside and outside about all sorts of fascinating things from bugs to number bonds. We all try our best and understand that sometimes when we are learning it can be a bit tricky but we must persevere. Most of all we like to have fun together!


Spring Term

Our learning this term is inspired by exploring the question: How do we know dinosaurs existed?

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We will be finding out how fossils are formed and where they can be found today. We will look at the different types of dinosaurs – carnivores, herbivores and omnivores. We will experience how the landscape changes near the seaside. We will also observe the similarities and differences between sea creatures and their habitats. This will help us learn how to be respectful and considerate to everything in our world – reduce, reuse, recycle. We will explore sinking and floating in water.

Some of our key fiction texts this term will be:

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We will also be using non fiction texts to find out about the seaside and sea creatures.

Key Information

PE happens on Monday. Please ensure all PE kit and shoes are labelled clearly.

Super Star Assemblies are on Friday afternoon.


Year R will take new reading books home once they have begun blending their RWI sounds. Their books will be changed each week.

Year 1 will continue to bring home their RWI books each week.

Reading at home is encouraged at least 3-5 times a week. We also strongly encourage reading to your child regularly as well as listening to them read. Please update their Tapestry with any exciting home learning.

Home Learning: Year 1 will have new spellings each Monday and will begin bringing maths activities home. Additional, home learning (optional) challenges will be sent home throughout the term to extend our creative curriculum learning.


Useful Websites

Creative Curriculum

A KS1 website with video clips full of information on the natural world.

A  website with video clips full of information about the seaside.

A lot of different ideas for interesting yet simple to carry out homemade science activities.


A variety of activities for maths including number recognition, patterns, measure and shape.

Fantastic activities to challenge a wide range of mathematical areas. Articles about developing children’s maths are also interesting and thought provoking to read.

Games and interactive activities to challenge mathematical thinking in KS1.



A useful guide to our Read Write Inc scheme’s pronunciation.

An overview of Read Write Inc for parents.

This site has lots of tips to get children reading; fun stuff to do; book recommendations; ideas for all ages up to end of KS2. Excellent site.

This is an extensive site giving tips on how to share books; book lists & recommendations; catering for all ages including adults. Highly recommended.

Free eBooks; advice and tips for supporting children in KS1 & KS2; lots of games & activities that support reading skills; links to Oxford reading schemes. Definitely worth a look.

This site regularly updates its reading lists for specific age groups. It gives synopses, reviews & recommendations. Useful for keeping abreast of what’s popular in children’s fiction.


Provides a checklist of tips for hearing your child read.

Top ten tips on hearing your child read + a few related links.