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Badsey First School

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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:  Mrs C Blair

Teaching Assistant Supporting Kestrels:  Mrs L Moss

Summer Term Big Idea

Each term at Badsey, the children will explore and learn about a new Big Idea.  These could range from Fairness to Power. We link all lessons from the Foundation Curriculum (History, Geography, Art, Music, RE etc) to this Big Idea.

During the Summer Term, we will be exploring the idea of ‘Power’. We are starting our unit of work with a trip to Thinktank, Birmingham Science Museum, to get the imaginative juices flowing and thinking of the ‘power’ of humans and also the ‘power’ of nature. Y1 are going to be researching inventors and creating a timeline of some of the amazing people who have changed our world for the better. We will also be looking at Space and the power of the world/planets all around us –  a trip inside the Thinktank Planetarium will help us with that!

 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 Summer Term:

Week beginning 29th April - Place Value

Fortnight beginning 6th May - Time

Three weeks beginning 20th May - Position (to include a some assessment sessions)

Fortnight beginning 17th June - Formal Written Methods for Addition and Subtraction

Fortnight beginning 1st July - Formal Written Methods for Multiplication and Division

Week beginning 15th July - Addressing final class needs


In English we will be starting our learning journeys by writing a recount of our trip to Thinktank.  Then we will be creating our own stories later on in the term. Finally, we will be finishing with a non-chronological report on one of our researched inventors.  

The Y1 Programme of Study for Writing has been sent home for you to look at and practise any areas.

To learn more about Talk 4 Writing, click here. 

Other Important Information


Throughout the Summer 2 Term, we shall be working with Miss Kay for outdoor Athletics every Friday.  Until then, we will have our class PE lessons on a Thursday.

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.

Forest School: 

Mr Holdaway will be joining us from Bishops Cleeve to run our Forest School sessions for the Summer term.  The dates are:

Tuesday 30th April

Wednesday 8th May

Tuesday 14th May

Wednesday 22nd May

Tuesday 4th June


Spellings at this stage of Year 1 are taught through our Phonics lessons.  The children will continue to learn the Phase 5 sounds 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 on the week commencing 10th June.  In English lessons we will continue to explore the Year 1 National Curriculum Spelling Appendix words which can be found here. 


The homework grid sent home at the beginning of each term provides a range of activities for your child to complete linked closely to the learning we do in class each week.  We will find time to share and celebrate your child's work in class regularly.  

Reading at Home:

Across the week, the children will complete a carousel of reading based activities that will include reading with the teacher and developing their comprehension skills.

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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