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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: 2023 - 2024

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

Other staff who will also teach year 1 are: Ms Brunwin (Wednesday pm), Miss Pavey and our Sports Coaches, Mr Marc Troman and Mrs Katie Whenman (nee Murray).

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Home learning due to severe weather warning school closure

English: The 3 Little Pigs

Maths: Adding by counting on

Watch these videos

  • If you have 2 dice roll them and add the numbers together. Record the matching number sentence:

                                 Eg)                       6 + 2 = 8        Repeat 10 times.

 Turn it into a game by playing against a friend and whoever rolls the biggest value scores a point. Who will be the first to win 5 points?

  • Play a card game, dominoes or snakes & ladders to help you learn your numbers.

Science: Materials

Watch this video:

Go on a Material hunt at home and find 3 objects made out of the following materials:












Spelling: Tricky words

Learn to spell these words: the    you    her   they   (see bottom of this page for some fun activities to try)


Phonics: ay words

  • Roll & read game (see link below)
  • Practice sounding out the ay words on the sheet below (see link 'ay read and reveal')
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The Learning environment:

This term, children will be taught through a mixture of whole class and group lessons. They will still have access to independent activities through COOL (Choosing Our Own Learning) Rainbow Challenges. These challenges will enable children to apply new skills through a play-based approach similar to that experienced in Reception, whilst developing their learning further. It will be expected that each child completes these challenges during the week whether that be independently or with adult support. For each challenge completed children will earn a coloured lolly stick to put in their Rainbow pouch. The aim is to collect all six; red (construction), orange (creative), yellow (English), green (enquiry/topic), blue (maths), purple (bonus) – by the end of the week.

  This term's topic is......  .

Autumn Term - 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

 See below for some fun home learning ideas!

Previous term's Topic



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 The Rocket Reading challenge. For every 10 reads completed at home, 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.


We will also be sending home a log in to the parent portal of our new phonics scheme 'FFT Success for all', where you will be able to electronically access the shared reader text used in class that week. More details to follow......

  PE days - Autumn Term 2  

Monday - Core movement skills with Mrs Pow (outdoors)

Friday - Games with Mr Troman (outdoors)

Wear PE uniform 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

  Newsletters and Curriculum Information  

  Outdoor Learning  

Outdoor learning will take place most Thursday afternoons, weather permitting. During the Autumn term we will be using our senses to  explore the geography of our locality including the Beach, Manor gardens 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   

An information sheet outlining new activities will come each Friday in reading folders. Activities will generally consist of number facts, tricky word spellings and key phonic sounds (Pips/Tricky Teddies). There will be QR code links to access any online activities.

  Home Learning support resources