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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: 1P 2021 - 2022


Your teaching team are Mrs Pow and Mrs Hambly

Miss Pavey also supports children in year 1

(On a Tuesday morning, Ms Wylie teaches music)

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This half term's topic is....

Bright Lights, Big City

Put on your best outfit because you’re invited to have tea with the Queen. Use your best manners and comb your hair, as one will not be amused if you don’t! What do you know about England’s capital city? Let’s find out all about London, including its history, transport and famous landmarks. Step back in time and discover what happened in the Great Fire of London. Where did it start? How did it end? Create a model of the bakery on Pudding Lane, then burn it to the ground to recreate the Great Fire. Stand well back and watch how the flames spread. London’s burning! London’s burning! Fire, fire! Fire, fire! Hang on, there’s someone new in town. Plan a tour for Marley the Meerkat (he’s come all the way from Zambia, you know) making sure he takes in all the sights and sounds of London. Are you ready for the bright lights of the big city? Hop in a black cab and enjoy the ride.


Reading books will be changed each Friday when your child will bring home 1 or 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 journal each time your child has read at home to an adult and send reading folders into school EVERY THURSDAY.Children Reading Clip Art Images, Stock Photos & Vectors | Shutterstock

This year we will be starting 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.

PE days

Daily LEAP every morning

Summer 1: Friday - outdoor games with Mr Troman - wear PE kit to school (yellow t-shirt, jogging bottoms/leggings & suitable footwear)

Useful websites (Click for the links)

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

Sumdog — Watssman

Newsletters and Curriculum Information

Year 1 Curriculum map

Outdoor Learning

Outdoor learning will take place most Thursday afternoons, weather permitting. During the first half of the summer term we will be undertaking beach school activities. Please wear suitable shoes, coat and trousers to school and bring wellies in a bag.  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. Let the office know if you can help.

The EYFS Outdoors: 38 Outdoor Learning Activities | Famly

Home Learning support resources