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The Beacon C of E (VA) Primary School

'Living life in all its fullness' (John 10:10)


1 Beacon Place, Exmouth, Devon, EX8 2SR

01395 264300


Year 1: 2022 - 2023

The Year 1 Teaching Team are Mrs Amanda Pow and Mrs Julie Garrett.

Other staff who will also teach year 1 are: Miss Suzy Brunwin and our Sports Coaches, Mr Marc Troman and Miss Katie Murray.

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  This term's topic is......  .

Childhood: All about Us

In our Childhood project, your child will learn words and phrases related to the passage of time. They will explore artefacts to help them to understand childhood in the past and how childhood has changed over time. They will explore the six stages of life and explore timelines and family trees. Everyday life in the 1950s will be explored, including shopping, transport, family life and childhood. They will also learn about the significance of Queen Elizabeth II's coronation in 1953 by studying photographs and online sources. The children will use maps to explore how places have changed over time and highlight any similarities or differences between childhood today and childhood in the 1950s. 

Companion projects include:

Science 1: Human senses - learning about how we see, hear, smell, taste & touch.

Science 2: Materials - identifying & sorting everyday materials

Geography: Our beautiful world - discovering physical and human features of Earth, following maps, using the compass points, and positional and directional language

Art: Funny Faces - creating portraits, looking at the work of Pablo Picasso and Andy Warhol.

DT: Shade & shelter - designing & building dens from different materials


Reading books will be changed each Friday when your child will bring home 2 reading books which match their reading ability. We suggest children are heard read at least 5 times a week - little and often is very effective. Please comment in the accompanying yellow reading record each time your child has read at home to an adult and send reading folders into school EVERY WEDNESDAY.

Children Reading Clip Art Images, Stock Photos & Vectors | Shutterstock

This year we will be continuing our class Rocket Reading challenge. For every 10 reads completed, children move their rocket to the next planet and receive a certificate in achievement worship. We would like to emphasise the importance of reading a book more than once. The first read should be to decode the words using their phonic knowledge; the second should be to increase their reading fluency, and the third time to develop their understanding of the story further. When reading in school, we always love spending time talking about the story with the children, this discussion is vital for developing comprehension skills.

  Home Learning   

New activities will come each every Friday in reading folders and will generally consist of number facts, tricky word spellings and key phonic sounds. Maths tasks will set online via Sumdog. Every child's personal log in details have been sent home.

  PE days  

Autumn 1st half term: Tuesday - Dance with Miss Murray

Autumn 2nd half term - Wednesday - outdoor games with Mr Troman

Wear PE kit to school (yellow t-shirt, blue shorts, jogging bottoms/leggings when cold & suitable footwear) for all PE sessions.

  Useful websites   (Click for the links)

Hit the Button Maths game (yr 1-6) | Nailsworth CofE Primary School

Sumdog — Watssman

  Newsletters and Curriculum Information  

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  Outdoor Learning  

Outdoor learning will take place most Thursday afternoons, weather permitting. During the Autumn term we will be exploring our locality including Manor gardens, the Beach and Holy Trinity Church grounds. Please wear suitable shoes, coat and trousers to school and bring wellies in a bag when wet.  Also, please wear a hat and apply sun cream in the hot sunny weather. We do supply all-in-one wet weather suits when raining. Extra adult helpers are required for these sessions. Please let the office know if you can help.

The EYFS Outdoors: 38 Outdoor Learning Activities | Famly

  Home Learning support resources