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Badsey First School

Badsey First School

Year 1 - Kestrel Class

Spring Term 2022

Welcome back to the Year 1 Class Web Page.  We are very much looking forward to making the Spring Term another hugely successful one, working in partnership with parents and carers to ensure your child enjoys lots of successes over the coming weeks.

Please see our Spring Term 2022 Curriculum Letter here

Who's who in Kestrel class?

Class Teacher: Miss Gemma Harris

Class Teaching Assistant: Mrs Jacquie Newman

PPA Teacher: Mrs Fiona Thomas - every other Friday

Further information to support your child's learning at home is available below, and on the separate Year 1 Homework page.


  • Your child has 2 school reading books.
  • This term, the children will be encouraged to change their books themselves when they are ready to.
  • Please encourage children to continue re-reading their books to help improve fluency.
  • Please bring in book bags every day.
  • Please record any reading your child does at home in their reading record, it all counts towards winning our Badsey Bookworm!


 We are focusing on using capital letters, spaces between words and full stops every time we write, and we use the sound mats below to help us write phonetically.

Sound Mat Phase 2
Sount Mat Phase 3

As we teach specific spellings, these will become 'non-negotiable' and we will expect them to be correct from then on. Here is a list of the year 1 spelling words which the children will be taught throughout the year.


 Here is a video to show you how children learn phonics at Badsey. PLEASE WATCH THIS!

We are now learning phase 5.

Here are the phase 3 sounds the children have already learnt.

Here are the phase 4 blends.

Here are the phase 5 sounds we will be learning later on this half-term.



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Listen to Miss Smith reading stories: