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 Autumn Term!     

Please see the Parent Information document below for more information.                                                                  

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 numbers to 10 and then 20, using the part-whole model, addition and subtraction and 2D and 3D shapes.



numbots.jpgNumBots 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. Autumn A’s text is titled ‘Major Glad, Major Dizzy’ by Jan Oke and Autumn B’s text is ‘Rapunzel’. 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’. On Fridays, we will complete spelling tasks too. Everyone will also have a daily 20-minute phonics lesson following the Read Write Inc scheme of work.

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



Animals including Humans & Seasonal Changes (Autumn + Winter)

The children will learn about human and animal bodies and consider the similarities and differences, identify senses, carry out investigations and be able to identify animal groups.

Then, they will be learning to observe changes across the seasons by exploring the signs of Autumn and Winter through nature and wildlife. They wil observe, measure and record the weather across the seasons too. 



PE: 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.

Outdoor PE Tuesday: Football & Striking and Fielding Games

Outdoor PE Thursday: Cricket

We will be collaborating with the Sports Coaches to teach and deliver outdoor PE this term. Your child will be developing the early skills needed for future team sports.

Geography: Autumn B


Our School

We will be exploring our school environment using first hand observations and developing map and fieldwork skills.


History: Autumn A


Nurturing Nurses

The children will learn about the influential nurses Florence Nightingale, Mary Seacole and Edith Cavell. We will explore how a person is significant, explore and compare the lives of these nurses and how each one has influenced nursing today.



music.jpgOurselves and Number – The children will explore ways of using their voices expressively by singing and performing an expressive story. Then, the children will develop a sense of steady beat through using movement, body percussion and instruments.

Animals and Weather – The children will develop an understanding of pitch through using movement, voices, and instruments. They will then explore high and low pitches and create animal chant sounds and sequences. Then, the children will use their voices, movement, and instruments to explore different ways that music can be used to describe the weather.



ict.pngComputer Skills on the laptops and a Painting program on the iPads

The children will learn basic computer skills including switching on and shutting down a laptop, using a trackpad, launching applications, opening and saving files and folders, and clicking and dragging objects. Next, the children will use a simple painting program to paint with different colours and brushes, create shapes, fill areas, undo and redo and add text.


Art: Autumn B


Joan Miro - The children will be learning about the Spanish Catalan artist, Joan Miro. They will be inspired with colour, fun, dreams, and nonsense as they create their own pieces of art. They will learn all about his Magical Realist paintings.


Design and Technology: Autumn A

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We will be designing and making our own models of playground equipment. The children will explore how equipment is made and the materials used, as well as develop their understanding of joining materials together.


RE: Christianity


Christianity - Turquoise Class will be exploring beliefs about Jesus, his teachings and miracles. We will look at the Bible as the most important book for Christians and read some stories such as the Lost Sheep.

Christianity – We will then explore the celebration of Christmas, thinking about giving and receiving gifts and it being a time when Christians remember Jesus’ birth.



pshe.jpgBe Yourself – The children will be inspired by the idea that having confidence to ‘be yourself’ can have a positive impact on mental health and emotional wellbeing. The children will be encouraged to recognise their positive qualities and appreciate their individuality. We will explore feelings and emotions and the importance of sharing them.

One World – In this second unit, the children will be inspired by the idea that we can benefit from learning about people living in different places to us and their ways of life. It aims to enable the children to explore their own family life, home and school and compare these to children’s family life, homes, and school from around the world which are different from their own.


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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