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Badsey First School

Badsey First School

Year 1 - Class Kestrel

Welcome to Class Kestrel!

This page is designed to let you know a little bit more about our class...we hope you find it helpful.  If you ever have any questions about life in Class Kestrel that you can't find the answer to on this page, you'll always be able to catch a member of our class team before or after school on the playground and we'll be happy to help.

Who's Who?

Class Teacher:  Miss L Smith

Meet The Teacher

Click here for the Meet The Teacher 2019 Overview Presentation

Click here for the Class Kestrel Meet The Teacher 2019 Presentation

Autumn Term

 This term, our Big Idea is ‘Respect’ and the specific focus will be on The 2019 Rugby World Cup.  

In Kestrels, we will be studying the country of New Zealand and linking all our topic based learning to this; geography, history, music, art and dance will all be incorporated.  To begin our unit, we are lucky enough to have a professional rugby player visiting the children for the day. He will undertake a session with our class, teaching the basics of rugby and linking it to respect. The children will also have the opportunity to ask him questions.  Following the visit, we will then join in with the whole school for a Rugby Opening ceremony on Friday 20th September – this will be an opportunity for the children to show their performance piece, including our New Zealand Haka!

 Core Subjects


In our Maths Learning Journey we will be providing the children with a range of learning objectives based upon a specific maths topic area.  On a daily basis, this enables us to focus our teaching upon their specific needs and provides the opportunity for the children to apply their maths skills in a range of contexts.  The week will consist of four Maths Learning Journey lessons and one Basic Skills Maths lesson. 

Maths Learning Journey coverage during the Autumn Term:

Week beginning 4th September - Transition Maths Activities

Fortnight beginning 11th September - Place Value

Fortnight beginning 25th September - Rapid-recall Addition and Subtraction

Fortnight beginning 9th October - Formal Written Methods Addition 

Fortnight beginning 30th October - Formal Written Methods Subtraction

Week beginning 13th November - Revision and Assessment Week

Fortnight beginning 20th November - Rapid-recall Multiplication and Division

Fortnight beginning 4th December - Shape


Our English learning begins with a journey story, where we will be using ‘Butterfly Mask’ as a model text for the children. Our focus for this unit will be to introducing the Year 1 skills including capital letters, full stops and finger spaces, through a setting description. Following this, we will be learning to write a non-chronological report linked to butterflies before we innovate it to become a non-chron about our country, New Zealand. We will also be practising our cursive handwriting every day, in preparation for our ‘Badsey Best Write’ pieces.

We use Talk 4 Writing as the vehicle to deliver writing lessons at Badsey. To learn more about Talk 4 Writing, click here. 

Other Important Information


PE lessons are on a Wednesday this term. Please ensure that your child always has an appropriate PE kit in school. Your child will need shorts and a dark blue t-shirt, and for the colder days please also ensure that your child has joggers and a jumper.  We strongly recommend outdoor trainers for outdoor PE – please note pumps don’t provide very good support for young feet when partaking in outdoor sports.  Indoor PE can be done bare foot, however some parent choose to also buy their children indoor pumps.

We are also undertaking a series of Balanceability sessions with our friends from Move More this half term.  Your child will have the opportunity to work in a small group every Wednesday learning how to master the balance-bike.

Forest School: 

Taught Forest school sessions with Mr Holdaway are reserved for EYFS, Y1 and Y4 pupils at Badsey this year.  Kestrel's sessions will be after Christmas.


Spellings at this stage of Year 1 are taught through our Phonics lessons.  The children will continue to learn the Phase 3, 4 or 5 sounds depending on their starting point from the end of Reception, and apply them in their work.   We will also be looking at 'nonsense' words ready for the National Year 1 Phonics Screening Check, which will be in June 2020.  In English lessons we will continue to explore the Year 1 National Curriculum Spelling Appendix words which can be found here. 

There is a mock Phonics Screening check in November from which we can see how your child is progressing.  It gives us the opportunity to regroup the children where appropriate and share material with you at home to support your child mastering Phonics.


Homework will be a choice grid, which has a range of activities for your child to choose from and ultimately aim to complete by the end of the term. We would like the homework brought into school on a Friday for them to share with their class.

We also ask that you read every day with your child at home, making a note in their reading diary when you have done so.  At Badsey we think reading with your child at home is one of the most important things you can do as a parent to help your child thrive academically.  Our aim is that every child has at least four entries in their reading diary each week. Making predictions, asking questions about what you have read together, clarifying new & confusing words and summarising at the end are great tools to help your child comprehend what they have read.

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