Turquoise 2021 - 2022

Mrs Mckenzie

Miss Thomas

Welcome to Turquoise Class! 

We are a Year 1 class taught by Mrs McKenzie on Mondays through to Thursdays and Miss Thomas on Fridays.

On Tuesday afternoons Mrs Lister teaches the class. 

We are looking forward to an exciting Spring Term!                                                                  

In Turquoise class we work hard to achieve the Secrets to Success. To achieve this we . . .

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Try new things - If you never try, you’ll never know.
Work hard – Its not luck or looks that make you successful, its all about the effort. 
Concentrate – Learn to focus, tune out distractions and be mindful.
Push yourself – Fight your fears and learn to push past doubts.
Imagine – Have ideas and don’t be scared of being wrong.
Improve – Keep advancing, bit by bit. Success never comes in one giant step.
Understand others – Learn to listen, listen to learn about others.
Don’t give up – Sir Winston Churchill said ‘Success isn’t final, failure isn’t fatal. It is the courage to continue that counts.’




All the children will be following the Power Maths and White Rose mastery schemes.                          The children in Year 1 will be learning about: Addition and Subtraction (within 20); Place Value (within 50); Length and Height; Weight and Volume.





NumBots is a self-paced educational platform combined with an interactive, robot-immersed game. The aim of NumBots is to ensure children develop a core understanding of maths from an early age, establishing a strong mathematical foundation which they can build upon as they progress through their education. Numbots will form part of the children’s maths homework, but it is intended that the children access the platform a little but often.





Our English is taken from the LiteracyCounts scheme ‘Read to Write’, which takes children though a number of sequential steps of: Immerse, Analyse, Plan and Write. Spring A’s text is titled ‘Hermelin’ by Mini Grey and Spring B’s text is ‘Where the Wild Things Are’ by Maurice Sendak. In addition, we will have regular ’Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar’ sessions and we will have weekly Guided Reading and Handwriting sessions following the ‘twinkl’ scheme of ‘continuous cursive’.

Spelling Shed:

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Spelling shed is a spelling platform and aims to make spelling fun for children. Each week their will be new spellings which will reflect those being taught in our spelling lesson. Engaging in spelling shed will form part of the children’s homework. https://www.edshed.com/en-gb/login



Everyday Materials & Scientists and Inventors

The children will learn about everyday materials including wood, plastic, metal, water and rock. They will learn to identify and name everyday materials and will have the opportunity to explore the properties of these materials. Children also will carry out a simple investigation to help them decide which material would be most suitable to use for an umbrella.

In the second unit, children will learn about famous scientists and inventors linked to the Y1 science curriculum. They will learn about the inventions of Lego and ear muffs, and will explore the materials used to make them. Children will find out about the work of animal scientists, such as vets and zoo keepers. They will group and sort animals to make their own paper zoo, and will act in role as a vet, identifying the body parts of different animals. Children will have the opportunity to collect data when finding out about horticulturists and meteorologists.



Your child will need to come to school in their full PE kit on PE days: navy blue shorts and a light blue t-shirt as well as navy blue trousers and jumpers for colder weather. Long hair will need to tied up and earrings taken out or covered with tape/plasters.

Indoor PE Monday: Weather & Seasons and Catching

Outdoor PE Tuesday: Health-related Exercise and Multi-Skills

Children will be developing their skills following set programmes by Amaven.

Geography: Spring A


Our Country This ‘Our Country’ unit will teach the children about the countries of the UK developing learning beyond children’s immediate environment and own locality to the UK in general. Children will explore the UK by looking at individual countries, capital cities, human and physical features along with comparing and contrasting the capital cities of London and Brasilia in detail.

History: Spring B


 This ‘Toys’ unit will teach the children about popular toys through the 20th century and the early 21st century. Firstly, it asks the children to think about their favourite toy from today before moving on to look at toys which were popular when their parents and grandparents were children. Throughout the unit, the children will develop a range of historical skills such as: asking and answering questions, identifying and interpreting different sources and recognising change and exploring how this influences them today. A range of learning activities are used in this unit which include: drawing discussions, role play and games as well as writing tasks.


music.jpgThe topics this term are: Machines, Seasons, Our School and Pattern





Spring A = Programming with Scratch Junior - Tablets

This unit introduces children at Key Stage 1 to the principles of coding, using the age-appropriate ScratchJr software. A more accessible version of the popular Scratch Programming and aimed at age 5-7, ScratchJr is available as a free app for Apple, Amazon and Android tablets. The platform encourages basic understanding of algorithms and how to create precise instructions for visual working programs.

Spring B = Programming Toys – Bee-Bots

In this unit about programming toys, children will be introduced to the principles of programming through unplugged tasks and the use of Bee-Bots. They will be introduced to algorithms as a set of step-by-step instructions given to a device, will learn how to debug simple algorithms and how to use logical reasoning to predict how a program will behave.

Art: Spring B


Portraits - This ‘Portraits’ unit will teach the children about portraits, and use of different materials and techniques when making their own. The children will also have the opportunity to explore the work of Pablo Picasso, Paul Klee, Henri Matisse and Andy Warhol, and create artwork inspired by them.

Design and Technology: Spring A

DT.jpg  Sensational Salads - The children will learn about peeling, zesting, cutting safely and applying these skills when preparing healthy dishes. Children will learn key information about healthy eating and where their food comes from. They will gain some practical ideas about ingredients that can be combined to make interesting and healthy salads.


RE: Christianity:


Turquoise Class will be looking at Christianity and the Church. They will explore what it means to worship, what you might find in a Church building and how the Church is a community of people.

In Spring B, they will learn more about Easter, symbols and the importance of Easter for Christians.



pshe.jpgSafety First – The children will learn about everyday dangers, in the home and outside, and how they can keep themselves safe. Children will also learn about people who can help them and how to get help when needed.

VIPs – In this second unit, the children will explore the Very Important Persons (VIPs) in their lives and the ways in which they can develop positive relationships with them.


Other information:

Reading: Your child will get the chance to read with an adult during guided reading sessions each week. In these sessions we will focus on applying phonic skills (sounding out and blending), as well as deepening the children’s understanding of what they have read by answering questions. Please ensure your child’s books are in school each day.

Your child’s reading books will be changed on a Thursday, providing that an adult has notified us on Class Dojo to confirm that the books have been read to an adult.

Developing comprehension skills is just as important as the fluency in reading so please ask lots of questions about the book they have read. We will be continuing the use of Bug Club, an interactive reading scheme that we use as a school and rewarding those children who frequently read with our Bug Club certificates. 

Bug Club Certificates: Your child will be awarded certificates for reading ’25, 50, 75, 100, 125, 150’ books on Bug Club.


Homework: You will be informed of homework via Class Dojo (Maths and Spelling Shed). Once completed, please take a photograph of the work and upload to your child’s online portfolio. https://www.classdojo.com/  

Wellington Boots: Please send your child in with Wellington Boots so that they can partake in Forest School activities.



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