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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 Mr Wright

(Ms Wylie teaches music on Tuesday afternoon)

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This half term's topic is....

Paws, Claws and Whiskers

Raunds Park Infant School - Hope everyone is enjoying their half-term  break. After half-term, Year 1 and 2 begin their new topic 'Paws, Claws and  Whiskers'. Please could the Owls, Sparrows and

Soft fur, sharp claws and twitching whiskers. What’s your favourite animal? One that meows? One that barks? Or maybe one that scurries or slithers? From pets at home to animals in the zoo, let’s find out what animals like to eat and where they like to sleep. Do you know how to look after a rabbit? A cat? Or even a snake? Find out how the elephant got his trunk and how the rhinoceros got his leathery skin. Perhaps you know how the dog got his waggy tail? Can you make a food chain to show who eats who? Who is a herbivore and who is a carnivore? When a gaggle of mysterious pets arrive at the local pet shop, it’s up to you to take care of them. Feed them, clean them and discover their daily needs. After all that work, curl up and take a cat nap.


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

Tuesday pm - dance with Miss Murray - wear PE kit to school (yellow t-shirt, blue shorts & suitable footwear)

Useful websites (Click for the links)

Newsletters and Curriculum Information

Year 1 Curriculum map

Outdoor Learning

Outdoor learning will take place most Thursday afternoons, weather permitting. This term we will be looking at nature near our school. We will also take part in some Beach School activities. Please wear suitable shoes, coat and trousers/shorts to school and bring wellies in a bag if wet.  Also, please wear a hat and sun cream in the hot weather. We do supply all-in-one wet weather suits when wet. Extra adult helpers are required for these seasons. Let the office know if you can help.

The EYFS Outdoors: 38 Outdoor Learning Activities | Famly

Home Learning support resources