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Badsey First School

Badsey First School

Year 1 - Kestrel Class

Hello lovely Kestrels!

We have had a FANTASTIC start to the summer term! The children have settled in so quickly and we are really enjoying all of our learning.

Please find information about the summer term below:

Year 1 - 'A Day in the Middle Ages' TUESDAY 8TH JUNE (more information below)


Our spelling test is every Friday. Please practise the spelling words throughout the week and make sure the spelling book is back in school every Friday.

Here is a copy of the spelling words. If a child gets to the end of this list, they will be given the days of the week, months of the year and will be randomly tested on all of the words in the list :)

Forest School

Our last Forest School session is Tuesday 25th May.

Please ensure your child comes in to school prepared for forest school on Tuesdays – long t-shirts, jogging bottoms and suitable footwear. Please bring spare clothes in case they get muddy. We plan to go into the forest whatever the weather so please bring clothing suitable for this.

As we are doing forest school in the afternoon, your children will come back home in their forest school clothing UNLESS they get super muddy, in which case we will change them into their spare clothes.


This will take place on Wednesday mornings. Please ensure children have their full P.E kits every day in school with appropriate outdoor clothing to allow for any last minute timetable changes.


Our library day is a Thursday. The children have chosen their library book to enjoy with you at home. Every Thursday they have the option of swapping it with another book or keeping it for another week.





The wolf from Little Red Riding Hood has escaped and has been spotted around Badsey School grounds!

Don't worry though - the year one children will be planning and writing some instructions on how to trap the wolf so you will be safe again in no time.

Here is the CCTV footage of the wolf - be warned, this might scare you! ;-)


Reading and Phonics



Please keep up with your reading at home EVERY DAY.
We are now encouraging the children to be changing their own reading books throughout the week by themselves. We will make sure every child has changed their books at least once a week. We will discourage children from changing their books every day as it is important that children re-read books in order to develop their reading fluency and expression.

In our phonics lessons our focus will be on learning the phase 5 sounds. We will continue to revise phase 3 sounds to make sure that these are embedded.

HERE is a video to help you with phase 2 sounds.

HERE is a video to help you with phase 3 sounds.

HERE is a video to help you with phase 5 sounds.

Please familiarise yourself with these sounds so that you are matching the learning in school and helping your child correctly.

Please watch the video here to learn more about how phonics is taught at Badsey.




In maths we will be increasing our confidence and fluency when working with numbers up to and over 100. The children will be making sure they can recognise each number, count forwards and backwards and also count in twos, fives and tens starting from any number.

Towards the end of the half-term, we will be learning to add and subtract numbers. We will practise our rapid recall of number facts to 20 and learn how to solve missing number problems such as: 20 = ___ + 3

3D Curriculum



The Year 1 3D curriculum this term has been created in order to help the children to generate an interest and love for where they live and the surrounding areas. Living in and around Badsey, the children will be growing up in a rural area and our learning is going to help them to appreciate the areas where they live and also learn about the historical and cultural significance of places like Evesham.

We will begin the term by learning all about plants and trees. The children will grow their own Bean plants and we will learn how to recognise common wild and garden plants and trees around us. We will also learn about the structure of plants and trees and why it is important that we care for them. We will link this to our learning in the autumn term about the different ways that land is used around Badsey and talk about what types of plants we will expect to find growing in different places.

Then we will start looking at Evesham, learning about places that will be familiar to the children and the history of Evesham. We will briefly talk about the Battle of Evesham in 1265 and why there are buildings and streets in Evesham named after Simon De Montfort. We will link this to our learning in the autumn term about the importance of the River Avon and also look at features of human and physical geography.


We are very lucky to be having a Medieval Day on the 8th June to explore life in the Middle Ages. The children will be encouraged to dress up as a Medieval prince, princess, knight or even a peasant! This day will include a Workshop where the children will look at replica objects from the Middle Ages and lots of fun learning activities to help us understand how life was different in the past.

In art lessons we will study the artist Andy Goldsworthy and create our own designs and art pieces using natural objects.

In PE lessons we will continue to have the wonderful Olivia helping us learn how to play team games such as Rounders and Cricket.

Websites to support learning from home:

Listen to Miss Smith reading stories: